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Don't Let HIV Be the Only Thing in Your Life: An Interview With Tim McCarthy

Julie "JD" Davids,; Posted Oct 2, 11:34 a.m. ET

Tim McCarthy wanted to be "vital" in the world; he wanted to make a difference. He went from a fragmented family to designing custom software, founding computer companies and driving a red Porsche. Then, in 1987, he was diagnosed with HIV, and went on to a troubling range of AIDS-related illnesses. So why does he say that HIV saved his life?

Washington State First to Assist Those Seeking HIV Prevention Pill

Mathew Rodriguez,; Posted Oct 2, 8:22 a.m. ET

HIV prevention doesn't need to put a hole in your wallet. For Washington state residents who want access to PrEP, the cost of Truvada can potentially be zero dollars thanks to a one-of-a-kind assistance program.

Taking 5 or More Pills a Day Is an Adherence Challenge

Mathew Rodriguez,; Posted Oct 1, 10:42 p.m. ET

As increasing numbers of people with HIV take treatment for several conditions, this "multiple pill burden" may increase the risk of missing HIV meds.

Long-Term AIDS Survivors Gather in San Francisco, With Vision of National Network of Elders, Teachers and Leaders

Sue Saltmarsh,; Posted Oct 1, 2:43 p.m. ET

Let's Kick Ass (LKA) holds second annual town hall meeting, and aspires to more support and services for survivors, education and outreach activities, and a political and policy agenda.

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'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?


Cure Research at IAS 2014: TILDA Measures the Reservoir and Romidepsin Wakes It Up

Simon Collins, HIV i-Base; Posted Oct 1, 2:27 p.m. ET

Cure-related research was one of the leading medical and scientific issues at AIDS 2014, adding new pieces to a puzzle that leading researchers believe is likely to take at least a decade to solve.

Open-Label Oral PrEP at 4 Doses a Week: Why Zero Infections Does Not Equal 100% Efficacy

Simon Collins, HIV i-Base; Posted Oct 1, 2:26 p.m. ET

One of the most important advances at AIDS 2014 was a late-breaker study on open label use of oral PrEP, presented by Robert Grant from UCSF.

Kaiser Survey Offers Comprehensive Look at Gay Men's Attitudes and Behaviors Regarding HIV

Josh Kruger,; Posted Sep 30, 11:27 p.m. ET

How often do gay men get tested? How many people living with HIV do they know? Age and race and many other factors influence the answers to these questions, which a new Kaiser survey explores.

No Difference in Overall Anemia Rate With Reduced-Dose AZT

Polly Clayden, HIV i-Base; Posted Sep 30, 2:00 p.m. ET

A study looking at reduced-dose AZT showed no difference in overall rate of anaemia but demonstrated improved safety and similar efficacy compared to standard dose.

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Pill A, Pill B: Simplified Second-Line Treatment for Low-Income Countries

Polly Clayden, HIV i-Base; Posted Sep 30, 1:59 p.m. ET

A one pill, once-daily fixed dose combination (FDC) second-line regimen might be feasible for low-income countries according to a clinical development programme presented at AIDS 2014.

Checking Back in After My Long Hospitalizations

Lynda Arnold,; Posted Sep 30, 12:27 p.m. ET

"I realized that we only get one life -- one pass through -- and God, it has to count." Blogger Lynda Arnold shares lessons from a long, frightening period of health challenges.

Why I Refused, Then Later Embraced, HIV Treatment

Josh Kruger,; Posted Sep 29, 6:18 p.m. ET

For Josh Kruger, fear was a big factor in his decision to delay treatment. Does fear play a part in your HIV med adherence?

New FDA HIV Drug Approvals Unlikely to Have Much Impact, Unless ...

Paul E. Sax, M.D., Journal Watch; Posted Sep 29, 5:38 p.m. ET

"If you're wondering what the big deal is [about the approvals of stand-alone cobicistat and elvitegravir], welcome to the club," Paul Sax, M.D., writes.

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