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Issue No. 5 | January 30, 2009

News and Features

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2009

February 7, 2009, marks the ninth annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD). NBHAAD is a day dedicated to increasing awareness of HIV/AIDS in the African-American community. The goals of NBHAAD are to educate African Americans about HIV/AIDS and how it is transmitted, to encourage them to get tested, to motivate HIV-infected African Americans to seek proper treatment, and to inspire people to get involved in their community. 

Check out the updated Department of Health and Human Services' National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Web page, which includes helpful links to sites providing information on health disparities, HIV/AIDS statistics, and much more--all specific to African Americans.

AIDSinfo encourages you to participate in NBHAAD by sharing this information with others.

Negative Effect of HIV and HAART on Arteries

"HIV-infected patients using combination antiretroviral therapy (ART) have an increased cardiovascular risk. We aimed to identify the effects of HIV, ART, and lipodystrophy (LD) on carotid artery intima-media thickness (C-IMT), a surrogate measure of atherosclerosis, and arterial stiffness, a marker of cardiovascular risk. ... HIV infection is independently associated with C-IMT and generally increased arterial stiffness. ART use is associated with increased stiffness of the femoral artery."

HAART Improves Survival in HIV-Infected People with Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer

"To evaluate the impact of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) on survival in HIV infected patients with non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC)...[a]ll consecutive HIV infected patients with NSCLC diagnosed between 06/1996 and 03/2007 at two University hospitals in Paris (France) were prospectively followed until death. The association between survival and clinical and biological factors was analyzed[.] ... Conclusion: HAART is a good prognostic factor for survival in HIV infected patients with NSCLC."