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      Greetings,

      We are pleased to send you this week's update from The Body. For
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      <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>
      Dispelling Myths About HIV, HIV Meds and Body Fat
      <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>

      Which HIV meds are most to blame for body fat changes in HIVers? If
      your tummy expands while you're on HIV meds, will your arms and legs
      shrink? Can sit-ups reduce belly fat? There are a lot of myths and
      misunderstandings when it comes to HIV meds and body fat. Even many
      HIV health care providers don't know the most recent research!
      Thankfully, we've got experts like Dr. David Wohl to dispel the
      rumors.In this down-to-earth explanation, Dr. Wohl walks us through
      some of the most common misconceptions about metabolic complications
      in HIVers.
      http://www.thebody.com/content/treat/art44122.html?mtrk=4863426


      <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>
      As HIVers Grow Older, New Challenges Arise
      <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>

      The best side effect of modern HIV treatment is that, in countries
      where HIV meds are widely available, HIVers are living longer than
      ever before. However, this aging trend among people with HIV is
      changing our sense of how HIV health care should work. Questions
      abound: How does HIV affect age-related illnesses such as heart
      disease and diabetes? How can we make sure that older people with HIV
      get the support they need? Read this article for an overview of the
      ways that the graying of HIV could redefine what it means to have HIV
      in the United States.
      http://www.thebody.com/content/art44596.html?mtrk=4863426


      <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>
      Needle Exchange Ban Finally Lifted in Washington, D.C.
      <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>

      After eight long years, Washington, D.C.'s ban on needle exchange
      programs may finally be at an end. President George W. Bush has
      signed a government spending bill that allows the United States'
      capital city to use public funds for needle exchange programs, a
      practice that has been shown to help reduce HIV risk among
      injection-drug users but which was banned in 1999 by a
      Republican-controlled Congress. "For too long, Congress has unfairly
      imposed on the citizens of D.C. by trying out their social experiments
      there," said a Democratic congressman. "The consensus is clear that
      [needle exchange] programs save lives."
      http://www.thebody.com/content/art44570.html?mtrk=4863426


      <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>
      HIV Rates Rise Among Young New York City Men Who Have Sex With Men,
      but Drop Overall
      <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>

      There's disturbing news on HIV rates in New York City: Although the
      number of people diagnosed with HIV in the city has dropped over the
      last five years, rates are up by 32 percent among men younger than 30
      who have sex with men. HIV rates are also up among black and Hispanic
      men who have sex with men. It's a scary trend, and it shows a growing
      generational gap when it comes to HIV prevention: Among New York City
      men older than 30 who have sex with men, HIV rates have dropped by 22
      percent.
      http://www.thebody.com/content/art44573.html?mtrk=4863426


      <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>
      Some New HIV Meds Not Listed on Medicare Web Site, but Still Covered
      <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>

      HIV-positive people may not be able to find newly approved HIV
      medications through Medicare's online drug plan finder, according to
      California HIV advocates. The Web site is not always current, so new
      HIV drugs such as Isentress (raltegravir) might not show up, the
      advocates say. Fortunately, these medications should still be covered
      by prescription drug plans, even if they don't appear in the plan
      finder. If you have questions about your coverage, talk to a benefits
      counselor.
      http://www.thebody.com/content/news/art44530.html?mtrk=4863426


      <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>
      New Jersey to Require HIV Tests for Pregnant Women, Some Newborns
      <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>

      Beginning in six months, all pregnant women and some infants in New
      Jersey will have to be tested for HIV unless women refuse the test in
      writing. Previous state law only required health care providers to
      offer HIV tests to pregnant women. The new law requires pregnant women
      to be tested for HIV as early as possible in their pregnancy and again
      during the third trimester, unless they opt out. The law also requires
      infants to be tested for HIV if the mother is HIV positive or if her
      HIV status is unknown when the baby is born.
      http://www.thebody.com/content/news/art44585.html?mtrk=4863426


      <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>
      Making Liver-Smart Choices When You're Living With Hepatitis C
      <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>

      There's strong evidence that people who are coinfected with HIV and
      hepatitis C can reduce the harm to their liver by making smart
      lifestyle choices. Cutting down on alcohol -- or avoiding it entirely
      -- may be the most straightforward way to reduce the risk of
      developing serious liver disease, but quitting smoking, eating better,
      exercising regularly and getting enough rest can also help your body
      stop hep C from progressing. Read this article to learn how people
      with HIV and hep C can make sure their everyday choices are liver
      friendly.
      http://www.thebody.com/content/art44403.html?mtrk=4863426


      <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>
      Side Effects of HIV Medications: Drug-by-Drug Overview
      <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>

