HIV Activists, Organizations Call for Less-Stigmatizing Language
Althea Fung, TheBody.com; Posted Feb 12, 7:28 p.m. ET
Dear society: Don't say "HIV-infected person," say "person living with HIV." And stop saying "full-blown AIDS" -- there is no such medical phrase. These suggestions, and many more, are part of a new effort by activists to change the way people talk about HIV.
This Week in HIV Research: HIV Criminalization Laws May Increase Condomless Sex
Warren Tong, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Feb 12, 9:17 a.m. ET
This week, we read a study looking at how perception of HIV criminalization laws affects rates of condomless sex. We also look at a study that shows states with higher spending on social and public health services have lower rates of HIV and AIDS-related deaths.
Love Doesn't Just Happen One Day a Year, Celebrate It Every Day
Tim Hinkhouse, TheBody.com; Posted Feb 11, 4:18 p.m. ET
As single man, Tim Hinkhouse has some advice for couples, "Loving gestures can happen every day. Do the dishes. Say please and thank you. Take out the garbage. See, it is the little things that affect people the most!"
What #BlackLivesMatter Means for Health Department HIV Programs
Justin T. Rush, National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors; Posted Feb 11, 3:32 p.m. ET
"I could try to assuage you into feeling better about your lack of consciousness, but while I'm doing that another Black gay man is seroconverting," writes Justin T. Rush.
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?
Does Tenofovir (TDF) Cause Liver Injury?
Sean R. Hosein, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Feb 11, 3:02 p.m. ET
Researchers found an unexpected association between the use of tenofovir (TDF, Viread) and end-stage liver disease (ESLD) or liver cancer. The association was found even in participants who did not have viral hepatitis infection.
Zepatier: Frequently Asked Questions
Project Inform; Posted Feb 11, 1:52 p.m. ET
This fact sheet will help you understand the newest hepatitis C treatment, how it works and if it is the right medication for you.
Rethinking Safer Sex: PrEP
Lambda Legal; Posted Feb 11, 12:56 p.m. ET
"Although PrEP is a game changer, uptake has been slow for a variety of reasons," writes Lambda Legal. "A third of U.S. primary care doctors have never heard of PrEP, let alone prescribe it."
Dolutegravir: Interaction With Atazanavir During Pregnancy
Sean R. Hosein, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Feb 11, 12:35 p.m. ET
Doctors in France have reported the use of dolutegravir (Tivicay) to intensify therapy in an HIV-positive pregnant woman. The baby was born prematurely and does not appear to be infected with HIV.
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Jeff Berry, Test Positive Aware Network; Posted Feb 11, 12:19 p.m. ET
Television's Scandal and Grey's Anatomy star Kate Burtion builds on the legacy of her stepmother, Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor, as an ambassador for the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.
For Those Newly Diagnosed With HIV, What Would a Doula Do?
Victoria Law, TheBody.com; Posted Feb 10, 4:22 p.m. ET
Doulas support people during births, deaths, abortions, gender transitions and other significant life events. What if doulas were available to support people living with HIV, particularly when they are newly diagnosed?
The Epidemic Among Black Women Requires More Than Rhetoric
Vanessa Johnson and Waheedah Shabazz-El, Positive Women's Network of the United States of America; Posted Feb 10, 3:24 p.m. ET
The epidemic will end by confronting the underlying conditions which enable HIV to thrive, such as racism and poverty, says PWN USA, which urges the U.S. to uphold the health, rights and dignity of black women with HIV.
A False-Positive HIV Test Result Turned Me Into a PrEP Evangelist
John Byrne, TheBody.com; Posted Feb 10, 2:57 p.m. ET
For some, a false-positive HIV test is miraculous news. For Byrne, a false-positive test while on PrEP and discussions with two longtime activists made him a committed prevention advocate.
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