User-Driven Syringe Exchange Is Best Model to Reduce HIV and Hepatitis C
Emily Newman, BETA; Posted Nov 29, 3:35 p.m. ET
Syringe exchanges and distribution efforts across the U.S. have curbed the spread of infectious diseases like HIV and hepatitis C and also reduce the likelihood that people who inject drugs develop other bacterial infections and poor vein health.
Meet Brandyn Gallagher
San Francisco AIDS Foundation; Posted Nov 29, 3:15 p.m. ET
"I went to a neurologist with paralysis in my hand, and not only did my paperwork say female on it, the only 'problem' listed on my paperwork was 'gender identity disorder.' That doesn't even exist and it was completely unrelated to the paralysis in my hand," says Brandyn Gallagher, outspoken advocate for transgender people and transgender man himself.
Finding New Ways to Deliver PrEP
San Francisco AIDS Foundation; Posted Nov 29, 2:52 p.m. ET
"When you look at [...] what you have available for prevention -- abstinence, behavior change, male/female condoms, medical male circumcision, even treatment as prevention -- a lot of these actually have very little space for women and young women who are unable to get their partners to do all of these things" says leading HIV prevention researcher Quarraisha Abdool Karim, Ph.D.
This Apology Has Been Long Overdue
Tim Hinkhouse, TheBody.com; Posted Nov 29, 2:17 p.m. ET
"I was so in love with her amd she was in love with me too." Tim says. "She could have been my one shot at true love. I am still filled with regret that I was the reason we broke up."
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?
Why Are HIV Meds So Expensive, and What Can We Do About It?
Emily Newman, BETA; Posted Nov 28, 3:55 p.m. ET
Why do Americans and their insurers pay more for some drugs and less for others? And who decides what a fair price for a drug should be, and how can manufacturers and health plans be compelled to improve access and affordability?
Explainer: What Is the Risk of Transmitting HIV?
Allen Cheng, The Conversation; Posted Nov 28, 3:30 p.m. ET
Charlie Sheen's recent HIV disclosure has raised concerns about whether he may have transmitted the virus to other people. There are now two new effective strategies to reduce and prevent HIV transmission -- treatment as prevention (TasP) and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).
Making the Most of the Sheen HIV Spotlight: Share the 'New Basics' of HIV
JD Davids, TheBody.com; Posted Nov 28, 2:39 p.m. ET
Sheen's story is all about HIV in 2015 -- undetectability, treatment as prevention and PrEP, plus acute and pervasive stigma, fear and threats of criminalization. It's our moment to share these new basics of HIV.
Investing to End AIDS: Advocates in Their Own Words
UNAIDS; Posted Nov 28, 2:02 p.m. ET
How will we get the funds to make HIV treatment accessible to all who want it, scale up HIV prevention and advance on human rights? UNAIDS offers the views of five advocates.
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Tiger Blood/Bad Blood: Pop Goes HIV
Theodore (Ted) Kerr, Visual AIDS; Posted Nov 28, 12:58 p.m. ET
Ted Kerr's pop-sick brain started singing "Tiger Blood" to the tune of Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" and it became clear: HIV criminalization is like a Swift song -- worthy of further consideration, often rooted in revenge.
New CDC Estimates Underscore the Need to Increase Awareness of a Daily Pill That Can Prevent HIV Infection
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Posted Nov 28, 12:38 p.m. ET
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 25 percent of sexually active gay and bisexual men and nearly 20 percent of adults who inject drugs should be counseled about PrEP, a daily pill for HIV prevention.
Why Are We Putting People in Jail for Having HIV? A Grassroots Guide to HIV Criminalization: Facts, Foolishness and Solutions
The Center for HIV Law and Policy; Posted Nov 28, 12:23 p.m. ET
This guide explains simple medical facts of HIV in 2015, addresses legal foolishness that discriminates against and imprisons people living with HIV and gives solutions for all willing to act now to decriminalize HIV.
Benefits and Pitfalls to HIV Home Testing
Emily Newman, BETA; Posted Nov 25, 2:29 p.m. ET
Health providers agree that HIV home tests are an important tool that can help curb the spread of HIV, but raise concerns about their use in some settings. Home tests can extend the reach of HIV testing services, but may also increase the fear and distrust that surrounds sex and HIV.
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