• HIV TREATMENT
New Insight Into HIV Drug Resistance
What does it mean to have drug-resistant HIV? What does the
most recent research reveal? In this talk, summarized by The
PRN Notebook, Dr. Daniel R. Kuritzkes discusses the most important
findings. (Web highlight from The PRN Notebook)
Assessing New HIV Combo Drugs
With the approval of Epzicom (abacavir/3TC) and Truvada (tenofovir/FTC) this summer, the number of HIV combination pills in the United States has doubled. But just how much benefit do these new combo meds really provide? Rob Camp reports on what we currently know about the benefits and risks of both medications.
Gain Lower Among Older People Starting HAART Than Younger People
CD4 counts rise more slowly in older HIV-positive people starting HAART than younger HIV-positive people starting HAART, according to the results of a new, large French study. The study also found that people over 50 were much more likely to progress to AIDS after starting HAART than younger HIVers, even though older people were more likely to reach an undetectable viral load. (Web highlight from aidsmap.com)
Beware of AIDS Cures via E-mail Spam
Need a cure for AIDS? Cancer? For just $49, a once-a-year dose of crocodile proteins can be your savior -- that is, if you're willing to believe the spam flooding your inbox. It's just the latest method being used by quacks and shills to take advantage of people with illnesses that have no easy cures. (Web highlight from The Washington Blade)
UP MONDAY NIGHT: THE BODY'S CHAT ON FUZEON
Your Questions About Fuzeon Monday, Oct. 25, 9 p.m. EST
Join us next Monday night for an interactive,
online talk with an HIV-positive person taking Fuzeon (T-20, enfuvirtide)
and a Fuzeon-experienced nurse! Visit our chat page now to sign
up for a reminder the day of the chat, or to presubmit your questions
to help increase the chances they'll be answered.
This chat is sponsored by Trimeris and Roche, the makers of Fuzeon.
An HIV-Positive Comic Book Hero?
The never-ending battle against bloodthirsty aliens and devious
crooks has long been the focus of comic books such as the Green
Arrow series, but Green Arrow's latest issue features
an entirely new enemy: HIV. It sure has taken long enough, but for
the first time in the history of the AIDS pandemic, a major comic
book deals directly with HIV: The title character's sidekick, Mia,
discovers that her past as a sex worker has led to an HIV diagnosis.
The Dangers of Crystal Meth Use for HIVers
Crystal methamphetamine use can be dangerous for anybody, but particularly
for people with HIV. We already know that this drug can cause long-term
health problems -- hallucinations, psychotic episodes, fatigue and
depression -- and that overdoses can be deadly. But meth can also
sometimes dangerously interact with HIV meds. And because it reduces
peoples inhibitions, meth can also be responsible for HIVers
passing the virus on to others -- or contracting a second strain
of HIV themselves. Chicago physician Dr. Ross Slotten has more.
Gay Marriage, Health Care and Human Rights
What does HIV have to do with the roiling debate over gay marriage in the United States? It's not just about human rights, writes Greg Smith for Survival News; its also about getting better access to health care for gay men and women with HIV.
• AIDS ACTIVISM & POLITICS IN THE UNITED STATES
Hundreds of U.S. AIDS Groups Demand Freeze on AIDS Drug Prices
Led by the AIDS Treatment Activists Coalition (ATAC), 200 AIDS organizations have signed a letter to seven major pharmaceutical companies demanding that they immediately and permanently freeze prices on all of their AIDS-related medications. This press release from ATAC offers more details; the letter itself appears below the release. (Web highlight from AIDS Treatment Activists Coalition)
New Book Explores Money, Medicine and Corruption
"The time has come to ask whether all of the money floating
around medicine has created a pattern of corruption," writes
former New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) editor
Jerome P. Kassirer in his new book, On the Take. This article
reviews the book, the second one published this summer by a former
NEJM editor deeply critical of the influence of pharmaceutical
industry money on medicine. (Web highlight from The Boston Globe)
Pennsylvanians Exposed to Incorrect Info About Voting Rights
Contrary to what some Pennsylvania media reports have said recently, you can vote in the state if you've previously served time in prison for a felony, but you cannot vote there unless you're a U.S. citizen. The mixed messages about voter eligibility, though, show how important it is that you take steps to educate yourself -- and others -- to make sure that everybody who can vote does.
Need info about registration requirements and eligibility rules
in your state? Visit
the Web site for Project Vote Smart and select your state from
the list provided.
Hepatitis Testing Important for HIVers Before Taking Kaletra
Testing for hepatitis B or C before starting Kaletra (lopinavir/ritonavir) is extremely important, researchers say, because Kaletra can seriously damage the liver of someone coinfected with HIV and hepatitis. A recent study found that HIVers coinfected with hepatitis who took Kaletra were at significantly higher risk of developing elevated liver enzyme levels. (Web highlight from aidsmap.com)
Update on Hepatitis C Treatment Options
The U.S. government recently approved two new, generic versions
of ribavirin (also available under the brand names Copegus, Rebetol
and Virazole), which should help reduce the cost of hepatitis C
treatment. Studies show that ribavirin is most effective when taken
in combination with pegylated interferon (Pegasys, PEG-Intron),
the newest generation of hepatitis C meds.
For a closer look at the studies that have been conducted on this new generation of hepatitis C meds, read this detailed review from the monthly newsletter of the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care.
Progress Continues Toward a Human Papillomavirus Vaccine
Research trials underway in 14 countries have shown promising results in the search for a vaccine to prevent human papillomavirus (HPV). The vaccine targets HPV types 16 and 18, which cause more than 70% of cervical cancers.
AWARENESS & PREVENTION
How to Use a Condom: The Long, Hard Facts
Looking for an explicit, step-by-step guide to using condoms? This
guide by the British publication aidsmap.com will fit the bill,
so to speak. (Web highlight from aidsmap.com)
• AIDS CONFERENCES PAST & PRESENT
Oct. 31: Next-Day ICAAC Coverage From The Body
Almost every season has its major AIDS conference: Last winter brought CROI, this summer brought the International AIDS Conference and, later this month, The Body will provide next-day coverage of the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC), a massive gathering of healthcare professionals sharing the latest in research on HIV and other diseases. As always, our expert team of HIV physicians will provide in-depth analyses of some of the most important findings presented at the conference. Stop by our ICAAC home page beginning Oct. 31 for our coverage!
Still Hungry for Info From the International AIDS Conference?
In this outstanding recap, Marc Mascolini paints a complete picture of the most important research presented at this summer's International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2004) in Bangkok, Thailand. Contrary to popular opinion, he notes, there actually was some intriguing new information presented.
Of course, don't forget The
Body's own wide-ranging coverage of AIDS 2004. In addition to
in-depth news and research analyses from the conference (now available
as a single, 8.6MB PDF you can download by clicking
here), our AIDS 2004 area includes a collection of speech
transcripts and interviews with prominent figures in the global
AIDS community; Webcasts
and multimedia from conference events; and our own AIDS
2004 photo journal featuring dozens of images of the people,
places and protests that comprised this busy week in Bangkok.
OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES
Russia: Protestors in Kaliningrad Say Government Has Failed People With AIDS
Thirteen AIDS advocates chained themselves to the main entrance of Kaliningrad's City Hall in Russia for about an hour, accusing the government of failing to act against the AIDS epidemic in the city. The advocates were then arrested. Kaliningrad officials claim that people with AIDS are guaranteed medical treatment at no cost under the country's constitution, but the advocates say that "only a few people" currently receive treatment, while "thousands of others are left to the mercy of fate."
FROM HIV-POSITIVE ARTISTS
"Lust for Charles,"