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November 27, 2002

The Body Covers Treatment Conference in Glasgow

Although there are important ongoing studies on therapeutic drug monitoring, it's still not used in the U.S. A group of experts has developed a list of key concepts regarding the use of therapeutic drug monitoring in routine HIV management, Dr. Jonathan Schapiro reports.

The dangers of an unstructured treatment interruption must be made clear to all patients. The only place for a treatment interruption at present is in the context of clinical trial, reports Dr. Simon D. Portsmouth.

Browse through more of The Body's coverage of the 6th International Congress on Drug Therapy in HIV Infection -- coverage is still coming in!

Overcoming Your Fear of HAART

Harry Dohnert's path from HIV skeptic to HIV educator was long and rocky: "I had originally seen AIDS as a major conspiracy to get rid of minorities and swell the pockets of drug companies," he says. "I refused antiretroviral medications because I felt I was being used as a guinea pig."

World AIDS Day 2002 at The Body

Stigma plays a crucial role in spreading HIV. Because of stigma, people don't tell their partners they are positive. Because of stigma, people don't get the help they need. Because of stigma, too many people around the world die alone. Use The Body's directory of World AIDS Day resources to learn more about stigma, this year's World AIDS Day theme and one of the demons leading HIV's charge.

Do your part to fight stigma: Send a World AIDS Day E-Card!

New Predictor of Heart Problems Discovered

A study of almost 28,000 healthy women found that C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation, more effectively predicts impending heart disease than a person's LDL cholesterol level. The findings may make it easier for physicians to spot heart problems in HIV-positive people before they happen. Click here to read more.

South Africa's President: From AIDS Dissident to AIDS Advocate

"In less than a year, President Mbeki and his cabinet have gone from overstating the danger of antiretroviral therapy to recognizing that such treatment is necessary to prevent the untimely death and improve the quality of life of one in four South African adults," said José M. Zuniga of the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care (IAPAC).

Efforts to Test Moms-to-Be for HIV Fall Short

Testing a woman for HIV while she's still pregnant affords the best opportunity for doctors to prevent HIV from being passed on to her baby. However, a recent large-scale survey of HIV testing among pregnant women in the U.S. and Canada has found that in many places, more should be done to get such women tested.

Gay Men Join Push for Microbicides

"The push for microbicides is not a gay or heterosexual issue -- it's important for all of us," Jim Pickett said. Pickett was a panelist at a recent meeting on HIV prevention and anal microbicides. D. Kevin McNeir reports on gay men who are joining the battle for microbicides.

How We Become Resistant to Anti-HIV Drugs

If you're still in the dark about how anti-HIV medications work and how HIV can become resistant to them, read this super article by Bob Munk.

Read This Before You Go Back to Work

Thinking about returning to work, but still collecting social security? Check out this terrific overview of the Ticket to Work Program.

A Pastor Is Tested Before His Flock

In Buffalo, N.Y. True Bethel Baptist Church Pastor Darius G. Pridgen endured the needle prick of an HIV test in front of his congregation during Sunday worship. He then implored his assembly to get tested for HIV after services, in what is believed to be the first effort by a U.S. church to mass-screen people for HIV.

Staying Up-to-Date on HIV Treatment

HIV is "perhaps the most rapidly changing field in medicine," says Dr. Joel Gallant, one of the pioneering researchers in HIV treatment. "The only way to keep current is to attend meetings and conferences, to read newsletters, and to be active on the Web."

HIV-Positive People Can Be Infected Again

The debate is over: HIV superinfection is real, and it's dangerous. Treatment Action Group analyzes recent research proving that HIV-positive people can become infected with a second, potentially more dangerous strain of HIV, and what these findings mean for the world of HIV treatment and prevention.

In Africa, HIV and Famine Go Hand in Hand

The HIV/AIDS epidemic is fuelling a widening and increasingly deadly famine in southern Africa, according to a new UNAIDS report.

To read the full report, click here (PDF).

U.S. Looking for HIV-Positive Tissue Donors

At least a dozen projects funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health are in need of tissue donated by HIV-positive people. If you think you might be interested in donating, read this article.

Web Highlights

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

AIDS: Europe's New Iron Curtain
The rise of the AIDS epidemic in the East has fueled a new type of separation from the region's Western neighbors
From BBC News (November 26, 2002)

Responding to the World AIDS Crisis
The top dogs at the Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation compare the global HIV epidemic to the situation in San Francisco in the 1980s
From San Francisco Chronicle (November 26, 2002)

Critics Say U.S. Government Deleted Web Site Material to Push Abstinence
U.S. agencies have systematically axed online information they once provided on safe sex and the safety of abortion
From The New York Times (Free registration required) (November 25, 2002)

Pathogenesis of HIV-Associated Lymphoma
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)

International HIV Workshop on Management of Treatment-Experienced Patients
A summary of the workshop's presentations at IDSA
From The Hopkins HIV Report (November 2002)

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