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&apos; 36 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, September 25 ' October 1, 1998 Resistant HIV virus cause for alarm: safe sex ebbs By Kerry Kester Successful treatments for AIDS may be indirectly causing an in- crease in the number of people who transmit a form of the deadly disease for which there is no known successful treatment. "Risky behavior may now be on the increase," said Dr. Scott Olewiler, infectious disease spe- cialist at Beebe Medical Center. What appears to bE happening, he explained, is people have become overconfident in treatment op- tions and may not understand the realities of being HIV positive. During the past decade, mass media campaigns promoting safe Cancer in Common meets Tuesday, Oct. 13 Hope is the topic of the next meeting of Cancer in Common, a spiritually based support group. The group, which gathers the sec- ond Tuesday of each month, will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 13, at Epworth United Methodist Church, 20 Baltimore Ave., Re- hoboth Beach. The group's pur- pose is to provide a Christian en- vironment for people whose lives have been touched by cancer. Meetings are open to anyone who is a cancer survivor or cur- rently fighting cancer, and people close to them. For more informa- tion, call the group's coordinator, Kaye Webb, at 645-9711. Foundation offers helpline, Web site The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, credited with raising funds for major national cancer research initiatives and de- livering the lifesaving message of early detection to countless men and women, offers two avenues of information for those with breast health and breast cancer concerns. The foundation provides a toll- free helpline, 800-IMAWARE, answered by trained, caring vol- unteers to offer timely and accu- rate information. In addition, the foundation has also launched a comprehensive Web site, <www.breastcancerinfo.com>, with up-to-the-minute informa- sex seemed to show positive results: the number of new AIDS cases ap- peared to drop in certain populations. However, re- cent data sug- OLEWILER gests safe sex practices are now declining in some groups of peo- ple, and the virus being transmit- ted is resistant to current drug therapies. Olewiler said that with the ad- vent of combination therapies that tion, as well as foundation news and activities. Mammography van at VIA Sept. 28 Mammography of Delaware, the state's only mobile mammog- raphy service, will offer mam- mography screening from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 28, in the parking lot of the Village Im- provement Association, located at Boardwalk and Grenoble avenues, just south of the Henlopen Hotel, Rehoboth Beach. Mammography of Delaware of- fers a cost-effective, convenient method for early detection of breast cancer. Call Mammogra- phy of Delaware at 800-654-0606, to register for aa appointment. HIV/AIDS group meets Thursdays A nine-week group for people living with HIV/AIDS meets at 6 p.m., Thursdays, at Parish Hall, St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Sec- ond and Mulberry streets, Lewes. The group is professionally facili- tated for participants who want to share their experiences, both med- ical and nonmedical, to reduce feelings of isolation, to heighten sense of community and empow- erment. After the second meeting, for the purpose of encouraging trust and intimacy, participants must commit to regularly attending the meetings for two months. Poten- tial participants must be HIV-pos- Nutritional Program When you plan your nutrition- al program, you base your calorie intake on the severity of your training. Obviously, the harder you train, the more calories you need. As you be- come more active, your pro- tein, carbohydrate and fat in- take should also increase. Submitted by Dave Kergaard Personal fitness trainer For more information, call 227-8095 include protease inhibitors, many HIV-positive patients saw their viral loads drop to levels that are termed "undetectable." However, undetectable could mean that there are 399 copies per milliliter of the virus in the blood; "de- tectable" begins at 400. "Realize that 399 copies per millileter cor- responds with more than 2 million copies," said Olewiler. "That's still a lot of virus." Additionally, he said, semen may have an independent com- partment for containing the virus; it could have little relation to the viral load in the blood. Scientists are studying whether a high viral itive and should also be prepared to give personal contact informa- tion to the leader by the second session. A call prior to the meeting is re- quired. Referrals from partici- pants or other support agencies are welcome. For information, call 644-4791. load could be contained in semen but not reflected in the blood, he said. "Undetectable only, means un- detectable," said Olewiler. "It doesn't mean zero. It doesn't meant it is noninfectious. It is still a lot of virus." Unfortunately, he said, many HIV-positive patients may believe that because their vi- ral load is undetectable, the virus is also not transmittable. Not true. The reality is that not only is the HIV virus transmittable, but if the infectious patient took a drug cocktail, or combination drug therapy treatment, the virus that Continued on page 40 Coastal Psychiatric Group The Source For Comprehensive Mental Health Care In Southern Delaware 1532 Savannah Road Suite B Lewes, DE 644-2770 LEWES SURGICAL & ASSOCIATES, P.A. is pleased to announce the addition of Delbert J. 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