Wednesday, December 08, 2004

The FDA on generic drugs

The FDA says that:
Generic drugs are safe, effective and FDA approved. Generic drugs account for about 50 percent of all prescription drug purchases in the United States, therefore, consumers should be well informed and confident when taking generic drug products.

To obtain printed copies of any of these materials, please email your request by title to: You can also call 301-827-1243 or 1-888-INFO-FDA.

For more information about generic drug products, visit the Office of Generic Drugs Web site .

Infection increases among young gay males

Thanks to JS for sending this link to an essay by Nate Lippens about the increase in infection among young gay males: "All that for nothing."
Gay men used to risk friendships, offend drinking buddies, and piss people off to stop the spread of HIV. Now the only thing we're willing to risk is our health.

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

FDA approves first generic drug for HIV/AIDS

On December 3, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a generic formulation of Didanosine (ddI) Delayed Release capsules, 200 mg, 250 mg, and 400 mg for use in combination with other antiretroviral agents in the treatment of HIV-1 infection in adults. The product, manufactured by Barr Laboratories, Inc. of Pomona, NY will be available for use within the United States and foreign countries.

It is the first approval in the United States of a generic antiretroviral product to treat HIV/AIDS.

Didanosine (ddI) is the a generic version of the already approved Videx EC Delayed-Release Capsules manufactured by Bristol Myers Squibb. It is a delayed-release capsule, taken once daily.

Monday, December 06, 2004

National Perinatal HIV Consultation and Referral Service

The National Perinatal HIV Consultation and Referral Service (Perinatal Hotline) at 888-448-8765, provides free 24-hour clinical consultation and advice on treating HIV-infected pregnant women and their infants as well as indications and interpretations of rapid and standard HIV testing in pregnancy.

The Perinatal Hotline is an expansion of the HRSA National HIV/AIDS Clinicians’ Consultation Center (NCCC) at San Francisco General Hospital, which currently operates the National HIV Telephone Consultation Service (Warmline) and the National Clinicians’ Post-Exposure Prophylaxis Hotline (PEPline).

The Perinatal Hotline (888-448-8765) and the PEPline (888-448-4911) are both available 24 hours, seven days per week. The Warmline (800-933-3413) is available 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (EST) Monday through Friday. All consultations are free and confidential.

See the NCCC Web site for more information.

Thursday, December 02, 2004

Pediatric guidelines updated

The Guidelines for the Use of Antiretroviral Agents in Pediatric HIV Infection have been updated. The Pediatric Guidelines, developed by the Working Group on Antiretroviral Therapy and Medical Management of HIV-Infected Children, now include Supplement II, titled "Managing Complications of HIV Infection in HIV-Infected Children on Antiretroviral Therapy, "and Supplement III, titled "Adverse Drug Effects." Also included in the new version are updates to the atazanavir, indinavir, and enfuvirtide sections in Supplement I, "Pediatric Antiretroviral Drug Information."

All new information is highlighted in yellow in the main document. Supplements II and III are new to the guidelines and are highlighted in title only. The updated guidelines document is available in the Pediatric Guidelines section of the Guidelines page on the AIDSinfo Web site.

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

World AIDS Day


Big Country AIDS Resources will sponsor a World AIDS Day community worship service at the First Baptist Church chapel, 1333 N. 3rd at Orange St. (use Orange St. entry) on Wednesday, December 1 at 7pm. Please call Larry Holmes at 325-691-1300 for more information.


The seventh annual Austin area World AIDS Day Interfaith Service of Rememberance and Hope will be held Wednesday, December 1 at 7pm at the Unity Center, 9600 Dessau Road. This service provides a vivid reminder of the need for renewed awareness of the extent of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Central Texas. AIDS quilts will be displayed in memory of those who have died from AIDS complications. For more information, please contact Roger Temme, Interfaith Care Alliance, at 512-459-5883.


