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November 26, 2003

What Are YOU Doing for World AIDS Day?

With HIV infections once again rising throughout the U.S. -- particularly among men who have sex with men -- and with the epidemic running rampant through much of the developing world, it's more important than ever that we raise people's awareness of this devastating disease. Visit The Body's World AIDS Day page for a complete look at World AIDS Day 2003, which takes place Dec. 1.

Join the Protest Against Cirque du Soleil

If Cirque du Soleil thought it could fire a gymnast because he has HIV without anybody noticing, they were mistaken -- and Lambda Legal and dozens of local and national groups plan to make that clear. Sign their petition and add your voice to the protest. The first batch of petitions will be delivered to Cirque du Soleil on World AIDS Day, Dec. 1.

For more information on the petition and the reasons behind it, read this article from Lambda Legal.

Want to hear what Matthew Cusick, the HIV-positive gymnast who Cirque du Soleil fired, has to say about all this? Check out this article from Bay City News, which includes Cusick's photo and a link to a video report in which he was interviewed.

Why You Should Avoid Stuffing That Stuffing

For all you HIV-positive Americans who plan to eat turkey this Thanksgiving, don't forget that the safest turkey stuffing is one that is cooked OUTSIDE the bird, not inside. For more safety tips, click here.

Quiz Yourself: How Much Do You Know About HIV?

Think you know all you need to know about HIV? Think again: This 10-question quiz from David Salyer exposes some modern myths and facts regarding HIV, who gets it and how it's treated.

When ADAP Falls Through, Other Programs May Help

Not sure if your state's AIDS Drug Assistance Program covers one of the new HIV meds approved this year? Want to find out how you can gain free access to those meds through special Patient Assistance Programs run by the companies that produce them? Project Inform has the details.

Sponsored Message: Strut Your Stuff and Earn Some Extra Spending Cash!

One of our pharmaceutical sponsors is still seeking HIV-positive people on HIV medications who would like to take part in an upcoming photo shoot in Manhattan. If you live in the New York metropolitan area and would like to be considered, click here to learn more and submit your application online.

Fact Sheet on Atazanavir (Reyataz)

Need a primer on atazanavir (Reyataz)? Project Inform's extremely helpful fact sheet on this new protease inhibitor makes a great resource for those who are already taking atazanavir, may soon be taking it or are just curious to learn more.

You can also browse through The Body's extensive collection of articles about atazanavir, which includes basic FDA information and the latest research.

So You Have Hepatitis C. What Next?

If you've been diagnosed with hepatitis C (HCV), the next step is to figure out the best course of treatment. Interferon and ribavirin are the two drugs most commonly used to treat HCV infection; in this article, WISE Words tells us more about how they work.

A Cheaper Way to Prevent Vertical HIV Transmission

Good news for the prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission in developing countries: A single dose of nevirapine (Viramune) given to an HIV-positive woman during labor, plus a single dose given to her infant soon after birth, has been found to reduce the risk of HIV transmission more than 40 percent better than AZT (zidovudine, Retrovir) -- and at just a small fraction of the cost.

Revisiting Trizivir: Is It Still Safe to Take?

Sometimes, HIV treatment news -- like the story that broke earlier this year about problems with Trizivir (AZT + 3TC + abacavir) -- can fly by so quickly that you can't make heads or tails of what the real story is. So what's the deal with Trizivir -- is it safe or not? Read on for a new perspective from The Center for AIDS.

In Canada, Free Treatment Doesn't Mean You'll Get It

Even in British Columbia, where free HIV health care is provided by the state to everyone who needs it, one out of every three people who died from HIV/AIDS since 1995 never received HIV medications, according to a recent study. Those who died without ever receiving antiretrovirals were more likely to be aboriginal, female and living in a low-income area.

Testing and Telling: It's a Must to Prevent HIV's Spread

HIV-positive individuals' failure to disclose their HIV status to sexual partners -- either intentionally or unintentionally -- is "a significant but underreported factor in the continued spread" of HIV in the U.S., some public health experts say in a new book.

Web Highlights

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

Born Again
Tony Kushner's Broadway megahit, Angels in America, has been reincarnated as a star-studded HBO movie. But will the story of a white gay guy with Kaposi's sarcoma inspire audiences now that global AIDS has the spotlight?
From POZ Magazine (December 2003)

Now Teenagers, Children Born With HIV Face Challenge of "Coming Out"
No one expected them to live very long in the early days of the epidemic, but today, many so-called "AIDS babies" are thriving teens, and facing a new set of challenges. This is the story of one of them.
From Associated Press (November 23, 2003)

Effect of Medication Adherence on Survival of HIV-Infected Adults Who Start Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy When the CD4+ Cell Count Is 0.200 to 0.350 x 109 Cells/L
Delaying HAART until a person's CD4 count falls to 200 does not make them more likely to die, provided once they start treatment they take all their medications on time every day, this study finds.
From Annals of Internal Medicine (November 18, 2003)

HIV-Associated Wasting
A comprehensive look at the diagnosis and treatment of this illness.
From HIV InSite's Knowledge Base (November 2003)
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