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Raising 7 Kids While HIV Positive, and Why It Takes a Village

Mathew Rodriguez, TheBody.com; Posted Nov 20, 6:45 p.m. ET

Whitney Kyle always wanted to be a father. Now, 7 kids later, he shares his advice for being a dad while successfully living with HIV.

What Is Something New You Learned About HIV This Year?

Mathew Rodriguez, TheBody.com; Posted Nov 20, 4:45 p.m. ET

In the world of HIV, no matter how much you know, there's always something new to learn. We asked community members what they learned in 2014.

For One HIV-Positive Dad, a Journey Through Science and Surrogacy

Mathew Rodriguez, TheBody.com; Posted Nov 20, 2:45 p.m. ET

Rick Nadan found out that he was HIV positive 10 days after his first surrogate was impregnated. What followed was a crazy journey with different doctors who had different opinions. However, after the first set of twins, Rick had a second set of twins -- again with a surrogate.

Fatherhood First, Then Coming Out as Gay and HIV Positive

Mathew Rodriguez, TheBody.com; Posted Nov 19, 6:27 p.m. ET

Paul Constantino came out in the early '80s, when HIV did not yet have a name. He has since navigated coming out to his children as a gay man, and coming out to his children as HIV positive. He's even come out as gay to his 13-year-old granddaughter!

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?

 

Why We Cannot Abandon South Africa's Treatment Action Campaign (TAC)

Matthew Kavanagh, TheBody.com; Posted Nov 19, 4:45 p.m. ET

The TAC is facing a massive budget deficit, created by funders dropping support. The community must reject this cynicism and show that solidarity doesn't stop when the mainstream media stops paying attention.

PrEP Dissent Rooted in Gay Culture Shifts, Lower AIDS Mortality

Todd Heywood, TheBody.com; Posted Nov 19, 4:27 p.m. ET

It's about why men have sex with each other, how they have that sex and who gets to define those boundaries. It's about marriage equality, too. And it comes back to the consistent fight in the U.S. over sex and sexuality as they interface with morality.

Do HIV-Negative Gay Men Need Condoms if They're on PrEP? Here's What I Tell My Patients

Howard Grossman, M.D., TheBody.com; Posted Nov 19, 2:51 p.m. ET

PrEP is a game-changer in so many ways. One of the biggest changes is that we can reasonably start looking at risk in various types of sexual encounters. With real data, we can help people to begin to think about their risk in very clear ways.

A Best Friends' Pact Leads to a New Life for One HIV-Positive Dad

Mathew Rodriguez, TheBody.com; Posted Nov 19, 2:26 p.m. ET

Steven Brandt says his 6-year-old son, Jerryd, made him change his life and grow up fast -- in the best way.

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.

 

World AIDS Day Comes Early: UNAIDS Report Has Bold Vision, Key Messages -- but Needs More Precision on HIV Prevention

AVAC: Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention; Posted Nov 19, 1:07 p.m. ET

Everything that the UNAIDS report lists is important. But the details of what goes where -- which packages, in which places -- and what specific terms mean are missing.

10 Moments in HIV Empowerment in 2014

Rod McCullom, TheBody.com; Posted Nov 19, 12:29 p.m. ET

Empowerment means "to invest with power." By the power vested in us on World AIDS Day, we offer this celebration of top moments of HIV empowerment in 2014.

A Baby, an HIV-Positive Diagnosis and a Breakup -- All in One Month

Mathew Rodriguez, TheBody.com; Posted Nov 19, 12:25 p.m. ET

There's a saying that life only gives us what we can handle. For Greg Guelda, his life was completely changed one December when he adopted a child, despite splitting up with his longtime partner.

The End of AIDS Is a Cynical Lie

Mark S. King, TheBody.com; Posted Nov 19, 12:24 p.m. ET

The seemingly imminent end of HIV has become a rallying cry for everything from AIDS Walk pledges to research dollars. And however well-meaning these contentions might be, I find it to be a sad and cynical ploy for donations and engagement. Our public credibility as HIV advocates is constantly at stake. We must tell the truth, whether about modes of transmission, sexual risk behaviors or the importance of treatment. We don't make claims we can't back up. We don't play with the emotions of people who, like me, have labored in the HIV trenches for the last 30 years and want nothing more than for this nightmare to finally come to an end.


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