Welcome to The Body PRO Newsletter, a bi-weekly review of the latest breaking news and research in HIV medicine, aimed specifically at informing health care professionals.

June 21, 2011

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HIV Care Today is a multi-author blog featuring people on the frontlines of HIV treatment, prevention and patient/client care. This blog serves as a platform for health care professionals to discuss the everyday challenges of their jobs, recent developments in their fields and issues relevant to the evolution of HIV/AIDS care.

Bethsheba Johnson, G.N.P.-B.C., A.A.H.I.V.S.Do No Harm: Tips on Connecting With, and Helping, Your Drug-Using Patients or Clients
"If your patient population is anything like mine, then you see a lot of active drug users," writes Bethsheba Johnson, G.N.P.-B.C., A.A.H.I.V.S., a nurse practitioner and the former head of the Luck Care Center in Chicago, Il. In this entry, Johnson recounts wise advice from a colleague on how to move a patient through behavior change to either stop using drugs or ensure their drug use causes as little harm as possible.

David FawcettThe Endangered Wonder of the Positive Living Conference, and Why It Matters for Our Patients
"Too often we allow ourselves to focus on the objective data of HIV: CD4 counts, viral loads and years since diagnosis," David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., writes. "Events such as Positive Living heal at a deeper, more subjective level." In this entry, he extols the virtues of the annual Positive Living conference -- a critical gathering of HIV-positive people and community members, but one whose existence may be in jeopardy.

Paul Sax, M.D.HIV Epidemiology and Something Even Many Smart Medical Students Don't Know
If you ask a group of highly intelligent medical school students which demographic group in the U.S. is experiencing the highest rise in its HIV infection rate, how many would know the answer is men who have sex with men? Not nearly as many as you might think, explains Paul Sax, M.D., of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Mass.

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TheBody.com -- TheBodyPRO.com's sister site for HIV-infected and affected people -- celebrates Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month with this special Pride2011@TheBody.com section. Our extensive, illuminating and thoughtful examination of LGBT issues includes the following:

Pride 2011What's It Really Going to Take to Make It "Get Better"?
Last year's "It Gets Better" campaign talked about some of the serious issues that LGBT youth are facing: homophobia, increased bullying and higher rates of suicides. But the campaign also highlighted a major disconnect: a lack of LGBT mentors for LGBT youth. In this featured article, our community manager Olivia Ford points out that in order to better the outcomes of our youth, we must do more to bridge the generational gap in the LGBT community.

Roundtable PanelistsHomophobia and HIV Risk: What's Family Got to Do With It?
It's a familiar and haunting refrain: People who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer are systematically rejected by their families. If we're to talk seriously about reducing HIV risk among our LGBT brothers and sisters, we have to talk about homophobia within families. In this groundbreaking two-part conversation, we speak with three experts and advocates about the problem -- and how to fix it.

IbrahimHIV and Homosexuality: Coming in and out of the Closet
"I still have a problem getting close to gay people. I do not feel comfortable passing by a gay sign or getting involved in gay issues. Is this a clear case of internalized homophobia? The answer is 'No.' This is me trying to avoid getting close to my HIV," writes blogger Ibrahim. In this controversial first-person perspective, Ibrahim discusses how navigating and reconciling his own identity of being Muslim, gay and HIV positive is still a work in process.

Pride 2011: We Are the Youth
The poignant photojournalism project We Are the Youth chronicles the stories of young LGBT folks in the U.S. talking about a range of issues, including coming out, bullying, falling in love and learning to love themselves. This touching series captures the stories of young people whose voices often aren't heard.

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HIV/AIDS Organization Spotlight: Care Resource in Florida
In our new HIV/AIDS Organization Spotlight series, we focus on some of the true unsung heroes of the HIV/AIDS community: the groups that support and provide services for people living with, or at risk for, HIV. This week, we turn our sights on Care Resource, a major HIV/AIDS service provider in southern Florida for the past 27 years.

Candace Y.A. MontagueAIDSVu: HIV on the Map
A new online tool may (literally) change the way we look at HIV rates in the U.S. AIDSVu, an interactive online map created by Emory University researchers and programmers, lets you view a color-coded breakdown of HIV rates in various parts of the country -- and in cities like Washington, D.C., and New York City, you can zoom in by ZIP code. Candace Y.A. Montague walks us through what AIDSVu can do, as well as what it can't.

30-Year AIDS Report Card: Which Presidents Make the Grade
Over the past 30 years, five U.S. Commanders in Chief have led the nation's response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Who gets good marks? From 1981 to the present, the Black AIDS Institute assesses each president's leadership, summarizes his biggest hits and misses, and dishes out an overall grade.

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Monique HowardHIV Frontlines: Resolving Gender Issues and Overcoming Obstacles to HIV Prevention
Monique Howard has long aimed to develop a deeper understanding of how HIV/AIDS impacts women in the U.S. Since she became the Executive Director of the New Jersey Women and AIDS Network (NJWAN) in New Brunswick, N.J., Howard has had the opportunity to put her research into practice as she strives to increase the success of HIV prevention efforts targeting women. In this interview, she discusses her work and describes her ongoing efforts.

LGBT Teens More Likely to Put Their Health at Risk, Study Finds
A federal survey of sexual orientation and risk behavior in teens shows gay and bisexual youth in the U.S. are more likely to engage in activities that place their health at risk -- including alcohol use, sex and substance use -- than their heterosexual peers. "Many risk behaviors are related to how people feel about themselves and the environment they're in," noted researcher Laura Kann, who presented the findings.

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Also Worth Noting

HIV Management Today

In HIV Management Today, an informative online series from TheBodyPRO.com, we consult with some of the top clinical minds in HIV on some of the most important issues in HIV/AIDS clinical management.

•  Assessing and Acting on Cardiovascular Disease Risk in HIV-Infected Patients, featuring Marshall Glesby, M.D., Ph.D., and Jens Lundgren, M.D.

•  A Closer Look at Tesamorelin (Egrifta), a Newly Approved Treatment for HIV-Associated Lipohypertrophy, featuring Daniel Berger, M.D.

•  New Paradigms of First-Line HIV Therapy: Determining When (and With What) to Start, featuring Eric Daar, M.D., and Trevor Hawkins, M.D.

•  Clinical Management of the HIV-Infected Woman, featuring Kimberly Smith, M.D., M.P.H., and Valerie Stone, M.D., M.P.H.