Being Alive 1993 Jan 5: 27
- The Centers for Disease Control expanded the AIDS
surveillance definition, adding invasive cervical cancer, the
first women's specific manifestation of HIV, to the official
list of opportunistic infections.
- The Public Health Services in Culver City announced that
recurrent, hard to treat vaginal yeast infections are the most
frequent initial signs of HIV infection in women.
- The National Commission on AIDS subsequently issued an
official warning that frequent or persistent vaginal
candidiasis is a likely indication of HIV disease.
- Concurrently the FDA asked the makers of Monistat-7,
Gynelotrimin, Myscelex-7 and all other over-the-counter
anti-fungal medications to include a warning label which will
state: "In women with frequent recurrent vaginal yeast
infections, especially infections that don't clear up easily
with proper treatment, the vaginal yeast infection may also be
the result of serious medical conditions, including infection
with HIV that can change the body's normal defenses against
- At the fifteenth AIDS Clinical Trials Group meeting,
researchers publicly stated that women must be included on all
levels of AIDS drug testing, including Phase I trials.
- ACTG 200, a randomized trial of topical vaginal
5-Fluorouracil (5-FU) maintenance therapy vs no further therapy
after standard treatment for high grade cervical dysplasia in
HIV infected women, will begin enrollment soon. This is the
first AIDS drug trial designed exclusively for women.
- The first significant natural history study on women and AIDS
will begin in Los Angeles. The WIHS study is comparable to the
long-term study on gay men called the MAC study. This study
will involve hundreds of women with HIV/AIDS and will allow
scientists to explore previously unstudied areas of the effects
of HIV on women.
- An international group of women with HIV/AIDS was formed as a
result of the VIII International Conference held in Amsterdam
- The Women's Caucus of the AIDS Regional Board was
instrumental in getting a Los Angeles HIV clinic for women.
T.H.E. Clinic is located at 3860 West Martin Luther King
Boulevard. The clinic offers extensive diagnostic treatment
including colposcopy exams. Colposcopy is a method that is more
effective than a pap smear at detecting pre-cancerous
- Santa Barbara County Health officials developed a new women's
program that includes screening, typing and treatment for HPV
along with regular GYN exams. Santa Barbara has also linked
with two private gynecologists who have committed to treating
HIV infected women and who will accept Medi-Cal payments.