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Factors Associated With 10 Years of Continuous Viral Load Suppression on HIV Treatment

Theo Smart, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Oct 22, 3:39 p.m. ET

There is no magic formula for achieving at least 10 years of continuous viral load suppression in people living with HIV, however, a poster presented at IDWeek 2014 shows several factors that may be associated with continuous viral load suppression.

Intensive Intervention Re-Engages Patients Lost to Care in Inner-City Philadelphia Clinic

Theo Smart, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Oct 22, 3:32 p.m. ET

Actively identifying patients living with HIV who have been lost to care and then implementing a brief, focused, patient-oriented bundled intervention in two dedicated office visits improved re-engagement in HIV care at a large urban HIV clinic in Philadelphia.

Case Report: Stem Cell Transplantation From CCR5 Delta-32 Homozygous Donor Selects for X4-Tropic HIV

Richard Jefferys, HIV i-Base; Posted Oct 22, 12:17 p.m. ET

A letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine describes the outcome of a recent attempt to repeat the HIV cure achieved in Timothy Brown.

Preventing and Treating HIV-Associated Bone Disease

Theo Smart, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Oct 21, 11:00 p.m. ET

Given the elevated risk of osteoporosis in people living with HIV -- especially in men over 50 and postmenopausal women -- "clinicians need to be aware of optimal screening and management of bone disease," according to Todd T. Brown, M.D., Ph.D., of Johns Hopkins University.

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?

 

Stemming the Flow From HIV Reservoirs With Neutralizing Antibodies

Richard Jefferys, HIV i-Base; Posted Oct 21, 4:35 p.m. ET

Two recent papers address the potential of broadly neutralising antibodies (bNAbs) to decrease HIV rebound from persistent reservoirs.

Challenges to Stem Cell Transplantation in HIV-Positive Patients

Barbara Jungwirth, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Oct 21, 4:15 p.m. ET

Stem cell transplants -- mainly used to treat cancer, which accounts for 25%-35% of deaths among HIV-positive individuals -- have gained interest in the HIV community mainly because of their potential for curing HIV itself. However, many challenges exist to stem cell transplantation in HIV-positive recipients.

Cardiovascular Disease Risk Missed in Many HIV-Positive Veterans Despite Better Risk-Assessment Tool

Theo Smart, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Oct 21, 2:04 p.m. ET

The 2013 ACC/AHA PCE score is found to be a better predictor of cardiovascular disease than the Framingham risk score, but it still failed to identify many HIV-positive U.S. veterans who subsequently had a cardiovascular event, according to a retrospective analysis presented at ICAAC 2014.

Mourning the Loss of Gloria Casarez, HIV/AIDS and LGBT Leader in Philadelphia

Julie "JD" Davids, TheBody.com; Posted Oct 20, 4:23 p.m. ET

The steadfast leader, who waged a five-year battle against breast cancer, was the city of Philadelphia's first liaison to the LGBT community.

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.

 

Stress No More

Tree Alexander, TheBody.com; Posted Oct 20, 3:02 p.m. ET

Do you know how to identify and to eliminate stressors from your life? Our blogger Tree Alexander has some tips.

Ebola and HIV/AIDS: Similarities and Differences

Mathew Rodriguez, TheBody.com; Posted Oct 18, 12:22 a.m. ET

Tom Frieden, head of the CDC, said "In the 30 years I've been working in public health, the only thing like this has been AIDS. We have to work now so that this is not the world's next AIDS."

Long-Acting, Investigational Integrase Inhibitor Cabotegravir Shows Promise

Barbara Jungwirth, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Oct 17, 2:49 p.m. ET

A 12-week injectable version of the integrase inhibitor cabotegravir, now in development, shows promise as PrEP. Study results also indicate that the 4-week and 8-week injectable versions, along with an oral version, of cabotegravir may be effective at keeping HIV-positive patients virally suppressed when used with another antiretroviral agent.

It Doesn't Matter How I Got HIV

David Duran, TheBody.com; Posted Oct 17, 9:35 a.m. ET

Asking someone how they got HIV is not only a bad move, it doesn't let them tell their own story. David Duran talks about this problem.


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