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Issue No. 21 | May 11, 2007

News and Features

Women's Health Week: May 13-19

<p>The eighth annual National Women's Health Week will begin on Mother's Day, May 13, and is sponsored by;This year's theme is &quot;It's Your Time: Pamper Your Mind, Body, and Spirit.&quot;&nbsp;</p> <p>AIDS<em>info</em> is celebrating with a special National Women's Health Week 2007 Web page providing links for women about HIV/AIDS and other health information.</p> <p>Celebrate Women's Health Week by encouraging the women in your life to stay healthy, get regular check-ups, and&nbsp;stay informed and protected against health risks.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>

HIV Vaccine Awareness Day: May 18, 2007

<p>The 10th annual National HIV Vaccine Awareness Day will be observed on May 18, 2007. HIV Vaccine Awareness Day is dedicated to recognizing HIV vaccine research efforts and educating communities about the importance of developing an HIV vaccine. On May 18, wear your red AIDS ribbon upside down, forming a &quot;V&quot; for vaccine, as a sign that you share the hope of finding a vaccine to prevent HIV infection.</p> <p>AIDS<em>info</em> is pleased to participate in the commemoration of this important day. Check out the AIDS<em>info </em>HIV Vaccine Awareness Day Web site, which includes links to information about HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, AIDS<em>info</em> resources, vaccine research and clinical trials.</p>

Día de concientización sobre la vacuna contra el VIH: 18 de mayo de 2007

<p>El 18 de mayo del 2007 se observa, por d&eacute;cimo a&ntilde;o consecutivo, el D&iacute;a nacional de concientizaci&oacute;n sobre la vacuna contra el SIDA. Ese d&iacute;a se dedica a reconocer las actividades de investigaci&oacute;n de la vacuna contra el SIDA y a educar a las comunidades acerca de la importancia de la elaboraci&oacute;n de esa vacuna. El 18 de mayo, use la cinta roja distintiva del SIDA con la parte de arriba hacia abajo para formar una &quot;V&quot; de vacuna, como s&iacute;mbolo de que usted comparte la esperanza de encontrar una vacuna para prevenir la infecci&oacute;n por el VIH.</p> <p><em>Info</em>SIDA se complace en participar en la conmemoraci&oacute;n de este importante d&iacute;a. Visite el sitio web del D&iacute;a de concientizaci&oacute;n sobre la vacuna contra el VIH de <em>info</em>SIDA en donde usted encontrar&aacute; enlaces a informaci&oacute;n sobre este d&iacute;a, recursos de <em>info</em>SIDA, investigaciones sobre la vacuna y ensayos cl&iacute;nicos.&nbsp;</p>

National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: May 19, 2007

<p>May 19, 2007 marks the&nbsp;third annual National Asian and Pacific Islander (API) HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. This is a day dedicated to increasing awareness of HIV/AIDS in the Asian Pacific Islander community.&nbsp;The goals of National API HIV/AIDS Awareness Day are to educate the API community about HIV/AIDS and its transmission, to encourage getting tested, to motivate HIV-infected APIs&nbsp; to seek proper treatment, and to encourage people to get involved in their community and combat HIV-related stigmas and discrimination.&nbsp;</p> <p>AIDSi<em>nfo</em> is pleased to participate in the commemoration of this important day.&nbsp;Check out&nbsp;the new AIDS<em>info</em> Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2007 Web page, which includes helpful links to sites providing information on health disparities, treatment guides for clinicians, ongoing HIV/AIDS research,&nbsp;HIV/AIDS statistics, and more - all specific to API communities.</p> <p>AIDS<em>info</em> encourages you to participate in National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day by sharing this information with others.&nbsp;</p>

National Institute on Drug Abuse Holds Conference on HIV/AIDS and Non-Injection Drug Use

<p>A public meeting to discuss HIV transmission and non-injection drug use was held May 8 and 9 at the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) Natcher Conference Center. This was the first public 2-day meeting held at the NIH to discuss this topic and was a collaboration of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).&nbsp;</p> <p>In her opening remarks, NIDA director Nora D. Volkow, M.D.&nbsp;commented, &quot;Approximately one million people in the United States are living with HIV/AIDS, which disproportionately afflicts minority populations&nbsp;- particularly African Americans...To address this significant public health threat, research at NIH is examining every aspect of HIV/AIDS, drug abuse and addiction, including the risk behaviors associated with both injection and non-injection drug abuse, and how drugs of abuse can alter brain function and impair decision making.&quot;</p> <p>The meeting covered topics such as using neuroeconomics and&nbsp;neuroimaging to predict drug relapse, risky behavior related to commonly abused substances like alcohol and marijuana, and the problem of HIV/AIDS in the criminal justice system.&nbsp;In addition, there were discussions of the importance of designing interventions specific to the needs of the diverse populations affected by drug use and HIV/AIDS.&nbsp;A full agenda and list of speakers can be found at the meeting Web site.&nbsp;</p>