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 HIV Doesn't Increase Swine Flu Death Risk, Study Suggests
Having HIV doesn't make you any more likely to die from H1N1 flu (a.k.a. swine flu), according to a new French study. The study examined the health records of 331 people throughout the world (including the U.S.) who had died from H1N1 before mid-July and who had an "underlying" health condition. Although the researchers couldn't rule out that people with HIV might have died after getting H1N1, none of the records they examined specifically noted HIV/AIDS as an underlying condition. By contrast, obesity/diabetes was the most commonly documented underlying health problem in people who died from H1N1. (Article from

For more on the swine flu situation as it relates to people with HIV, be sure to check out our recent interview with top HIV specialist Joel Gallant, M.D., M.P.H.

 Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Women and HIV: A Research Roundup
What makes women different from men when it comes to HIV? Although there are many similarities between male and female HIVers, women's experiences with HIV prevention, treatment and care are often unique. This thorough overview from a pair of doctors covers all things women-related in HIV, including differences in HIV treatment effectiveness and the fact that women may experience more severe side effects when taking some HIV meds. (Article from Test Positive Aware Network)

 Sexual Violence, Depression and Drugs Put HIV Positive Women's Health at Risk, Study Says
Researchers are constantly learning more about the differences in how HIV works in women. The latest example comes from a huge, ongoing study of women who have been followed since as far back as 1994. New results from the study shine a light on the major factors that may put HIV-positive women at risk of death. They include not just the obvious, such as having a low CD4 count, but also some non-physical issues, such as depression, drug overdose and a history of sexual violence. (Article from the Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange) has long been collecting articles about women-specific concerns in HIV treatment and care. To learn much more about women and HIV, check out our jam-packed resource center for HIV-positive women, complete with first-person stories, an online gallery of art by HIV-positive female artists, and the latest news.


Kevin Fenton, M.D., Ph.D. Top Official Sounds Off as U.S. Holds First Obama-Era Conference on Preventing HIV
More than 3,000 people have gathered in Atlanta, Ga., to take part in the first U.S. National HIV Prevention Conference since the Obama administration came into office. One of those people is Kevin Fenton, M.D., Ph.D., the country's top official in charge of preventing the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (and a co-chair of the conference). In this op-ed piece, Fenton sets the tone for what many hope will be a conference that directly confronts the realities of how HIV is spread in the U.S. (Op-ed from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

The 2009 National HIV Prevention Conference is expected to include a range of discussions on how to realistically reduce the number of people who become HIV positive in the U.S. There will be a heavy focus on issues affecting gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people. Experts will also discuss new HIV prevention methods, such as universal circumcision for newborn boys and the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis, or taking HIV meds before a person even engages in an activity that may put them at risk for HIV. You can learn much more about the conference by visiting its official site.

 White House Takes Steps Toward National HIV/AIDS Strategy With Community Forums
Want to let the Obama administration know what you think should be a part of the country's first nationwide strategy to fight HIV/AIDS? Looks like you may get that chance soon. The White House has announced it'll hold a series of "community discussions" on HIV/AIDS in cities throughout the country, beginning with Atlanta, Ga., on Aug. 25. "With the insights from communities across the country, we will have a strategy that is focused on the goals of reducing HIV incidence, getting people living with HIV/AIDS into care and improving health outcomes, and reducing HIV-related health disparities," said President Barack Obama in a statement. (Press release from the White House)

Activist Central

 Call Assembly Speaker Silver: Stop The HASA Rent Crisis -- New Yorkers With HIV/AIDS Need Affordable Housing!

 Tell Senators Health Care Reform Must Include Medicaid Parity for U.S. Territories!

 Petition for a Robust National Public Health Care Option and Expansion and Enhancement of Medicaid Coverage

 Take a Survey Addressing the Vocational Needs of HIV-Positive People -- Deadline Extended!

 Ensure Congress Has a National AIDS Strategy

 Urge Your Senators to Co-Sponsor the Early Treatment for HIV Act