The P.A.L.M. Center will be at the Lamar University Student Center in Beaumont. They will have a booth for testing, education and pamphlets. There will also be a candle light ceremony starting around 6:30 that night for anyone who wishes to attend. Contact Carla Baker at for details.


Skillful Living Center, Inc. presents its fourth Teen Summit on Thursday, December 2, 2004 from 9:30am-2:30pm at the Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Church, 1808 W. Camp Wisdom Rd., in Dallas. The Teen Summit 2004 theme is, "Empowering the Hip Hop Generation with Healthy Sexuality & Relationship Skills". Expected attendance is 600 teens from approximately four schools. Hip Hop Promoters will share the "History of Hip Hop." There will be food, fun, prizes, speakers and entertainment. Please contact Mary Tavares at 214-330-8468 or for more information.

AIDS Arms, Inc. will present a World AIDS Day musical memorial on Wednesday, December 1 at 7:30pm at the Sara Ellen & Samuel Weisfeld Center, 1508 Cadiz at Browder by Dallas City Hall. The musical will feature the Turtle Creek Chorale, the Women's Chorus, Beckles Dance Company, Denise Lee, and Gary Floyd. Call 972-530-9253 for tickets or additional information. Tickets can be purchased on behalf of clients to enjoy the event.

The Micheal Maddison Children's Fund will hold a silent auction benefiting children affected by HIV/AIDS that includes a gallery showing of artistic photo journalism by Malek entitled "A Celebration of Life". Food and drinks will be offered. Hosted by International fashion photographer, A O. Matesun (a.k.a. Malek), Myriam Guerrero and 97.9 The BEAT's Action Jaxon. For additional information, please visit

The Dallas County Health & Human Services Department Testing and Counseling Clinic will be offering free testing on Wednesday, December 1. Please contact Kay Caddell at for more information.


ExHALE Services is having several free HIV testing sites on Wednesday, December 1. Sites include the University of North Texas Health Clinic from 10am-12pm, the Texas Women's University Wellness Clinic from 10:30am-2pm, and ExHALE Services, 405 S. Elm St., Ste. 102 in Denton, from 3-7pm. Please call 940-484-2617 or 817-781-0523 with any questions.

World AIDS Day will be recognized at the University of North Texas (UNT) on Tuesday, November 30 and Wednesday, December 1. The free events are open to the public and feature UNT faculty, staff and students as well as representatives from Metroplex AIDS organizations and UNT organizations, who will share program and educational information. UNT's University Union is located at 410 Avenue A in Denton. Participating organizations include various Metroplex AIDS organizations and UNT groups, including the Ally Program, Center for Psychosocial Health, Division of Equity and Diversity, University Union, Student Health and Wellness Center, Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance and Pan African Students' Association. On November 30 from 6-8pm in the University Union Golden Eagle Suite, UNT faculty and students will give presentations on HIV/AIDS research. There will also be a panel discussion with persons with HIV infection. On December 1 from 10am-2pm in the University Union Courtyard, there will be displays of community resources, as well as poster displays of faculty and student research. UNT faculty representing academic departments across campus have authored poster presentations on HIV and AIDS research. From 12-3pm, UNT's Center for Psychosocial Health will host an open house in Terrill Hall, room 284. The website for the Center is HIV testing and results will be given at UNT Student Health and Wellness Center for UNT students on December 1st. An evening World AIDS Day candlelight vigil will begin at 6pm, with location to be announced by UNT's Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance (FMLA). For more information, contact Dr. Dan Emenheiser or Rebeca Perfecto, Division of Equity and Diversity, at 940-565-2456, or check

Fort Worth

Tarrant County AIDS Interfaith Network will have two significant activities on World AIDS Day. A Physician Lecture will take place Wednesday, December 1 from 12-2pm at Celebration Community Church, 908 Pennsylvania Av. in Fort Worth. This is a free program with catered lunch for persons living with HIV/AIDS, social workers and medical professionals, sponsored by Abbott Labs. Later that day, an Interfaith Commemorative Service will take place at 6:30pm at Texas Christian University's Carr Chapel, 2855 South University. For more information, please contact Curtis L. Smith at 817-923-2800, ext. 22.


