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The Center for AIDS Information & Advocacy

The CFA advocates both locally and nationally for better treatments and better access to care for persons living with HIV/AIDS and strives to keep the Houston medical and affected community informed, updated, and involved in the search for a cure. The CFA also publishes Research Initiative/Treatment Action! (RI_TA!_). This quarterly journal provides the latest HIV/AIDS information to the medical and HIV communities.

About RI_TA!_

Research Initiative/Treatment Action (RI_TA!) is a publication of The Center for AIDS (CFA). RI_TA! covers issues in HIV research and policy, and is intended for the HIV medical, research, and professional communities. The statements and opinions expressed herein do not imply recommendations or endorsement. Always consult your doctor before altering a prescribed drug regimen or taking any drug or supplement.

RI_TA!_ is available in print or online, and is currently produced four times a year. The printed publication is free of charge for people with HIV/AIDS, the agencies that serve the HIV/AIDS infected and affected population, and research and educational institutions. It is available in print at The CFA information center and by mail.

RI_TA!_ is distributed widely in the U.S. and sent to more than a dozen countries. The publication is indexed by the National Library of Medicine in PubMed and is included in several other free and commercial databases.

Letters to the editor, pertaining to material published in RI_TA!_, are encouraged and may be sent to Letters will be published at the editor's discretion, and may be modified or edited as deemed necessary or appropriate.

If you would like RI_TA!_ sent to you or your organization, please contact The CFA with your full mailing address. Bulk mailings are not available for RI_TA!_ (single copies only) unless the recipient pays for shipping and handling (contact The CFA for details). Although the publication is free, donations are always appreciated to help with publication and shipping costs.

How to Reach the Center for AIDS

P.O. Box 66306
Houston, TX 77266-6306

1407 Hawthorne
Houston, TX 77006

Toll Free: 888.341.1788
Phone: 713.527.8219
Fax: 713.521.3679

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