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November 13, 2002

The Body Covers Glasgow HIV Conference

Sunday, November 17, marks the beginning of the 6th International Congress on Drug Therapy in HIV Infection, a five-day conference taking place in Glasgow, U.K. and aimed at HIV clinicians and researchers. The Body will be on hand to cover this meeting, which will review research developments and the latest in HIV treatment. Be sure to check out this page early next week for coverage!

20-Minute HIV Test Approved in U.S.

Finally! OraQuick, an HIV antibody test that can provide on-the-spot results in 20 minutes with an accuracy rate of 99.6 percent, has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Right now it's only available at government-approved testing facilities -- but there's hope that the test will eventually be used by any facility that offers HIV testing.

India Gets $100 Million for HIV Prevention

Microsoft kingpin Bill Gates announced that his charity will spend $100 million over the next decade to slow the spread of AIDS in India. It's the largest chunk of money that Gates' $24 billion foundation has dished out in its three years of existence.

In an editorial in The New York Times, Gates explained why he chose to invest in HIV prevention in India. Click here to read excerpts.

Treatments for Sexual Dysfunction

Regardless of the cause, sexual dysfunction is frustrating. However, most causes of sexual dysfunction can now be treated successfully. Dan Dunable of AIDS Survival News provides a few of the more common treatments.

Positive/Negative Dating

"To my surprise, no man has ever sexually rejected me for having HIV. ... Most of the time we hear about HIV-negative men rejecting HIV-positive men. In my case, the opposite has always been true." The ever-insightful David Salyer ruminates about positive/negative relationships.

With STDs, Ignorance Is Infectious

As many as one in five Americans has a sexually transmitted disease, but about two-thirds of them have no symptoms at all, raising the likelihood that they'll never get tested and will pass the STD on to someone else.

Your Heart and HAART: What We Know So Far

Researchers have still not learned a lot about heart problems that may be associated with HIV and HAART. The San Francisco AIDS Foundation provides an in-depth look at what we know so far about HIV-related cardiovascular disease.

More Young Women Need to Enforce Their Sexual Rights

Only 55 percent of young female respondents of a recent survey believed they always had the right to refuse sex with a person they've had sex with before. Even worse, 17 percent of respondents believed they NEVER had this right. Read this report for more details on these disturbing findings.

Treatment Education: Looking Beyond the Symptoms

HIV physicians are often unable to provide the level of care to their HIV-positive patients that those patients need. That's where treatment educators come in: As Guy Pujol, Executive Director of AIDS Treatment Initiatives in Atlanta, puts it, HIV treatment education is all about looking beyond the symptoms to find and tackle the real cause of people's problems.

HIV Housing Funds Are Running Dry

Reports show that about 500,000 people with HIV nationwide will use HOPWA (Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS) funds during the course of their illness. Unfortunately, the need is greater than the available funding.

Turning Legit: Anybody Can Do It

Lynn Bridges talks about her long journey from prostitute and convict to founder of a legitimate business -- and about how people who've been down the same road can cross over as well.

Study Examines Youth HIV-Testing Patterns

A recent issue of the journal Pediatrics featured a study focusing on the HIV-testing patterns of high-risk adolescents to determine why, where, and when young people use testing services. Click here to read the interesting results.

Web Highlights

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

AIDS Hinders Famine Relief in Africa
Illness prevents hundreds of thousands of farmers from planting next year's crops
From The Globe and Mail (November 5, 2002)

Candidiasis and HIV
Another chapter from the comprehensive, online textbook on HIV disease provided by the University of California-San Francisco and San Francisco General Hospital
From HIV InSite (November 2002)

Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Review: The 2002 CDC STD Treatment Guidelines
A comprehensive summary of the CDC's recommendations
From The PRN Notebook (free registration required) (September 2002)

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