World AIDS Day Starts in Your Own Backyard
David Duran, TheBody.com; Posted Nov 21, 3:52 p.m. ET
Is World AIDS Day about the local? Or the global? When you think about World AIDS Day, "where" should you think about?
Weeding Out Systemic Stigma in the HIV Epidemic Among Black and Latino Gay Men
Julie "JD" Davids, TheBody.com; Posted Nov 21, 1:54 p.m. ET
How is stigma like a garden where some plants get nourishment and others struggle to thrive with less support? This report breaks it down, and explains what we can do to reduce the effect of stigma in the lives of black and Latino men at risk for HIV.
The Other HIV Stigma: An Inside Job
David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., TheBody.com; Posted Nov 21, 1:00 p.m. ET
"Internalized stigma can be especially destructive because it begins to distort how someone views him or herself. It hijacks the imagination of the person."
What Does HIV Stigma Look Like in Your Community?
Mathew Rodriguez, TheBody.com; Posted Nov 21, 12:38 p.m. ET
Stigma has many faces and many names. When we talk about HIV stigma, are we all talking about the same thing? To find out what stigma means in different places and spaces in the U.S., TheBody.com asked people working in HIV to comment on what stigma looks like in their community.
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.
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?
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?
START Study Could Change How We Look at HIV Treatment, and HIV Itself
Simon Collins, TheBody.com; Posted Nov 21, 10:01 a.m. ET
"As an activist living with HIV, I want decisions about my care to be supported by evidence. Jumping ahead of the data -- even with the best intentions -- has led to treatment guidelines in the past getting it wrong."
Snapshots and Stories Outshine Stigma on "A Day With HIV"
Staff Writer, TheBody.com; Posted Nov 21, 9:18 a.m. ET
Across 13 countries on four continents on Sept. 9, people snapped a photo for A Day With HIV. For the past five years, A Day With HIV has stepped out against stigma, by sharing pictures and stories. We are happy to share a slice of life from that day.
Raising 7 Kids While HIV Positive, and Why It Takes a Village
Mathew Rodriguez, TheBody.com; Posted Nov 20, 6:45 p.m. ET
Whitney Kyle always wanted to be a father. Now, 7 kids later, he shares his advice for being a dad while successfully living with HIV.
What Is Something New You Learned About HIV This Year?
Mathew Rodriguez, TheBody.com; Posted Nov 20, 4:45 p.m. ET
In the world of HIV, no matter how much you know, there's always something new to learn. We asked community members what they learned in 2014.
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For One HIV-Positive Dad, a Journey Through Science and Surrogacy
Mathew Rodriguez, TheBody.com; Posted Nov 20, 2:45 p.m. ET
Rick Nadan found out that he was HIV positive 10 days after his first surrogate was impregnated. What followed was a crazy journey with different doctors who had different opinions. However, after the first set of twins, Rick had a second set of twins -- again with a surrogate.
Fatherhood First, Then Coming Out as Gay and HIV Positive
Mathew Rodriguez, TheBody.com; Posted Nov 19, 6:27 p.m. ET
Paul Constantino came out in the early '80s, when HIV did not yet have a name. He has since navigated coming out to his children as a gay man, and coming out to his children as HIV positive. He's even come out as gay to his 13-year-old granddaughter!
Why We Cannot Abandon South Africa's Treatment Action Campaign (TAC)
Matthew Kavanagh, TheBody.com; Posted Nov 19, 4:45 p.m. ET
The TAC is facing a massive budget deficit, created by funders dropping support. The community must reject this cynicism and show that solidarity doesn't stop when the mainstream media stops paying attention.
PrEP Dissent Rooted in Gay Culture Shifts, Lower AIDS Mortality
Todd Heywood, TheBody.com; Posted Nov 19, 4:27 p.m. ET
It's about why men have sex with each other, how they have that sex and who gets to define those boundaries. It's about marriage equality, too. And it comes back to the consistent fight in the U.S. over sex and sexuality as they interface with morality.
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