Viva Mi Gente!: 12 Latino Celebrities and Characters Who Thrust HIV/AIDS Into Popular Culture
Mathew Rodriguez, TheBody.com; Posted May 24, 7:47 p.m. ET
Whether through acting, writing or simply living openly, many Latinos have used their celebrity status to raise awareness around HIV/AIDS in the Latino community. Here are 12 of the most high-profiles Latino names in the fight against HIV.
Tips on Telling Others You're Positive
TheBody.com; Posted May 24, 6:35 p.m. ET
How do you tell friends or family that you have been diagnosed with HIV? It's one of the greatest challenges you'll face -- and it's not something to rush into if you're not ready. Browse through these tips from people who have been there.
Damn, Ladies, You Have All the Control
Rae Lewis-Thornton, TheBody.com; Posted May 24, 5:04 p.m. ET
"Why is it that we continue to have sex without a condom? You don't want to rock the boat? You don't want him to think that you think he is cheating? Well, the fact of the matter is, you don't really know if he's cheating."
Neuropathy: Facts and Fiction
Dave R., TheBody.com; Posted May 24, 5:00 p.m. ET
"Neuropathy is one of those diseases that affects millions of people (20 million in the U.S. alone) and between 30 and 40 percent of people living with HIV. Yet if you ask 100 people on the street what it is, the vast majority of them won't have a clue what you're talking about."
Whether or not you have heard of the treatment cascade, if you are living with HIV, then you are represented on it. The treatment cascade is a powerful visual reminder of the state of the HIV epidemic in the U.S. in terms of how many people have a fully suppressed viral load -- and how many people are at each stage of getting toward that health goal.
The treatment cascade relays to the viewer the idea that everyone's HIV diagnosis is the beginning of a journey. With this Treatment Cascade Spotlight Series, TheBody.com has set out to mix the medical statistics that comprise the cascade with personal stories from our community about each of the unique steps of this journey.
Botswana, Mississippi? The Magnolia State's HIV Crisis
Rod McCullom, Black AIDS Institute; Posted May 24, 3:00 p.m. ET
The case of the baby who appears to have been cured of HIV highlighted some of the huge health care gaps that exist in the U.S. South -- particularly in Mississippi, one of the worst states in the country in which to be living with the virus.
HIV Meds Protect Against Doubled Cancer Risk in Positive Men
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Posted May 24, 1:13 p.m. ET
An Italian study suggests that men with HIV have approximately twice the risk of getting non-AIDS-defining cancers compared to the general public, but that antiretroviral drugs can protect them from that extra risk.
This PrEP-ed Life: Damon Jacobs on Sex and Dating in a New Era of HIV Prevention
Mathew Rodriguez, TheBody.com; Posted May 23, 3:00 p.m. ET
When Damon Jacobs found himself newly single after a decade-long relationship, he re-entered a dating pool that was not at all condom-friendly. To keep himself HIV negative, he began taking pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in July 2011.
CROI 2013: Research on Aging and HIV (Video)
International Foundation for Alternative Research in AIDS; Posted May 23, 1:00 p.m. ET
A panel of experts talks about "premature aging" among people with HIV and the complications and factors associated with it. They touch on: drugs to help reduce inflammation; using aspirin; the risks of smoking; and the importance of anal pap smears for all.
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Reaching Undetectable While Pregnant
Masonia B. Traylor, TheBody.com; Posted May 22, 5:05 p.m. ET
"I was proud of myself. It was a struggle mentally, emotionally and physically, especially because I was pregnant," Masonia Traylor writes. "But I must say that having an HIV-negative baby was the best result of my undetectable viral load."
Day One With HIV: "Coming Out of the Second Closet"
Jason McDonald, TheBody.com; Posted May 22, 3:00 p.m. ET
"I am ashamed to admit that I, like so many gay men, buried my head in the sand when it came to HIV," says Jason McDonald, recalling his first day with HIV -- Oct. 25, 2007. Here he discusses what it was like to get a positive result after nine days "in a sort of limbo."
AIDS Is a Bitch
Maria T. Mejia, The Well Project; Posted May 21, 5:00 p.m. ET
"I am a strong fighter. We all need to continue fighting! I may feel like shit now, but tomorrow is another day -- and at least I have medicine, and a person next to me that has my back."
Danish Study Targets HIV Reservoir, in Latest Search for HIV Cure
Warren Tong, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted May 21, 3:00 p.m. ET
HDAC inhibitors, which are traditionally used to treat cancer, are now being studied for their potential to flush HIV out of its reservoirs inside the human body. However, while this is a promising study, expectations about where it will lead us should be tempered.
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