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What Do the START Results Mean for HIV-Positive People?

Simon Collins, HIV i-Base; Posted May 27, 2:28 p.m. ET

On May 27, at least 18 months earlier than anyone expected, one of the largest ongoing HIV studies announced early results. What do the results mean for people living with HIV?

Starting Antiretroviral Treatment Early Improves Outcomes for HIV-Infected Individuals

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Posted May 27, 2:23 p.m. ET

A major international randomized clinical trial has found that HIV-infected individuals have a considerably lower risk of developing AIDS or other serious illnesses if they start taking antiretroviral drugs sooner, when their CD4+ cell count is higher, instead of waiting until the CD4+ cell count drops to lower levels.

The Odds of Love

Mark S. King, MyFabulousDisease.com; Posted May 27, 12:14 p.m. ET

Mark S. King didn't think he'd have another chance at love later in life -- until he met Michael, who he is set to wed next month.

I Built a New Alexa: A Transgender Latina Living With HIV

Beth Sherouse, Human Rights Campaign; Posted May 26, 3:37 p.m. ET

Alexa Rodriguez came to the U.S. from El Salvador in 1998 and is now the program coordinator for transgender youth at the ¡Empodérate! Youth Center in Washington, D.C.

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?

 

HIV Treatment Not Linked to More Risky Sex or Sexually Transmitted Infections

The Center for AIDS; Posted May 26, 3:36 p.m. ET

Taking antiretroviral therapy did not lead people to have more condom-free sex, to pick up more sexually transmitted infections (STIs), or to practice unsafe drug-injecting behavior, according to results of a 58-study analysis.

Only One Third of HIV-Positive Young People in Care Have Undetectable Viral Load

The Center for AIDS; Posted May 26, 3:35 p.m. ET

Only about one third of HIV-positive youth and young adults in care in the United States have an undetectable viral load, according to results of a 2009-2012 study. Consistent HIV care and more education were among the factors that raised chances of having an undetectable viral load.

New Approaches to Treatment

Melanie Thompson, M.D., Test Positive Aware Network; Posted May 26, 2:57 p.m. ET

The biggest changes to HIV meds in 20 years are coming down the pipeline. What do they entail?

In the Face of Fear: The Criminalization of HIV Transmission

Marvell L. Terry II, Human Rights Campaign; Posted May 25, 3:21 p.m. ET

Marvell Terry II is HIV positive. Every time he types or says those words, he reflects on his diagnosis and how hard it is to tell someone that he has HIV.

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.

 

Jumping Through Hoops

Phil Gill, TheBody.com; Posted May 25, 3:14 p.m. ET

PrEP has a lot of benefits, and a lot of rigmarole. Phil Gill discusses his experiences getting PrEP.

Missed Clinic Visits Linked to Tripled Risk of Death in U.S. HIV Group

The Center for AIDS; Posted May 25, 3:13 p.m. ET

A 6-year study of 3672 U.S. adults with HIV infection linked missing three or more HIV clinic appointments to more than a tripled the risk of death from any cause.

Undetectable Viral Load More Likely in People Who Receive Steady HIV Care

The Center for AIDS; Posted May 25, 3:13 p.m. ET

About three quarters of HIV-positive people who made two or more clinic visits at least three months apart in 2010 had an undetectable viral load, in a 339,000-person U.S. study. Only about half of HIV-positive people who made fewer clinic visits had an undetectable viral load.

This Week in HIV Research: HIV Reservoirs Remain Obstacles to Cure; "Redesigned" Antibodies Show Promise; and Is 85% Adherence Enough?

Warren Tong, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted May 22, 10:46 a.m. ET

This week we read a paper by Anthony Fauci, M.D., and other leading researchers discussing the persistent HIV reservoir and our prospects toward a cure. We hear about "redesigned" antibodies that are four times stronger against HIV. And a study suggests that 85% adherence may be enough when taking newer "non-nuke" regimens.


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