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.

July 15, 2010

In This Newsletter:


Coming Soon: Wide-Ranging Coverage of the Largest HIV/AIDS Conference on Earth
Beginning next week, our team will bring you on-the-ground coverage from Vienna, where more than 30,000 members of the worldwide HIV/AIDS community are gathering for the XVIII International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2010). Visit our AIDS 2010 home page throughout the conference for:

  • the latest breaking news
  • summaries of key studies and noteworthy research
  • discussions involving HIV/AIDS professionals from around the world
  • video recaps and Webcasts
  • blog entries on AIDS 2010's many sights, sounds and stories

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U.S. Officially Releases First National HIV/AIDS Strategy; Response Is Mixed
Thirty years into the epidemic, U.S. government officials have formally unveiled the country's first national strategy for fighting HIV/AIDS within its borders. The strategy aims to establish a coordinated, nationwide effort to reduce new HIV infections, expand access to HIV care, fight stigma and reduce health disparities. Reactions within the U.S. HIV/AIDS community have varied widely, but overall have been cautious in their praise.

How ADAP Waiting Lists Affect HIV/AIDS Organizations: A Look Inside the Crisis
More than 2,000 people across the U.S. are now on an AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) waiting list -- an all-time high. But while the size of waiting lists grabs headlines, the people who scramble behind the scenes to ensure treatment access for low-income patients often go unrecognized. We took a look behind the curtain to see how HIV/AIDS service organizations are helping their clients through the growing ADAP crisis.


Washington, D.C., HIV/AIDS Director Abruptly Resigns
Before Shannon Hader, M.D., took charge of Washington, D.C.'s response to HIV/AIDS in 2007, the city's virus-fighting efforts were widely seen as a disgrace. Hader, a respected HIV physician, appeared to be making at least some strides in rehabilitating the D.C. HIV/AIDS Administration. But last month, she abruptly resigned her position.

Keep Restrictions on Gay Blood Donors, U.S. Advisory Panel Recommends
The U.S.'s current ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men should remain on the books, a federal advisory panel has decided. However, the panel admitted that the policy was flawed, and offered new recommendations that could at least make the rules more lenient.

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four menNow Live: HIV/AIDS Resource Center for Gay Men
TheBody.com's newly launched HIV/AIDS Resource Center for Gay Men contains a vast collection of basic information, first-person stories, expert tips and podcasts on issues of importance to gay and bisexual men, same-gender loving men and men who have sex with men (MSM).

Philip D.Philip D.: Adding Life to Your Years -- Not Just Years to Your Life
"Being touched with a potentially fatal disease has also given me a crystal clear vision of what I hold most dear -- and lately, I've been living in discord," muses Philip D. "What if, rather than trying to see how long I can exist, I focused on how fully I could live?"

supplements in handAn Introduction to Dietary Supplements for People Living With HIV/AIDS
For many HIV-infected people, maintaining optimal levels of key nutrients is critical but often overlooked. In this overview, TheBody.com addresses a few common questions about vitamins and supplements for people with HIV/AIDS, and provides quick introductions to some of the supplements most popular among HIV-infected people.

ScotCharlesScotCharles: Coping With the Neurological Effects of Long-Term HIV Infection
"Far too many people mistakenly believe that HIV no longer causes chronic illness, because of the potent antiretrovirals available," writes long-term HIV survivor ScotCharles. But ScotCharles knows better: Diagnosed with HIV in 1984, it wasn't until 2008 that a neurologist diagnosed his worsening memory loss, wild mood swings and increasingly erratic behavior as symptoms of HIV-related dementia.

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South Africa Reports Successful Kidney Transplants Between HIV-Positive People
A South African report of successful kidney transplants from HIV-infected donors to HIV-infected recipients is sparking renewed interest in offering such procedures in the United States.

First Rapid Hepatitis C Test Is Approved in U.S.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first rapid-result blood test for the hepatitis C virus (HCV). Unlike existing HCV tests, the OraQuick test strip delivers results in 20 minutes (much like the OraQuick rapid HIV test) and does not need to be processed by a laboratory.

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Scientists Find Antibodies That Appear to Protect Against Most HIV Strains
U.S. scientists have discovered two potent human antibodies that can stop more than 90% of HIV strains from infecting human cells -- at least in vitro. The antibodies, which were discovered in the blood of an HIV-infected person, have suddenly opened a new potential avenue for vaccine development.

The Changing HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Houston, Texas
When you think of U.S. cities with high HIV rates, Houston, Texas, might nnot be the first to spring to mind. Yet the city's HIV diagnosis rate is twice the national average. In this interview, HIV clinician Joseph Gathe Jr., M.D., a Houston-area HIV specialist, talks about his hometown's evolving epidemic.

Why Are HIV Rates in the U.S. South So High?
In 2005, half of all deaths from AIDS in the U.S. occurred in the southeastern part of the country. In this article, public health professional and HIV advocate Marc Kolman presents 10 possible reasons why the U.S. south is so hard-hit by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Newly Approved HIV Test Spots Antigens as Well as Antibodies
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new HIV test that appears capable of detecting HIV infection earlier than standard antibody assays. It is the first approved HIV test that can not only detect HIV antibodies (similar to ELISA, OraQuick and Western Blot tests), but can also detect the p24 antigen on the surface of an HIV virion.

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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.

Read or listen to the first two installments of this excellent resource!

•  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 Women, featuring Kimberly Smith, M.D., M.P.H., and Valerie Stone, M.D., M.P.H.