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.

January 24, 2012

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Bonnie Goldman Bonnie Goldman, former editorial director of TheBodyPRO.com and its less-clinically focused sister site, TheBody.com, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 31. She was 55 years old. Bonnie shepherded the creation of TheBodyPRO.com in 2002, and spearheaded the editorial development of TheBody.com from its earliest days in 1995 through early 2010. Her vision helped shape the sites you see today, and her dedication to the HIV community knew no bounds.

Within this memorial page on TheBody.com, we share thoughts and perspectives on Bonnie's passing from our staff, our experts, our bloggers and other members of the HIV/AIDS community. We hope you'll add your own thoughts as well.

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vitamin DVitamin D Supplements Offer Possible, But Still Unclear, Benefits in HIV-Infected Persons
Two new studies on vitamin D supplementation suggest slight benefits in bone health for people living with HIV. However, neither provided enough evidence to recommend widespread vitamin D supplementation.

Paul Sax, M.D.Generic Lamivudine Has Arrived
Generic antiretrovirals are common in much of the world, but not in the U.S. and other wealthy nations. However, as Paul Sax, M.D., notes, lamivudine (Epivir, 3TC) recently joined the small-but-growing list of off-patent U.S. antiretrovirals.

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Aless PiperGetting Savvy About Social Media
Activist Aless Piper shares several tips for HIV/AIDS service organizations on how to use Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms to increase their reach and effectiveness. "There is no reason for us to not become more connected," she writes. "Social media just seems hard. Once you use it, it's simple."

Sen. Norman Stone JrMaryland Bill Proposes to Make HIV Transmission "Attempt" a Felony; State Senator Speaks
A Maryland state senator has proposed a new bill that would make "knowingly transferring or attempting to transfer HIV to another individual" a felony in his state, increasing its maximum prison term from three years to 25 years.

PennsylvaniaHIV/AIDS Organization Spotlight: AIDS Coalition of Southwestern Pennsylvania
The AIDS Coalition of Southwestern Pennsylvania (ACSWP) provides a range of HIV support services in some of Pennsylvania's most rural areas. Think it's a challenge? You don't know the half of it. Doyin Desalu, ACSWP's executive director, explains.

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young peopleOnly 1 in 5 Teens in the US Gets Tested for HIV
It's no secret that testing young people for HIV can be difficult. Just how difficult? By looking at data compiled from more than 7,500 sexually active teens across the U.S., researchers found that in 2009, about one in five of them had ever been tested.

young peopleDisability and HIV: Eliminating Barriers to Sexual Health Care and Education
"Addressing HIV/AIDS among people with disabilities starts with recognizing that all people are sexual, regardless of whether they are living with disabilities," Heather Heldman and Hannah Slater write. In this article for Gay Men's Health Crisis, the two discuss addressing the challenges faced by people with HIV who have any of a range of physical or mental disabilities.

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Dr. Bob FrascinoThe "Winner" of Our Strangest But Truest Vote ("Best of Dr. Bob" Edition)
Hundreds of our readers voted on which of 10 finalists represented the zaniest HIV transmission question ever asked in our "Ask the Experts" forums. We've tallied up the votes, and we have an all-time winner -- or loser, depending on how you look at it.

David FawcettDavid Fawcett: Creating Your Own Vision for a New Year
David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., has a solution for those who have difficulty following through on their New Year's resolutions: Instead of promising (and failing) to become a new person, look at who you already are -- and what you could do better.

Justin B. Terry-SmithJustin B. Terry-Smith: Speaking at the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine (Video)
"I've been asked to speak at colleges, forums and other places, but this was really an inspiration, because these young people concentrate their studies and time on areas of medicine. They will be the professionals that will help the younger generation through illnesses and plagues like HIV."

Yo SoyThe Art of Capturing Latinas Living With HIV/AIDS (Photo-Essay)
Even though there are more than 110,000 Argentineans living with HIV/AIDS, Caitlin M. Kelly noticed how reluctant people were to talk about it. In hopes of breaking down this wall, Caitlin created "'I am ...' Women Living with HIV," a photo gallery highlighting the faces of strong women living with HIV.

This photo-essay is also available in Spanish.

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Also Worth Noting

2011: The Year in Review

•  Top HIV/AIDS-Related Clinical Developments of 2011

David Wohl, M.D., takes an in-depth look at the past year's most critical HIV-related studies, and explains how each may change the manner in which we practice HIV prevention or treatment in 2012 and beyond.

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 Treatment for HIV-Associated Lipohypertrophy, featuring Daniel Berger, 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.