      Looking for a detailed rundown of the most common side effects
      associated with HIV medications? Take a look at this drug-by-drug
      overview from HIV InSite, an online resource for health care
      professionals. Though it's written for doctors and nurses, it can be a
      helpful resource for anybody seeking more info on the potential risks
      of the HIV medications they're taking or considering. (Web highlight
      from HIV InSite)
      http://www.thebody.com/content/art44601.html?mtrk=4863426


      <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>
      If a Drug Made You Sick, the FDA Wants to Know
      <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>

      If you live in the United States and have had a severe reaction to an
      HIV-related medication, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants
      to know about it. All prescription drugs in the United States must be
      proven safe and effective before people can use them, but as many of
      us know all too well, unexpected problems can turn up after a drug has
      been approved. By asking HIVers and their doctors to report reactions
      that were life-threatening, required hospitalization or resulted in
      permanent health damage, the FDA hopes to catch problems they missed
      during initial testing of the drug. (Web highlight from the U.S. Food
      and Drug Administration)
      http://www.thebody.com/content/art44581.html?mtrk=4863426


      <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>
      New Findings Deepen Mystery of How Race Ties Into HIV Treatment
      <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>

      You already know how important it is that you take your HIV meds on
      time as often as possible. But could it be even more important if
      you're African American? U.S. researchers have found evidence that, if
      an African-American HIVer and a white HIVer both fail to take their
      HIV meds properly, the African-American HIVer may be more likely to
      see his or her viral load go up. Is it genetics? Is the study itself
      flawed? Right now, there are many more questions than answers. (Web
      highlight from aidsmap.com)
      http://www.thebody.com/content/art44602.html?mtrk=4863426

      To see an abstract of this study, which appears in the Dec. 15 issue
      of the journal JAIDS, follow the link below.
      http://www.thebody.com/content/art44603.html?mtrk=4863426


      <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>
      In Lesotho, Hope for a New Generation Depends on Access to HIV Meds
      <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>

      "My baby is very healthy," an HIV-positive woman in Lesotho says, as
      her daughter burbles in the background. "She's HIV negative. She's
      fat.She's strong. She's a beautiful baby." Mathakane was lucky enough
      to have access to antiretrovirals, which can drastically reduce the
      risk of transmitting HIV from mother to child. Unfortunately, she's
      an exception: Only one in five mothers with HIV in Lesotho can get
      the drugs they need to protect their children. By following three
      HIV-positive women in Lesotho, this online report shows, in sound and
      pictures, how a single dose of an antiretroviral -- or the lack of it
      -- can change lives. (Web highlight from MSNBC.com)
      http://www.thebody.com/content/art44605.html?mtrk=4863426


      <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>
      Veteran HIV Specialist Warns Against Paying Too Much Attention to HIV
      in Africa
      <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>

      Could the United States be spending too much of its money and
      attention on fighting HIV in developing countries? The idea might
      sound preposterous, but Daniel Halperin, one of the world's leading
      HIV experts, warns that many people have tunnel vision when it comes
      to HIV. Although HIV funding in developing nations remains vital, he
      says, millions die each year of less "headline-grabbing" illnesses
      that desperately need attention. "If one were to ask the people of
      virtually any African village (outside some 10 countries devastated
      by AIDS) what their greatest concerns are, the answer would
      undoubtedly be the less sensational but more ubiquitous ravages of
      hunger, dirty water and environmental devastation," Halperin says.
      (Web highlight from The New York Times)
      http://www.thebody.com/content/artart44606.html?mtrk=4863426


      ________ALSO WORTH NOTING_________


      Visual AIDS: Art From HIV-Positive Artists

      Visit the brand new January 2008 Visual AIDS Web Gallery to view our
      latest collection of art by HIV-positive artists! This month's
      gallery, entitled "Re-Imagined Boundaries," is curated by the New
      York University Tisch High School Photography Program.
      http://www.thebody.com/mrd.php?mrd=6&mtrk=4863426


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      "Positive at 23"
      (A recent post from the "I Just Tested Positive" board)

      "I'm 23 and just found out three days ago that I was HIV positive. I
      haven't broken down yet. I have only told four people the news and
      they are all very supportive, but they don't know what I am going
      through. They try, and I love them for it, but I need people who are
      going through the same thing as me to talk to. ... My mind is moving a
      mile a minute, it seems. I'm afraid that I won't get to do everything
      in life that I want to do. I think I will be completely alone for the
      rest of my life. I guess I'm just coming on here to reassure myself
      that I am not alone in how I am feeling right now. I know that this
      disease is not a death sentence anymore, but in a way, it is. It might
      not kill us physically, but it sure is a dream shatterer. ... It
      would be nice to make friends that I could talk to and vent, and also
      be there to listen to."

