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Women's HIV Status, Viral Suppression Tied to Differences in Cognitive Performance Over Time

Myles Helfand, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Feb 19, 3:04 p.m. ET

Women with HIV tend to perform worse than HIV-negative women on cognitive performance tests, even after many years on treatment, new research finds -- but trends differed depending on the test and on women's treatment success.

Treatment Action Group Lauds Launch of NYC Sexual Health Clinics as Hubs of Comprehensive HIV Prevention and Care

Treatment Action Group; Posted Feb 19, 2:00 p.m. ET

Amid growing concerns about federal government commitments to the HIV response, the New York City Department of Health is expanding the city's sexual health clinics as hubs of HIV prevention, care and treatment.

NIH Research Helps Explain How Antibody Treatment Led to Sustained Remission of HIV-Like Virus

National Institues of Health; Posted Feb 17, 4:24 p.m. ET

NIH scientists have found that the presence of the protein alpha-4 beta-7 integrin on the surface of HIV and SIV may help explain why an antibody protected monkeys from SIV in previous experiments.

This Week in HIV Research: Kidney Function Improves With Protease Inhibitor Switch; and Viral Load Blips Predict Post-Treatment Control

Warren Tong and Barbara Jungwirth, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Feb 17, 3:43 p.m. ET

This week, a study finds switching a protease inhibitor-based regimen from lopinavir or atazanavir to darunavir helps improve kidney function. Another study finds that viral load blips during early HIV treatment help predict post-treatment control.

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?

 

In the Eye of the Storm: One Doctor's 30-Year Journey Through the AIDS Crisis

Ross A. Slotten, M.D., Test Positive Aware Network; Posted Feb 17, 3:42 p.m. ET

"I had the dubious distinction of having signed more death certificates in the city of Chicago -- and probably in the entire state of Illinois -- than any other physician," Ross A. Slotten, M.D. writes.

Now Hear This -- Recommended Reading

Test Positive Aware Network; Posted Feb 17, 3:41 p.m. ET

Two new releases, and one essential guide from 2015, round out Positively Aware's list of must-reads for the New Year.

Smoking Is Worse Than HIV

Enid Vázquez, Test Positive Aware Network; Posted Feb 17, 2:07 p.m. ET

For people who adhere well to their HIV treatment, eductions in life expectancy for smokers were twice as high as reductions from HIV.

No Words

Jeff Berry, Test Positive Aware Network; Posted Feb 17, 2:03 p.m. ET

"It's going to be a long four years, so we need to learn to pace ourselves," Jeff Berry writes. "Now I start each day off with something I look forward to, rather than flipping on the TV."

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Lifting Your Voice and Speaking Your Truth to Congress on HIV

AIDS United; Posted Feb 17, 1:22 p.m. ET

"The will of the people must be heeded and the voices of people living with HIV need to resonate loudly and clearly amongst the chorus of advocates," AIDS United writes.

Breastfeeding in the Era of HIV Undetectable Equals Untransmittable

Tuysihime Claire Gasamagera, TheBody.com; Posted Feb 17, 12:55 p.m. ET

"Breastfeeding is a natural, shameless way of feeding babies, and women living with HIV like me now have the opportunity to experience that privilege," explains Tuysihime Claire Gasamagera.

No Evidence of Accelerated Brain Aging in HIV-Positive People on Effective ART

Simon Collins, HIV i-Base; Posted Feb 17, 12:40 p.m. ET

Researchers at CROI 2017 reported no evidence of accelerating brain aging in HIV-positive people in ART, based on highly sensitive brain imaging scans and cognitive testing over two years.

Final HIV Research Highlights From CROI 2017

AIDS.gov; Posted Feb 17, 12:14 p.m. ET

As CROI 2017 wrapped up in Seattle, NIAID's Dr. Carl Dieffenbach spoke about some of the scientific highlights from the final day of the conference.


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