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Ben Young: CROI 2015 Data Bolster the Call for Initiative to End HIV/AIDS Epidemic

Julie "JD" Davids, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Feb 27, 2:58 p.m. ET

The IAPAC leader cites CROI 2015 PrEP data, implementation science findings and the vision of PEPFAR head Deborah Birx as compelling evidence for the urgency of the Fast-Track Cities Initiative. The biggest barrier, he says, is not a lack of data or tools, but a "shortage of imagination."

ACT UP, Eat Hors d'Oeuvres?: Strange Days, Missing Histories at CROI 2015

Cassie Warren, AVAC: Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention; Posted Feb 27, 1:57 p.m. ET

Cassie Warren of Chicago's Broadway Youth Center reports that, despite momentum to end the epidemic, there are some very clear ways that we are failing.

PrEP: So Effective, It's Unheard Of

Evan J. Peterson, TheBody.com; Posted Feb 27, 9:39 a.m. ET

PrEP may be the most effective HIV prevention tool that people have never heard of. Why is that?

Partners PrEP Demo Project: Near Elimination of HIV Transmission With ART and PrEP

Emily Newman, BETA; Posted Feb 26, 4:25 p.m. ET

The treatment strategy -- providing PrEP to the HIV-negative partner only until the HIV-positive partner had been on HIV meds for six months, permitting time to achieve viral suppression -- proved highly successful.

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?

 

Inflammation Persists Despite Very Early HIV Treatment

Warren Tong, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Feb 25, 10:18 p.m. ET

Biomarkers of inflammation increase during acute HIV infection and remain elevated despite early suppressive antiretroviral therapy, according to a study presented at CROI 2015.

Vaginal HIV Prevention Gel Fails in Major Study

Myles Helfand, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Feb 25, 6:48 p.m. ET

Disappointing new study results have dealt a serious blow to hopes for a tenofovir-containing vaginal gel to help women protect themselves from HIV infection. Poor adherence appeared to be the primary reason for the gel's failure.

Khafre Abif on Being a Challenger to Policies and Practices and His Book on Living With HIV/AIDS

Visual AIDS; Posted Feb 25, 11:35 a.m. ET

Khafre Kujichagulia Abif is an editor and poet whose Cornbread, Fish and Collard Greens: Prayers, Poems & Affirmations for People Living With HIV/AIDS brings together over 100 voices of people writing about living with HIV.

Nevada May Require Condom Use During Porn Film Shoots

Emily Newman, BETA; Posted Feb 25, 11:34 a.m. ET

After a documented transmission of HIV that occurred on the set of a gay porn in Nevada, might they be getting a required condom use law?

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.

 

India Rejects Gilead's Patent Application for Sofosbuvir

Simon Collins, HIV i-Base; Posted Feb 25, 11:33 a.m. ET

On Jan. 20, the Indian court made a landmark decision to reject a patent application for the hepatitis C drug sofosbuvir.

New PrEP Results Exceed HIV Researchers' High Expectations

Myles Helfand, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Feb 24, 11:06 p.m. ET

Two newly presented studies on PrEP have demonstrated efficacy that surpassed the high expectations of many scientists. The findings support assertions that PrEP use in the "real world" has the power to dramatically reduce HIV infection even among very high-risk gay men.

Attacked on Grindr and Slut Shaming

Justin B. Terry-Smith, TheBody.com; Posted Feb 24, 7:01 p.m. ET

After getting attacked on Grindr for outing his positive status, Justin B Terry-Smith talks about why he's open and why slut shaming is bad for the community.

Tribute to Joep Lange Opens Up CROI 2015

Warren Tong, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Feb 24, 6:43 p.m. ET

A touching tribute was paid to Joep Lange, M.D., Ph.D., and Jacqueline van Tongeren, two prominent figures in the fight against HIV, who were tragically lost last year in the attack on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.


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