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Transformation

Maria T. Mejia, The Well Project; Posted Jan 26, 1:10 p.m. ET

"This is the physical transformation I had," blogger and advocate Maria Mejia writes, sharing snapshots ranging from her challenging childhood, through her HIV diagnosis as a teenager in a gang, to the woman she has become.

Back on the HIV Juice, and More Updates From Texas

Brooke Davidoff, TheBody.com; Posted Jan 26, 1:03 p.m. ET

Blogger Brooke Davidoff has a new doc, is back on HIV meds and is settling with her family into a new home; she shares updates from their first round of holidays in the Lone Star State.

Antiretroviral Therapy During Pregnancy Found Safe for Babies' Hearts

Sean R. Hosein, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Jan 25, 2:23 p.m. ET

One recent study found no evidence of toxicity to the heart in children born to HIV-positive mothers who used antiretroviral therapy during pregnancy.

Exercise's Potential Impact on Inflammation and Mood

Sean R. Hosein, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Jan 25, 2:23 p.m. ET

Researchers at the University of Rome (Italy) and in Atlanta (U.S.) have proposed that one potential method for helping to reduce excess levels of inflammation and dampen immune activation in HIV-positive people is exercise.

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?

 

Strong Enough to Walk on Through the Night

Test Positive Aware Network; Posted Jan 25, 2:22 p.m. ET

After a one-year-to-live diagnosis on April Fool's Day 1984, one writer discusses his foray into getting better -- and how mental health care was a big part of that.

To Russia (and Eastern Europe and Central Asia), With Love

Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D., TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Jan 23, 4:32 p.m. ET

This month, IAPAC is pleased to announce the launch of a Russian language version of myHIVclinic.org. Since its launch, myHIVclinic.org has reached tens of thousands of busy HIV care providers in hundreds of countries in English, Spanish and French.

Stigma Fuels Small Town HIV Hysteria in Michigan

Todd Heywood, TheBody.com; Posted Jan 23, 3:41 p.m. ET

After the police issue a press release on an alleged female sex worker with HIV, a public health spokesperson fuels the flames with inaccurate language about HIV risk. Todd Heywood reports.

Stop Scaring Younger Generations With Stigmatic Images of HIV/AIDS

Josh Kruger, TheBody.com; Posted Jan 23, 3:20 p.m. ET

"We should empower each other with knowledge; we shouldn't oppress each other with emotionally charged hogwash," says Josh Kruger, who recently faced his own self-stigma.

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.

 

When Ignorance Kills, Nobody Wins: Advocates Reflects on an HIV-Related Murder Case

Morénike Giwa Onaiwu and Venita Ray, Positive Women's Network of the United States of America; Posted Jan 23, 12:57 p.m. ET

Elisha Maxine Henson was a Texas mother with a big love her for two sons, until she was murdered because of her HIV status on April 26, 2015. Positive Women's Network - USA speaks out about this tragedy.

Generic Drug Registration, Licensing and a Trip to Gilead's Islands

Karyn Kaplan and Tracy Swan, Treatment Action Group; Posted Jan 21, 3:24 p.m. ET

According to Treatment Action Group, "access to essential medicines is a part of the human right to health." Here, they explain how much red tape is in the way of that right.

Inflammation and Its Discontents

Sean R. Hosein, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Jan 21, 12:05 p.m. ET

When cells of the immune system encounter invading germs they can become activated and enter into a heightened state of alert. Such cells help to marshal the immune system against germs.

Thoughts on PrEP -- From the First Person Cured of HIV

Timothy Ray Brown, Test Positive Aware Network; Posted Jan 21, 11:30 a.m. ET

Timothy Ray Brown, the "Berlin Patient" discusses his thoughts on PrEP, and how he wishes it had been available to him early in his sexual life.


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