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September 26, 2001

The Guide to Living with HIV: Book Excerpt

The Body is pleased to offer an excerpt from the definitive book on HIV: "The Guide to Living with HIV Infection," developed at the Johns Hopkins AIDS Clinic by John G. Bartlett, M.D. and Ann K. Finkbeiner. This excerpt includes articles on the natural history of HIV infection, how to keep track of HIV infection, when to start treatment and a listing and explanation of all current HIV drugs. Use our 20% off discount code to buy the book directly from the publisher.

Tenofovir Approval Soon

Tenofovir DF is an investigational nucleotide reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NtRTI), similar to nucleoside analogs such as AZT, Zerit, or ddI and it could be approved in the six months. Click here to find out more.

Blood Donor Fact

With all the people donating blood since September 11, it seems some of the blood donors will need help themselves: "Slightly more than 1 percent of donors test positive for infections. One in 20,000 whole-blood donors will test positive for HIV; one in 2,500 for hepatitis B; and one in 500 for hepatitis C, said Sara Foer, spokesperson for the American Association of Blood Banks." Read this news and other news from our daily news update.

The Facts About Older AIDS

11% of AIDS cases in the US are now in individuals ages 50 and older. AIDS Action provides the facts.

Two-Drug HIV Therapy?

It's true, it seems, dual therapy (two-drug combo) may work for some HIV patients. Read the story in Step Ezine.

Success in Treating Breast Enlargement

One of the more rare side effects of antiviral treatment is breast enlargement (gynecomastia). Until recently doctors couldn't relieve this distressing problem. Now researchers in Paris, France, have reported their success in treating breast enlargement.

The Facts About Avascular Necrosis

Check out this interesting feature from HIV Treatment Alerts. They looked at recent clinical trial results and noted what action should be taken by people living with HIV now.

Signs and Symptoms of Avascular Necrosis

Since there is no definite answer as to what actually causes avascular necrosis, those who believe they are at risk should be aware and in tune with certain preclinical signs and symptoms. Awareness is key! Read treatment advocate, Nairy Ghazourian, article about bone death, from Positive Living.

HIV and the Immune System

Ever wonder exactly how HIV damages the immune system? The San Francisco AIDS Foundation has a handy guide with plenty of visuals. Click here to read.

Chlamydia and Teenagers

When asked if they would screen an asymptomatic sexually active teenager for chlamydia, only 28% of obstetrics/gynecology physicians reported that they would. The authors of this recent survey concluded that there is an urgent need to implement and evaluate interventions to improve chlamydia-screening rates among adolescent women. For more information, click here.

STDs in Teenagers

Researchers look at three bacterial STDs among youth and recommend that targeted education and prevention programs for adolescents and young adults should be implemented as an important component of any STD prevention program.

Women and HIV: News

News for women affected by HIV, from Rebecca Solomon, in Positive Living.

More Studies for Women and Minorities

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is launching a campaign to boost the size of the study groups on women and homosexual or bisexual men by 60 percent and increase the number of minority participants. The enlarged groups will focus on contemporary questions regarding HIV infection and treatment. For more information, click here.

Diaphragm and Microbicide May Block HIV

Diaphragm and microbicide combination may work to block HIV -- for the latest in women-controlled protection, click here.

Anorexia and HIV

Anorexia associated with AIDS wasting is somewhat different. The person just does not have the desire to eat. Marcy Fenton writes about Anorexia and HIV, in Positive Living.

Importance of Drug Levels

"It's critical to be sure that enough drug gets into the bloodstream. The study of the way drugs are absorbed and move through the body is called pharmacokinetics (far' muh ko kih NEH' tix), or PK for short." Bob Munk explains pharmacokinetics, in GMHC's Treatment Issues.

News on Shark Cartilage and Kaposi's Sarcoma

It seems that shark cartilage in some cases has been shown to be helpful, but finding any studies to prove this has been difficult. Now one American hospital has had some success. For the details, click here.

Malaria and HIV

Unfortunately, in too many parts of the world, malaria and HIV intersect. Read this fascinating article by Bob Huff, in GMHC's Treatment Issues.

Confronting Stigma

As we all know, confronting stigma and discrimination is essential for effective responses to HIV/AIDS Read the United Nations' AIDS program take on this.

Cross-Disciplinary Conference

The American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) will sponsor a three-day international cross-disciplinary conference entitled "Health, Law and Human Rights: Exploring the Connections" from September 29 to October 1, 2001, in Philadelphia. For more information,

Computers for AIDS Organizations

Need computers? 100 qualified minority community-based organizations will receive computers through the National Minority AIDS Council. Click here for more information.

Web Highlights
A Selection of the Top HIV/AIDS Stories from Across the Internet

AIDS Vaccine Update
From Being Alive (October 1, 2001)

Insights Into Treatment Interruptions for Patients with Early, Chronic, and Drug-Resistant HIV Disease
From Marcus Altfeld, M.D., Mark Dybul, M.D., Veronica Miller, Ph.D.
Summary by Tim Horn (September 2001)
From PRN Notebook

Cause and Effect: H.I.V. Drugs May Stem Nerve Disorder
From The New York Times (free registration required) (September 25, 2001)

HIV Outreach Taken to Net Chat Rooms
From the Miami Herald (September 24, 2001)

CIA World Factbook (with HIV/AIDS Rates) (September 2001)

Primary Care of Infants and Children with HIV
By Andrew T. Pavia, M.D., University of Utah
HIV InSite Knowledge Base Chapter (July 2001)

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