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This Week in HIV Research: 2-Drug Maintenance Therapy; and Tenofovir Alafenamide Superior to TDF

Warren Tong and Barbara Jungwirth, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Feb 24, 4:18 p.m. ET

This week, a study finds that a two-drug regimen of cabotegravir and rilpivirine works as maintenance therapy, according to 144-week results.

Why Co-Infection May No Longer Be 'Special'

Liz Highleyman, Test Positive Aware Network; Posted Feb 24, 3:37 p.m. ET

Hepatitis C treatment for HIV/HCV co-infected people, sexual transmission of HCV and other news from the AASLD Liver Meeting.

Bipolar Mania, Sex and HIV Prevention: Untangling the Threads of Shame and Ignorance

Miguel Garcia, TheBody.com; Posted Feb 24, 1:52 p.m. ET

Miguel Garcia, a gay person of color living with bipolar disorder says his recovery "rests heavily on my ability to thwart fear by reclaiming agency over my body and mind and confronting ignorance and stigma."

That Time 37 Years Ago I Won a Car on The Price Is Right

Mark S. King, MyFabulousDisease.com; Posted Feb 24, 1:11 p.m. ET

"Within a few years of Coming On Down, there would be enormous differences between that boy and myself, shaped by life events that would throw a wet blanket on my aw shucks optimism," Mark S. King writes.

Share Your Stories!

Everyone living with HIV has a story to tell. Find out how to share your own experiences in one or both of the series below, which feature the writings of readers like you.

Day One With HIV: Finding Out Your Status, in Your Own Words

Regardless of where or how it happened, the day you received your HIV-positive diagnosis was likely among the most intense days you'll ever live through. Some of TheBody.com's readers have generously shared their experiences -- to reflect on how they've changed, and so that others would know that they too can survive, and even thrive, following that fateful day. How did you get through it?


Other Sides of HIV: People Taking HIV Meds Share Stories About Side Effects

Many types of medications can save or improve lives, but they can also have unintended consequences. For some people living with HIV, taking meds can be a complicated cycle -- and for others, a Sunday stroll. Medication side effects can be mild or life altering, horrible or even pleasurable; some people living with HIV never experience any at all. It seems like everyone's got a story about side effects. What's yours?

 

USPSTF Invites Public Comment on Draft PrEP and HIV Screening Research Plans

AIDS.gov; Posted Feb 24, 12:31 p.m. ET

This week, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted three draft research plans on topics related to HIV prevention and screening and is inviting public comment.

With Possibilities for Long-Acting HIV Treatment, Modern Science Creates Modern ART

Antigone Barton, Science Speaks; Posted Feb 24, 11:59 a.m. ET

Technology that eliminates daily pill taking, and with it "pill fatigue," stigma and other barriers to adherence, has already proven its value, and is on the horizon for HIV.

Women at the Center: WHO Issues New Guidance on the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Women Living With HIV

World Health Organization; Posted Feb 24, 11:31 a.m. ET

The World Health Organization's new guideline takes a woman-centered approach effectively address and represent the needs of girls and women, as well as those of their families and communities.

What We Could Lose: Thanks to the ACA, Medicaid Covers 12% More HIV-Positive Folks in Expansion States

Tim Murphy, TheBody.com; Posted Feb 23, 7:24 p.m. ET

There were double digit increases in health care coverage for people with HIV in states that expand Medicaid coverage under Obamacare. Now it's all at risk. Tim Murphy reports on what you can do about it.

My Health Tracker

My Health Tracker

My Health Tracker can help you organize your HIV treatment information privately and securely in one place. This way, you can take better charge over your health, and you and your doctor can have even more productive conversations about your treatment.

Registration takes only a couple of minutes, requires no personal info, and you'll be able to pick up where you left off at any time.

 

Empowering Women With HIV: An Interview With Activist Naina Khanna

amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research; Posted Feb 23, 2:07 p.m. ET

The executive director of Positive Women's Network - USA spoke with amfAR about her own diagnosis, the holistic needs of women with HIV and how PWN-USA is changing the conversation.

The Power of Being Positive With an HIV-Negative Status

Benjamin Di'Costa, Test Positive Aware Network; Posted Feb 23, 1:36 p.m. ET

"Throughout the past six years I have wondered what my role in HIV is since I am a 26-year-old, white-passing and cisgender queer male who happens to be HIV-negative," Benjamin Di'Costa writes.

Facing Stigma: 'A Day With HIV' Participants Open Up About Stigma

David Durán, Test Positive Aware Network; Posted Feb 23, 1:36 p.m. ET

Stigma is as much a part of HIV as ever. That's the point made by "A Day With HIV," Positively Aware's anti-stigma campaign.

Women on Lopinavir/Ritonavir-Based Regimens at Conception at Higher Risk of Preterm Delivery in UK Study

Polly Clayden, HIV i-Base; Posted Feb 23, 1:16 p.m. ET

HIV-positive pregnant women receiving lopinavir/ritonavir-based regimens were at higher risk of preterm delivery compared with those on NNRTI-based regimens.


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