      -- udboi84

      Follow the link below to join this discussion thread, or to start your
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      Are you a woman with HIV? Want to help further HIV research without
      leaving your home?

      Researchers at the University of Minnesota are conducting a
      telephone-based study to understand the treatment, prevention and
      sexual health needs of people newly diagnosed. Currently they're
      looking for recently diagnosed HIV-positive women, living in the
      United States, to take part in one-on-one phone interviews.

      Interested? E-mail the research staff at pints@..., or call
      toll-free at 1-866-692-0188. You'll be asked to take a quick 5-minute
      survey to determine if you're eligible to participate.

      If eligible, your interview can be scheduled at your convenience on
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        January 3, 2008

        In This Update Living With HIV HIV in the News HIV & Hepatitis HIV Treatment HIV Outside the United States

          LIVING WITH HIV

        Dispelling Myths About HIV, HIV Meds and Body Fat
        Which HIV meds are most to blame for body fat changes in HIVers? If your tummy expands while you're on HIV meds, will your arms and legs shrink? Can sit-ups reduce belly fat? There are a lot of myths and misunderstandings when it comes to HIV meds and body fat. Even many HIV health care providers don't know the most recent research! Thankfully, we've got experts like Dr. David Wohl to dispel the rumors. In this down-to-earth explanation, Dr. Wohl walks us through some of the most common misconceptions about metabolic complications in HIVers.


        As HIVers Grow Older, New Challenges Arise
        The best side effect of modern HIV treatment is that, in countries where HIV meds are widely available, HIVers are living longer than ever before. However, this aging trend among people with HIV is changing our sense of how HIV health care should work. Questions abound: How does HIV affect age-related illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes? How can we make sure that older people with HIV get the support they need? Read this article for an overview of the ways that the graying of HIV could redefine what it means to have HIV in the United States.

        BACK TO TOP

          HIV IN THE NEWS

        Needle Exchange Ban Finally Lifted in Washington, D.C.
        After eight long years, Washington, D.C.'s ban on needle exchange programs may finally be at an end. President George W. Bush has signed a government spending bill that allows the United States' capital city to use public funds for needle exchange programs, a practice that has been shown to help reduce HIV risk among injection-drug users but which was banned in 1999 by a Republican-controlled Congress. "For too long, Congress has unfairly imposed on the citizens of D.C. by trying out their social experiments there," said a Democratic congressman. "The consensus is clear that [needle exchange] programs save lives."


        HIV Rates Rise Among Young New York City Men Who Have Sex With Men, but Drop Overall
        There's disturbing news on HIV rates in New York City: Although the number of people diagnosed with HIV in the city has dropped over the last five years, rates are up by 32 percent among men younger than 30 who have sex with men. HIV rates are also up among black and Hispanic men who have sex with men. It's a scary trend, and it shows a growing generational gap when it comes to HIV prevention: Among New York City men older than 30 who have sex with men, HIV rates have dropped by 22 percent.


        Some New HIV Meds Not Listed on Medicare Web Site, but Still Covered
        HIV-positive people may not be able to find newly approved HIV medications through Medicare's online drug plan finder, according to California HIV advocates. The Web site is not always current, so new HIV drugs such as Isentress (raltegravir) might not show up, the advocates say. Fortunately, these medications should still be covered by prescription drug plans, even if they don't appear in the plan finder. If you have questions about your coverage, talk to a benefits counselor.


        New Jersey to Require HIV Tests for Pregnant Women, Some Newborns
        Beginning in six months, all pregnant women and some infants in New Jersey will have to be tested for HIV unless women refuse the test in writing. Previous state law only required health care providers to offer HIV tests to pregnant women. The new law requires pregnant women to be tested for HIV as early as possible in their pregnancy and again during the third trimester, unless they opt out. The law also requires infants to be tested for HIV if the mother is HIV positive or if her HIV status is unknown when the baby is born.

        BACK TO TOP

          HIV & HEPATITIS

        Making Liver-Smart Choices When You're Living With Hepatitis C
        There's strong evidence that people who are coinfected with HIV and hepatitis C can reduce the harm to their liver by making smart lifestyle choices. Cutting down on alcohol -- or avoiding it entirely -- may be the most straightforward way to reduce the risk of developing serious liver disease, but quitting smoking, eating better, exercising regularly and getting enough rest can also help your body stop hep C from progressing. Read this article to learn how people with HIV and hep C can make sure their everyday choices are liver friendly.

