ON THE PERSONAL SIDE
Mark S. King: A Final Look at AIDS 2010 in Vienna
"Life is such an arbitrary thing; I was born here, you were born there, she was born over there," muses Mark S. King in his final video blog entry from the XVIII International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2010). "That simple geography equation will mean virtually everything when it comes to our human rights, our access to basic health care and services, and how long we will likely live on this planet."
A River Runs Through AIDS 2010: Longtime HIVer Brings Comedy to the Conference
"I really thought people would come for the title of my show, and leave mid-performance with confused looks on their faces," writes blogger, artist, performer, activist and 19-year HIV survivor River Huston. "It was an international audience and I can offend just about anyone."
Scott Simpson: "I Am a Delicate Flower"
"My muscles, tendons ... [e]ven my brain, which houses motivation, is ready, willing and able to deal with the physical and mental demands of iron man training," writes blogger and HIV-positive triathlete Scott Simpson. "My immune system -- not so much."
Why Is My Brother Avoiding Treatment?
(A recent post from the "My Loved One Has HIV/AIDS" board)
"My younger brother found out he was HIV positive about a year ago. Since then, he has found a very good doctor (well, I found the doctor for him). He has been to see him a few times, but I don't think he is being very proactive in his treatment. For example, the doc wanted him to start meds, but once my brother found out how much they would be, he blew it off and never gave it a second look. I'm also concerned about his drinking. He is young (24), so I expect him to have fun with his friends, but I'm not sure at what point it goes from fun to being a problem. Any advice?"
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HIV NEWS & VIEWS
Obama Pledges to Up HIV/AIDS Fight Despite Tough Times
U.S. President Barack Obama took considerable heat during AIDS 2010 for what activists said was an inability to follow through on commitments to the global fight against HIV/AIDS. In a video-link address during the conference's closing ceremony, Obama pledged to step up his country's efforts.
ADAP Update: State and Federal Programs Get an A for Effort, but Waiting Lists Keep Growing
For what feels like the first time in months, there's good news about U.S. AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) waiting lists. But despite a sharp reduction in North Carolina's waiting list, numbers keep going up nationwide -- and $25 million in emergency federal funds is being viewed by some as a Band-Aid on a gushing wound.
Gary Bell: What Message Do We Want to Take to AIDS 2012 in Washington, D.C.?
"I can't keep track of the number of conversations I have had with American black folks who have told me that they didn't think that HIV was a problem [in the U.S.] because they hardly hear about it," writes blogger and HIV advocate Gary Bell. "So what do we do? How do we get black folks' attention, especially with the next International HIV Conference in Washington, D.C., looming?"
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In the Wake of a Microbicide's Success, Many Questions Remain
Last week, we learned that a partially effective microbicide gel might be in the works. But that revelation has raised a huge number of questions about the microbicide's development, its likely cost and who will be able to use it, along with a host of ethical issues surrounding the people who volunteered to test it.
Get Prepared for PrEP: "Treatment as Prevention" Moves Ahead
Although the microbicide news captured global headlines, there's another type of experimental prevention strategy that's slowly making its way through clinical trials: pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), in which an HIV-negative person takes one or more HIV medications before a potential exposure to reduce his or her infection risk.
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HIV TREATMENT & HEALTH ISSUES
Dr. Bob on So-Called-Alternative Medicines (SCAMs): "The Acronym Says It All"
"The allure of So-Called-Alternative Medicine (SCAM!) is easy to understand. ... Who wouldn't want to believe in a simple natural cure to eradicate the virus?" asks Bob Frascino, M.D. But in this blog entry, which covers "SCAMs" from coconut milk to bloodletting, he cautions: "These mythical cures and treatments deceive hapless victims and can cause significant harm."
The Alphabet Soup of Immune Control: AIDS 2010 Research
In the final entry of her four-part look at the latest research on long-term HIV nonprogressors, blogger Loreen Willenberg focuses on exciting new study results presented at AIDS 2010. These findings may help pave new roads forward in the development of an HIV/AIDS vaccine -- or a more effective way to give an HIV-positive person complete control over the virus in his or her body.
Is There a Cure for HIV/AIDS? At AIDS 2010 Forum, Top Minds Talk Strategy
About 200 researchers came together at AIDS 2010 last week in an effort to resurrect the search for a definitive HIV/AIDS cure. Convened by 2008 Nobel laureate Francoise Barre-Sinoussi, attendees exchanged ideas and discussed how best to prioritize and coordinate their efforts.
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