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To Russia (and Eastern Europe and Central Asia), With Love

Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D., TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Jan 23, 4:32 p.m. ET

This month, IAPAC is pleased to announce the launch of a Russian language version of myHIVclinic.org. Since its launch, myHIVclinic.org has reached tens of thousands of busy HIV care providers in hundreds of countries in English, Spanish and French.

Stigma Fuels Small Town HIV Hysteria in Michigan

Todd Heywood, TheBody.com; Posted Jan 23, 3:41 p.m. ET

After the police issue a press release on an alleged female sex worker with HIV, a public health spokesperson fuels the flames with inaccurate language about HIV risk. Todd Heywood reports.

Stop Scaring Younger Generations With Stigmatic Images of HIV/AIDS

Josh Kruger, TheBody.com; Posted Jan 23, 3:20 p.m. ET

"We should empower each other with knowledge; we shouldn't oppress each other with emotionally charged hogwash," says Josh Kruger, who recently faced his own self-stigma.

When Ignorance Kills, Nobody Wins: Advocates Reflects on an HIV-Related Murder Case

Morénike Giwa Onaiwu and Venita Ray, Positive Women's Network of the United States of America; Posted Jan 23, 12:57 p.m. ET

Elisha Maxine Henson was a Texas mother with a big love her for two sons, until she was murdered because of her HIV status on April 26, 2015. Positive Women's Network - USA speaks out about this tragedy.

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?

 

Generic Drug Registration, Licensing and a Trip to Gilead's Islands

Karyn Kaplan and Tracy Swan, Treatment Action Group; Posted Jan 21, 3:24 p.m. ET

According to Treatment Action Group, "access to essential medicines is a part of the human right to health." Here, they explain how much red tape is in the way of that right.

Inflammation and Its Discontents

Sean R. Hosein, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Jan 21, 12:05 p.m. ET

When cells of the immune system encounter invading germs they can become activated and enter into a heightened state of alert. Such cells help to marshal the immune system against germs.

Thoughts on PrEP -- From the First Person Cured of HIV

Timothy Ray Brown, Test Positive Aware Network; Posted Jan 21, 11:30 a.m. ET

Timothy Ray Brown, the "Berlin Patient" discusses his thoughts on PrEP, and how he wishes it had been available to him early in his sexual life.

Good News About HIV Drug Safety From an Even Larger Study

Sean R. Hosein, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Jan 21, 11:30 a.m. ET

"No increases in risk of overall birth defects or specific defects have been detected to date," states the largest database that has captured information on the safety of antiretroviral therapy during pregnancy.

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.

 

Coming Together to Share Stories of Losing a Parent to HIV/AIDS

David Duran, TheBody.com; Posted Jan 21, 1:09 a.m. ET

The Recollectors was created so individuals who lost a parent to AIDS could share their experiences with one another. Recently, members came together in person to tell their stories.

Did IMF Policies Contribute to the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa?

Katherine Moriarty, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Jan 20, 3:31 p.m. ET

New paper alleges that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) contributed to the circumstances that enabled the crisis to arise. The IMF says the analysis is flawed, and that it has contributed to Ebola efforts and is seeking to provide more debt relief.

Test for HIV, Hepatitis C and Hepatitis B Approved by FDA

Warren Tong, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Jan 20, 3:15 p.m. ET

On Jan. 9, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a three-in-one test that detects HIV, hepatitis C and hepatitis B.

U.S. Analysis of the Safety of Antiretroviral Therapy During Pregnancy

Sean R. Hosein, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Jan 20, 2:22 p.m. ET

Today, it is extremely rare for infants in Canada to be born with HIV or to become infected after birth when a combination of measures are taken.


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