A Timeline of Women Living With HIV: Turning Up the Volume on Women's Voices in the 1990s
Terri Wilder, TheBody.com; Posted May 17, 8:18 p.m. ET
In this installment of our decade-by-decade glimpse of how the HIV pandemic has impacted -- and been impacted by -- women, we take a tour of the tumult and tremendous change of the 1990s.
Day One With HIV: "I Had Never Actually Met Anyone Who Was Positive"
Erin Gingrich, TheBody.com; Posted May 17, 7:19 p.m. ET
After 21 days in a drug addiction treatment facility, Erin Gingrich received the news that her HIV test had come back positive. At that time, she thought it was a death sentence -- but, she now realizes, it was the beginning of a new life.
This Positive Life: Now Over 50, Ed Viera Reflects on HIV's Challenges and Lessons
Erika Nelson, TheBody.com; Posted May 17, 6:19 p.m. ET
"I'm doing damn good," says Ed Viera, Jr. "I exercise, I eat right, I sleep, I don't smoke, I don't drink, and I don't do drugs." He's been HIV positive for more than 25 years, and he declares he's "never going to stop living."
Changing My Mind on Treatment as Prevention
Bob Leahy, TheBody.com; Posted May 17, 5:07 p.m. ET
"Most of my once fervently held objections to treatment as prevention, in 2013, make much less sense than they once did. ... The realist in me tells me that when it comes to HIV prevention, the status quo isn't working."
Whether or not you have heard of the treatment cascade, if you are living with HIV, then you are represented on it. The treatment cascade is a powerful visual reminder of the state of the HIV epidemic in the U.S. in terms of how many people have a fully suppressed viral load -- and how many people are at each stage of getting toward that health goal.
The treatment cascade relays to the viewer the idea that everyone's HIV diagnosis is the beginning of a journey. With this Treatment Cascade Spotlight Series, TheBody.com has set out to mix the medical statistics that comprise the cascade with personal stories from our community about each of the unique steps of this journey.
Black Notables Making the Affordable Care Act Happen: Anton J. Gunn
Candace Y.A. Montague, Black AIDS Institute; Posted May 17, 1:05 p.m. ET
In this first interview in a series by Black AIDS Institute spotlighting African Americans helping to implement the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the director of external affairs in the U.S. Department of Health explains his favorite parts of the ACA, and why the ACA matters for black men.
Reviewing Strategies for Draining HIV Reservoirs
Richard Jefferys, Treatment Action Group; Posted May 17, 1:01 p.m. ET
Speaking of reservoirs: HDAC inhibitors are just one of several approaches researchers are investigating as they try to pry open a door to the areas of the body that HIV meds currently can't reach. Read more in this technical article from Treatment Action Group.
Inside TheBody.com: What We've Been Up To
TheBody.com; Posted May 16, 5:03 p.m. ET
We thought it might be cool to give you a glimpse of what it is we all actually do here at TheBody.com, and what we've been working on lately to make our home on the Web a larger, more complete, more welcoming place for you to come and visit.
MyHIVclinic.org: Rethinking How We Learn to Practice HIV Medicine
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D., TheBodyPRO.com; Posted May 16, 3:00 p.m. ET
"The face of care for people living with HIV has changed from those dark days [of the early 1990s]," Ben Young, M.D., Ph.D., writes. "The lessons that need to be learned about HIV/AIDS care have also drifted ... [and] the tools we use to learn are different, too."
You asked for it -- so we built it. TheBody.com has a brand new app for iPhones and Androids, featuring all of the best of our content -- and it's free.
Using the app, you can:
One in Four Is Too Many
Evelyn Kappeler, AIDS.gov; Posted May 16, 1:09 p.m. ET
A recent report on HIV among U.S. youth "is a vivid and compelling reminder ... [that] too many young people become infected and too few are tested for HIV," Evelyn Kappeler of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services asserts.
Lost and Found: Helping Patients Develop Emotional Resilience
David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., TheBodyPRO.com; Posted May 14, 5:01 p.m. ET
"I have been consistently struck by the ability of many long-term survivors to incorporate the virus into their lives so that it is not granted a central role, but rather is an undeniable part of themselves that must be accommodated," observes therapist David Fawcett.
My HIV Journey: Videos of My First Months on HIV Meds, and Where I Am Now
Aaron Laxton, TheBody.com; Posted May 14, 3:07 p.m. ET
Aaron Laxton received news on June 6, 2011, that he is HIV positive. Luckily for us, he made a decision to record his experiences so he could help others with HIV. In these videos, he recounts the highs and lows of his HIV treatment journey.
Ending Homelessness to End AIDS
Nancy Bernstine and Christine Campbell, ACRIA and GMHC; Posted May 14, 1:09 p.m. ET
When you recognize the fact that at least half of people with HIV have experienced homelessness or unstable housing, regardless of how they became infected, it's hard to ignore the likelihood that ending homelessness could be a huge step towards ending HIV/AIDS.
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