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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,; 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.

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?


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.

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.


Sex Workers in Nigeria Need PrEP!

Narah, HIVE; Posted Nov 25, 2:06 p.m. ET

"The zeal I have for sex workers is peaked because I am a sex worker," explains Narah. "We need PrEP as sex workers in our country because most of our members are dying just because they have no knowledge about PrEP."

Lessons Learned From a Public Health Clinic Serving Sex Workers in Amsterdam

Yamini Oseguera-Bhatnagar, HIVE; Posted Nov 25, 2:00 p.m. ET

Meet Annelies, a skilled nurse, heartfelt counselor and passionate advocate who is working hard to keep sex workers in Amsterdam healthy and safe.

Cervical Lesions in Women With HIV May Point to Developing Anal Cancer

The Center for AIDS; Posted Nov 25, 12:56 p.m. ET

HIV-positive women who had precancerous cervical lesions (damaged tissue) in the past had a four times greater chance of precancerous anal lesions, according to a large French study. Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection can cause both cervical and anal lesions, but HIV-positive women are not always checked for anal lesions.

U.S. HIV Group Spends 25% of Time With High Viral Load

The Center for AIDS; Posted Nov 25, 12:51 p.m. ET

More than 14,500 people in care in six U.S. clinics spent one quarter of their time with a viral load above 1500 copies. A viral load that high raises chances of transmitting HIV to a sex partner and threatens the HIV-positive person's health.

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