What's New? November 1995

Secretary of Health and Human Services, Donna E. Shalala, in conjunction with a coalition of young adults, released a new series of television and radio public service announcements (PSAs) aimed at young adults ages 18-25. The PSAs, featuring the theme "Respect Yourself, Protect Yourself," are the newest component of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) Prevention Marketing Initiative to prevent the sexual transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases among 18- to 25-year-olds.

1) Pan Pautas Para La Atencion Clinica De la Persona Adulta Infectada por El VIH (Guidelines for the Treatment of HIV Infected Adults), 2) Pautas Para la Atencion Clinica Del Nini Infectado Por El VIH (Guidelines for the Treatment of HIV Infected Children), and 3) AIDS Surveillance in the Americas, 1995, 3rd quarter report (in English and Spanish) are available from the Clearinghouse. Order one copy free using the Clearinghouse's Internet Order Form or by calling 1-800-458-5231.

More than 500 business leaders are expected to attend the 7th Annual Business Responds to AIDS Conference on World AIDS Day, December 1, 1995, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The conference will be hosted by the Responding to HIV/AIDS in the Workplace Business Consortium. Members of the Consortium include: Banco Popular, IBM, Telemundo, Triple S., Johnson & Johnson, Smith Kline and Bristol-Myers Squibb Puerto Rico. The Consortium was formed as a result of an initiative of several local public and private organizations affiliated with the Business Responds to AIDS Program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. The main guest speaker at the conference will be Dr. Antonia Novello, former U.S. Surgeon General. The event will be co-sponsored by Governor Pedro Rosello and San Juan Mayor Hector Luis Acevedo. For more information about the conference, call Zulma Perez, Johnson & Johnson, at 809-258-7820. For more information about HIV/AIDS in the workplace, call the CDC Business and LaborResource Service at 1-800-458-5231.

Go to the AIDS INFO page to look at the American Association for World Health's World AIDS Day Resource Booklet, to find out about World AIDS Day activities around the U.S., and to tell what your organization is doing to commemorate World AIDS Day 1995.

A letter from Patricia S. Fleming, Director, National AIDS Policy Office, announces the first White House Conference on HIV and AIDS to be held December 6, 1995, at the White House. The conference will include more than 130 individuals from across the U.S. who are knowledgeable about and have experience with the many challenges that HIV and AIDS present.

Thalidomide Effective Treatment for AIDS-Related Mouth Ulcers. Thalidomide effectively and safely heals severe mouth ulcers (also called oral aphthous ulcers) in persons with HIV infection, according to an interim analysis of data from a placebo-controlled study supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). The study (ACTG 251), sponsored through NIAID's AIDS Clinical Trials Group, compares the effectiveness and safety of thalidomide with placebo for treating patients with severe oral and esophageal ulcers.