Seattle Treatment Education Project

Who We Are

Originally established as an independent non-profit agency in 1989, the Seattle Treatment Education Project (STEP) has recently evolved into a program of Lifelong AIDS Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Located in Seattle, Washington, this group of men and women is dedicated to bringing treatment and prevention information to those infected with HIV or at risk of HIV infection, to health care providers and to members of HIV service organizations.

Our mission is to provide information, education and advocacy for individuals infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, their families, healthcare providers and entire communities. Our goal is to enable individuals to make informed healthcare decisions and to access options and devise strategies for their treatment.

Our Advisory Board members have backgrounds in various professional disciplines. The information we provide is not representative of any single treatment philosophy. Instead, STEP, as a program of Lifelong AIDS Alliance, endeavors to include HIV treatment information from all health care and service providers.

The STEP Program of Lifelong AIDS Alliance is non-partisan and not affiliated with any political or religious group. We seek to operate in cooperation with other HIV service organizations as part of a caring, supportive community.

Our programs are supported by individual contributions, but our services are provided to anyone free of charge. The STEP Program of Lifelong AIDS Alliance does not promote the philosophies or causes of contributors.

Our policies and official publications are the result of careful review and consensus of working Advisory Board members and supporting members. Our efforts represent the activities that members collectively feel will best provide objective information to those infected by HIV or at risk of HIV infection.

Categories Covered:Physical Health Issues, HIV Drugs In Development, Conceiving and Having a Baby, Approved HIV Medications, Non-HIV Sexually Transmitted Infections, Women, Latinx People, Switching or Stopping HIV Treatment, Understanding HIV-Related Lab Tests, PEP (HIV Post-Exposure Prophylaxis), HIV Treatment and Medical Care, Cancer and HIV, Tuberculosis and HIV, Body Fat, Lipodystrophy and HIV, Living Well With HIV, African-Americans, HIV Prevention and Transmission, HIV Prevention In Health Care Settings, Norvir (Ritonavir), Ziagen (Abacavir), Crixivan (Indinavir), Viramune (Nevirapine), Nutrition and Fitness, Dental/Mouth Issues and HIV, Newly Diagnosed, Managing HIV Drug Resistance, Bone Problems and HIV, Regional/Global Anti-HIV Efforts, Starting HIV Treatment and Medical Care, Heart Disease and HIV, HIV-Related Policy Issues, People Over 50, People Under 30, Mental Health, Trizivir (AZT/3TC/Abacavir), Videx (Didanosine, ddI), HIV Stigma and Discrimination, Vaccines and Microbicides for HIV, HIV/AIDS Basics, Sustiva (Efavirenz, Stocrin), Fuzeon (Enfuvirtide, T-20), Gastrointestinal (Gut) Issues and HIV, Non-Medical HIV Prevention, Finding HIV Support Groups and Services, Financial Issues, HIV Prevention for People With HIV, Other Populations, Retrovir (Zidovudine, AZT)

Latest by Seattle Treatment Education Project

The Immune System -- An Overview

Reviewed October 2008

The immune system is composed of many interdependent cell types that collectively protect the body from bacterial, parasitic, fungal, viral infections and from the growth of tumor cells. Many of these cell types have specialize...

By Paul A. Linnemeyer for Seattle Treatment Education Project

Stigma of AIDS Is Helping to Spread Epidemic

Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. I first heard those words more than 20 years ago. But it wasn't until six years later, while I listened to a man dying of AIDS tell the story of what he was going through, that the reality of what it meant really...

By Vincent J. Lynch, Ph.D. for Seattle Treatment Education Project

Muscle-Wasting Effects of Low-Carb Diets on People With HIV

It is not hard to go into any grocery store these days and see at least one product that advertises low or no carbohydrates on the package. The world seems to have embraced the idea that no or low-carbohydrate diets are good for us. It is a common m...

By Shelley for Seattle Treatment Education Project

Tina Podlodowski Named Head of Lifelong AIDS Alliance: Chuck Kuehn Leaves for Peace Corps After Eight Years With Agency

Seattle -- Lifelong AIDS Alliance's Board of Directors is pleased to announce that former Seattle City Councilmember Tina Podlodowski has accepted the position of Executive Director, effective March 29, 2004.

Rich Thorvilson, President of the Boar...

By Lauri Hennessey for Seattle Treatment Education Project

Brother-to-Brother Receives Funds to Raise Awareness About HIV Vaccine Research in Hard-to-Reach Populations

Seattle -- Out of 128 national and local community-based organizations, and through a highly competitive selection process, Brother-to-Brother was chosen as one of only 20 groups nationwide to receive funding to educate hard-to-reach populations abou...

By Seattle Treatment Education Project

Alphabet Soup: A Brief Guide to Washington State's Insurance Options

Medicare or Medicaid? EIP, EIIP, EHIP? COBRA? WSHIP? EOB's? CNP, MNP, QMB?

This flyer is meant to be a relatively short cheat-sheet to help keep these programs straight. We will not give all the details, but will summarize them and provide contact i...

By Ben Johnson for Seattle Treatment Education Project

Vertical HIV Transmission Rate Down in U.S.

Although the percentage of HIV-positive women who give birth to HIV-positive infants has declined "dramatically" in developed nations due largely to the use of antiretroviral drugs, a lack of prenatal care increases a woman's likelihood that she will...

By Seattle Treatment Education Project

Soap and Water: A Weapon Against HIV?

Editor's note: Soap and water will no doubt prove useful as a tool to reduce HIV transmission in developing countries where condoms are unavailable or negotiation for condom use is impossible. Soap and water is no substitute for proven safer sex meth...

By Janice Price for Seattle Treatment Education Project

What Are MRSA and VRE?

Staphylococcus aureus is a common type of bacteria (germ) that is often found in the nose, but can also grow in wounds and other sites of the body, where the infection may cause great harm. Methicillin is an antibiotic or medication that is used to t...

By STEP Staff for Seattle Treatment Education Project

Special Proteins Provide Possible Explanation Why Oral Transmission of HIV Is Uncommon

In the following article and an article by G. Sonia Nagy, M.D., we will entertain two different views on oral sex transmission of the HIV virus.

Editor's note: Uncommon does not mean zero. Oral transmission of HIV is a documented phenomenon.

Oral t...

By Janice Price for Seattle Treatment Education Project