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December 3, 2003

World AIDS Day Doesn't End on Dec. 2

World AIDS Day took place on Dec. 1, but the battle against HIV/AIDS is far more than a one-day affair. Visit The Body's World AIDS Day page for a complete look at World AIDS Day 2003. Learn more about the current status of the epidemic, how you can spread AIDS awareness and what you can do to fight the stigma of HIV.

The global AIDS epidemic shows no signs of abating. In its yearly update released on World AIDS Day, UNAIDS reports that five million people became infected with HIV worldwide in 2003, and three million died from AIDS this year alone -- the highest single-year total ever.

Rock the AIDS Vote in 2004!

On World AIDS Day, some of the nation's leading HIV/AIDS service, advocacy and research organizations launched a new Web site, AIDSVote.org. The site was created in an effort to educate voters and 2004 presidential election candidates on the public policies needed to make future progress against HIV/AIDS in the U.S. and around the globe.

"If we want an AIDS vaccine and better medicines, the best U.S. presidential campaign slogan will be 'Someone Else in 2004,'" says David Scondras, who heads the Boston treatment advocacy organization Search for a Cure.

HIV-Positive Artistry Shines in Visual AIDS' Web Gallery

This month's Visual AIDS Web Gallery focuses on "the impact of art as a mechanism for catharsis and expression," featuring art about drug addiction, family and other forms of release. Click here to view astonishingly vibrant art by HIV-positive artists.

The Body's Bulletin Boards Are Bustling!

The Body's bulletin boards are busier than they've ever been. Stop in and talk with others about living with HIV, dealing with the highs and lows of treatment, finding a date or whatever else is on your mind!

We also have a bulletin board available in Spanish.

Hepatitis C Treatment: Not Quite a Joy Ride

"Bette Davis once said, 'Fasten your seat belts, it's going to be a bumpy night,' and that is exactly how I have been feeling on HCV [hepatitis C] treatment." Gerald Moreno describes what it's like to receive treatment for HCV, and offers some helpful advice for people who are coinfected with HIV and HCV.

Major Generic Drug Agreement May Not Be So Ideal

In August, the World Trade Organization reached a landmark agreement that many promised would clear the way toward the use of cheap, generic HIV medications throughout the developing world. The reality, though, may not be nearly as rosy, as this analysis from AIDS Treatment News explains.

Prevention for Positives: The Basics

As a person living with HIV, what steps do you need to take to make sure you don't infect others? Women Alive takes a closer look at the new focus being given to the HIV prevention responsibilities -- legal, moral and otherwise -- of people with HIV.

For more on prevention issues for HIV-positive people, browse through The Body's collection of articles.

A Critical Review of One of 2003's New Drugs

The advocates at Treatment Action Group have concerns about 908 (fosamprenavir, Lexiva), the new HIV protease inhibitor approved in the U.S. earlier this fall. In this position paper, they review what is known about the drug to date and offer their analysis.

Lipoatrophy 101: The Lowdown on Wasting

Confused about lipoatrophy -- fat loss in the face, arms and legs -- and how it relates to lipodystrophy? This easy-to-read overview from Project Inform will fill you in on the causes of and potential treatments for lipoatrophy, which is sometimes referred to as "wasting."

An Ode to AndroGel

Fed up with the side effects of steroid injections for his low testosterone levels, Carlos A. Perez turned to AndroGel, a prescription drug he rubs on his skin. "Do not expect to apply a few packets and start bursting out of your shirts," he says, but the gel and others like it can have many benefits for men with HIV.

Is Willful HIV Transmission a Form of Assault?

HIV transmission sometimes looks a lot like domestic violence, writes Carrie Broadus of Women Alive. When heterosexual men knowingly transmit HIV to their partners without telling them, it's a kind of assault -- and it's not so easy to blame the woman for not doing enough to protect herself from infection.

Microbicides: A Boon for Receptive Partners

Why can't people just ask their partners to use condoms so they can be protected from HIV and other diseases? It's not always that simple, writes GMHC's Deneen Robinson, but a microbicide can help empower receptive partners to protect themselves from HIV -- without having to rely on anybody else.

Snip That Foreskin, Australian Experts Urge

In Australia, where circumcision isn't practiced nearly as often as it is in the U.S., medical experts have stepped up their calls for its wider use. The reason? Studies increasingly show that the presence of a foreskin can increase a man's risk of contracting HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

Sponsored Message: Photo Shoot Is Still Seeking People With HIV!

One of our pharmaceutical sponsors is looking for HIV-positive people of all ages, races and body types who are taking HIV medications and would like to earn extra cash by participating in an upcoming Manhattan photo shoot. 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.

Web Highlights

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

China Tells Its Public of Enormity of AIDS Toll
With China taking its first real steps toward a full-scale public awareness campaign about AIDS this week, the degree of ignorance caused by past government denial becomes evident.
From The New York Times (free registration required) (December 3, 2003)

HIV Hemophiliacs: "Too Easy to Forget"
Meet Robert James, one of more than 1,200 British hemophiliacs who received HIV-infected blood products in the 1980s. He's been living with HIV for 19 years.
From BBC News Online (December 2, 2003)

AIDS Activists Blast Vatican's Stance on Condoms
The Roman Catholic Church reiterates its staunch anti-condom position on World AIDS Day, and AIDS activists are not happy.
From Reuters (December 2, 2003)

A Mixed Prognosis
As millions of people mark World AIDS Day, the statistics seem gloomier than ever. But the global fight against the disease is steadily gaining strength.
From The Economist (December 1, 2003)

Gastrointestinal Side Effects Lead One in Eight to Change HAART Regimen in First Year of Treatment
This 345-patient Louisiana study also found that more than half of new HAART patients switched or stopped their first regimens within the first year, and that many never consulted with their doctors before doing so.
From aidsmap.com (November 27, 2003)

Wait Lists for AIDS Drugs Grow in 10 States
An in-depth article about AIDS Drug Assistance Program [ADAP] waiting lists, including interviews with patients and officials nationwide.
From Newsday (November 26, 2003)
  
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