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Why I Started #WeAreAllWomen, an Advocacy Movement by and for Transgender and Non-Trans Women

Caroline Watson, TheBody.com; Posted Mar 5, 1:11 p.m. ET

"I never would have guessed that a prenatal care visit would set off a chain of events that would lead me to found #WeAreAllWomen, an advocacy movement for the rights of all women -- trans, lesbian, bisexual, asexual and straight (TLBAS)," says Caroline Watson. "All women-centered organizations should be inclusive of trans women. They are our sisters and we need to be their allies."

What Christie's Place Means to Me

Rachel Moats, Positive Women's Network of the United States of America; Posted Mar 3, 4:42 p.m. ET

From client to Peer Navigator, Rachel Moats has seen how Christie's Place changes the lives of women living with HIV. She explains that if the group does not have the funds needed for its work, it will be the women who need the resources the most who will lose out.

National Coalition Releases Principles for HIV Criminal Law Reform

The Center for HIV Law and Policy; Posted Mar 3, 2:20 p.m. ET

The Positive Justice Project lays out principles for updating laws to include HIV and other infectious diseases in the standard requirements of proving "intent to harm" and conduct likely to cause death or severe injury in cases seeking a criminal felony conviction.

The Beginning of the End of AIDS? You or Me?

Rev. Andrena Ingram, TheBody.com; Posted Mar 3, 12:00 p.m. ET

After vowing to take a break and take care of herself, Andrena Ingram is back much sooner than expected to discuss how to begin getting to the end of AIDS.

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?

 

British Columbia Researchers Examine Past and Future Directions in the HIV Epidemic

Sean R. Hosein, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Mar 3, 11:34 a.m. ET

Researchers in Canada dived deep into individual-level data to see if there were any population-level takeaways they could glean.

On Having Documentaries and Other Media Produced by People With HIV

Visual AIDS; Posted Mar 2, 12:45 p.m. ET

Filmmaker and activist Juanita Irman discusses the importance of people living with HIV in producing media that reflects their own experiences.

PrEP Enrollment: Where Are the Young Black Guys?

Emily Newman, BETA; Posted Mar 2, 12:44 p.m. ET

How do we get PrEP -- the HIV prevention pill -- into the hands of young black gay men?

Efavirenz Dosed at 400 mg Provides Adequate Cerebrospinal Fluid Exposure

Polly Clayden, HIV i-Base; Posted Mar 2, 12:42 p.m. ET

Although 400 mg efavirenz (EFV) is gives cerebrospinal fluid exposure (CSF) exposure of EFV above that required for HIV suppression, exposure of metabolites might still be within the concentration range associated with toxicities -- according to findings from the ENCORE1 trial.

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.

 

Markers of Immune Exhaustion Predict Post-Treatment Control in HIV Patients

Warren Tong, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Feb 27, 6:37 p.m. ET

Biomarkers of immune exhaustion were associated with how long a patient was able to control HIV after treatment was interrupted, according to a study presented at CROI 2015.

Women Living With HIV Discuss Finding Their Self-Love

Visual AIDS; Posted Feb 27, 6:33 p.m. ET

LOVE POSITIVE WOMEN (LPW) is an ogoing project establish by Visual AIDS artist Jessica Whitbread. In this interview, Marissa Smith, an early collaborator of the project, discusses the importance of self-love and self-care.

What Can We Do to Improve the Health of Gay Black Men?

Emily Newman, BETA; Posted Feb 27, 6:32 p.m. ET

We know that black gay and bisexual men have the highest rates of infections -- in this piece from BETA Blog, three experts weigh in on the unique challenges and issues this population faces in the fight against HIV.

Global Fund Releases End-of-2014 Numbers

HIV i-Base; Posted Feb 27, 6:31 p.m. ET

The number of people receiving antiretroviral therapy through programs supported by the Global Fund reached an estimated 7.3 million by the end of 2014, a 20% increase over a year earlier.


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