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This Week in HIV Research: Body Mass Index Predicts Diabetes After Year of HIV Treatment, and Streamlining Screening for Neurological Disorders

Barbara Jungwirth,; Posted Sep 23, 7:08 p.m. ET

This week, a study finds that body mass index is associated with type-2 diabetes risk after 12 months of treatment. Another study seeks to streamline testing for HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND).

My Attitude Adjustment About Sex, Gonorrhea and Advocacy

Mark S. King,; Posted Sep 23, 6:06 p.m. ET

"Amidst the happy haze of good news about the efficacy of PrEP in preventing new HIV infections and the growing consensus that people living with HIV who are undetectable are not infectious, there is troubling news from the CDC in two new reports about the golden oldies of sexually transmitted infections: rates of syphilis are on the rise and antibiotics to treat gonorrhea may be nearing the end of their usefulness," Mark S. King writes.

Moralism, Plentiful in HIV Prevention, Is the Fuel of Stigma

Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad,; Posted Sep 23, 5:45 p.m. ET

Moralism is bound to rear its ugly head on the battleground of HIV prevention, relying on the concept that those most vulnerable are not in a position to save themselves and do-good outsiders play the most important role in relieving them of oppression, says Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad.

11 Sexy Campaigns That Spread the Word -- and the Love -- on PrEP

Olivia G. Ford,; Posted Sep 23, 4:41 p.m. ET

Take a stroll through some of the top campaigns keeping HIV prevention sexy and real in the PrEP era.

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?


Facts and Feelings as Michael Johnson Serves 30-Year HIV Criminalization Sentence

Kevin L. Tarver,; Posted Sep 23, 3:12 p.m. ET

Kevin Tarver is committed to helping however he can to bring justice to Michael Johnson, a young black gay man serving a long HIV criminalization sentence. He summarizes the background and current status of Johnson's situation and appeal.

What Is the Cost of Homophobia and Other Systemic Biases?

Olivia G. Ford,; Posted Sep 23, 1:02 p.m. ET

What are the costs of homophobia, transphobia and other systems of injustice in the eyes of frontline HIV care providers, researchers and advocates?

Should HIV Cure Research, Inspired by Advances in Fighting Cancer, Aim for Remission Not Eradication?

Sony Salzman,; Posted Sep 22, 4:43 p.m. ET

While a true cure remains elusive for both diseases, HIV researchers are looking at new advances in immuno-oncology for clues on how to achieve durable HIV remission.

HIV and Infertility: An Assessment Tool for Use in Low-Resource Clinics

Olivia G. Ford,; Posted Sep 22, 3:32 p.m. ET

Natasha Davies, MBChB, M.P.H., a longtime HIV clinician, consulted with experts to develop a detailed checklist for assessing the fertility of individuals and couples living with HIV and tailoring realistic reproductive options in low-resources settings.

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.


No Thanks Trump, My Prison Already Has Walls: Let's Defend the Voiceless and Fund an HIV Cure

Tim Hinkhouse,; Posted Sep 22, 3:09 p.m. ET

"I don't want to live in a country that will have walls surrounding it and the people inside will be divided by a dictator who only supports people just like him and everyone else is less than human and is treated accordingly," Tim Hinkhouse writes. "There is already a place like that: it is called the Oregon prison system."

25 Years of Prenatal HIV Drug Exposure Monitoring: Changing Times, but No Increased Risk of Birth Defects

Olivia G. Ford,; Posted Sep 22, 2:54 p.m. ET

Vani Vannappagari, Ph.D., M.P.H., shares her insights on the Antiretroviral Pregnancy Registry's data collection of pregnancy outcomes following prenatal antiretroviral exposure in the treatment as prevention era.

Beyond Cervical Cancer: Patterns and Treatment of Gynecologic Malignancies Among Women Living With HIV

Olivia G. Ford,; Posted Sep 22, 2:54 p.m. ET

With HIV-positive women living longer, cancer epidemiologist Anne F. Rositch, Ph.D., looked at contemporary trends, patterns of disease, adherence to national care guidelines and barriers to treatment of non-HPV-associated gynecologic malignancies.

For Women Who Trade Sex, a Brief Intervention That Addresses Violence and Reduces HIV Risk

Olivia G. Ford,; Posted Sep 22, 2:54 p.m. ET

To address sex workers' disproportionate HIV burden, John Hopkins researchers worked with community advocates to develop a short dialogue-based intervention integrating violence support with HIV outreach that showed high feasibility and acceptability.

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