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December 10, 2003
Are you a woman with HIV looking to meet other HIV-positive women? Stop in at The Body's bulletin boards for women to talk with your peers about coping with your diagnosis, dealing with medication side effects, having a baby or anything else that's on your mind.sexual and needle-sharing partners of HIV-positive people were routinely given HIV testing and counseling, the number of people unwittingly transmitting HIV to others could drop dramatically, a recent study says. bill that included a hard-fought $2.4 billion measure to fight HIV and AIDS in Africa and the Caribbean. A vote on the bill, which is already months overdue, will be delayed at least until January, when the Senate returns from its holiday break. children be included in safety tests of developing drugs, including HIV medications. Read this moving summary of how HIV/AIDS has stricken this region. 5th Lipodystrophy Workshop in Paris this past summer and found that HIV researchers haven't learned much more about this disfiguring side effect of HIV and/or its meds. What they do know, however, is that if you have HIV, you shouldn't smoke, and if you're overweight or have insulin resistance, you need to exercise. viral load "blips" (sudden jumps from undetectable to detectable) you see on your labs might not always be a cause for concern, even if they seem to happen relatively often. Bob Huff talks about one recent study that sheds new light on what may cause these blips to occur. research on microbicides, which many hope will revolutionize HIV prevention for women and gay men worldwide, moves ahead quickly without risking the health of study volunteers? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently debated this and other issues in microbicide development.
Medicare Changes Put People With AIDS At Risk, Groups Warn
Provisions in the newly approved Medicare overhaul bill could leave thousands of HIVers without adequate drug coverage, advocates say.
From 365Gay.com (December 10, 2003)
Religions Rise to AIDS Challenge
In South Asia, orthodox thinkers in most faiths have, in the past, denounced those who fall ill with the virus that causes AIDS, suggesting their fate is divine punishment for immoral behavior. Many don't feel that way any longer.
From BBC News (December 5, 2003)
Help Africa's Gay Men; You'll Save Their Women Too
Africa needs to ignore taboos and target men who have sex with men in its HIV prevention efforts, this column says. Doing so could save the female partners of many closeted gay men.
From The Monitor, Kampala, Uganda (December 3, 2003)
WHO Accused of Huge HIV Blunder
The activist group Physicians for Human Rights says the World Health Organization has severely underestimated the number of HIV infections in Africa caused by dirty needles. It's calling for more resources to be spent on preventing needle infections.
From New Scientist (December 3, 2003)
The HIV Research Network: A Unique Opportunity for Real Time Clinical Utilization Analysis in HIV
Meet The HIV Research Network, an effort by healthcare professionals to keep tabs on who in the U.S. is -- and isn't -- receiving the HIV care they need.
From The Hopkins HIV Report (November 2003)