HIV, Intersectionality and the Generation Gap
Becky Allen, TheBody.com; Posted Dec 10, 5:01 p.m. ET
"HIV is an intersectional issue: It can affect anyone, but is made worse by racism, homophobia, and misogyny, not to mention poverty and our culture's responses to addiction."
10 Curious Questions Asked About HIV Transmission in 2013
TheBody.com; Posted Dec 10, 3:00 p.m. ET
Can you get HIV from laundry detergent? Champagne? Your own blood? The questions on our "Ask the Experts" forums can get, as Alice in Wonderland might say, "Curiouser and curiouser."
HPV Associated With Increased Risk of HIV in Men
CDC National Prevention Information Network; Posted Dec 10, 1:12 p.m. ET
A large study out of Kenya finds that people with one occurrence of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, a common sexually transmitted disease, had double the risk of becoming HIV positive.
I Am Thankful
Brian Ledford, TheBody.com; Posted Dec 9, 5:00 p.m. ET
"There are many in our community who are not so lucky, who do not have access to health care, medications, support systems, or many of the other things we do not think about."
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?
Young Gay Men and HIV/AIDS: A Global Epidemic (Infographic)
TheBody.com; Posted Dec 9, 3:00 p.m. ET
In every region of the world, two things are true: 1) Young people and gay men are at increased risk for HIV, and 2) young gay men are in greater danger than older gay men. This infographic explains why.
Six Approaches to Improving Long-Term HIV Treatment Adherence
Warren Tong, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Dec 9, 1:01 p.m. ET
Correctly and consistently taking HIV medications has always been important -- and even though HIV treatment today is easier to take (and less toxic) than ever, adherence can still be a challenge.
My HIV Journey: Videos of My First Months on HIV Meds, and Where I Am Now
Aaron Laxton, TheBody.com; Posted Dec 7, 1:17 p.m. ET
Aaron Laxton received news on June 6, 2011, that he is HIV positive. Luckily for us, he made a decision to record his experiences so he could help others with HIV. In these videos, he recounts the highs and lows of his HIV treatment journey.
Getting to Undetectable: People Living With HIV Share Their Stories
TheBody.com; Posted Dec 7, 1:11 p.m. ET
An undetectable viral load: It's a powerful concept with profound implications for the lives of people living with HIV (and their partners). We asked community members for their thoughts about getting their own viral loads down as low as they can go.
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.
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Is Your Patient's HIV Diagnosis Truly New? Antiretroviral Drug Testing May Provide Verdict
Myles Helfand, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Dec 6, 1:00 p.m. ET
It happens more often than you may think: People who are HIV positive -- and have even taken HIV meds -- sometimes tell doctors and researchers that they've never been diagnosed before.
Anal Cancer: How Much Can One Man Take?
Dave R., TheBody.com; Posted Dec 6, 11:45 a.m. ET
"One way or another he had to overcome the cancer and at least this hospital was the best in the country; he had to have faith in them."
For World AIDS Day, My HIV Diagnosis Day, Finally Conquering My Demons
Patrick Ingram, TheBody.com; Posted Dec 5, 5:00 p.m. ET
"I will never forget how much weight I lost, the thrush alongside my tongue that I scraped off due to denial. I had always seen myself as invincible and never able to be infected by anything like HIV."
HIV Prevention, Young Gay Men of Color and the Fourth Wave of HIV Activism
Mathew Rodriguez, TheBody.com; Posted Dec 5, 3:30 p.m. ET
Concerned about the 50,000 yearly new U.S. HIV infections? A new wave of HIV activism is brewing, focused on overall wellness and prevention for those at risk as well as those living with HIV.
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