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October 23, 2002

The Body Covers Infectious Diseases Conference

Thursday, Oct. 24 is day one of the 40th Annual Meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, a meeting of healthcare professionals dedicated to promoting infectious disease research, patient care, public health, prevention and education. Two of our talented HIV experts, Drs. Judy Aberg and Andy Pavia, will be on hand to cover the conference!

Nonoxynol-9 Warnings Grow Louder

Health experts throughout the world are pushing for people to stop using products containing the spermicide nonoxynol-9, as evidence piles up that it can actually make a person's rectum or vagina MORE susceptible to HIV and other STDs.

For more information on this fallen spermicide, browse through The Body's section on nonoxynol-9.

A Drug-Monitoring Method That's Just Barely Over Your Head

Strange new fact: Doctors can get a handle on how well an HIV-infected person is responding to antiretroviral drugs -- as well as whether or not they are actually taking their medicine -- by testing a sample of the patient's hair, researchers report.

Why Every HIV-Positive Person Should Educate Him/Herself

"One of the most important legacies that people living with HIV/AIDS will have left behind once this dreadful epidemic is over is the collective awakening to the fact that science does not belong only to scientists, and medicine most certainly does not belong only to doctors." Paula Braitstein, Senior Policy Advisor on Health Promotion at the British Columbia Persons With AIDS Society, explains why HIV-treatment advocacy is so important.

Harm Reduction: A New HIV Treatment?

Understanding how certain animals evolved to live with HIV-like viruses instead of eradicating or suppressing them might lead to a new kind of HIV treatment: harm reduction. Click here to read this fascinating article.

HIV's Impact on South Africa's Families

A large grant from the U.S. government will allow South African researchers to investigate an area of the AIDS epidemic that has received far too little attention: the impact of the disease on entire families, not just individuals.

Food Stamps: Underused, But Very Available

Living in California and having problems paying for food? A great number of people don't realize they can receive vital aid from Food Stamps, but you might be eligible. Here are the rules.

To find out more about how you can get and use Food Stamps, visit this page, provided by the U.S. Food & Nutrition Service.

U.S. AIDS Czar: He's No Peter the Great

If the U.S. AIDS czar, Dr. Joseph O’Neill, actually did something useful -- say, demanded a repeal of the congressional ban on needle exchange programs, or denounced the CDC for auditing sexually explicit HIV-prevention programs designed for gay men -- then the existence of a so-called AIDS czar might be worth the expense to taxpayers, David Salyer says. But the White House will never give Dr. O’Neill the latitude to say those things, he laments. Read Salyer's report on the sad state of the Office of National AIDS Policy.

Q & A With an AIDS Vaccine Activist

The world's best hope for controlling the epidemic is likely an AIDS vaccine, and the man who may know more about vaccines than anyone is David Gold of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative. He discusses the roadblocks to, and some promising candidates in, the development of an AIDS vaccine.

For Many With HIV, the Secretary Is Out

As many as 20 percent of people with HIV may be experiencing problems with the brain's executive secretary: remembering, carrying out complex tasks, organizing paperwork or keeping track of the endless minutiae of a day.

Election Day Is Coming: Make Your Voice Heard!

There are many ways you can combat the silence about AIDS: A third of the U.S. Senate, the entire House of Representatives, and thousands of state and local positions will be up for grabs. Vote carefully and keep funding for HIV in mind. When you hear of an action taking place in your community, find the time to get involved. Don't be afraid to ask your AIDS service provider what it's doing to combat the epidemic of silence!

A Good Education Leads to HIV Prevention

With more than 40 million people worldwide now estimated to be infected with HIV, United Nations and World Bank officials warn that the world must intensify plans to get 115 million boys and girls into primary school by 2015 if it is to have any hope of blunting the spread of the epidemic.

Hepatitis C in Prisons: A Silent Epidemic

Many people -- prison experts and healthcare providers included -- drastically underestimate the number of people in the U.S. prison system infected with hepatitis C (HCV). HIV Education Prison Project offers a thorough look at HCV in our prisons, and provides a rundown of what prison healthcare providers can do to prevent and treat it.

Coming in February: Retrovirus 2003

Bookmark this page! The Body is planning extensive coverage of this important conference.

Web Highlights

A Selection of the Top HIV/AIDS Stories From Across the Internet:

New San Francisco Ad Campaign Shows HIV "Is No Picnic"
A new city-funded campaign shows HIV-positive men suffering from the debilitating side effects of AIDS and HAART, in an effort to stem the growing tide of gay men having unprotected sex
From The Washington Blade (October 22, 2002)

AIDS and Black Community Leadership (in RealAudio format)
Tavis Smiley talks to Cornel West about the crisis of AIDS in the black community
From National Public Radio (October 9, 2002)

The Problem With Protease
If it weren't for one fateful mistake, people with HIV could have been warned years ago about the potentially severe side effects of protease inhibitors
From POZ Magazine (September 2002)

Antiretroviral Treatment in Developing Countries
A report from the XIV International AIDS Conference in Barcelona
From The Hopkins HIV Report (September 2002)

Principles of HIV Prevention in Drug-Using Populations (PDF)
A research-based guide to helping drug users reduce their risk of contracting HIV
From The National Institute on Drug Abuse (March 2002)

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