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.

April 3, 2012

In This Newsletter:


newsAll HIV-Infected Individuals Should Be on HAART, Updated U.S. HIV Treatment Guidelines Say
Revised HIV antiretroviral therapy guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services feature new information on patient care and simplified guidance for treatment initiation.

slideLife Expectancy Increases for North Americans Living With HIV
A 20-year-old, HIV-infected individual on treatment who is living in the U.S. or Canada can reasonably expect to live into his or her early 70s, according to a recent study.

two cellsCoinfection With GBV-C May Yield Survival Benefits for HIV-Infected People
HIV-infected people coinfected with GB virus C (GBV-C) appear to have a lower mortality risk than HIV-infected people who are not coinfected, according to studies presented at CROI 2012.

TAGSummary of HIV Cure Research Presented at CROI 2012
"The major message that emerged from data presentations on cure-related research was that a one-two punch may be needed to address HIV reservoirs," Richard Jefferys of Treatment Action Group reports.

Paul Sax, M.D.More Confusion on Anal Cancer Screening
"Not to beat a dead horse here, but the fact remains that just because we can screen for pre-cancerous lesions, doesn't mean we should," writes Paul Sax, M.D.

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RX padWhat the Affordable Care Act Means for Women, Girls and Families
As another presidential election draws near in the U.S., the Women's Collective reminds us of important, recent gains in health care for people with HIV and their families.

Long Island Association for AIDS CareHIV/AIDS Organization Spotlight: Long Island Association for AIDS Care
Can traditional services geared toward Americans with HIV survive in today's economic reality? Gail Barouh, Ph.D., explains how her organization strives to stay afloat on rough seas.

Grant Colfax, M.D., M.P.H.New ONAP Chief: A "Transformative Time" in HIV/AIDS
Grant Colfax, M.D., M.P.H., the newly appointed head of the U.S. Office of AIDS Policy, sets the stage for his upcoming tenure in this introductory message.

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U.S. HealthUpdated U.S. HIV/AIDS Surveillance Reveals Increase in New Infections Among Some Groups
HIV and AIDS rates held steady overall in the U.S. in 2010, but new HIV infections increased among people ages 15 to 24, men who have sex with men, and Native Americans.

panelistsExperts Discuss Recent Advances in HIV Prevention Research (Video)
A rush of new research has helped us get a better understanding for how "treatment-based HIV prevention" methods work -- and what obstacles may reduce their effectiveness.

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quillPoetry Month at TheBody.com
April is National Poetry Month in the U.S., and throughout the month we'll be posting submissions of poetry about living with, or being affected by, HIV/AIDS. Any form of poetry is fair game! Find out more about how you or your clients/patients can get your poem featured on TheBody.com.

Khafre AbifKhafre Abif: Dear HIV
"There have been many continuous struggles that I had to face and overcome. After I told on you, I didn't have to face those struggles alone. I recognized that you thrive, live and have power in fear and isolation."

Rae Lewish-ThorntonRae Lewis-Thornton: Celebration of Life
"I never thought that I would live to see 50 years old, but by the grace of God, in just under three months I will celebrate my 50th birthday. ... With AIDS, there's no middle ground: You decide how long you want to live, or how soon you want to die."

Reggie SmithReggie Smith: Love Times Love (New Blogger)
"As a heterosexual man of color living with AIDS and hep C, I am aware of the level of homophobia that exists in my community. I DO NOT subscribe to those fears in any way, and will continue to spread love and information in an attempt to dispel those fears, while promoting healing."

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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.