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December 5, 2001

One Week On, One Week Off: New Treatment Strategy

Instead of continuously taking anti-HIV medications, some HIV-positive people may be able to move to a strategy in which they stay on therapy for seven days, then stay off for the next seven. Get the latest on this pilot study of "structured intermittent therapy."

Self-Testing: Convenient, But Risky

There are definitely benefits to using home-testing devices for HIV and diabetes. This technology-driven trend, however, is not without limits -- it could result in serious problems for those who rely solely on the tests rather than the expertise of their health-care provider.

Gay Men, Domestic Violence and HIV

"On a daily basis I was humiliated, disempowered, verbally abused, for three years. I left the relationship believing everything he said. I was a worthless person that was nothing without him . . . If you believe you aren't worth saving, then how does the practice of safe sex coincide with that?" Michael Barnett discusses domestic violence in the gay community, in Positively Aware.

The Body's In-Depth Conference Coverage

An important AIDS conference begins next week in Chicago, and The Body will be - the - place to go for top-notch coverage of the entire event. Ten of the most outstanding doctors in the field will bring you exclusive, next-day coverage of the 41st Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, which will run from Dec. 16 to Dec. 19, 2001.

The Body proudly brings you thorough coverage of last month's 52nd Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, with Dr. Jorge L. Herrera and Dr. Luis Ballart providing summaries.

Before Taking Your Treatment Holiday . . .

If you're intent on taking a treatment holiday, get medical guidance -- and, if at all possible, join a trial! The people from Search for a Cure tell you why.

Delaying AIDS Treatment May Be OK

A pair of new studies find that symptom-free HIV patients may be able to hold off on starting their drug regimens longer than previously thought. The Associated Press reports that a patient's CD4 count can be as low as 200 without hurting a drug's effectiveness.

To stay on top of the latest HIV/AIDS news, be sure to bookmark The Body's daily news update page.

Why Anthrax May Help AIDS Research

With fears of bioterrorism making headlines, scientists have stepped up their development of new disease-fighting drugs. Many of these new drugs work by strengthening the body's immune system, which could have a significant impact on the HIV/AIDS community. AIDS Treatment News fills us in on the details.

HIV: Just Like a Terrorist?

Dr. Jeffrey S. Murray draws parallels between the battle against HIV and the war against terrorism. Sharing our world with a foe, he says, requires constant resolve, vigilance, and innovation.

Can Catholic Hospitals Steer You Wrong?

Many people do not realize that the extent of care offered by medical facilities that operate under the guidance of the Catholic Church may not be equal to care available from other, non-Catholic health providers. Read the eye-opening story in GMHC's Treatment Issues.

Take Action for Higher AIDS Funding

Final decisions are pending on many of next year's government funding bills, which are essential to HIV/AIDS care, prevention, and research. You can still make a difference in the fight for greater funding: Call your local congressperson!

National AIDS Marathon: Sponsor a Runner!

Participants in the National AIDS Marathon training program are gearing up to run the 26.2-mile Honolulu Marathon on December 9, 2001. The San Francisco AIDS Foundation has the details on the program, as well as how you can help support the fight against AIDS by sponsoring a runner.

South Africa Says Thanks, But No Thanks

Although a German drug manufacturer has offered free nevirapine -- which has been shown to greatly reduce the risk of mother-to-child HIV transmission -- to all of South Africa, the country's president refuses to accept it. Want to do something about it? AIDS Action has prepared a letter you can send to South Africa's U.S. ambassador.

Spreading the Wealth Overseas

The challenge now, experts say, is to bring the tools that have made progress against AIDS in the United States to other countries. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration looks back at living with AIDS -- 20 years later.

New Health Plan for HIV-Positive New Yorkers

The HIV Special Needs Plan, or HIV SNP, is a new kind of Medicaid plan for people with HIV in New York State. How does it differ from traditional Medicaid programs? Read the details in GMHC's Treatment Issues.

Depression and HIV: Common, But Easy to Miss

Studies indicate that depression is somewhat difficult to diagnose in people living with HIV/AIDS. Many of the symptoms of depression -- fatigue, appetite changes, problems sleeping -- can easily be mistaken for manifestations of HIV. Read this insightful article on the detection and treatment of depression from Glen Pietrandoni, in Positively Aware.

There's no blueprint on how to prevent depression, but there are things you can do to keep it from taking over your life or the life of someone close to you. Charles E. Clifton provides a handy checklist in Positively Aware.

HIV Positive and Addicted to Drugs

Tyrone Pittman shares his thoughts about living with HIV and recovering from substance abuse, in Positively Aware.

AIDS Vaccine: The Past and the Future

There is more reason than ever to be hopeful that an AIDS vaccine will bring the pandemic under control one day soon, but there are many questions left unanswered and many obstacles littering the road ahead. The San Francisco AIDS Foundation takes us through the progress we've made and the challenges yet to come.

A Closer Look at Clinical Trials

Carlton Hogan offers a fascinating look at HIV clinical trials and the overall risk/benefit ratios of various treatments over time, in GMHC's Treatment Issues.

Doctors: Apply for New T-20 Rescue Study

A small safety study of T-20 for patients with a CD4 count under 50 who need a rescue regimen opened for registration on November 27. Only the first 56 physicians who call in -- and have exactly three eligible patients each -- will be accepted.

World AIDS Day: Not Just for Dec. 1

Check out The Body's World AIDS Day section. Find out what you can do to teach yourself and others about HIV/AIDS and how you can plan for next year!

Web Highlights
A Selection of the Top HIV/AIDS Stories from Across the Internet

Pill Factory to the World
India's drug industry is growing beyond cheap knockoffs of Western innovation
From Forbes (December 10, 2001)

Anti-AIDS Campaign Viewed As a Failure
Gay partners need to talk, an expert says
From San Francisco Chronicle (December 3, 2001)

San Francisco Shines a Light on World AIDS Day
From San Francisco Chronicle (December 3, 2001)

AIDS in the Anthrax Age
The CDCís focus on bioterrorism concerns some AIDS activists
From The Washington Blade (November 30, 2001)

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