October 22, 2009
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River Huston River Huston Answers Questions About Sex
"Everyone wants to take me aside and ask me questions about sex," writes River Huston, who's been speaking publicly about HIV and sex since soon after she was diagnosed in 1992. "It doesn't matter where I am, from the office of the Internal Revenue Service to the Archdiocese of Paterson, N.J." In her latest blog entry, River provides a sampling of funny, sweet questions and her answers. (Blog from TheBody.com)


Catherine Hanssens HIV/AIDS Criminals and Innocent Victims: Is There Anything Wrong With This Picture?
The TV news magazine 20/20 recently aired a segment on five Texas women who became HIV positive after they slept with Philippe Padieu, who was later imprisoned for life. HIV legal expert Catherine Hanssens feared it would be yet another sensationalized exposé. "Sad to say, I mostly got what I expected," she writes. (Blog from TheBody.com)


 The Thai HIV Vaccine Trial: Is It a Big Deal or Not?
"For the first time in a long time, something major has happened to give us hope that a successful AIDS vaccine is out there somewhere, just waiting to be created," writes TheBody.com's managing editor Myles Helfand. "And that, if nothing else, is reason enough for me to come away from this feeling a little better about where we are in HIV/AIDS than I did before." (Blog from TheBody.com)


Also Worth Noting: U.S. HIV/AIDS Plan: Attend a White House Talk or Testify Online
A series of HIV/AIDS community discussions is underway throughout the U.S., hosted by the White House Office of National AIDS Policy. Take a look at the list of cities and follow the directions to prepare for the meeting of your choice. The next discussions will take place in Columbia, S.C., on Oct. 26, and in Oakland/Berkeley, Calif., on Nov. 1. You can also testify online from anywhere in the U.S. until Nov. 12.
HIV TREATMENT & HEALTH ISSUES

 The Latest Advice About HIV and H1N1/Seasonal Flu
H1N1 (swine) flu is back with a vengeance in the Northern Hemisphere. We give you a rundown of the latest news and guidance you need to know in order to protect yourself from H1N1 and seasonal flu, whether you have HIV or provide care for someone who does. (Article from TheBody.com)


Wedding Cake Helpful Tips for Finding Your Ideal HIV Doctor
When you're living with HIV, choosing a medical provider can be a lot like sizing up a potential mate. Will she/he be attentive to your needs? Will you be able to afford this relationship? This engaging guide outlines the questions to ask -- and red flags to watch for -- in your search for "Dr. Right." (Article from Test Positive Aware Network)

Still need more help finding that perfect partner in care? At TheBody.com, we've got an extensive library of resources for choosing many types of providers.


 HIV Meds in Development: An Update on Recent Research
The current pipeline of HIV drugs in development is as dry as it's been in quite some time. However, there are several interesting meds in the works, including a possible replacement for Norvir (ritonavir) and a CCR5 inhibitor that may need to be taken only twice a month. (From The Body PRO's coverage of ICAAC 2009)


 A Type of Blood Sugar Test May Be Less Accurate for People With HIV, Study Finds
A test that's commonly used to gauge a person's average blood sugar level may not be accurate in people with HIV, a new study warns. The researchers suggest that an alternate test, fructosamine, may be a better bet than the HbA1c test. (Article from Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange)


 Cancer Risk May Be Lower for People Who Keep CD4 Count Above 500
French researchers say they've uncovered yet another reason why it's good to keep your CD4 count above 500: Doing so may help reduce your risk of developing one of several types of cancer. (Article from aidsmap.com)


 Four-Drug Combination Has High Success Rate in HIVers With Multidrug Resistance
Just because you have a lot of HIV drug resistance doesn't mean you're out of options. The latest evidence: A yearlong French study of multidrug-resistant HIVers found that a regimen that includes four HIV meds spanning three different drug classes resulted in an undetectable viral load for 86 percent of the 103 people studied. (Article from aidsmap.com)


Also Worth Noting: Connect With Others
I Don't Know if I Can Do This ...
(A recent post from the "I Just Tested Positive" board)

"The last three weeks have been unreal since being diagnosed. ... I simply cannot wrap my head around it. I am emotionally and physically exhausted. The day I was diagnosed, I was hospitalized with PCP, a CD4 count below 10 and a viral load of 75,000. I only got out of the hospital a week ago, where I promptly caught H1N1, but my doctor told me to try to "work through it" at home. I am still sick, and have begun antiretrovirals today. Let me just say, I was NOT prepared for the physical reaction to the meds. ... I am terrified to take them again in the morning. I don't know how people handle it. Please, someone share their own experiences with meds and help me to feel some hope." -- allentownboy
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Also Worth Noting: Online Survey: Taking Vitamins & HAART? Take This Survey!
Have you ever used "complementary therapy" (such as vitamins, supplements or mind/body healing) to help manage your HIV? Do you wish there was more research on whether complementary therapies were beneficial to people with HIV? In an effort to spur research, long time HIV/AIDS survivor and activist Nelson Vergel is asking HIV-positive people to take this brief, anonymous survey. The results will be presented at an upcoming HIV/AIDS meeting!
HIV IN THE NEWS

 HIV Care Providers Cheer as Four-Year Ryan White Extension, 5% Annual Funding Increase Passes U.S. Congress
The Ryan White CARE Act, which provides funding for critical HIV/AIDS services, is on the verge of getting renewed funding and at least four more years of life. The U.S. Congress has overwhelmingly passed an extension of the act, which the Senate already passed earlier in the week. It now goes to President Barack Obama's desk to be signed into law. (Press release from the Infectious Diseases Society of America)


 Washington, D.C., Is Badly Mismanaging Services for HIVers, Report Says
Is the Washington, D.C., HIV/AIDS Administration squandering millions of dollars in its attempt to address its HIV situation? That's the contention of a new video report from The Washington Post, which alleges that the agency has failed to meet the dire HIV treatment and housing needs of its citizens. (Report from the Washington Post)


HIV/STD PREVENTION

 Second-Generation Female Condom Is Much Cheaper, Quieter Than Its Mama
The U.S. says hello to FC2, a new female condom that's much cheaper than its predecessor and is reportedly less squeaky. Advocates have expressed hope that FC2 will give women an affordable new option that helps put more of the power of HIV prevention in their hands. (Article from TheBody.com)

What to learn more about HIV prevention for women? Take a look at TheBody.com's extensive collection of articles on the topic.






Activist Central

 Demand Withdrawal of Proposed Legislation in Uganda Expanding LGBT Sanctions, Including DEATH PENALTY!


 Action Alert: Tell Congress to Cut Abstinence-Only Funding!


 Can't Make It to a White House HIV/AIDS Community Discussion? Provide Your Testimony Online for the U.S. National HIV/AIDS Strategy!


 Urge President Obama to Lift the Ban on Federal Funding for Syringe Exchange Programs


 Participate in the White House's HIV/AIDS Community Discussions on the National HIV/AIDS Strategy