U.K. Updates PEP Guidelines: Raltegravir Replaces PIs and No Indication if Positive Partner Has an Undetectable Viral Load
Simon Collins, HIV i-Base; Posted Oct 25, 2:25 a.m. ET
The United Kingdom Chief Medical Officers' Expert Advisory Group on AIDS (EAGA) has issued new guidance for post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) that includes using raltegravir (Isentress) rather than a boosted protease inhibitor.
Young, Transgender and Homeless
Enid Vázquez, Test Positive Aware Network; Posted Oct 25, 2:10 a.m. ET
What are the struggles you face when you are young, transgender and homeless?
How Positively Aware Helped Save My Life
Rick Guasco, Test Positive Aware Network; Posted Oct 25, 2:02 a.m. ET
We here at TheBody know that media resources can help make a difference. Here's a story of how one helped save an activist's life.
A Chat With Jim Pickett as the First HIV Research for Prevention (HIV R4P) Conference Looms
Julie "JD" Davids, Posted Oct 25, 12:33 a.m. ET
The biennial microbicide conference and the annual vaccine conference are coming together and sharing space for a unified conference on new prevention technologies.
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?
Feeding the Fear of Dying: America's Irrational Response to Ebola Echoes Early Days of AIDS
Drew Gibson, TheBody.com; Posted Oct 24, 4:10 p.m. ET
"We may be afraid of Ebola here in America, but many in West Africa have to deal with fear while trying to stave off starvation. ... Instead of feeding the collective fear we have of Ebola, I urge you to feed someone in need."
Kidney Signal Trouble Worsens Over 5 Years in Japanese on Tenofovir
Mark Mascolini, HIV i-Base; Posted Oct 24, 2:48 p.m. ET
Estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), a signal of kidney function, declined steadily over 5 years in HIV-positive Japanese taking tenofovir (Viread) compared with those taking abacavir (Ziagen). The tenofovir group did worse than the abacavir group by three eGFR measures.
HIV/AIDS Nurses on Ebola: Association Encourages Members to Step Forward as Informed, Educated Sources
Julie "JD" Davids, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Oct 24, 2:38 p.m. ET
Global AIDS nurses group urges members to be "extra perceptive and supportive now," as coverage can trigger traumatic feelings of fear and stigma for people with HIV and providers alike, and to act in solidarity with nurse colleagues in West Africa.
Acting Up for Ebola: International HIV Activists Launch Solidarity Call
Anne-christine d'Adesky, TheBody.com; Posted Oct 23, 3:10 p.m. ET
"We in the HIV movement really have something to offer... The art of how to have indignity and shared righteousness, where we come together across movements. It's already late, but now's the time."
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Viral Rebound Is Significantly Delayed Among Some Who Interrupt HIV Treatment
Myles Helfand, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Oct 23, 10:15 a.m. ET
Is taking a month or two off from antiretroviral therapy truly such a bad thing? If new research presented at IDWeek 2014 is any indication, the argument for or against HIV treatment interruptions may be more nuanced than we thought.
Should I Get a Flu Shot? Flu Vaccine Advice for People Living With HIV
Olivia Ford, TheBody.com; Posted Oct 23, 9:01 a.m. ET
If you're living with HIV, you might have a lot of question around your annual flu shot. We've got all your answers here.
Factors Associated With 10 Years of Continuous Viral Load Suppression on HIV Treatment
Theo Smart, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Oct 22, 3:39 p.m. ET
There is no magic formula for achieving at least 10 years of continuous viral load suppression in people living with HIV, however, a poster presented at IDWeek 2014 shows several factors that may be associated with continuous viral load suppression.
Intensive Intervention Re-Engages Patients Lost to Care in Inner-City Philadelphia Clinic
Theo Smart, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Oct 22, 3:32 p.m. ET
Actively identifying patients living with HIV who have been lost to care and then implementing a brief, focused, patient-oriented bundled intervention in two dedicated office visits improved re-engagement in HIV care at a large urban HIV clinic in Philadelphia.
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