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Seattle Treatment Education Project

Who We Are

Originally established as an independent non-profit agency in 1989, the Seattle Treatment Education Project (STEP) has recently evolved into a program of Lifelong AIDS Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Located in Seattle, Washington, this group of men and women is dedicated to bringing treatment and prevention information to those infected with HIV or at risk of HIV infection, to health care providers and to members of HIV service organizations.

Our mission is to provide information, education and advocacy for individuals infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, their families, healthcare providers and entire communities. Our goal is to enable individuals to make informed healthcare decisions and to access options and devise strategies for their treatment.

Our Advisory Board members have backgrounds in various professional disciplines. The information we provide is not representative of any single treatment philosophy. Instead, STEP, as a program of Lifelong AIDS Alliance, endeavors to include HIV treatment information from all health care and service providers.

The STEP Program of Lifelong AIDS Alliance is non-partisan and not affiliated with any political or religious group. We seek to operate in cooperation with other HIV service organizations as part of a caring, supportive community.

Our programs are supported by individual contributions, but our services are provided to anyone free of charge. The STEP Program of Lifelong AIDS Alliance does not promote the philosophies or causes of contributors.

Our policies and official publications are the result of careful review and consensus of working Advisory Board members and supporting members. Our efforts represent the activities that members collectively feel will best provide objective information to those infected by HIV or at risk of HIV infection.

Latest by Seattle Treatment Education Project

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Harm Reduction for Methamphetamine Users: A Counselor's Perspective

Current literature provides ample information linking methamphetamine use with HIV transmission, particularly among men who have sex with men and injection drug users. Studies have documented alarming rates of unprotected sex, increased numbers of s...

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People Who Use Drugs

Public Health Messages to All Men Who Have Sex With Men About Crystal Meth Use

In response to growing concern among prevention providers and the MSM community about crystal and HIV, Public Health has developed key messages about crystal. They are aimed towards specific sub-groups of MSM to address the full spectrum of crystal u...

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Lipodystrophy/Body Fat

The FDA Has Accepted the Filing for an Injectable Poly-L-Lactic Acid Called "Sculptra" to Treat Facial Lipoatrophy

Berwyn, PA -- Dermik Laboratories, the U.S. dermatology arm of Aventis (another pharmaceutical company), announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted for filing and granted expedited review of the company's Premarket ...

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The FDA Recommends the Approval of Atazanavir, a New Protease Inhibitor

The FDA Antiviral Drugs Advisory Committee met on May 13th from 8am to 5pm and voted unanimously 15-0 to recommend that the FDA approve Atazanavir. The FDA said that since BMS had provided extensive 48 week data the FDA will provide full traditional ...

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Emerging Toxicity of HIV Therapy? Skeletal Muscle Damage

Italian researchers at the University of Bologna have reported an unexpected high incidence of enzyme elevations indicating muscle damage in patients taking active antiretroviral therapy (HAART).

The group, led by Roberto Manfredi, told the Sixth In...

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The Norovirus: A Health Concern for Those Living With Compromised Immune Systems

Norovirus is now the official name for the group of viruses previously called Norwalk-like viruses from the family Caliciviridae. These viruses cause acute gastroenteritis (AGE) in humans, which is characterized by nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdo...

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Lipodystrophy/Body Fat

Lipodystrophy and Metabolic Complications of HIV and Antiretroviral Therapies

The history of HIV infection and antiretroviral therapies has been marked by dramatic improvements in the quantity and quality of life for many persons. Despite these advances, growing realizations of limitations of therapy also emerged. Therapies we...

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Dear Healthcare Provider Letter From the Division of AIDS -- Concern About Trizivir Potency

The AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG) has been conducting a study (A5095) for the last several years, comparing three PI-sparing regimens for the initial treatment of HIV infection. The three regimens are:

Arm A: Sustiva (efavirenz) + Combivir (AZT ...

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Washington State Governor's Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (GACHA) Press Release on the Smallpox Vaccine

Governor's Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (GACHA) says HIV-infected persons, as well as others with immune system problems should not get the smallpox vaccine, and should be cautious of those who do.

As public health officials in the state prepare to ...

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Primary HIV Infection

Primary HIV infection (PHI) refers to the period of time immediately after initial infection, which is characterized by a prolific phase in viral replication (sometimes up to one million copies of virus) and an acute drop in the CD4 count. However, t...