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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.

Info Sheets

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.

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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

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Pediatric Dosing Schedule

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...

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Substance Use

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.

Some d...

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Hepatitis C

Does Your Liver Quiver?

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...

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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. ...

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Banding Together to Challenge Schering-Plough's Monopoly on Hepatitis C Treatment

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...

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Vitamins & Supplements

Tinidazole Info Sheet

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...

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Hepatitis Treatment Update

Thymosin-Alpha-1 (brand name Zadaxin) has been approved in Mexico as a flu vaccine booster. Hopefully, Mexican approval for the treatment of Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C will follow shortly. Thymosin is an injectable synthetic version of a naturally o...

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Substance Use

Pain Medications and Recovery

People in recovery from addiction are often scared to take pain medication for fear that it will "reactivate" their urges to get high and lead to relapse. Some go so far as to refuse opiate pain killers after major surgery. Some members of 12 Step pr...

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Substance Use

HIV Medications + Street Drugs: Some Cocktails Don't Mix

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...

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Vitamins & Supplements

Glutamania! -- Is There Anything Glutamine Doesn't Do?

It slices, it dices, it's a floor wax, it's a whipped topping -- the literature on glutamine, the body's most abundant amino acid, can put one in mind of those late night infomercials touting miracle products. Glutamine has been reported to stop diar...