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December 3, 2003
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.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.here to view astonishingly vibrant art by HIV-positive artists. 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.coinfected with HIV and HCV. 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. 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.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. treatments for lipoatrophy, which is sometimes referred to as "wasting." 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. 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. microbicide can help empower receptive partners to protect themselves from HIV -- without having to rely on anybody else. presence of a foreskin can increase a man's risk of contracting HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. here to learn more and submit your application online.
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)