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December 17, 2003

A War With No End: One Man's Battle With HIV

Sanford Gaylord is haunted by his daily fight with HIV. "As a young adult," he says, "I was drafted into a war that was declared on humankind over 20 years ago. I was placed on the frontline over 13 years ago when HIV invaded my body. I saw the tragedies of war as I lost one friend after another to HIV and attended tearless funerals that had brimstone overtones from the pulpit."

Want to Be a Part of HIV Treatment Research? Sign Up at The Body to Take Part in Clinical Trials!

Hundreds of studies are conducted every year to test new treatments for HIV and other aspects of HIV disease like lipodystrophy, wasting and neuropathy. If you're looking for a new angle on treatment, or just want to help further the cause of HIV treatment research, complete our new online application! The completely confidential info you provide will help HIV/AIDS researchers find volunteers for future clinical trials and studies.

Now Is the Time to Join the HIV/AIDS Fight

"Now is the time, more than ever, that the voices of men and women living with and impacted by HIV and AIDS must be heard on a local, state and national level. ... What can you do? What should you do? Get involved. Organize. Strategize. Mobilize. Vocalize. Vote." Charles E. Clifton, Executive Director of Chicago's Test Positive Aware Network, implores people to help the fight against AIDS.

How to Become an HIV Treatment Advocate

Interested in joining the push for more research into antiretrovirals and other forms of HIV therapy? This primer from Wise Words will tell you how to educate yourself and get involved as an AIDS treatment/research advocate.

New First-Line Treatment Study Puts Efavirenz-Based Combo on Top

A regimen consisting of AZT (zidovudine, Retrovir), 3TC (lamivudine, Epivir) and efavirenz (Sustiva) stays effective longer than several other studied regimens in patients who have never taken HIV medications, according to this study.

In Fond Farewell, Expert Laments Deteriorating AIDS Policy Situation in U.S.

The Body's mental health expert Michael Shernoff will answer his final "Ask the Experts" question on Dec. 31, after seven years of outstanding service to HIV-positive people who visit our forums seeking mental health advice. In his farewell letter, he thanks everyone who wrote to him and takes a moment to issue a warning about the "dangerous" political climate for HIV/AIDS in the U.S.

Have any mental health questions for Mr. Shernoff, or just want to give him a big sendoff? He's still on duty in our "Ask the Experts" mental health forum until the end of the year. Stop by and speak your mind!

Talking With Your Doctor About Side Effects

Although all medications have side effects, how they impact someone's daily life can vary widely. Doctors often fail to warn their patients about what to expect, and sometimes don't listen very well when their patients complain. Here's a helpful guide to reporting medication side effects to your doctor.

Pap Smear Alternative May Effectively Spot Cancer

A recent study suggests that switching from Pap smears to human papillomavirus testing as the primary screening method for cervical cancer could improve detection rates.

Agreement Could Bring More Generic Meds to South Africa

GlaxoSmithKline and Boehringer Ingelheim announced last week that they will allow generic versions of their patented HIV meds to be widely manufactured in South Africa. In an out-of-court settlement with AIDS activists, the companies will grant more licenses to generic firms to produce and import antiretroviral drugs.

Visual AIDS Newsletter: Info for HIV+ Artists

The Fall 2003 Art+ Newsletter from Visual AIDS features an array of news for and about HIV-positive artists, including a list of upcoming artist opportunities nationwide and an online resource listing. Give it a scan and -- if you haven't already -- consider joining this wonderful organization!

A Deadly Trio: HIV, Malaria and Tuberculosis

Three diseases -- HIV, malaria and tuberculosis -- killed more than five million people worldwide in 2001. When someone is infected with more than one of these illnesses, they are even more likely to die. Tragically, all three diseases are preventable -- yet the world has only just begun stepping up its efforts to stop them.

CDC's "Prevention for Positives" Campaign Kicks In

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced $49 million in HIV prevention grants which require the recipients to incorporate 13 key indicators into their programs to demonstrate effectiveness and a focus on HIV-infected persons.

Hepatitis B: A Danger for HIV-Positive People?

Why is the U.S. government so interested in vaccinating everyone for hepatitis B? Click here for a review of some of the latest research.

Want to learn more about hepatitis B prevention? Browse through The Body's collection of articles.

Coming in February: Retrovirus 2004

The U.S.'s largest AIDS conference of the year is less than two months away, and The Body is already deep in preparations to bring you in-depth coverage of this major event in HIV/AIDS research. Some of our top medical experts will be in San Francisco from Feb. 8-11 for the conference -- the 11th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2004) -- which often acts as a bellwether for the HIV/AIDS research revelations to come throughout the year. For more on CROI 2004, visit this page.

Web Highlights

A Selection of the Top HIV/AIDS Stories From Across the Internet:

AIDS After "Angels": Not Gone, Not Forgotten
A first-person look at how the epidemic has evolved since Tony Kushner's play, "Angels in America, first hit Broadway in 1993.
From The New York Times (free registration required) (December 16, 2003)

HIV No Bar to Liver Transplantation
A new study by U.S. and United Kingdom researchers supports what many HIVers already know: Having HIV shouldn't prevent people from having liver transplants.
From Reuters Health (December 15, 2003)

"I Worry That I Will Have No One"
As Thailand struggles to care for 300,000 AIDS orphans, HIV infection numbers begin to rise despite a hugely successful HIV prevention campaign in the 1990s.
From The Washington Post (December 12, 2003)

Fibre-, Protein-, Calorie-Rich Diet Appears to Protect Against Central Fat Gain in Men
Researchers find evidence that HIV-positive men are less likely to have lipoyhypertrophy -- fat gain around their midsection -- if they had a diet relatively high in fiber, protein and, ironically enough, calories. The study also noted that these men were also more likely to exercise and less likely to smoke.
From (December 11, 2003)

Disabled People "At Significantly Increased Risk" of HIV Infection
Early data from an international survey find that people with disabilities are often burned twice when it comes to HIV: They're more at risk for infection than non-disabled people, and less likely to receive adequate care after they're diagnosed.
From (December 2, 2003)
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