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The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp

Jourdan Barnes, Black AIDS Institute; Posted Sep 26, 3:10 p.m. ET

"In spite of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, everyone in this fight can rise," Jourdan Barnes writes. "In spite of not being represented in the world, we can join together to form a union that will be as loud as loud can be."

For Providers Who Treat Patients Outside the Gender Binary, New Health Care Standards Light the Way

Barbara Jungwirth, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Sep 26, 2:31 p.m. ET

A nonprofit organization that focuses on connecting trans, gender non-conforming, intersex and queer (TGIQ) people to health care, recently published guidelines for health care professionals on delivering culturally competent care to TGIQ people.

Michael Johnson Bypasses Trial, Enters No-Contest Plea and Is Sentenced to 10 Years for Not Disclosing HIV Status to Male Sexual Partners

The Center for HIV Law and Policy; Posted Sep 26, 2:08 p.m. ET

In conclusion to a prosecution short on fairness and riddled with questions about racism and homophobia, Michael Johnson entered a plea in the St. Charles County Circuit Court in Missouri.

Opioid Epidemic Causing Rise in Hepatitis C Infections and Other Serious Illnesses

Thomas J. Stopka, The Conversation; Posted Sep 26, 12:39 p.m. ET

"There are many interrelated epidemics within the 'opioid syndemic,'" Thomas J. Stopka writes. "Together, they make up perhaps the biggest public health challenge in the U.S. since the advent of the AIDS epidemic."

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?

 

Older Americans With HIV: A Conversation With San Francisco Supervisor Jeff Sheehy

amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research; Posted Sep 25, 3:40 p.m. ET

The first person openly living with HIV to serve on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Sheehy discusses what he sees as the most pressing current issues in addressing HIV/AIDS among older Americans.

BHIVA Challenges BMJ Recommendations on ART During Pregnancy: Tenofovir Still Strongly Recommended

Simon Collins, HIV i-Base; Posted Sep 25, 2:29 p.m. ET

The British HIV Association has taken the unusual step of issuing a statement to publicly challenge a recent paper from the British Medical Journal.

With Planned Parenthood on Board, U=U HIV Campaign Hopes to Gain Steam

Annamarya Scaccia, TheBody.com; Posted Sep 25, 2:12 p.m. ET

The national health care provider and advocacy group joins a community of international health experts in confirming what a groundswell of scientific evidence has shown: When a person's viral load is undetectable, HIV is untransmittable.

How to Help Long-Term HIV Survivors Embrace an Unanticipated Life

David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Sep 25, 1:25 p.m. ET

"As health care professionals, we can help long-term survivors embrace a life they never expected to live with a conscious awareness and acknowledgment of their life experience," writes David Fawcett Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

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.

 

Education in the HCV Treatment Cascade

Matthew Zielske, HCV Advocate; Posted Sep 25, 12:25 p.m. ET

"Many of us rightly focus on testing, surveillance and linkage to care," Matthew Zielske writes. "Education often comes as an addendum to any of these things, but hardly ever stands alone."

Sorting Adherence Risk Factors to Shape Better Adherence Care

Mark Mascolini, The Center for AIDS Information & Advocacy; Posted Sep 22, 5:33 p.m. ET

Potential reasons for poor antiretroviral adherence -- and for good adherence -- seem limited only by the imagination of adherence researchers.

The Trump Administration's Plan B on Health Care: Make the ACA Fail

AIDS United; Posted Sep 22, 2:53 p.m. ET

Should the ACA still be the law of the land come Oct. 1, the next big challenge for HIV and health care advocates will be fighting back against the Trump administration's underhanded efforts to drive down enrollment in ACA marketplaces.

HIV Criminalization Update: Some U.S. Nondisclosure Laws Advance, While Others Recede

Victoria Law, TheBody.com; Posted Sep 22, 1:13 p.m. ET

The past several weeks have brought good news from California and Idaho; bad news from Maryland and Massachusetts; and signs of hope from Ohio, as well as our national neighbors to the north.


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