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November 2008

 

Free At Last?
by Glenn Townes
A drug bust, a prison sentence and an HIV diagnosis could easily derail anyone’s life. But HIV-positive ex-prisoners Waheedah Shabazz-El and Cathy Olufs let their diagnoses and time in prison fuel their work as HIV educators and advocates. They may never escape the virus or their criminal records, but that doesn’t keep them from breaking out from behind stigma and discrimination to help others rebuild their lives behind bars—and connect to health and happiness on the outside. Meet two impressive members of the HIV-positive prisoner population’s new guard.

It's a Girl!
by Kellee Terrell
Soap opera fans have been expecting General Hospital’s HIV-positive character, Dr. Robin Scorpio, to have a baby. The stork is finally on the way!

Condomless Sex? Maybe Not Yet
by Laura Whitehorn
“Undetectable” HIV found in semen  

Meditation Matters
by Rachel Rabkin Pechman
Meditation eases anxiety and depression and improves the health of people with HIV—without any co-pay.

Boys and Girls Together
We’ve long wondered whether HIV drugs act differently in women than in men. If the med in question is a protease inhibitor (PI), the answer is “no,” say results from a handful of studies presented at the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City this past August.

Med Alert-November 2008
by Laura Whitehorn
The HIV drug abacavir (a nuke found in Ziagen, Epzicom and Trizivir) has a revised label. The new information, in brief, is this:

From the Inside: Strength to Spare
by Beverly Henry
During her 15-year battle to stay healthy with HIV and hepatitis C in prison, Beverly “Chopper” Henry, 59, has maintained an inspiring, positive attitude. She credits her well-being and determination to a refusal to hide her HIV-positive status. Here are her 10 tips for other positive prisoners:

Ritonavir News
Most protease inhibitor (PI)-based HIV combos are boosted with the PI Norvir (ritonavir). Norvir slows the breakdown of other PIs, keeping them around longer to do their work. But it can also raise some blood-fat levels and produce gastric distress. Two developments may offer future options:

A Liver-Cleansing Herb’s Benefits Begin to Bloom
Many people coinfected with HIV and hepatitis C take milk thistle supplements for liver health.

Sweet Spot
HIV meds may have a new target: a vulnerable spot on the doughnut-shaped protease enzyme.

Bottoms Up
Water isn’t the only way to quench your thirst.

Starting Out Late?
by Laura Whitehorn
New stats reveal that about one third of people who test positive for HIV in many U.S. cities do so with low CD4 counts and often with an AIDS-related complication such as an opportunistic infection (OI). New information can help the newly diagnosed get the most benefit from HIV care and treatment. Two recent developments:

Eat Well, Pay Little
by Laura Whitehorn
As prices soar, you can still afford the nutrition you need without breaking the bank. 

Is Organic Food Worth the Splurge?
by Kellee Terrell
Organic foods are as hot as iPhones and Facebook these days—but unlike most fads, these healthful eats should never go out of fashion.

Coats of Many Colors
Although we had no money
I was rich as I could be
In my coat of many colors
My momma made for me—Dolly Parton, “Coat of Many Colors” (1971)

Prison Break
by James Wortman
Is locking up HIV-positive people fueling stigma?


Ladies First
by Kellee Terrell
All of Us, a new film about the plight of black women and HIV in the United States


POS/NEG

Shout Out!
“Safe sex is great sex, so you better wear a latex, latex...so wrap it up.”—Lil Wayne


In Their Words
by Kellee Terrell
A new anthology by and for black gay and bisexual men

You Said It...
Can Parents Prevent HIV?

Life’s Rich Pageant
by Shawn Decker
Straight “positoid” Shawn Decker explains his passion for beauty pageants—and his angst over anti-gay contestants. 

How to... Disclose in the Heat of the Moment
Telling someone that you have HIV requires a different tact when disclosure is spontaneous.

Editor's Letter-November 2008
by Regan Hofmann
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