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Insight Into HIV Transmission Risk When the Viral Load Is Undetectable and No Condom Is Used

James Wilton, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Apr 23, 1:00 p.m. ET

If a major study found "zero" cases of HIV transmission among mixed-status couples, why did it also find that the risk was higher than zero?

Why So Anonymous?

Ben B., TheBody.com; Posted Apr 21, 5:01 p.m. ET

"Being an '80s kid/'90s teen means that my value system is dictated by how I was indoctrinated. Namely, that HIV is the very worst thing you could ever get."

HIV in the Blood and Gut: Exploring the Differences

Jeffrey Laurence, M.D., amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research; Posted Apr 21, 3:01 p.m. ET

HIV doesn't treat all parts of the body equally -- a fact that has ramifications not just for the health of people with HIV, but also for our efforts to develop an HIV vaccine, recent research has found.

5 Years After My HIV Diagnosis

David Duran, TheBody.com; Posted Apr 21, 1:00 p.m. ET

David Duran was diagnosed with HIV in April 2009. Here, David recounts the alcohol-filled depression that followed, and the steps he took to dig himself out and find sobriety -- and his own inner strength.

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?

 

How to Make HIV "Take Up Knitting"

Myles Helfand, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Apr 18, 3:15 p.m. ET

Much of the research on finding an HIV cure has focused on pulling HIV out of its hiding spots within the body. But what if we could alter a person's cells to prevent HIV from even reaching those hiding spots?

PrEP's Unexpected Gifts: A Q&A With Adam Zeboski

BETA; Posted Apr 16, 3:00 p.m. ET

When 26-year-old Adam Zeboski started PrEP, he knew it would change his routine -- but he didn't know it would also change his activism. He's now a PrEP activist who champions gay men's empowerment.

Addressing the Issues of Women, HIV and Violence Together, Today and Every Day

Melissa Donze, AIDS United; Posted Apr 16, 1:00 p.m. ET

When we talk about the women's health, talking about HIV alone is never enough -- especially when women living with HIV are extremely vulnerable to violence.

Strength Personified

Ben B., TheBody.com; Posted Apr 14, 5:10 p.m. ET

"That's where I'm at right now, people: completely wowed by those of us who can wear their status on their sleeves, for the greater good. I long for that, even though currently coming out of that closet terrifies me."

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.

 

So Many Conditions, So Many Drugs

Stephanie Lynch, R.P.H., and Alice Tseng, Pharm.D., Positively Aware; Posted Apr 14, 3:00 p.m. ET

With more complications come more pills, vitamins and supplements -- and more potential for dangerous interactions.

One-a-Day HIV Treatments: How Do They Compare? (Infographic)

TheBody.com; Posted Apr 14, 1:58 p.m. ET

Just one pill a day to control HIV? This once-fanciful idea became a reality in 2006, when Atripla was approved as the first single-tablet HIV medication regimen in the U.S. A single-tablet regimen (STR) contains meds from different drug classes and is a complete day's HIV meds in one pill.

Movies That Can Fuel Stigma and Ignorance

Maria T. Mejia, The Well Project; Posted Apr 11, 5:00 p.m. ET

"A 17-year-old girl living in the USA told me that I inspired her to get tested and she wanted to know if HIV was in fluids as well. My jaw dropped!"

Why I Started Supporting PrEP

Lisa Fitzpatrick, M.D., M.P.H., TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Apr 11, 3:00 p.m. ET

Lisa Fitzpatrick, M.D., M.P.H, describes how her interaction with a newly diagnosed person living with HIV led to a reversal of opinion on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).


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