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November 8, 2001

Young Women at Risk

Why are women -- especially young women -- at particular risk for HIV infection? Read this fascinating article about adolescent sexuality, gender and the HIV epidemic from the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

Children Get Short Shrift

An Albert Einstein College of Medicine survey showed that 60% of the young people it treated for HIV were in the foster care system. Catherine Hanssens from Lambda writes about this worsening situation.

How to Reach Teens about HIV

The results from the first year of the Project ACCESS campaign have demonstrated its potential as an effective tool for teaching adolescents about HIV risk behaviors, prevention and testing.

Hatred in the Hallways

Human Rights Watch has released a report investigating acts of violence and discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students in U.S. schools.

The Body's Conference Coverage

A small study in Chicago found that the protease inhibitor lopinavir is relatively effective in helping patients who have previously failed many treatment regimens. Dr. Pablo Tebas gives us the lowdown from The Body's Coverage of the 39th Annual Meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

Dr. Brian Boyle reviews a confirmatory study on tenofovir and finds: "these data are reassuring that TDF will function well in many distinct and important patient subgroups, although more information on its effectiveness in patients with high viral loads and very low CD4+ T cell counts, those with CD4+ T cell counts less than 50 copies/mm3 would also be reassuring and helpful" at the 8th European Conference on Clinical Aspects of HIV-Infection.

Dr. Graeme Moyle reports on the effects of certain antiretroviral drugs on patients' cholesterol levels. Read up on this and more in The Body's coverage of the 8th European Conference on Clinical Aspects and Treatment of HIV-Infection.

"As we move toward once-daily therapy, pharmacokinetic studies such as this gain increasing importance. Knowing the exact interaction between medications, before we combine them in antiretroviral regimens, is crucial." Dr. Brian Boyle reviews a late breaker poster at the 8th European Conference on Clinical Aspects and Treatment of HIV-Infection.

Recycle Your Medications!

Many U.S. organizations will collect unused anti-HIV medications and donate them abroad. San Francisco AIDS Foundation provides a listing of such groups.

Seventeen Years and Fighting

"When people are diagnosed with HIV, they have two choices: fight or give in. I chose to fight and I've never regretted it." David Morris discusses 17 years of living with HIV and how he's survived his long treatment history.

Living Longer and Healthier with HIV

Effective new drug therapies are increasing the number of people living with AIDS, as HIV-infected persons stay healthy longer. Body Positive reports from the National HIV Prevention Conference.

HIV in Smalltown, USA

In small towns few people go unnoticed, and everyone's business is open to speculation. "They're afraid . . . of rocks being thrown at their house, of being run out of town, of people not talking to them," says Debra Patterson, who works with the Madison County AIDS Program in rural Illinois. If you think living with HIV in urban areas is difficult, read this report about rural HIV/AIDS from Positively Aware.

Booster Drugs Aid Rescue Therapy

"Protease inhibitor boosters such as norvir and rescriptor can play a significant role in rescue therapy since higher drug levels can help in overcoming resistance." Dr. Sorana Segal-Maurer and Dr. Malte Schütz explain the value of boosting protease inhibitors in Body Positive.

Terminally Ill and the Right to Choose

Death is the toughest thing we ever have to face -- and not enough people realize they have choices! Read Compassion in Dying's list of options for the terminally ill.

Recourse for the Under-Treated

Everyone deserves to receive adequate treatment for pain. If you feel you've been under-treated, read Compassion in Dying's handy guide on where to file a complaint.

Register Now for Upcoming Conferences!

It's time to start planning for the next International AIDS Conference to be held in Barcelona on July 7-12, 2002. For the details, click here.

The important 9th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections will take place February 24-28, 2002, at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle, Washington. Major deadlines are on November 16.

Asia: On the Edge of an Epidemic

A new report sounds the alarm over the spread of AIDS in Asia. Read the details from UNAIDS, which fears an explosive epidemic is imminent in countries like Vietnam and China.

Greater Involvement for HIV Positive People

The head of the United Nations AIDS program has called on leaders throughout the world to make good on their promises to meaningfully involve people living with HIV/AIDS in all levels and all aspects of the AIDS response.

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

HIV Practices Face Grim Financial Times
From The New York Times (free registration required) (November 6, 2001)

Cannabis a Medical Miracle -- It's Official
Preliminary results of the UK government trial on marijuana
From the Guardian (November 4, 2001)

The Agent Is Different, but the Anxiety Is Essentially the Same
Anthrax as AIDS by Richard Goldstein
From The Village Voice (October 24-30, 2001)

Dance Safe
Harm reduction site promoting health and safety within the rave and nightclub community (2001)

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