MotherLand, Inc. cast members will be presenting the HIV/AIDS awareness play, "That's Why We're Here" at the AIDS Coalition of Coastal Texas World AIDS day event at 1405 39th Street in Galveston. MotherLand will also be conducting testing on December 1 in collaboration with ELOES Center. For testing times and locations, please contact Victor Ndando-Ngoo or Ifeoma Adegun at 713-290-0001.

Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southeast Texas (PPHSET) will provide free HIV testing at the World AIDS Day event sponsored by the AIDS Coalition of Coastal Texas (ACCT) in Galveston on Wednesday, December 1. A memorial march begins at Galveston City Hall at 11am, ending at the Saengerfest Park on the Strand, where PPHSET will be offering HIV tests. Contact ACCT at 409-763-2437 for information.


The Harris County Hospital District's Thomas Street Health Center, in conjunction with the Houston Department of Health and Human Services, will host a day of recognition on Wednesday, December 1 from 12-4pm at 2015 Thomas St. The day of recognition will include this year's dedication of the Tree of Remembrance and a health and information fair. This will be an opportunity for the public to come to Thomas Street Health Center and honor a loved one who has passed away due to HIV/AIDS. They will also be able to attend a health and information fair highlighting HIV/AIDS services available in the Houston/Harris County area. For more information, please contact Jeff Benavides at 713-873-4026.

On December 1, 2004, the University of Houston will be commemorating World AIDS Day. Following is a list of activities:
  • Two panels of the AIDS Quilt will be on display in the University Center.
  • The Wall of Tears will be displayed in the UC Arbor, with an opportunity to write messages of support and comfort
  • The UH AIDS Quilt will be on display. This quilt was made from messages students and employees contributed over the past three years. An opportunity to add messages to the next UH Quilt will be available.
  • There will be music from 11:30am-1pm in the Arbor.
  • A health fair will be held on the first level of the UC from 11am-1pm.
  • Information and red ribbons will be available at the UC and in the Towers Commons.
  • 10,000 red ribbons will have been distributed across campus the week preceding World AIDS Day.
  • The UH Health Center will be doing free HIV testing all day.
  • There will be a candlelight vigil held at 5pm in the UC Arbor.

For more information about these activities, please contact Gail Gillan, Director, UH Wellness, at 713-743-5461.

To observe World AIDS Day 2004, the Texas Children's Hospital Allergy and Immunology Department will set up a booth to offer HIV information/education for the staff, volunteers and families at the hospital. Up-to-date facts and information about HIV prevention, medical care and research for infants, children, adolescents and pregnant women will be available for everyone. The event will be held from 11:30am-1pm on the Clinical Care Center Bridge. For further information, contact Gloria Sierra or Sherri Henry at 832-824-1319.

Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southeast Texas (PPHSET) will be conducting free HIV testing in collaboration with Fundatión Latino Americana Contra El Sida (FLAS), Inc. at the Mexican Consulate's Office, 4506 Caroline Street, 1st Floor, in Houston, 10am-2pm. Contact FLAS at 713-772-2366 for additional information.

In honor of World AIDS Day, Rice University will host a display of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt in the Grand Hall at Rice Memorial Center. Making up 10 quilts total, 80 panels will be on display at the following times: Wednesday, December 1, 11am-11pm; Thursday, December 2, 11am-11pm; Friday, December 3, 11am-5pm. In addition to the display, there will be a variety of educational, academic, and artistic programs. For a full schedule of events, visit

The Houston GLBT Community Center, 3400 Montrose Blvd., Ste. 207, will have a tree of remembrance, celebrating the annual tradition it took over from NAMES Project Houston in 2002. The center invites people to bring memorial ornaments throughout the month of December. For more information, call 713-524-3818.

