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10 Keys to Living Well With HIV

Myles Helfand and JD Davids, TheBody.com; Posted May 2, 1:22 p.m. ET

For many of us, managing HIV is not just about survival; it's about living well. But what does "living well" actually mean, and what steps can you take to maximize your health and happiness if you're HIV positive?

Leading Canadian Biomedical Organization Recommends Early Initiation of ART

Sean R. Hosein, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted May 2, 11:09 a.m. ET

The Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Canada (AMMI) has made the recommendation that antiretroviral therapy "should be initiated in all adult persons living with HIV-1 infection as soon as a diagnosis of HIV infection is confirmed and regardless of CD4+ count."

How Long Can You Live With HIV? Very.

Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D., TheBody.com; Posted May 2, 10:39 a.m. ET

While it's impossible to accurately predict how long any single person will live, as a group, the life expectancy for people living with HIV has dramatically improved, and continues to improve.

HIV-Positive Protagonists, Part Two (Video)

Christian Kiley, TheBody.com; Posted Apr 30, 12:02 p.m. ET

An introduction to HIV-positive protagonists in mainstream media, in this episode Christian Kiley looks at a selection of TV movies from 1985-1994.

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?

 

Louisiana Parish Jail Staffer: We Don't Test Prisoners for HIV Because 'We Cannot Afford to Treat'

Barbara Jungwirth, TheBody.com; Posted Apr 29, 4:44 p.m. ET

The state has one of the highest rates of new HIV infections in the U.S and an above-average rate of imprisonment. But only five of 104 jails offer formal HIV testing.

HIV Law in 30-Year Michael Johnson Conviction Is Unconstitutional and 'Grossly Disproportionate,' Advocacy Groups Tell Court

Todd A. Heywood, TheBody.com; Posted Apr 29, 4:13 p.m. ET

HIV groups say the law used to sentence the 23-year-old Johnson to prison for 30 years is "at odds with everything we know about HIV today," showing "invidious discrimination against people living with HIV."

Above All, Do No Harm: Searching for HIV Harm Reduction Strategies at the UN Special Session on Drugs

Drew Gibson, TheBody.com; Posted Apr 29, 3:45 p.m. ET

Politicians and drug treatment services seem stuck between the war on drugs and an embrace of harm reduction, notes Gibson. Will the recent UN gathering on drug policy shake them into the action we need to combat HIV?

For Gay Men Seeking HIV Info, Hookup Apps Are Good for More Than Dates

Annamarya Scaccia, TheBody.com; Posted Apr 29, 2:03 p.m. ET

Are the hookup apps and dating sites that some claim are contributing to rising STI rates actually one of the best places to get the word out about HIV testing? The apps say yes -- and now CDC data backs them up.

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.

 

Recent Meth Use May Indicate Need for PrEP, Study Finds

Emily Newman, BETA; Posted Apr 29, 1:27 p.m. ET

Sexual risk behavior increased significantly among men who have sex with men when they started using meth, reports a study published recently.

To All the People Who Bottom in Sex: Stay Powerful

George M. Johnson, TheBody.com; Posted Apr 29, 12:54 p.m. ET

"Being a bottom is a statement that displays dominance, control, power and, most importantly, consideration of others that may never be given in return," says Johnson. "The shaming needs to stop."

This Week in HIV Research: First Case of Alzheimer's Disease in HIV-Positive Individual, and Zinc Deficiency May Contribute to Inflammation

Warren Tong, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Apr 29, 12:25 p.m. ET

This week, a study reports the first diagnosed case of Alzheimer's disease in a person living with HIV, while another study finds a correlation between zinc deficiency and increased HIV inflammation.

Love and PrEPception

Erin, HIVE; Posted Apr 28, 3:35 p.m. ET

"I never imagined that I would be sitting exactly where I am right now ... seven months pregnant with a baby boy and engaged to someone who I truly believe is my soulmate," writes Erin.


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