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My Journey Through Health Care and HIV as a Black American

George M. Johnson, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Sep 20, 4:03 p.m. ET

For George M. Johnson, a recent panel discussion was the culmination of his tri-fold existence -- as a human, a worker and an activist -- where he could share the totality of his experience as a black man living with HIV.

Dozens of Countries Left Out of New PEPFAR Strategy, Threatening Global AIDS Response

Health GAP; Posted Sep 20, 1:55 p.m. ET

The plan takes the foot off the gas for more than 37 countries PEPFAR does not designate as "priority," leaving behind millions of people living with HIV due to a lack of resources and a waning commitment to evidence-based strategies.

Early ART and Testing HIV Negative With Rapid HIV Tests

Simon Collins, HIV i-Base; Posted Sep 20, 1:32 p.m. ET

Very early initiation of ART, followed by several years of viral suppression, can have a relatively common outcome of testing HIV negative using rapid HIV tests.

The Final Trumpcare Showdown: One Last Fight to Kill ACA Repeal

Drew Gibson, TheBody.com; Posted Sep 20, 1:04 p.m. ET

Today, the HIV community needs to stave off one more, even worse threat to health care coverage. Read how it will impact people living with HIV -- among tens of millions of others.

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?

 

Undetectable Equals Untransmittable: Groundbreaking Prevention Campaign Takes the World by Storm

Michelle Simek, Positively Aware; Posted Sep 20, 12:02 p.m. ET

What exactly is "U=U" and what does it mean for the average person living with HIV?

PrEP Works in Young Men -- But They Might Need Help to Ensure They Take It

Heather Boerner, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Sep 19, 3:57 p.m. ET

Truvada is effective for preventing HIV transmission in teenagers, but high rates of non-adherence mean that the answer for youth HIV risk can't just be biomedical, according to study findings released this month.

Struggle, Self-Love and Survival: Growing Old With HIV

Eric Jannke, AIDS United; Posted Sep 19, 12:52 p.m. ET

"I grew up assuming a lot of things about the world, like there would always be health," Eric Jannke writes. "That was such a deep assumption that I didn't recognize it as one until it went away."

New HIV Diagnoses: Large Improvements in Some Groups Overshadow Results for People and Places Being Left Behind

Richard Wolitski, Ph.D., and Nathan Fecik, M.P.H., HIV.gov; Posted Sep 19, 12:10 p.m. ET

New HIV diagnoses are on the decline in the U.S., but data show that four key populations have been disproportionately affected by HIV and are at increased risk of becoming newly infected with HIV.

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.

 

Say Goodbye to 'Risk'

Enid Vázquez, Positively Aware; Posted Sep 18, 5:51 p.m. ET

Using the words "at risk" is risky in itself. It has the potential to turn people off -- and away from HIV prevention messages.

On National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day, Attention Turns to Growing Number of Elders With HIV

JD Davids, TheBody.com; Posted Sep 18, 3:40 p.m. ET

More than one in four people with HIV in the U.S. is over 55, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Today marks the annual event focusing attention on the opportunities and hurdles faced year-round by people aging with HIV.

HIV Self-Test Helps ID 'Hidden People' With HIV Across the Globe, but Questions Remain

Sony Salzman, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Sep 18, 2:17 p.m. ET

OraQuick use is being scaled up across the globe -- but, as with any new technology, some experts are worried about possible implications of a rollout in Africa, Asia and other less-wealthy regions where HIV is a major public health crisis.

The Silence, and Death, Around Haitian Americans and HIV

Shani Akilah Robin, TheBody.com; Posted Sep 15, 1:40 p.m. ET

"Sometimes the vulnerabilities we see in each other scare us because we know that it could be us," Shani Akilah Robin writes. "The response to this cannot be distance. We desperately need to walk toward each other."


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