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New HCV Option Effective, Safe, Well-Tolerated -- and Use Will Likely Be Driven by Payors

Paul E. Sax, M.D., Journal Watch; Posted Dec 22, 3:22 p.m. ET

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved yet another hepatitis C treatment option on Dec. 19. The new combination, called Viekira Pak, may create the first major competition for Harvoni, which was approved earlier this year.

Wait a While Before Treating Acute Hepatitis C, Clinic Director Advises

Barbara Jungwirth, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Dec 19, 4:17 p.m. ET

Although hepatitis C can be easily treated and cured, Arthur Y. Kim, M.D., the director of the Viral Hepatitis Clinic at Massachusetts General Hospital, cautions that clinicians shouldn't start treatment too soon, because some patients may not need medications at all.

Members of Congress Speak Out: Year-long Deferral for Gay Men Still Unfair

Emily Newman, BETA; Posted Dec 19, 3:36 p.m. ET

In a strongly-worded letter to U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell, 80 members of Congress said that suggested changes to the nation's blood donation policy for men who have sex with men do not go far enough to reverse the existing ban.

Medical Practice Owned by Coroner Sued for Kicking Out HIV-Positive Patient and Family

Julie "JD" Davids, TheBody.com; Posted Dec 18, 5:10 p.m. ET

The AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania says the medical practice fabricated an outrageous story as false pretext to deny care to a man due to HIV status, in violation of the Americans With Disability Act.

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?

 

CDC: Decline in U.S. HIV Infections but Lasting Gaps in Rates of HIV, AIDS and Death

Sue Saltmarsh, TheBody.com; Posted Dec 18, 4:25 p.m. ET

The CDC says, "Overall, HIV rates continue to show encouraging declines yet disparities persist among some groups." Infection rates in gay men and other MSM, African Americans, youth and Southerners are high, and injection drug users die sooner than others. Transgender data are still not included in the report.

How Do Policing Practices in the U.S. Affect HIV?

Julie "JD" Davids, TheBody.com; Posted Dec 18, 2:31 p.m. ET

In the final months of 2014, many people living with HIV and their allies joined huge crowds in the streets to demand an end to police violence, insisting that "black lives matter." We asked participants at the AIDS Philanthropy Summit how the police affect the HIV epidemic.

IPERGAY PrEP Study Shows Early Efficacy in Protecting Gay Men From HIV: All Participants to Switch to Active Drug

Simon Collins, HIV i-Base; Posted Dec 18, 1:11 p.m. ET

Back in October, French and Canadian researchers announced early efficacy of a PrEP study to protect gay men from catching HIV. This has led to a change in the study design.

Equivalent Efficacy With Lower Dose Darunavir

Polly Clayden, HIV i-Base; Posted Dec 17, 3:00 p.m. ET

A reduced dose of darunavir boosted with ritonavir was effective in two reports from Italy and Spain.

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.

 

Philly's Transit System Sues Gilead for "Price-Gouging" Price of Hepatitis C Drug

Sue Saltmarsh, TheBody.com; Posted Dec 16, 2:29 p.m. ET

Noting that Gilead has recorded "an astounding $8.5 billion in Sovaldi sales," SEPTA says the pricing of Sovaldi cannot be defended by patent rights.

Efavirenz-Associated Gynaecomastia Reported in South Africa

Polly Clayden, HIV i-Base; Posted Dec 16, 2:21 p.m. ET

Efavirenz-associated gynaecomastia (benign proliferation of glanular breast tissue in males) has been frequently reported to the South African national HIV and TB healthcare workers hotline. Results from a study conducted to look at this phenomenon were presented at the 2014 Southern African Clinicians Society Conference.

Top 10 HIV Clinical Developments of 2014

David Wohl, M.D., TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Dec 15, 5:32 p.m. ET

A year can pass so quickly -- that's as true in the field of HIV science as it is anywhere else. Yet in its brief time on our calendars, 2014 brought a host of important events that may change the way we approach HIV prevention and treatment. David Wohl, M.D., summarizes 10 key highlights.

Let Me Clear My Throat on White Men in Communities of Color

Aaron Laxton, TheBody.com; Posted Dec 15, 5:06 p.m. ET

In the middle of turbulent times, when we are trying to prove that #blacklivesmatter, how can white gay allies add to the conversation? And what does this conversation mean for those in the fight against HIV?


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