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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.

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.

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?

 

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.

No Increase in Adverse Birth Outcomes With Maternal TDF/FTC in U.S. Study

Polly Clayden, HIV i-Base; Posted Feb 23, 1:12 p.m. ET

Among pregnant women with HIV in the PROMISE trial, use of TDF/FTC/LPV/r was not associated with increased risk of adverse infant birth outcomes when compared to AZT/3TC/LPV/r or TDF/FTC/ATV/r.

Using My Big Mouth for a New Video About HIV

Charles Sanchez, TheBody.com; Posted Feb 23, 12:35 p.m. ET

"It was magical," says Charles Sanchez, on making a CDC video. "The four of us strangers of mixed races, ages and HIV statuses, sitting at a diner at a make-believe brunch, found a lot of common ground."

Today, Quality of Life Is a Main Goal for Those Living With HIV

JD Davids, TheBody.com; Posted Feb 23, 11:52 a.m. ET

"We don't just want to live longer but to have the best quality of life -- every day, explained HIV i-Base's Simon Collins, who has been living with HIV for decades.

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.

 

Spotlight on: #HeartHealth and People Living With HIV

AIDS.gov; Posted Feb 22, 4:26 p.m. ET

February is heart health month, a perfect time to focus our attention on an important area of concern in the HIV community: cardiovascular health.

Never Give Up

Steven Williams, HIVE; Posted Feb 22, 1:52 p.m. ET

"One of the few things I've learned in life is that if you stay positive and constantly ask the universe, eventually you do get what you want," Steven Williams writes.

CROI Shows the Importance of 90-90-90

UNAIDS; Posted Feb 22, 1:23 p.m. ET

A number of important updates were announced at the annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections that have shown the importance of, and ways to achieve, the 90-90-90 targets.

What If I Told You the Project Inform Staff Was Hilarious?

Mark S. King, MyFabulousDisease.com; Posted Feb 22, 12:55 p.m. ET

"A sense of humor helps, especially when you work for an organization with a mission statement that addresses an enormous and sometimes nightmarish public health crisis," Mark S. King writes.


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