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How HIV Speed-Dating Gave Me My Groove Back

Charles Sanchez, TheBody.com; Posted May 26, 5:09 p.m. ET

Charles Sanchez got out of a romantic rut by opening up to something via the positive social group IMPAC+.

Shared Excitement, Relief and Joy at AIDS Watch 2017 That Undetectable = Untransmittable

Tuyishime Claire Gasamagera, TheBody.com; Posted May 25, 9:16 p.m. ET

Tuyishime Claire Gasamagera passionately describes how "Undetectable = Untransmittable" (U=U) energizes and encourages people living with HIV to keep taking their antiretroviral treatment as they aspire to reach or maintain an undetectable viral load.

When I Refused My HIV Medication as Protest, Uncomfortable Truths Emerged

Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad , TheBody.com; Posted May 25, 3:38 p.m. ET

"I learned that people felt they were entitled to my body and health status," writes Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad, after he refused taking HIV meds as a protest.

Want to "Get the Sex You Want?" and "F*ck Without Fear?"

Brandyn Gallagher, TheBody.com; Posted May 24, 10:01 p.m. ET

What's available to help gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) navigate their sexual health including HIV prevention strategies in the world of today?

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?

 

How Can Providers Deal With Concerns About Risk Compensation in PrEP Users?

Roger Pebody, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted May 24, 8:19 p.m. ET

Some health care providers may have concerns or misgivings about PrEP, including fears that some PrEP users may increase their sexual risk-taking behavior.

Depression Not Tied to Mortality Risk in Current HIV Treatment Era

Mark Mascolini, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted May 24, 7:57 p.m. ET

Experiencing symptoms of depression had no impact on risk of all-cause mortality in a 2005-2014 U.S. study of people with HIV.

"Out of Flames and Fear": How People with HIV Forced California to Reform HIV Care in Prisons

Victoria Law, TheBody.com; Posted May 24, 4:20 p.m. ET

25 years later, Brian Carmichael says, "I don't regret anything we did there or all the trouble it caused us. My time at Vacaville showed me what one person, or a small group, can do."

Jeers From HIV Community Greet Trump's Detailed Budget Proposal

Myles Helfand, TheBody.com; Posted May 24, 11:51 a.m. ET

The Trump administration released the first detailed version of its proposed federal budget on May 23. Leading organizations within the HIV community were quick to condemn it.

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.

 

AIDS, Love and Desperation at the Louise Hay Ride

Mark S. King, MyFabulousDisease.com; Posted May 23, 8:34 p.m. ET

Louise Hay's message of self-love was provocative and unforgettable, recalls Mark S. King: "Call it new age or metaphysics, but I just call it spiritual activism during a time when no one else would have us."

Rates of Starting Care and Treatment Rise Among HIV-Positive Gay and Bisexual Men

Mark Mascolini, TheBody.com; Posted May 23, 8:18 p.m. ET

From 2008 through 2014, rates of entering HIV care and starting treatment rose significantly among gay and bisexual men in a 20-city study.

President Trump's Budget Would "Turn Back the Clock" on HIV Efforts, Says AIDS United

AIDS United; Posted May 23, 6:30 p.m. ET

Trump's budget plan cuts funds for the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, the Minority AIDS Initiative, Medicaid and more. AIDS United urges action from Congress to invest in the lives of people with HIV.

Philadelphia HIV Activist Paul Yabor Dies at 55

Tim Murphy, TheBody.com; Posted May 23, 2:48 p.m. ET

An interview with longtime Philadelphia HIV and harm reduction activist Paul Yabor two months before he died at 55.


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