        BACK TO TOP

          HIV TREATMENT

        Side Effects of HIV Medications: Drug-by-Drug Overview
        Looking for a detailed rundown of the most common side effects associated with HIV medications? Take a look at this drug-by-drug overview from HIV InSite, an online resource for health care professionals. Though it's written for doctors and nurses, it can be a helpful resource for anybody seeking more info on the potential risks of the HIV medications they're taking or considering. (Web highlight from HIV InSite)


        If a Drug Made You Sick, the FDA Wants to Know
        If you live in the United States and have had a severe reaction to an HIV-related medication, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to know about it. All prescription drugs in the United States must be proven safe and effective before people can use them, but as many of us know all too well, unexpected problems can turn up after a drug has been approved. By asking HIVers and their doctors to report reactions that were life-threatening, required hospitalization or resulted in permanent health damage, the FDA hopes to catch problems they missed during initial testing of the drug. (Web highlight from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration)


        New Findings Deepen Mystery of How Race Ties Into HIV Treatment
        You already know how important it is that you take your HIV meds on time as often as possible. But could it be even more important if you're African American? U.S. researchers have found evidence that, if an African-American HIVer and a white HIVer both fail to take their HIV meds properly, the African-American HIVer may be more likely to see his or her viral load go up. Is it genetics? Is the study itself flawed? Right now, there are many more questions than answers. (Web highlight from aidsmap.com)

        To see an abstract of this study, which appears in the Dec. 15 issue of the journal JAIDS, click here.

        BACK TO TOP

          HIV OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES

        In Lesotho, Hope for a New Generation Depends on Access to HIV Meds
        "My baby is very healthy," says Mathakane, an HIV-positive woman in Lesotho, as her daughter burbles in the background. "She's HIV negative. She's fat. She's strong. She's a beautiful baby." Mathakane was lucky enough to have access to antiretrovirals, which can drastically reduce the risk of transmitting HIV from mother to child. Unfortunately, she's an exception: Only one in five mothers with HIV in Lesotho can get the drugs they need to protect their children. By following three HIV-positive women in Lesotho, this online report shows, in sound and pictures, how a single dose of an antiretroviral -- or the lack of it -- can change lives. (Web highlight from MSNBC.com)


        Veteran HIV Specialist Warns Against Paying Too Much Attention to HIV in Africa
        Could the United States be spending too much of its money and attention on fighting HIV in developing countries? The idea might sound preposterous, but Daniel Halperin, one of the world's leading HIV experts, warns that many people have tunnel vision when it comes to HIV. Although HIV funding in developing nations remains vital, he says, millions die each year of less "headline-grabbing" illnesses that desperately need attention. "If one were to ask the people of virtually any African village (outside some 10 countries devastated by AIDS) what their greatest concerns are, the answer would undoubtedly be the less sensational but more ubiquitous ravages of hunger, dirty water and environmental devastation," Halperin says. (Web highlight from The New York Times)

        BACK TO TOP
        Also Worth Noting

        Visual AIDS
        Art From HIV-Positive Artists

        Image from the January 2008 Visual AIDS Web Gallery
        "Untitled," 1998; JD Talasek
        Visit the brand new January 2008 Visual AIDS Web Gallery to view our latest collection of art by HIV-positive artists! This month's gallery, entitled "Re-Imagined Boundaries," is curated by the New York University Tisch High School Photography Program.

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        t The Body's Bulletin Boards

        "Positive at 23"
        (A recent post from the
        "I Just Tested Positive" board)

        "I'm 23 and just found out three days ago that I was HIV positive. I haven't broken down yet. I have only told four people the news and they are all very supportive, but they don't know what I am going through. They try, and I love them for it, but I need people who are going through the same thing as me to talk to. ... My mind is moving a mile a minute, it seems. I'm afraid that I won't get to do everything in life that I want to do. I think I will be completely alone for the rest of my life. I guess I'm just coming on here to reassure myself that I am not alone in how I am feeling right now. I know that this disease is not a death sentence anymore, but in a way, it is. It might not kill us physically, but it sure is a dream shatterer. ... It would be nice to make friends that I could talk to and vent, and also be there to listen to."

        -- udboi84

        Click here to join this discussion thread, or to start your own!

        Join a Study!
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        Positive Internet Study
        Are you a woman with HIV? Want to help further HIV research without leaving your home?

        Researchers at the University of Minnesota are conducting a telephone-based study to understand the treatment, prevention and sexual health needs of people newly diagnosed. Currently they're looking for recently diagnosed HIV-positive women, living in the United States, to take part in one-on-one phone interviews.

        Interested? E-mail the research staff at pints@..., or call toll-free at 1-866-692-0188. You'll be asked to take a quick 5-minute survey to determine if you're eligible to participate.

        If eligible, your interview can be scheduled at your convenience on weekdays or weekends. Interviews take between 60 and 90 minutes; you'll receive $50 for your time and assistance.

        For more information on this study, click here to visit the official Web site.
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