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December 11, 2002

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.

Tenofovir 101

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.

Web Highlights

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)

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