January #131 : HIV Bytes - by Laura Whitehorn

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Labors of Love

The Kids Aren't Alright

With Honors

A Little Something on the Side

Even Combos Get the Blues

The Load Not Taken

HIV Bytes

Don't Get Fresh With Me

Discounted Labels

Thai-ing the Knot

Don't Leave Work Without It

Teen Angel

While You Weren't Sleeping

High Definition

Isn't That Special?

Prison Break

Anywhere but Here

Death and the Maidens

Diplomatic Immunity

Very Adult Education

On the Download

Face for the Cure

Tales From the Crib

Big Med on Campus

Editor's Letter-January 2007

Mailbox-January 2007

Catch of the Month-January 2007

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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January 2007

HIV Bytes

by Laura Whitehorn

Joining hands on computer keys to paint a group portrait of HIV and treatment

While awaiting doctor appointments at major U.S. medical centers, some 15,000 positive patients busily type at computers, answering questions about living with HIV and the other conditions they may have (heart disease, diabetes, depression, hepatitis).

The Healthcare Manpower Survey aims to understand long-term details of side effects, med interactions and adherence, “documenting real-life subtleties of how people stay alive,” says a creator of the project, Michael Saag, MD, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Sharing and comparing the info will provide the fullest view yet of HIV survival and quality of life. No positive person is excluded. Saag says, “Every patient’s outcome matters.”

Most studies enroll a small group of those taking specific HIV drugs, barring people with conditions that could complicate results. Such trials leave questions; this project will fill in blanks.

The survey exists in HIV clinics in Birmingham, San Diego, San Francisco, Cleveland, Boston, Seattle and Baltimore, with other sites planned. Visiting your doctor helps your health; sharing your experiences may help everyone.  

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