From Cartoons to Charts, Learn About PrEP for HIV Prevention
Julie "JD" Davids, TheBody.com; Posted Aug 27, 4:32 p.m. ET
As more people consider pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention, the options for expanding knowledge about PrEP are, well, expanding. TheBody.com took a quick look at a handful of accessible resources for PrEP information and support.
An HIV-Positive Professional Discusses His Tumultuous Diagnosis and the Problem With Retention in Care
Mathew Rodriguez, TheBody.com; Posted Aug 27, 1:33 p.m. ET
Adam Thompson was dealing with a lot at the time of his diagnosis. In this interview, he goes through what finally got him into care.
Could Long-Acting Injectable Meds Soon Replace Daily Pills for HIV Maintenance Therapy?
Mathew Rodriguez, TheBody.com; Posted Aug 27, 1:32 p.m. ET
Long acting maintenance therapy for HIV-positive people with an undetectable viral load may soon be a reality. What does that mean and how will it work?
Post-Exposure Prophylaxis for HCV Can't Be Cost-Effective -- but We Might End Up Recommending It Anyway
Paul E. Sax, M.D., Journal Watch; Posted Aug 27, 1:08 p.m. ET
Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) has long been considered worthwhile for people who have just had a high-risk HIV exposure. Now that we have highly effective hepatitis C drugs, should PEP be considered for hep C exposures as well? Paul Sax, M.D., offers his take.
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?
Francois Venter on Access to HIV Treatment and Prevention in South Africa (Video)
Barbara Jungwirth, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Aug 27, 12:43 p.m. ET
Francois Venter, deputy executive director of the Wits Reproductive Health & HIV Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand works mostly in South Africa, the "epicenter of the HIV epidemic," as he put it. Traditional health care approaches often hinder the roll-out of HIV prevention services there, he said. He believes that vertical services for special populations, such as sex workers, transgender people, men who have sex with men and adolescent girls, are an effective way to deliver both prevention treatment.
Michel Sidibé on the Global HIV Epidemic (Video)
Barbara Jungwirth, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Aug 27, 12:34 p.m. ET
UNAIDS executive director Michel Sidibé pronounced Vancouver the place "where the era of treatment began." In 1996, the 11th International AIDS Conference in that city emphasized the effectiveness of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), which has since become the standard of care for HIV. After listing subsequent successes, Sidibé said the biggest challenge remains reaching people who have been excluded from the mainstream because of their sexual orientation or use of drugs, and because of criminalization and stigmatization. Testing also needs to become "friendlier" in order to entice more people to be tested.
High Rate of Mental Health Issues Found Among Some PEP Users
Sean R. Hosein, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Aug 27, 11:58 a.m. ET
Boston researchers found mental health issues in more than 50% of post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) program participants. By treating mental health conditions, they say, PEP providers are likely to improve patients' ability to take PEP and reduce their likelihood of engaging in high-risk behavior.
Taking HIV Prevention to Church
Alison Huddleston, AIDS United; Posted Aug 27, 11:37 a.m. ET
Can a church in New Orleans change the way HIV prevention is done in the South?
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Follow the Money
AVAC: Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention; Posted Aug 27, 11:37 a.m. ET
If you want to fight the HIV epidemic, you have to put your money where your mouth is.
The Trouble With Tina: A Conversation About Meth
Joanna Eveland, M.D., BETA; Posted Aug 27, 11:36 a.m. ET
Meth is a part of many people's roads to HIV, but it is also a problem for people with HIV who are trying to suppress their viral loads.
True Tales of Sex, Love and Peace of Mind
Josh Tager, Test Positive Aware Network; Posted Aug 27, 11:36 a.m. ET
PrEP can be a serious commitment and there may be hurdles along the way. But, for some PrEP users, the peace of mind at the end of the tunnel is worth it.
Look What the Stork Delivered
Kellee Terrell, Test Positive Aware Network; Posted Aug 27, 11:35 a.m. ET
With the help of PrEP, Shannon Weber helps positive people have a baby -- safely.
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