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Organizing for Access: The Agua Buena Human Rights Association

The desperate need for antiretroviral medications in the countries of Africa has received a great deal of attention in the United States in recent months. Under pressure from activists, the Bush Administration last year announced a new $15 billion ...

Global AIDS: The Big Picture

The Vietnam Veterans' Memorial in Washington DC: Memorializing the global population with HIV would require over 76 miles of wall. Ever since the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, in July 2000, world attention has been riveted o...

Body Positive Book Reading Club

And the Band Played On: Politics, People and the AIDS Epidemic **By Randy Shilts Re-released in April 2000 by St. Martin's Press, New York; 672 pages, $16.95** "The bitter truth was that AIDS did not just happen to America -- it was allowed to hap...

HIV Treatments: A History of Scientific Advance

Bruce T. Volpone, The Child's Shoe, 1995, AZT and leather The introduction of antiviral medications used in combination is among the most important advances in the history of HIV/AIDS treatment. By using more than one drug at a time, combinatio...

Coping

An Excerpt From HIV Treatment: Mental Health Aspects of Antiviral Therapy

"Making Decisions About Antiviral Treatment"(This excerpt is from HIV Treatment: Mental Health Aspects of Antiviral Therapy, pages 33-44. This book is geared for social workers and psychologists but can be helpful for anyone making treatment dec...

To Med or Not to Med? Mental Health Aspects of Treatment Decision Making

The proliferation of new medical options for people with HIV comes as a welcome respite. Particularly compared with the earlier days of the epidemic, HIV infection and even clinical AIDS are no longer "death sentences." Yet the very expansion of opt...

Hep Alphabet

In recent years, the hepatitis C virus, or HCV, has received an ever-increasing amount of attention in the media in general and in HIV/AIDS circles in particular. Part of the reason is HCV's tendency to become chronic in those who become infected wi...

AIDS, Case Definition of

Case definitions are sets of criteria used by public health agencies in the surveillance, or monitoring, of disease syndromes. In the United States, case definitions are established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). One of the ...

Symbols

Given the enormity of the AIDS epidemic, a wide variety of objects and images have become vested with symbolic resonance. Many are objects associated with some aspect of HIV transmission or prevention, such as needles, syringes, condoms, and dental d...

Mixed-Status Couples

Mixed-HIV Status Couples: Navigating the Challenges of Everyday Life

Two hours north of Manhattan in a rural area of the Hudson Valley, Cindy Reide and her husband Luis Martinez lead a daily existence similar in most ways to those of their neighbors and friends. "We have a happy life. We have checkbook problems. My ca...