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AIDS Treatment News

Statement of Purpose

AIDS Treatment News is one of the primary treatment resources for community-based organizations and government agencies. Because of the insightful articles presented in each newsletter, case workers and counselors are consistently able to recommend AIDS Treatment News to their clients.

Physicians, counselors, and clinicians are among the many professionals who regularly turn to AIDS Treatment News for accurate, timely reporting. The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Cable News Network, Journal of the American Medical Association, and ABC and CBS News have all depended on AIDS Treatment News for vital information about the many facets of the AIDS epidemic.

AIDS Treatment News keeps you informed of public-policy developments, whether they involve changes in clinical trials or the drug-approval process. The newsletter can help you learn how to overcome obstacles in obtaining medication, and provides news about the prevention of illnesses commonly associated with HIV. AIDS Treatment News is your opportunity to have the latest information on AIDS treatments and public policy delivered directly to you, twice each month. Each issue will give you insight into treatments and options currently in use by physicians, and other medical professionals and people with AIDS/HIV. AIDS Treatment News is dedicated to giving you a thoroughly accurate publication with a style of writing that is useful for physicians, but accessible to people living with AIDS/HIV.

AIDS Treatment News
Published twice monthly, 24 times per year, on the first and third Friday of every month. Print copies are sent by first class mail. E-mail is available. Back issues are available.

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AIDS Treatment News
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Philadelphia, PA 19107
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Editor and Publisher:
John S. James

Associate Editor:
Jennifer Cohn, Tadd T. Tobias, R.N.

Reader Services:
Allison Dinsmore

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Alternatively, you can help by making a tax-deductible contribution to AIDS Treatment News Associates. For more information, see AIDS Treatment News Associates (ATNA) Receives Nonprofit Status in AIDS Treatment News Issue #254, September 6, 1996. Or call Kevin Farrell, 415/241-0413, or Denny Smith, 415/750-4852.

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Copyright 2003 by John S. James. Permission granted for noncommercial reproduction, provided that our address and phone number are included if more than short quotations are used.

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