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November 10, 2009
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Thomas DeLorenzo Back From the Brink of Death
People are still dying from AIDS-related causes in the U.S. -- and some of them die without even knowing they're HIV positive. This almost happened to Hollywood publicist and TheBody.com blogger Thomas DeLorenzo. When he found out he had HIV in 2001, he also discovered that he had Pneumocystis pneumonia and Kaposi's sarcoma. His doctor told him he missed dying by just a few days. Here's the story of why he buried his head in the sand. (Blog from TheBody.com)


 In U.S., Special Programs May Help Offset Some HIV Medication Costs
The U.S. economy may be on the verge of a recovery, but that doesn't mean your wallet is. HIV meds can get very expensive, even if you have health insurance. Thankfully, many HIV drug companies offer programs that can help HIVers in the U.S. reduce the amount they have to dish out in co-pays and out-of-pocket costs. (Article from Test Positive Aware Network)


 A Quick Look at HIV-Related Opportunistic Infections and STDs
Even in wealthy countries, HIVers still are at some risk for "opportunistic infections," which are illnesses that try to take advantage of weakened immune systems. A number of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can also be a particular problem for HIVers. This rundown provides more info, as well as a list of tips for how you can protect yourself. (Article from Test Positive Aware Network)

If you'd like to learn more about HIV-related opportunistic infections and other illnesses to be aware of if you're living with HIV, look no further than our huge collection of overviews, articles and research.


 To Prevent HIV, Test and Treat Everybody, IAS Urges
Effective HIV treatment doesn't just help HIV-positive people, says the International AIDS Society (IAS). The IAS says that universal HIV testing followed by early treatment for all who test positive could be a powerful (and cost-effective) HIV prevention tool, with the potential to significantly curb the worldwide pandemic. (Press release from the International AIDS Society)


Doctors Without Borders Report Cover Don't Blame Your Lack of HIV/AIDS Funding on the Global Recession, Group Tells Rich Countries
Wealthy nations have recently reneged on commitments to fund lifesaving HIV/AIDS services in resource-limited countries. The global financial meltdown has been named as a chief culprit, but officials at Doctors Without Borders aren't settling for that excuse. (Article from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Doctors Without Borders issued a full report on the global HIV/AIDS funding crisis, which is available as a PDF online.



U.S. HIV/AIDS Plan: Just a Few Days Left to Testify Online!
The White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP)'s series of HIV/AIDS community discussions is sweeping the U.S. You can still submit your testimony online from now through Nov. 13 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. You can also take a look at the list of cities to see if a meeting is coming to your area. The next discussion will take place in Jackson, Miss., on Nov. 16.


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, longtime 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!