PWA Health Group
The PWA (People With AIDS) Health Group was founded in 1987, and is primarily dedicated to providing access to promising or experimental treatments for HIV/AIDS, and providing treatment education and support to people living with the virus and to those institutions that serve PWAs The PWA Health Group was founded by Thomas Hannan and Michael Callen, both PWAs, and their physician, Joseph Sonnabend MD, and is organized in New York State as People With AIDS Working for Health, Inc., a 501(c)3, not-for-profit corporation.
Drug descriptions, fact sheets on the latest antiviral treatments, special issue information sheets on such things as side effects (Diabetes Alert), Hepatitis C, wasting, dosing, treatment strategies, and results from clinical trials.
Notes from the Underground
The PWA Health Group Newsletter, published six times a year, reporting on issues pertaining to underground AIDS treatment and access.
Women's TX News
Published four times a year, reporting on treatment issues pertaining specifically to women living with HIV/AIDS; a special insert in each issue from the Pediatric Working Group focuses on treatments for infants and children.
Executive Director Lillie Mikesell
Deputy Director James Learned
Office Manager Mark Niedzolkowski
Accountant Carolie Jenner
Editor Mark Niedzolkowski
Women's Treatment Project Coordinator J.D.
Board of Directors
Jeff Birnbaum, MD | Io Cyrus | Andrea Dubose |
John Falkenberg, RN | Catherine Hanssens, Esq |
Joe Sonnabend, MD (Emeritus) | Lillian Thiemann | Gus Vianna
Michael Callen | Thomas Hannan | Joe Sonnabend, MD
How to Reach PWA Health Group
People with AIDS Working for Health, Inc.
P.O. Box 136, Village Station, New York, NY 10014
tel (212) 255-0520
fax (212) 255-2080
Latest by PWA Health Group
In December 1997, the U.S. government issued guidelines for the treatment of HIV infection in children. These were revised and published in April 1998 (Guidelines for the Use of Antiretroviral Agents in Pediatric HIV Infection, MMWR, vol. 47, no. RR-...
Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors (nRTIs)Drug NameHow SuppliedRecommended DoseSpecial ConsiderationsEpivirlamivudine3TC (approved for pediatrics)Solution: 10 mg per ml.Tablets: 150 mg.Infants less than 30 days: 2 mg per kg twice daily.Pedia...
Methadone Interactions With Anti-HIV Drugs, Medications for Opportunistic Infections, and Psychiatric Drugs
Because many medications for HIV and for the prevention of opportunistic infections are broken down by the same liver enzymes that metabolize (break down) methadone, these drugs may cause changes in the way you respond to your methadone dose.
Antiretroviral chemotherapy. It's a term we rarely see in print, either in our community newsletters or in the mass media. Nor do we use the term very often in conversation. When we talk with health care providers, researchers and each other, we say ...
Hepatitis C (HCV), a chronic viral illness, has a lot in common with HIV. And if you're coinfected, or chronically infected, with both HIV and HCV, there are important interactions you need to know about.
Both HIV and HCV produce astronomical amount...
Anti-abortion extremists may be preventing development of and access to a drug which potentially reduces HIV replication and may be useful in the treatment of lipodystrophy ("crix belly," "buffalo hump") which is experienced by many people with HIV. ...
Neurological symptoms related to HIV infection -- myelopathy (degeneration of the coatings of nerve fibers in the spinal cord), peripheral neuropathy (nerve pain in the hands and feet) and dementia -- are among the most troubling and difficult to han...
The PWA Health Group has been importing ribavirin since the late 1980's, when its potential anti-viral activity against HIV was first being looked into. Ribavirin's promise as an anti-HIV agent didn't pan out; however, over the last few years, studie...
What Is It?
Tinidazole (or Fasigyn) is an anti-parasitic drug widely used throughout Europe and the Third World as treatment for a variety of amebic and parasitic infections. It is chemically similar to Flagyl -- a drug with some unpleasant side eff...
Beginning in October, the PWA Health Group started an intensive treatment education program for active and former drug users. Because there is so little hard information available on the specific hazards of mixing street drugs with anti-HIV therapies...