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December 18, 2002

December Madness: Keeping Your Health in Check

Between the holiday parties, trips abroad, fights with long-lost family members, incredibly unhealthy food and the craziness of last-minute gift shopping, it's awfully easy to lose sight of what's really important: Your own health. Take a moment to read through this guide to keeping your head above water as the year draws to a close.

Going Away? Don't Forget Your Meds!

Taking a trip during the upcoming holidays? Anytime you plan to break your usual routine, be sure to plan ahead so you're sure not to break your medication schedule as well. Keep these ten quick tips in mind and you'll be sure to never miss a dose!

Sponsored Survey From GlaxoSmithKline

Basketball great Earvin "Magic" Johnson, after a long hiatus from the spotlight, has returned to promote greater awareness of HIV and the treatments available for it. Are you happy Magic's back? GlaxoSmithKline, the company sponsoring his return, wants to know -- click on this link to tell it what you think.

Safely Having a Baby as a Positive Couple

If you and your partner are both HIV positive and want to have a child, there are two important issues to consider: keeping both of you as safe as possible while trying to get pregnant and preventing the baby from becoming infected. For some other tips, click here.

World Frowns on U.S.'s Rabid Anti-Abortion View

Much of the world scolded the current U.S. administration last week for its stubborn refusal to budge on its anti-abortion and anti-condom stances. In the latest spat, the Bush administration has threatened to yank U.S. funding for a key international family-planning agreement.

Thinking of Joining a Clinical Trial?

If you live in the Boston area and would like to participate in a clinical trial, browse through this list of all the open and enrolling trials at Community Research Initiative of New England.

If you live anywhere else in the U.S., be sure to visit The Body's directory of open clinical trials for more information on enrolling studies near you!

Treatments for Diarrhea

If you are suffering from bouts of diarrhea, here is a long list of possible medications you can use.

HIV: It's Not About National Security

Could calling HIV a "threat to national security" do more harm than good? Some experts are starting to think so. As one key organization leader puts it, it's essential that HIV be thought of first and foremost as a threat to health and human dignity.

Yeast Infections in Women With HIV

Yeast infections can strike all women, but HIV-positive women are especially susceptible. What's the best way to treat a yeast infection, and what can you do to prevent one from occurring? Read this important information from ACRIA's "Treatment Issues for Women."

Can Meds Make Life "Down There" Less Interesting?

Wondering if there is a connection between HAART and sexual dysfunction? Dan Dunable from AIDS Survival News looks into a few recent studies.

Diary of an HIV Treatment Educator

Wonder what it's like to dedicate your life to teaching others about today's treatments for HIV? Read this diary covering one week in the life of a frontline educator, from GHMC Treatment Issues.

Pivotal Moment for HIV Treatment in Africa

Botswana has become the first major test case for large-scale HIV treatment in Africa. If it works, it may open the doors to greater treatment access throughout the continent. If it doesn't, it could keep millions more HIV-positive Africans from ever seeing an anti-HIV pill.

Battling HIV on Two Wheels

"Pos Ped is a group of riders who come together from all walks of life and participate in one of the many AIDS Rides around the country, fully disclosing our HIV-positive status by wearing special jerseys and bright orange flags on our bicycles." Jeffrey Allen writes about the positive impact these rides have had on him.

Managing Hepatitis, Avoiding Liver Disease

Many individuals who become infected with hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV) develop chronic liver disease that can gradually lead to serious liver damage. Medical management involves periodic monitoring, abstinence from alcoholic beverages, and for some patients, antiviral therapy.

Call to Arms for World's HIV Specialists

"We know what is at stake. We have seen what we are able to accomplish. Thus, we must not settle for anything less." The president of the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care talks about the role of healthcare professionals in the global fight against HIV.

Review of Recent HIV Treatment News

A look over the past few months of treatment news, from Positively Aware.

The Key to Happiness: Empowering Yourself

"My name is Beverly. I am co-infected (HIV/hepatitis C), bisexual, African American, 52 years young and last of all, I'm in prison until 2009." Beverly explains how she finds the courage to go on.

Web Highlights

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

"Orphan Tax" On the Cards
So many Namibian children have been orphaned by AIDS that the government is imposing a special tax on all citizens to help pay for their care
From The Namibian (December 17, 2002)

More Than Words to Fight AIDS
Instead of pressing other countries to do more to combat global AIDS, the U.S. should take a long hard look at its own poor response
Editorial from The New York Times (free registration required) (December 16, 2002)

Resuming Smallpox Shots Carries Risk
HIV-positive people not only have to avoid getting shots, they also need to watch out for close contact with people who've just been vaccinated
From The New York Times (free registration required) (December 12, 2002)

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