Disclosing Your HIV Status at Work
When Steve McMahon decided to tell his coworkers he had HIV, he
knew it wouldn't be easy. "I found that it was easiest to let
people know about my status by dropping small hints," he says --
like beginning to take his meds at his desk, and talking with them
if they asked him about it. Read more about Steve's personal story of workplace disclosure.
Ten Tips on Injecting T-20 (Fuzeon)
If you're taking T-20 (enfuvirtide, Fuzeon), or may soon be, print
out this important list of steps to help reduce your risk of skin
reactions and make sure that your injections are as comfortable as
possible. The tips are just one small part of The Body's in-depth
look at how T-20 works. It's written by Dr. Cal Cohen, one of The
Body's most popular online experts.
Can Microbicides Really Make a Difference in the Fight Against HIV?
What's so great about microbicides? How are they different from an
HIV vaccine, and why do we need them so urgently? Bob Huff has all the answers in this thorough overview of what makes microbicides such a unique, powerful tool in preventing HIV transmission
throughout the world.
ADAP Waiting Lists Continue to Grow
AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAPs) across the U.S. pay for HIV
medications for more than 100,000 people. But 16 states are now restricting access to their ADAPs, leaving 679 people on waiting lists, unable to pay for their medications. Click here to find out which states have ADAP waiting lists or may have waiting
What Happens When You Qualify for Both Medicaid and Medicare?
You're HIV positive and eligible for both Medicaid AND Medicare
benefits. That's great, right? Not necessarily: As this letter
from AIDS advocates warns, you might not be able to receive all
the financial help you need.
Why So Much of the World Can't Get HIV Treatment
It's not just big pharmaceutical companies in the U.S. who are
standing in the way of attempts to make generic HIV medications
available throughout the developing world. The real story behind
the treatment access tug-of-war is a good deal more complicated,
writes Anne Christine d'Adesky of amfAR.
Latin America Struggles to Battle HIV
Costa Rica, Honduras, Panama: They're three countries you don't
hear talked about much in relation to HIV. But thousands of their
citizens are HIV positive, and the fight to provide those people
with the HIV medications they need is still raging -- with
different consequences in each country.
Contest Winners Highlighted in This Month's Web Gallery
Check out the year's artistic cream of the crop in the November
Visual AIDS Web Gallery. This month, the gallery features
award-winning, provocative artworks by the 21 people who won this
year's Share Your Vision contest! Share Your Vision is a national
art competition created by Visual AIDS to raise awareness of
cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection in people with HIV.
Need Help Finding Affordable Housing?
Finding safe, affordable housing when you are HIV positive and
strapped for cash can be challenging. But many states provide help
through housing assistance programs. Rachel Moorhead explains some
of the options.
When Thoughts of the Holidays Get You Down
Dreading the holiday season? You're not the only one! Many people,
particularly those with HIV, feel that the expectation for absolute
joyous celebration with a perfect family is a bit unrealistic. As a
result, they often end up feeling blue as the holidays approach. Here
are some simple rules from Survival News for managing this time of
How to Make Sure Your Next Job Sticks
Ever land what seemed like it would be the perfect job, only to lose
it due to a few pivotal mistakes and some plain old bad luck? Wish
you could figure out where you went wrong, and how to make sure your
next "dream job" is a dream come true? Psychiatrist J. Buzz von
Ornsteiner has some advice.
Update on Dangerous Interactions Between Club Drugs and HAART
From Liquid X to speed, ecstasy to Special K, club drugs are growing
in popularity. It's no secret that many of them cause health problems,
but did you know that several can also interact dangerously with HIV
meds? Sarah Biel-Cunningham, M.S.W., has the details.
Liver Transplants: There's a Lot to Consider
Wondering if a liver transplant might be in your future? There's a
lot you should learn about it first. Liver damage caused by hepatitis
C coinfection can be treated in several other ways before a transplant
becomes necessary, and you must pass certain requirements before you
can become eligible for a transplant.
Keys to Handling HIV Benefits and Insurance
Financial consultant Per Larson provides this useful overview of the
financial pitfalls and opportunities that await people living with
HIV, particularly when it comes to disability benefits and
Abstinence Pledges Don't Hold Water, Study Finds
A recent survey of nearly 600 U.S. teens revealed that 61 percent of
those who took abstinence pledges had broken them within a year.
More sad news: Over half of the teens who said they kept their
abstinence pledges admitted to having oral sex.
Anger Grows Over Bush Administration's U.S. AIDS Plans
Frustrated that the Bush administration seems not to care about
people with HIV in the U.S.? So are a growing number of AIDS
advocates and healthcare workers. Several wrote this letter to
President Bush explaining why they feel his policies are actually
making life worse for HIV-positive Americans, and are hurting
efforts to prevent the spread of HIV.
A Selection of the Top HIV/AIDS Stories From Across the Internet:
"I Was Infected Needlessly"
Nate Longtin, 24, is warning other gay young men about the
dangers of unsafe sex and HIV.
From The Boston Globe (November 4, 2003)
Two-Thirds of Young U.S. Gay Men Use Drugs, Says Study
This large, multi-city study is the first of its kind to examine
drug use among gay men. Its findings are all the more disturbing
because of previously established links between substance abuse
and unsafe sex.
From aidsmap.com (November 4, 2003)
Clinton Q & A: "I Knew It Needed to Be Done"
Bill Clinton talks to TIME about his foundation and the ongoing
fight for better global access to HIV medications.
From TIME Europe (November 3, 2003)
Killed by Corruption
China's rural poor are the main victims of the world's
fastest-growing HIV epidemic, writes a reporter for The Guardian.
From The Guardian (November 3, 2003)
The Big Chill at the Lab
Columnist Bob Herbert examines the recent controversy over a list
of U.S. government research grants -- some of which focus on HIV/AIDS
and high-risk sexual behavior -- that the National Institutes of
Health has been asked to review. The list was compiled by the
Traditional Values Coalition, a deeply conservative religious group.
From The New York Times (November 3, 2003)
Brazil to Offer Massive, Free AIDS Testing
Brazil, which already pays the cost of HAART for its HIV-positive
citizens, has launched a nationwide campaign to encourage its
citizens to receive free, confidential HIV testing.
From Reuters Health (October 30, 2003)
Show Them the Money
Bill Clinton's HIV/AIDS foundation may have brokered the cheapest
price yet for HIV medications in Africa and the Caribbean, The
Guardian's health editor writes, but it's small comfort if world
governments fail to follow suit.
From The Guardian (October 30, 2003)