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October 30, 2002

The Body Covers IDSA 2002

Much of The Body's coverage of the 40th Annual Meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America is now live. Read about the potential impact of once-daily regimens on adherence to HAART, a new report on HIV non-progressors from Bruce Walker, M.D.'s lab, and switching from stavudine to a once-daily, tenofovir-based regimen in patients with fully suppressed HIV.

Methamphetamines Even More Dangerous for HIVers

New research suggests that methamphetamine use is on the rise, and is a key risk factor for HIV among men who have sex with men.

It goes by many names: tina, crank, chalk, chandelier, ice, quartz, redneck cocaine. You probably know it best as crystal meth -- but how much do you really know about it? Body Positive takes a closer look at one of the gay scene's hottest drugs -- and the frightening dangers of using it while on anti-HIV medications.

Depression Common Among HIVers, Survey Finds

A national physician and patient survey found that more than 70 percent of HIV-positive people said they experienced symptoms of depression. Read more about the results of the survey, conducted by the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care, in this press release.

The Impending Asian Tragedy

By the end of 2001, 7.1 million Asians were living with HIV/AIDS. As this broad overview from the San Francisco AIDS Foundation shows, though, factors like rampant drug use, unsafe blood supplies, social stigma and high rates of unprotected sex threaten to force that number into the stratosphere over the next few years.

Sexual Transmission of Hep C Is Climbing

Coinfection with HIV and hepatitis C has increased in the past few years. Until recently, the major risk factors for acquiring hep C were thought to be injection drug use and blood transfusion; sexual transmission was considered to be theoretical but insignificant. Now, however, there is new evidence that sexual transmission of HCV is on the rise, particularly amongst gay men with HIV.

Beyond HAART: A Closer Look at Immune Therapies

Bob Huff of GMHC Treatment Issues takes an in-depth look at the September 2002 issue of the Journal of Virology, which provided a snapshot of the latest cutting-edge research on HIV and the immune system.

An Outreach Worker Struggles to Help Others

"Until recently I worked as an outreach worker/advocate with young injectors in San Francisco. In the course of those four years I experienced enthusiasm, martyrdom, burnout, and all sorts of changes in between." Rachel McLean writes about white privilege and survival guilt, such intense burnout that she thought about using drugs herself and the coping strategies she used to survive.

Fusion Inhibitors: There's More Than One Out There

T-20 (enfuvirtide, Fuzeon) will be the first of a new generation of drugs called "fusion inhibitors" to receive FDA approval. As it nears the finish line, another fusion inhibitor, SCH-C, is slowly but surely moving through the early stages of development.

Keeping Your Nutrient Levels Stable

Sometimes even HIV-positive people with healthy lifestyles are deficient in some important nutrients. Test Positive Aware Network reviews some of the most important of these nutrients, and what you can do to get your intake of them up to desired levels.

Sexual Activity Drops Among U.S. Teens

The results from several national surveys of U.S. youths indicate that from 1991-2001, the percentage of high-school students who had ever had sexual intercourse and the percentage who had multiple sex partners decreased.

Group Takes Modern HIV Treatment to Poor Nations

The Joint HIV/AIDS Care Initiative (JHACI) is a newly launched effort to bring advanced HIV-treatment methods to the developing world. Read more about how JHACI plans to dramatically reduce the number of HIV-infected people who die each day simply because they have no access to modern healthcare.

Quick HIV Tests Are Coming

Rapid HIV tests, which give relatively accurate results in two to 20 minutes, are near approval for sale in the U.S. The test, however, will not be sold over the counter, to ensure that people get counseling with their test result.

Public Figures Speak Out on HIV/AIDS

"While the best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago, the next best time is now." Helene Gayle's poignant comment on global HIV-prevention efforts was just one of many powerful statements made by key speakers at this summer's International AIDS Conference. Click here to read other highlights.

Multivitamins Could Lower Risk of Giving HIV to Baby

Multivitamin supplements may help some HIV-positive pregnant women reduce the risk of transmitting the virus to their children and improve certain aspects of their babies' health, according to U.S. and African researchers.

AIDS Activism Through the '90s

Longtime AIDS activist Lynda Dee reflects on the tremendous impact that activist organizations had on the evolution of HIV treatment in the 1990s.

Mixed Findings on HIV Prevention at Clinics

In a recent study, researchers asked HIV-positive men and women at clinics in the U.S. whether they were counseled on safer sex or how to tell their partners about their HIV infections. The study found that people's responses varied widely from clinic to clinic.

Web Highlights

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

Patients Storm HIV/AIDS Conference
In Uganda, people with HIV are growing more vocal regarding the lack of HIV medications
From New Vision, Kampala, Uganda (October 29, 2002)

Researchers Identify Anti-HIV Proteins
Another report on Dr. David Ho's new findings regarding HIV non-progressors
From Journal of the American Medical Association (October 23, 2002)

A look at fatigue from a psychological point of view
(Please note: short survey required before you can read this article.)
From British Medical Journal (August 31, 2002)

Digging Deeper at the Resistance Workshop
Key clinical findings from July's XI International HIV Drug Resistance Workshop
From International AIDS Society (August 14, 2002)

Introduction to Combination Therapy
An easy-to-read guide on what questions to ask, how to talk to your doctor, and the difference between various anti-HIV drugs and combinations
From HIV i-Base (August 2002)

Addressing Gender Perspectives in HIV Prevention
A discussion on how prevention efforts must be specially tailored to each sex
Also available in PDF
From United Nations Population Fund (February 2002)

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