January 28, 2010
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FROM THE EDITOR

Bonnie Goldman A Farewell Message From Editorial Director Bonnie Goldman
"Building TheBody.com was an opportunity to not only help others affected by HIV, it was also a chance to begin healing from my brother's tragic death," writes TheBody.com's editorial director, Bonnie Goldman. After 14 years at the helm, Bonnie is stepping down from TheBody.com to take some much-needed time off. In her final blog entry, she reflects on the extraordinary evolution of our site -- as well as the HIV/AIDS pandemic itself -- over the past decade and a half. (Blog from TheBody.com)


ON THE PERSONAL SIDE

Robert Breining Robert Breining: A Bathhouse Addict Comes to Terms With the Truth
"I remember sitting on my bed with the door open, my head spinning from the meth as men would walk by and ask: 'You want company?'" writes Robert Breining of his days as a drug addict and bathhouse regular. Testing HIV positive at 21 clued Robert in to the true reasons behind the life he lived: "[I]t really wasn't the sex I was after as much as the acceptance," he writes in his first blog entry for TheBody.com. "I would do anything just for a compliment or a smile." (Blog from TheBody.com)


Janice Rodriguez "Come Back When You're Dressed Like a Man": A Transgender, Latina HIVer Tells Her Story
"Some providers wonder why a person would want to be transgender," says 26-year-old HIVer Janice Rodriguez. "But being transgender is not something we choose." Janice has faced poor treatment by social service agencies, medical professionals and even some gay community groups because she's transgender -- and that, in turn, made it much harder for her to get the HIV care she needed. (Article from ACRIA and GMHC)


HIV TREATMENT & HEALTH ISSUES

 Vicriviroc, a CCR5 Inhibitor, Hits Major Roadblock in Development
Vicriviroc seemed on track to join Selzentry (Celsentri, maraviroc) this year as the only CCR5 inhibitors on the market. But instead, the drug's development may be in jeopardy: A pair of Phase 3 studies that should have confirmed vicriviroc's value for treatment-experienced HIVers instead found that the drug didn't work well enough. (Article from aidsmap.com)


 HIV Educator Explores Why Meds Aren't as Successful in African Americans
Why do African Americans tend not to fare as well on HIV meds as their white counterparts? After witnessing some of her most motivated African-American clients fall short of their treatment goals, HIV treatment educator Donna Kaminski was inspired to figure out why. (Article from ACRIA and GMHC)


HIV Resistance A Guide to HIV Drug Resistance
HIV is a tough little virus. Although scientists have spent the last 25 years designing medications to fight it, HIV can learn to adapt and avoid the meds. This process, known as drug resistance, is one of the major (and more confusing) issues to understand about HIV treatment. Our newly updated, easy-to-read online booklet on HIV drug resistance provides an in-depth look at the basics. (Guide from TheBody.com)


Connect With Others
Am I Damaged Goods?
(A recent post from the "I Just Tested Positive" board)

"Sometimes I feel like a hollow shell -- damaged goods that no one wants. Other days I feel OK. I feel like a fool that doesn't deserve meds." -- frank74

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Training for Black HIV/AIDS Activists

Fight For Change

Want to be part of a new generation of HIV/AIDS leaders in African-American communities? The Black AIDS Institute provides opportunities to get started. The African-American HIV University, a comprehensive training program in community organizing, is accepting applications until Feb. 5. Also, if you're a student and can get to the Atlanta area, participate in a dynamic program of events and trainings at LIFE AIDS' annual Black Student Mobilization Summit at Clark Atlanta University, from Feb. 5 to Feb. 7.
HIV IN THE NEWS

 Haiti HIV/AIDS Update: Clinic Provides Much-Needed Help
One of the most urgent needs for Haitians with HIV in the weeks after the earthquake (besides access to food and water, of course) is re-establishing access to treatment. Despite being hit hard itself by the earthquake's devastation, the Haitian HIV clinic known as GHESKIO is doing all it can to reach out to people with HIV/AIDS in the area -- and provide general medical care to people who need it. (Article from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Be sure to browse our growing list of articles and resources on HIV/AIDS and the Haiti earthquake for the latest news, blogs and information on how you can help. That includes the ability to donate online to GHESKIO (100 percent of all donations go directly to the group) as well as assist a group of HIV/AIDS organizations based in New York City as they team up to provide supplies, medications and cash to get HIV/AIDS services back up and running in Port-au-Prince.


 Camp Found Guilty of Discrimination for Rejecting 10-Year-Old Boy With HIV
A day camp in New York state broke the law when it turned away a 10-year-old boy simply because he had HIV, a judge has ruled. The judge said the camp discriminated against the boy when, after initially accepting him into a basketball academy, it changed its mind due to unwarranted fears that he might transmit HIV to other children. (Article from LoHud.com)


Jackie Braxton The Girl Who Cried HIV: Share Your Thoughts
Earlier this month, a Detroit, Mich., woman posted an online video in which she claimed to have infected about 500 men and women with HIV -- but the entire thing turned out to be a hoax. The woman says she did it to increase HIV awareness (well, that and advertise the porn site she runs). But do the ends justify the means? (Article from TheBody.com)


HIV PREVENTION

Modified Yellen style (Gomco) circumcision clamp. Improved Circumcision Tools Cut Down on Amputation Risk, Researcher Says
"Possibility of amputation" is not a phrase one wants to hear in relation to circumcision, but it's a very real risk with some commonly used circumcision devices. Thankfully, newly rejiggered tools have rendered the circumcision process nearly foolproof -- a welcome improvement in the developing world, where circumcision for HIV prevention is booming. (Interview from TheBodyPRO.com)






Activist Central

 Play in a Bid Whist Tournament in Your Area; Raise HIV/AIDS Awareness and Funds!


 Apply by Feb. 10 to Attend or Present at This Summer's AIDS 2010 Conference!


 End the Two-Year Wait for Medicare


 In California, ADAP Gets a Boost -- but HIV/AIDS Advocates Push for More Help


 Ensure HIV Care Is a Priority in Health Care Reform: Contact Your Senators and Representatives Today!