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Born Again

Knowing When to Stop

The Divine Miss Em


Cocaine & Heroin

Crystal Meth

Harm Reduction


Recovery Rooms


A for Africa


WHO’s on First

Dying for ADAP


Bombing Gilead

Pos & Neg

Wishful Thinking

Unwrapper’s Delight

Study Hell

Tech Talk


Diarrhea Diary

HAART to Heart

Eradication II?


Breaks: What’s Up?

Safe Spliffs

Slumber Party

Bone Loss

Gimme Shelter


IRSA’s Rochelle advises HIVer refugees:

Editor's Letter


Sale of a Lifetime

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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December 2003

Tech Talk

by Staff

Parlez-vous HIV study lingo? Some common research terms:

Cohort?”A group being s

Parlez-vous HIV study lingo? Some common research terms:

Cohort—A group being studied. Notable cohorts include the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS), with more than 5,000 gay and bisexual male HIVers across America, and the Women’s Interagency HIV Study (WIHS), involving more than 2,500 women.

Bias—A flaw that changes the results. Example: A “selection bias” skews data because of unrepresentative subjects—only seeking participants from the back rooms of sex clubs, say, to study gay men’s safer-sex practices.

Blinded—Participants don’t know if they’re getting the treatment drug or the placebo (or a new combo vs. an older one). Researchers can be blinded, too, not knowing which treatment which patients get. Patients and researchers both in the dark? The study is double-blinded.

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