AVES (Amigos Volunteers in Education and Services) has arranged a World AIDS Day Mass to be celebrated in Spanish at All Saints Catholic Church, 215 E. 10th St. in the Heights. The mass takes place Wednesday, December 1 at 7pm. People wishing to bring photos of loved ones are invited to do so, and they will be placed on a table near the altar during the Mass. For more information, call 713-626-2837.

The Illumination Project takes place Wednesday, December 1 at 7:30pm at the Hobby Center for Performing Arts, 800 Bagby. Presented by the Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, the Hobby Center, and Hope Stone, Inc., this performance benefits Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative and Bering Omega Community Services. For tickets or more information, call 713-526-1907.

There will be a ecumenical, interfaith Community World AIDS Day service on Wednesday, December 1 at 7pm at the Grace Lutheran Church, 2515 Waugh Dr. A reception will follow. Please call the Rev. Todd Williams at 832-723-6948 for more information.

A World AIDS Day luncheon honoring Bracewell & Patterson, LLP and benefiting AIDS Foundation Houston will take place Thursday, December 2 at 11:30am at the Houstonian Hotel, 111 N. Post Oak Ln. Call Annisa Hill at 713-623-6796, ext. 224 for tickets and additional information.

The Living Water-Annual Mass of Remembrance will take place Friday, December 4 at 11am at St. Mary of the Purification Catholic Church, 3006 Rosedale. A reception will follow at the Parish Hall. For more information, call 713-626-2837.


Special Health Resources of Texas (SHRT) will host a candlelight service on Wednesday, December 1 at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, McCann Rd. and Hampton St., 7-8pm. SHRT Board Chairman Griff Hubbard will emcee the event and State Representative Tommy Merritt will speak. For more information, please call 903-234-0776.


On December 1, World AIDS Day, Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southeast Texas (PPHSET) will be hosting a free HIV testing day at their Lufkin Clinic, 1404 Frank, from 1-7pm. The event will be announced on the four Clear Channel radio stations and on Lufkin's Spanish radio station. We will also be offering urine gonorrhea and chlamydia testing at a reduced rate. This free HIV testing day will follow the annual education program conducted by the Community Coalition for AIDS Education, of which PPHSET is a partner, at the Pitser Garrison Civic Center from 8:30a-11:30am. For more information please contact Bonnie Lee at 936-634-8446 ext. 223.


AIDS Services of North Texas will be hosting a World AIDS Day ceremony on Wednesday, December 1. The ceremony will be at the Plano Centre, Plano, Texas and will begin at 7:30pm. Mayor Pat Evans will be the guest speaker as well as Mr. Glenn Kopanski, Retired Naval Petty Officer. Kopanski is known to be one of the longest surviving AIDS patients in the country. AIDS Services of North Texas will be displaying 20 Quilts of the internationally acclaimed AIDS Memorial Quilt and will be dedicating over 20 new panels to the Memorial. Eighteen panels are for young South African children who have lost their lives to AIDS. Over 100 Plano students will be participating in the evening ceremony. Local youth from Collin County will perform in the ceremony. For more information, go to and click on "upcoming events."

San Antonio

The San Antonio AIDS Foundation (SAAF) and the Partnership for Education, Empowerment, Resources and Support (PEERS) For Women are presenting an evening community activity for World AIDS Day. Featured speakers include:

  • Ann Paddie, Bank of America - Topic: Women and Business
  • Crystal Stone, ClearChannel Radio - Topic: Women and Radio Broadcasting -Linda Hook, RNC, MSHP, San Antonio Metropolitan Health District -
  • Topic: Women and Health -Patti Radle, San Antonio Councilwoman
  • Topic: Women and Community Activism -Patti Wetzel, MD - Topic: Women and AIDS

The evening program begins at 6pm on Wednesday, December 1 at the SAAF facility located at 818 E. Grayson. Speakers will present from 6-6:30pm followed by a few testimonials from women of PEERS. The community activity will end with a candlelight ceremony to remember those we have lost to AIDS. The program is open to the entire community. For more information regarding the speakers and/or program, please contact Ramiro Sanchez at 210-225-4715.