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October 18, 2001

HIV in Teens and Women: The Latest Stats

Now available from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control: The latest numbers on HIV in teenagers and HIV in women.

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Conference Coverage at The Body

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Recreational Drugs and HIV

Mike Moreno writes candidly about possible side effects of AIDS medications when taken with alcohol, cannabis, GHB, ketamine (or K), cocaine, and crack.

Women and HIV: Statistics

HIV infection among women in the United States: a report on the state of the epidemic, from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

White Women and HIV

"People see me -- I'm blonde, I live at the beach, I'm the girl next door -- and when we go into schools, you should see their faces change when I tell them I'm HIV positive. That's why my AIDS education work is so important -- they'll remember me in the future." Terri Wilder writes about white women and HIV in AIDS Survival News.

The Best Way to Reach Teens

In a recent study, researchers urge educators and health-care providers to better understand subtle differences in the types of romantic relationships teenagers experience. In order to provide them with appropriate counseling, educators should be aware of teens' ages, races, ethnicities, and the length and distance of the relationship, among other factors.

How Teens Get Health Information

A new study examines teenagers' use of the Internet to learn more on health issues.

AIDS News Briefs

Methadone cuts mortality. HIV-positive pregnant women should avoid or be extra cautious about certain drugs or drug combinations. Read about these and other news items from Positively Aware's news briefs.

Drug-Assistance Program on the Ropes

The U.S. AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) is running out of money in an increasing number of states. Already, hundreds of people who cannot pay for drugs through insurance or out of pocket are not getting the medicines they need. The GlaxoWellcome representative to the ADAP Working Group recently circulated the following talking points -- facts about ADAP as of September 2001 -- to use for supporting this program.

African-American Peer Educators Needed

African Americans make up 12 percent of the U.S. population, but 37 percent of all reported AIDS cases. In Georgia, African Americans make up 29 percent of the state's population, yet make up over 60 percent of the state's AIDS cases. AIDS Survival Project's Jeff Smith is looking for peer educators to provide outreach to the African-American community in Georgia.

AIDS Activism 101

Because the Bush administration has proposed spending a ridiculously small amount on the AIDS crisis, it is more important than ever for people who care about AIDS to participate in the budget debates. Fortunately, this is easier than you might think, and with one or two phone calls -- or better yet, one handwritten letter -- you can have a much larger impact than you might expect. Kaethe Morris Hoffer explains how each of us can be a player in federal decision-making.

Inspired to become more active? Browse through The Body's activism section!

Congress Bill Passes, Minus Republican Measures

AIDS Action commends the U.S. House of Representatives for taking "another step in the right direction in bringing this nation back to a 'state of normalcy'" through the passage of what it calls a new appropriations bill. The bill does not include several key measures that many liberals opposed, including increased funding for abstinence-only education programs.

Global Treatment Access

The campaign continues for access to essential medicines in developing countries. Read the latest from John James in AIDS Treatment News.

Controlling HIV in Malawi

John James interviews David Scondras who worked with health experts to develop a plan to control Malawi's HIV epidemic. If it succeeds, the plan could become a model for other countries.

HIV Prevention That Works

"As the face of AIDS continues to change, community-based organizations and those who support their efforts, must continue to be innovative, responding to the ever changing needs of those at risk for HIV while navigating complex political and policy environments." Learning from the community: what community-based organizations say about factors that affect HIV prevention programs, a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

TB Treatment Guidelines

Guidelines for latent tuberculosis treatment have recently changed. Get the details from AIDS Treatment News.

New Research Grants Available

amfAR announces it is now seeking applications for several research grants. Letters of intent are due October 23.

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

Study Says AIDS Is Now Chief Cause of Death in South Africa
From The New York Times (free registration required) (October 17, 2001)

Do Patents for Antiretroviral Drugs Constrain Access to AIDS Treatment in Africa?
From Journal of American Medical Association (October 17, 2001)

Rebekka Armstrong, Former Playboy Playmate Turned HIV Activist, Talks about Her Journey from Glamour Girl to Safer-Sex Educator
From The Guardian in London (October 16, 2001)

Doctors in Oregon Are Now Required to Report to State Health Officials the Names of People Who Test Positive for HIV . . . plus more news
From Washington Blade (October 12, 2001)

Making Patents Public: Redefining Intellectual Property When AIDS Drugs Are At Issue
From (October 11, 2001)

Frequent Monitoring of Viral Load Improves Outcome
From the California Collaborative Treatment Group 570 team (October 9, 2001)

Long-Term Effects of a Middle School- and High School-Based Human Immunodeficiency Virus Sexual Risk Prevention Intervention
From The Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine (October 2001)

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