This Week in HIV Research: Why It's Good to Integrate Primary Care With HIV Care
Primary care + HIV care = improved health care engagement; the efficacy of different HIV testing and treatment interventions; abdominal fat and hypertension rates; the ethics of HIV phylogenetics.
The PrEP Cascade: Getting More Blacks Into Care
Tamara E. Holmes, Black AIDS Institute; Posted Mar 16, 2:36 p.m. ET
In the efforts to get more African Americans aware of and using pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), an evolving tracking system called the PrEP cascade is providing new insights as we work toward better results.
Depression in People With HIV May Increase Missed Appointments, Detectable Viral Load, and Mortality, Says New Study
David Fawcett, Ph.D., LCSW, TheBodyPRO; Posted Mar 16, 12:49 p.m. ET
As providers and advocates work to increase the number of people who are virally suppressed for their long-term health, research shows dealing with depression for people with HIV may be one critical solution.
Elite Controllers: Sex Differences and Factors Associated With Loss of Immune Control
Richard Jefferys, Treatment Action Group; Posted Mar 15, 3:38 p.m. ET
The ability of elite controllers to maintain undetectable viral loads and relatively preserved CD4 T-cell counts in the absence of antiretroviral therapy has led them to be proposed as a model for a functional cure of HIV infection.
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?
Drug Pricing Program That Supports AIDS Service Organizations Is Under Attack
Drew Gibson, TheBody; Posted Mar 15, 3:00 p.m. ET
A federal drug pricing program that most Americans have never heard of has caused an all-out scrum between the big pharmaceutical and hospital lobbies, with Ryan White clinics and community health centers caught in the tussle.
New Toolkit Supports Advocates in Using Media to Fight for HIV Justice
HIV Justice Network; Posted Mar 15, 12:06 p.m. ET
As people around the world living with HIV continue to be criminalized and convicted at alarming rates, HIV Justice Worldwide has released "Making Media Work for HIV Justice: An Introduction to Media Engagement for Advocates Opposing HIV Criminalization."
Really Rapid Review -- CROI 2018, Boston
Paul E. Sax, M.D., Journal Watch; Posted Mar 14, 4:57 p.m. ET
"CROI clearly remains our best meeting," writes Paul E. Sax, M.D., "the only one that brings together so much high quality research from so many disciplines."
Rates of HIV Are Rising Among Latinx Gay Men in the U.S. Are Anti-Immigration Policies to Blame?
Giuliani Alvarenga, TheBody; Posted Mar 14, 2:21 p.m. ET
As anti-immigration sentiments and policies in the U.S. have certainly increased in recent years, is this having an impact on Latinx gay and bisexual men's vulnerability to HIV?
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Four Models of PrEP Service Provision to Enhance Access and Uptake
Roger Pebody, TheBodyPRO; Posted Mar 14, 12:03 p.m. ET
The uptake of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) has been highly skewed, with some people who need PrEP the most being less likely to get it.
U.S. Networks of People With HIV Oppose U.S. Location for 2020 International AIDS Conference
JD Davids, TheBody; Posted Mar 13, 3:44 p.m. ET
"We refuse to stand by while those most affected by HIV within and outside of the U.S. are, at best, excluded and, at worst, put in harm's way by holding the conference in San Francisco," a sign-on letter reads.
Latinx People Living With HIV Share How They Came to Terms With Their Diagnosis
Myles Helfand, TheBody; Posted Mar 13, 2:12 p.m. ET
We asked Latinx people living with HIV in the U.S.: How did you come to terms with your HIV diagnosis and develop the confidence to stay healthy?
Heavy Marijuana Use Linked to Heart Problems in HIV-Positive People
Sean R. Hosein, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Mar 13, 1:56 p.m. ET
Researchers found that heavy marijuana use increased the risk for complications of cardiovascular disease -- including heart attack and stroke -- regardless of whether the study participants also smoked tobacco and regardless of the presence of other traditional risk factors.
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