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RAPID Program Leads to Faster HIV Suppression

Liz Highleyman, BETA; Posted Jul 30, 3:15 p.m. ET

San Francisco General Hospital’s RAPID program, which offers antiretroviral treatment starting the same day people are diagnosed with HIV, was well received and led to more rapid viral load suppression than the standard treatment schedule.

Hunger Leads to Risky Sex in San Francisco

Emily Newman, BETA; Posted Jul 30, 2:57 p.m. ET

A poster presented at IAS 2015 explored the desperation caused by food insecurity -- and how hunger can lead to risky sex exchange and HIV.

Cash Incentive Studies Show Value of School, Financial Support, But More Needed to Protect Young People From HIV

Christine Lubinski, Science Speaks; Posted Jul 30, 1:51 p.m. ET

Two clinical trials evaluating the impact of cash incentives on HIV incidence in adolescents in South Africa found that such incentives had no impact on HIV rates, while one saw a decrease in rates of herpes simplex virus.

HIV Self-Testing Promoted as New Tool to Reach First 90 of 90-90-90 UNAIDS Targets

Christine Lubinski, Science Speaks; Posted Jul 30, 1:40 p.m. ET

The release of new HIV testing guidelines by the World Health Organization include HIV self-testing and its potential role in meeting the first 90 of the UNAIDS 90-90-90 framework.

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?

 

Obstacles Between Diagnosis and Care Keep Sex Workers Off Treatment

Antigone Barton, Science Speaks; Posted Jul 30, 1:27 p.m. ET

Of the many challenges women who make a living or augment their income through sex work confront, efforts to address one need sometimes seem to occur in isolation from others.

How HIV Treatment and Prevention Programs Succeed Together

Sony Salzman, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Jul 30, 12:59 p.m. ET

When pubic health officials debate the most effective HIV programs, generally two broad camps emerge: prevention and treatment. However, test-and-treat programs seem to offer a catchall benefit to society.

Daily Dosing and Text Message Reminders Associated With PrEP Adherence in Gay Men

David Evans, Project Inform; Posted Jul 29, 1:57 p.m. ET

Two studies presented at IAS 2015 offered a look at factors associated with adherence to PrEP in men who have sex with men (MSM).

People Living With HIV Make Their Mark at IAS 2015 in Vancouver

Bob Leahy, PositiveLite.com; Posted Jul 29, 1:40 p.m. ET

Bob Leahy reports on the Canadian Declaration by Persons Living with HIV that calls for the protection of human rights in light of biomedical advances in HIV treatment.

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Transfusion of Grace

Rev. Andrena Ingram, TheBody.com; Posted Jul 28, 10:16 p.m. ET

Is there less stigma from getting HIV through a blood transfusion? Rev. Andrena Ingram discusses people's assumptions.

Is Marriage a Finish Line or a Torture Device for Same-Gender Loving Singles?

Antron Reshaud Olukayode, TheBody.com; Posted Jul 28, 4:37 p.m. ET

With marriage equality all over the news, our blogger Antron talks about his experiences with love and whether he's ready to embrace marriage.

PrEP Update: Hopeful Trends but Social Challenges Persist

David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Jul 28, 12:08 p.m. ET

In this review of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) data out of the Adherence 2015 conference, David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., touches on a variety of issues concerning the uptake and effectiveness of, barriers to, and facilitators for PrEP as a biomedical intervention to prevent the spread of HIV.

Views From the Front Lines: Sexually Transmitted Infections and Gay Men

Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Jul 27, 10:52 p.m. ET

How do we solve the issue of rising STI infections among gay men? Three service providers weigh in.


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