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.

February 23, 2012

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Seattle skylineComing Soon: Clinical Highlights From CROI 2012
The largest U.S.-based HIV research conference of the year takes place from March 5 to March 8, and TheBodyPRO.com will be there to bring you the latest developments. Tune in during and after the 19th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2012) for summaries and analyses of clinically relevant research presented at this critical meeting, and follow @MylesatTheBody on Twitter for breaking news.

Paul Sax, M.D.Boceprevir/PI Interaction: A "Dear Doctor" Letter We Didn't Want to Get
Paul Sax, M.D., comments on the recent FDA warning regarding an interaction between protease inhibitors (PIs) and the hepatitis C drug boceprevir (Victrelis): "We already knew that the telaprevir-boosted PI [protease inhibitor] interactions were tricky. ... The reason this 'Dear Doctor' letter was so disappointing was that boceprevir was supposed to be easier in this regard."

Bethsheba Johnson, G.N.P.-B.C.Nurse, What Did the Doctor Say?
"How many times have we heard that, after the patient walked out of exam room, they stated to the nurse, 'I don't understand what the doctor just said to me about my health. Can you tell me?'" asks Bethsheba Johnson, G.N.P.-B.C. In this blog entry, she discusses the health literacy gap among HIV patients and offers practical tips on how to bridge it.

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HIV newsHIV Denialism Article Creates Controversy for Italian Medical Journal
A member of an Italian medical journal's editorial board recently stepped down in protest of its decision to publish a paper written under the direction of longtime AIDS denialist Peter Duesberg. The piece questioned the validity of data regarding HIV-related mortality in South Africa and whether antiretrovirals actually improved the health of people living with HIV.

handsWhat Really Fuels the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Black America?
For the past 15 years, we have been bombarded with images and media attention blaming the "down-low brotha" -- the closeted gay man who sleeps with both men and women -- for the AIDS epidemic in black America. But these HIV/AIDS advocates from across the U.S. know what's really to blame.

Tennessee State Senator Says It's "Virtually Impossible" for Heterosexuals to Contract HIV From Sex
Another day, another opportunity for our elected officials to completely expose themselves for being entirely out of touch with the U.S. HIV/AIDS epidemic. Tennessee state Sen. Stacey Campfield (R-Knoxville) has found himself at the center of a media firestorm because of some comments he made on a radio program about HIV transmission.

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David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.Pain, Drugs and the Risks of Self-Medication
The idea of taking meds to treat physical pain is a difficult one for many people living with HIV, therapist David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., writes. "I totally respect the desire to remain clean from mood-altering substances. ... But suffering extreme pain is not healthy for our bodies or our emotions; living in pain is not heroic."

questionsFrequently Asked Questions: HIV and Your Mental Health
Each day, readers submit new questions to TheBody.com's "Ask the Experts" forum on Mental Health & HIV. We've pulled together our experts' answers to some of the most common questions in this easy-to-browse resource.

Dave R.Dave R.: The Health Cost Crisis? Who Cares?!
"We're constantly bombarded with statements that the costs of health and social care are spiraling out of control because of course, we're all living too long. Wasn't that the idea, for goodness sake?" blogger Dave R. writes. "Apparently not; it's just too expensive to be supported by a health industry which plays football with the Hippocratic oath."

Love and HIVLove in the Age of HIV
Ah, love: It's exhilarating, it's fun, it's challenging, it's terrifying. And when you're living with HIV, there are all sorts of additional issues to consider. We asked a wide range of people in our community -- HIVers and advocates, gay and straight, single and partnered -- for their advice on love, disclosure, dating, and where to find that special someone.

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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.