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Providing Education and Care for the Newly Diagnosed Patient

Sony Salzman,; Posted Oct 5, 10:23 p.m. ET

An HIV diagnosis can be an extremely stressful event, and doctors might worry about how patients will handle the challenges facing them. Here's some guidance on providing education and care for newly diagnosed patients.

Starting HIV Treatment for Newly Diagnosed Patients

Warren Tong,; Posted Oct 5, 10:23 p.m. ET

Here's a basic overview for care providers on starting HIV treatment for newly diagnosed patients, including when to start and what to start.

Starting Antiretroviral Therapy on the Same Day as an HIV Diagnosis in British Columbia

Sean R. Hosein, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Oct 5, 10:22 p.m. ET

It is likely that immediate HIV treatment will become the standard of care in high-income countries when this viral infection is diagnosed in the future. It is therefore important to assess programs that offer immediate HIV treatment in order to determine their effectiveness and the attitudes toward them by newly diagnosed people.

Why Some HIV-Positive People May Be Reluctant to Start Therapy

Sean R. Hosein, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Oct 5, 10:20 p.m. ET

Researchers in conducted a study to understand the reasons why some HIV-positive people have either not started treatment or did start but later interrupted it and have not resumed taking it.

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?


Important Steps Between Testing and Treatment

Sean R. Hosein, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Oct 5, 10:18 p.m. ET

Although immediate treatment for HIV is recommended, some people may need a reasonable period of time after their positive test result to grapple with this development and realize that they generally have a long future ahead of them.

It's Time for Doctors to Hang Up the White Coats for Good

Philip Lederer , The Conversation; Posted Oct 5, 10:10 p.m. ET

"Would you want to be treated by a doctor wearing a white coat that hasn't been washed in a week? Many white coats are covered in bacteria, like MRSA -- they are dirty. And it's time to hang them up for good," writes Philip Lederer, M.D.

Decision to Lower Price of Pyrimethamine a Good One, Especially Given the Weak Defense of the Price Hike

Paul E. Sax, M.D., Journal Watch; Posted Oct 5, 10:09 p.m. ET

The price of pyrimethamine -- a drug that's been available generically for decades -- went from $13.50 to $750 for one pill after the exclusive rights to the drug were purchased by Turing Pharmaceuticals. Now, after a barrage of criticism the company has wisely decided to lower the price.

To Disclose or Not to Disclose? Seven Things to Know About Medical Forms and HIV

Legal Action Center; Posted Oct 5, 12:49 p.m. ET

Should you disclose HIV information on medical forms? Must you? What if you and your doctor don't agree? Check out this article from the Legal Action Center for guidance.

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.


Frequently Asked Questions: HIV/AIDS Discrimination, Confidentiality, Employment and Disclosure

Legal Action Center; Posted Oct 5, 12:46 p.m. ET

Is it illegal for an employer to deny you a job nbecause of your HIV status? Get the answer to this question and many more, from our friends at the Legal Action Center.

WHO Decision to Recommend Treatment for All With HIV an Easy One -- Now Comes the Hard Part

Paul E. Sax, M.D., Journal Watch; Posted Oct 3, 4:11 p.m. ET

"These updated guidelines say that all should be treated soon after diagnosis, regardless of CD4 cell count or whether they have symptoms. [...] The challenge, of course, is putting the "treat-all" policy into action," writes Paul Sax, M.D.

HIV Research Preview for IDWeek 2015

Warren Tong,; Posted Oct 3, 3:20 p.m. ET

Here's a look at some of the noteworthy HIV research being presented at IDWeek 2015 in San Diego from Oct. 7 to 11.

WAVES Study Shows HIV Treatment Efficacy Differs Between Women and Men

Sony Salzman,; Posted Oct 2, 3:03 p.m. ET

An all-female group of patients might respond slightly differently to HIV treatment regimens than a mostly male population, according to the Women AntiretroViral Efficacy and Safety (WAVES) study.

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