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For Those Newly Diagnosed With HIV, What Would a Doula Do?

Victoria Law, TheBody.com; Posted Feb 10, 4:22 p.m. ET

Doulas support people during births, deaths, abortions, gender transitions and other significant life events. What if doulas were available to support people living with HIV, particularly when they are newly diagnosed?

The Epidemic Among Black Women Requires More Than Rhetoric

Vanessa Johnson and Waheedah Shabazz-El, Positive Women's Network of the United States of America; Posted Feb 10, 3:24 p.m. ET

The epidemic will end by confronting the underlying conditions which enable HIV to thrive, such as racism and poverty, says PWN USA, which urges the U.S. to uphold the health, rights and dignity of black women with HIV.

A False-Positive HIV Test Result Turned Me Into a PrEP Evangelist

John Byrne, TheBody.com; Posted Feb 10, 2:57 p.m. ET

For some, a false-positive HIV test is miraculous news. For Byrne, a false-positive test while on PrEP and discussions with two longtime activists made him a committed prevention advocate.

Daddy's Angel

Josh Middleton, HIVE; Posted Feb 10, 1:31 p.m. ET

"I stopped believing in the saying, 'everything happens for a reason,' because the truth is, sometimes there isn't always an explanation," Middleton says after he and his partner experienced a pregnancy loss by miscarriage.

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?

 

Why the UN High Level Meeting on AIDS Is Important (and How to Get Involved)

Chris Collins, TheBody.com; Posted Feb 10, 1:06 p.m. ET

In June, governments will meet at the UN to issue a statement of commitment on the global response to HIV. It's one of the biggest advocacy opportunities on the horizon, says UNAIDS, urging you to get involved.

Dual Therapy With Dolutegravir + 3TC

Sean R. Hosein, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Feb 10, 12:35 p.m. ET

Researchers in Argentina found that the combination of dolutegravir (Tivicay) + lamivudine (3TC, Epivir) was well tolerated and effective in lowering viral loads, for up to 24 weeks in a small group of patients just starting treatment.

A Successful Pregnancy and Birth Outcome With Dolutegravir-Based Therapy

Sean R. Hosein, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Feb 10, 12:35 p.m. ET

Doctors in Rome, Italy, recently reported the successful use of dolutegravir-based potent combination antiretroviral therapy to prevent HIV transmission from mother to child. There were no birth defects detected in the infant.

Where Are the PrEP Interventions for People Who Inject Drugs?

Rod McCullom, TheBody.com; Posted Feb 10, 12:21 p.m. ET

PrEP is gaining steam in social media, hook up apps and public health efforts. But one community has been largely absent from this new era of HIV prevention: people who inject drugs. Rod McCullom reports.

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.

 

Reaching the Ballroom Community With Respect, Not Just HIV Testing

George M. Johnson, TheBody.com; Posted Feb 10, 10:16 a.m. ET

"Behind the numbers and results are people -- people who deserved to be treated as more than a means to another funding source," writes George M. Johnson of Us Helping Us in Washington, D.C.

Erasing Black AIDS Histories

Ted Kerr, The New Inquiry; Posted Feb 9, 3:52 p.m. ET

With chants and decals broadcasting the message "Stop Erasing Black People," the Tacoma Action Collective protested the "Art AIDS America" exhibition, demanding greater black representation for its national tour.

HIV Stigma as a Public Health Issue: Increasing Employment Opportunities for Those Living With HIV

Allison Nichol, The Center for HIV Law and Policy; Posted Feb 9, 3:06 p.m. ET

"At a time when so many people with HIV can and desire to re-attach or remain attached to the workforce," writes Allison Nichol, "a fundamental understanding of the rights and responsibilities of those with HIV and their employers is more important than ever."

Saying Structural Violence Impedes HIV Care for Black Gay Men, Advocates Urge a Broader Approach

Barbara Jungwirth, TheBody.com; Posted Feb 9, 1:31 p.m. ET

If it's structural violence -- the subtle social structures that harm vulnerable communities -- that keeps black gay men (BGM) from HIV care, it may take arts, culture and social justice movements to close the gap.


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