• HIV/HAART-RELATED COMPLICATIONS
Facial Wasting Treatment Tales From People With HIV
At the moment, few (if any) reliable treatment options exist for HIV-positive people with facial wasting, and what works for some people may not work for others. In this article from AIDS Survival Project, a few HIVers talk about some of the treatments they've tried.
Overview of HIV/Hepatitis C Coinfection in U.S.
Chronic infection with hepatitis C has become a major concern for people living with HIV. In the United States, over 200,000 HIV-positive people -- an estimated 25% -- also have hepatitis C. Here's a review of what we know to date, from Positively Aware.
• HIV TREATMENT & MAINTAINING YOUR HEALTH
Jim and the Gym: An Unexpected Love Story
"I used to find enormous pleasure making fun of these body-obsessed queers. ... I felt sorry, pity really, for the hordes addicted to the Pec Decks and Stairmistresses and all the other devices of narcissistic torture that swelled one's titty titty bang bangs and emptied their heads of reason." Jim Pickett no longer feels this way. Now he writes about the joys of working out.
Exercise Does a Heart (and Soul) Good
Feel good after you exercise? It's a scientific fact that exercise will improve your psychological well being. Now a small study by German investigators suggests that, for HIV-positive people in particular, exercise can significantly improve heart and lung fitness, as well as health-related quality of life.
For more on the benefits of exercise for people with HIV, browse through The Body's collection of articles.
AIDS POLICY & ACTIVISM
California ADAP Avoids Waiting List; Inclusive Program Saves Money, Officials Say
A California Senate subcommittee has rejected a proposal from Gov. Arnold Shwarzenegger to cap enrollment and create a waiting list for the state's AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP). The subcommittee chair said that limiting the number of people on ADAP would only cost the state more money in the long run, when people who were denied medications eventually became hospitalized due to AIDS-related health problems.
Tax Relief Available for AIDS Organization Volunteers
Did you know that you can save money on your taxes by volunteering at an AIDS organization? The federal government allows you to deduct most of the costs associated with your volunteer work, including transportation, gas, parking, phone calls and used stationery. Read through this list from AIDS Survival Project for more details.
• HIV PREVENTION
North Carolina College HIV Outbreak: The Story Behind the Story
HIV briefly made national headlines in the U.S. last month, when newspapers broke the story that the first HIV outbreak among college students had been discovered while it was still in the process of spreading. As The Body reports, however, the real story is not in the findings themselves; rather, it's in the one-of-a-kind screening system that allowed researchers to make those findings -- a system that is slated to pass into oblivion later this year.
New York Task Force to Tackle Crystal Meth, HIV Link
Gay Men's Health Crisis in New York City will formally launch a task force to create a strategic response to the connection between crystal meth use, syphilis and increasing HIV infection rates among gay men.
OUTSIDE THE U.S.
HIV Spreads to General Population in Former Soviet Union; U.S. Military Concerned
New evidence suggests that in the Former Soviet Union, home to the fastest growing HIV epidemic in the world, HIV is now spreading from intravenous drug users into the general population. As The Body reports, the U.S. military is worried that this exploding HIV epidemic could put American soldiers in the area at greater risk for infection.
On International Women's Day, Focus Turns to HIV
International Women's Day was Monday, March 8; this year the focus was on the growing HIV/AIDS epidemic among women. UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director Kathleen Cravero said that women and girls are the "weakest link" in the global fight against HIV/AIDS because of their "less-advantaged economic and cultural position in the society."
South Africa: Sharp Rise in Deaths Attributed to AIDS, But President in Denial
An increase of almost 50 percent in South Africa's adult death rate over the past six years is likely due primarily to AIDS, researchers from South Africa's independent Medical Research Council have announced. However, South African President Thabo Mbeki, who still denies the extent of the epidemic, said South Africa had few reliable statistics on AIDS deaths and could not assess the actual extent of the epidemic.
Crystal-Meth Use Is About to Race Out of Control
A study has found that New York City men who have sex with men who use crystal meth are three times more likely to contract HIV via receptive anal intercourse.
Op-ed article from Newsday, March 9, 2004
Duel to the Death Inside HIV-Infected Cells
Researchers have found that one of HIV's nine genes -- the "virion infectivity factor" -- may be one of the keys to a whole new type of HIV treatment.
Article from The Washington Post, March 7, 2004 (free registration required)
Surviving AIDS, but Still at Risk
As most people with HIV know, antiretrovirals may prolong life, but they also carry their own dangers.
Article from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, March 7, 2004
Federal AIDS Funding Cuts "Devastating"
San Francisco sees its Ryan White funding slashed by 12%; many other Bay Area HIV/AIDS treatment programs will be hit hard as well.
Article from the San Francisco Chronicle, March 4, 2004
From Punk Rock and Drugs to the War on HIV
A profile of Allan Clear, the man behind New York's needle exchange efforts.
Article from The New York Times, March 3, 2004 (free registration required)
"It's OK, I'm on the AIDS Pill"
A trio of international studies are now investigating whether tenofovir (Viread) can be used as a "morning-after" pill to prevent HIV infection. But if it's found to work, could it cause more problems than it solves?
Article from Wired News, February 26, 2004
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