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33 Years Later, Still Happy With My HIV

Mark Milano,; Posted Aug 1, 12:19 p.m. ET

Here, we have the account of a person who claims to be the only person who was actually happy to receive his HIV diagnosis. What do you think?

Are Side Effects the Price to Pay for Having HIV?

Cliff,; Posted Aug 1, 11:42 a.m. ET

Have you ever felt depression as a side effect from HIV medication? Did you ever feel that you deserved the depression? One PLWHA discusses his experience here.

HIV Positive for 20-Plus Years: "Not Easy, but I'm One of the Lucky Ones"

Linda Villarosa, Black AIDS Institute; Posted Jul 31, 3:37 p.m. ET

What did long-term survivors -- people who have lived with HIV for more than 20 years -- have to say about their health and other issues at AIDS 2014?

On Peer Syringe Exchange Delivery and on Working Together

Rafael Torruella, Housing Works; Posted Jul 31, 2:00 p.m. ET

What role does syringe exchange play in ending the HIV epidemic?

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'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?


AIDS Will Only End When ...

Housing Works; Posted Jul 31, 1:54 p.m. ET

Housing Works reports about what is necessary to end the HIV epidemic as seen through the images of voices from people at the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne.

Really Rapid Review: AIDS 2014, Melbourne

Paul E. Sax, M.D., Journal Watch; Posted Jul 30, 5:39 p.m. ET

Want to know the 18 most noteworthy studies presented at the 20th International AIDS Conference? Want to know that without having to read more than two sentences about each study? The illustrious Paul Sax, M.D., has exactly what you're looking for.

ADAP Waiting List Update: 35 People in 1 State as of July 23

National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors; Posted Jul 28, 1:58 p.m. ET

In addition to a worsening situation with the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) in Utah, a total of 11 ADAPs have other cost-containment measures in place that place restrictions on enrollment or the benefits people can receive.

Older African-American Women With HIV Find Diabetes, Hypertension and Other Comorbidities More Difficult to Manage

Katherine Moriarty,; Posted Jul 25, 3:19 p.m. ET

"This difficulty was not attributed to aging but to daily struggles such as lack of income and/or health insurance, an inflexible work schedule, and loneliness."

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AIDS 2014 Video Blog #5: Activist Theater, Condom Tryouts and a Mystery Man Revealed

Mark S. King,; Posted Jul 25, 2:37 p.m. ET

There was HIV drama in Melbourne during AIDS 2014, both on the city's stages and on the floor of the conference building itself. Also: Why the female condom ain't so great for bums, a chat with the first-ever openly gay president of the International AIDS Society, and the mystery man behind the camera.

International Activists Confront Gilead Over Hepatitis C Drug Pricing at AIDS 2014

Mathew Rodriguez,; Posted Jul 25, 9:28 a.m. ET

An international group of treatment activists interrupted a session at AIDS 2014 just as Gregg H. Alton, a top official at Gilead Sciences, was about to speak regarding the challenges of expanding global access to the new generation of hepatitis C drugs.

From Pragmatic to Profound, It's All Powerful: Snapshots as AIDS 2014 Begins to Close

Julie "JD" Davids,; Posted Jul 24, 5:55 p.m. ET

The conference, which opened with loss and determination to persevere -- begins to close, as delegates share the last round of studies, strategies and stories of struggle before returning to the comfort or challenges of home.

The Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) Broadens Collaboration With Gilead Sciences: Signs License for Phase III Medicine Tenofovir Alafenamide (TAF)

Medicines Patent Pool; Posted Jul 24, 2:37 p.m. ET

"The MPP is an innovative mechanism for increasing access to both patented pipeline and existing medicines," said Gregg Alton, the executive vice president of corporate and medical affairs for Gilead Sciences.

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