Making a Mixed-Status Relationship Work
Relationships are tough no matter what the situation. However,
mixed-status relationships -- where one person is HIV negative and
one is positive -- have their own special blessings and pitfalls.
Click here for some helpful tips to making this type of relationship work.
What's Viral Hepatitis All About?
Millions of Americans have viral hepatitis (hepatitis A, B or C).
It's an inflammation of the liver that is a particularly significant
problem among injection drug users and people with HIV. Read the
facts about hepatitis from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
For information specifically on hepatitis C, which infects at
least one third of people with HIV, read this overview from
registered nurse Bethsheba Johnson.
Safer Sex: It's a Matter of Love
Whether we're HIV-negative or HIV-positive, we all can feel
challenged when it comes to negotiating safe sex. But some people
have an easier time of it than others. Mental health expert Sandra
K. Trisdale explains why.
Learn the basics about tenofovir (Viread): what it is, how to take
it, what side effects it can cause and much more. This convenient
fact sheet from The Center for AIDS tells all.
Weight Loss in Women With HIV
Not all weight loss is good weight loss! If you're a woman living
with HIV and the dial on your scale keeps sliding further to the left,
read this important information on loss of muscle mass, from ACRIA's guide to treatment issues for women.
How Doctors Measure HIV-Related Wasting
Bioelectric Impedance Analysis (BIA) is one of the tools medical
professionals can use to monitor HIVers for wasting. To learn more
about BIA tests, read this summary from AIDS Project Los Angeles.
Drug Abuse and HIV Prevention
The key to helping injection drug users reduce HIV transmission risk
is substance abuse treatment. Linking HIV prevention programs and
substance abuse treatment could have tremendous benefit but,
unfortunately, it also faces challenges.
Clean Needles ... From Your Doctor?
Using sterile syringes will help injection drug users substantially
reduce their risk of acquiring HIV and other blood-borne diseases
like hepatitis B and C. Not many people know that you can get a
doctor's prescription for a syringe, but you can; some groups are now encouraging doctors to get more involved in helping injection drug users.
Treatment Education: It's All About the Need to Help
"If I can help one person not to be afraid, to let go of the fear
which can paralyze, then I've made good on the opportunity granted
me." Charles E. Clifton, Test Positive Aware Network's Executive
Director, talks about what keeps him motivated as an HIV treatment educator.
Study Analyzes Side Effects From HAART
A large U.S. study called HOPS (short for HIV Outpatient Study) is
helping many researchers address issues regarding the side effects
of HAART, including lipodystrophy. Consultant Steve McGuire discusses
some of the early study results in Positively Aware.
U.S. Updates Clinical Trial Guidance
Citing the importance of HIV viral load levels in determining the
success of experimental HIV treatments, the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration has issued a new guidance meant to help researchers better develop effective clinical trials.
A Selection of the Top HIV/AIDS Stories From Across the Internet:
Homosexuals and HIV/AIDS
Acknowledging the existence of homosexuality in Gambia might help prevent HIV
From The Independent, Banjul, Gambia (December 9, 2002)
Larry Kramer Lends Name to Fight Against Company Over HIV Drug
The high-profile playwright and AIDS activist lends his support to invalidate the patent for AZT
From The Washington Blade (December 6, 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)