My HIV Journey: Videos of My First Months on HIV Meds, and Where I Am Now
Aaron Laxton, TheBody.com; Posted Dec 7, 1:17 p.m. ET
Aaron Laxton received news on June 6, 2011, that he is HIV positive. Luckily for us, he made a decision to record his experiences so he could help others with HIV. In these videos, he recounts the highs and lows of his HIV treatment journey.
Getting to Undetectable: People Living With HIV Share Their Stories
TheBody.com; Posted Dec 7, 1:11 p.m. ET
An undetectable viral load: It's a powerful concept with profound implications for the lives of people living with HIV (and their partners). We asked community members for their thoughts about getting their own viral loads down as low as they can go.
Is Your Patient's HIV Diagnosis Truly New? Antiretroviral Drug Testing May Provide Verdict
Myles Helfand, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Dec 6, 1:00 p.m. ET
It happens more often than you may think: People who are HIV positive -- and have even taken HIV meds -- sometimes tell doctors and researchers that they've never been diagnosed before.
Anal Cancer: How Much Can One Man Take?
Dave R., TheBody.com; Posted Dec 6, 11:45 a.m. ET
"One way or another he had to overcome the cancer and at least this hospital was the best in the country; he had to have faith in them."
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.
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?
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?
For World AIDS Day, My HIV Diagnosis Day, Finally Conquering My Demons
Patrick Ingram, TheBody.com; Posted Dec 5, 5:00 p.m. ET
"I will never forget how much weight I lost, the thrush alongside my tongue that I scraped off due to denial. I had always seen myself as invincible and never able to be infected by anything like HIV."
HIV Prevention, Young Gay Men of Color and the Fourth Wave of HIV Activism
Mathew Rodriguez, TheBody.com; Posted Dec 5, 3:30 p.m. ET
Concerned about the 50,000 yearly new U.S. HIV infections? A new wave of HIV activism is brewing, focused on overall wellness and prevention for those at risk as well as those living with HIV.
The Grinch Who Stole World AIDS Day
Ibrahim, TheBody.com; Posted Dec 4, 5:00 p.m. ET
"This year, I will be asking you to boycott the celebration of World AIDS Day. Let me break the news to you: We lost this battle a long time ago."
Magic Johnson and Friends Discuss Life and HIV
Candace Y.A. Montague, TheBody.com; Posted Dec 4, 3:01 p.m. ET
Magic Johnson recently sat down with three other experts for a conversation about HIV and healthy relationships. The biggest takeaways are disitlled here.
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Stress and Isolation Take Toll on Those Under 50 With HIV: Older People Fare Better
CDC National Prevention Information Network; Posted Dec 4, 1:00 p.m. ET
Who is more at risk for stress and isolation? Those over 50 living with HIV or those under 50 living with HIV?
HIV -- At an Airport Near You!
Rev. Andrena Ingram, TheBody.com; Posted Dec 3, 5:02 p.m. ET
"Folks will look first at my shirt out the side of their eyes ... then do a quick up and down -- and keep it moving. Only one of two might ask me what my shirt means."
SINGLE Study Underscores Waning of the Efavirenz Era -- But Probably Just in the USA
Paul E. Sax, M.D., Journal Watch; Posted Dec 3, 1:00 p.m. ET
The tide of HIV treatment research is steadily eating away at Sustiva's shoreline, explains Paul Sax, M.D. Can we still reliably call the drug our "gold standard"?
On Dating and Finding Love as a Woman Living With HIV
Olivia Ford, TheBody.com; Posted Nov 28, 1:03 p.m. ET
Having HIV and falling in love HIV is terrain that can be hard to map. Love is a central motivator in so many of our lives, and Andrea de Lange's journey of love and dating is a lesson for us all.
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