Benefits and Pitfalls to HIV Home Testing
Emily Newman, BETA; Posted Nov 25, 2:29 p.m. ET
Health providers agree that HIV home tests are an important tool that can help curb the spread of HIV, but raise concerns about their use in some settings. Home tests can extend the reach of HIV testing services, but may also increase the fear and distrust that surrounds sex and HIV.
Sex Workers in Nigeria Need PrEP!
Narah, HIVE; Posted Nov 25, 2:06 p.m. ET
"The zeal I have for sex workers is peaked because I am a sex worker," explains Narah. "We need PrEP as sex workers in our country because most of our members are dying just because they have no knowledge about PrEP."
Lessons Learned From a Public Health Clinic Serving Sex Workers in Amsterdam
Yamini Oseguera-Bhatnagar, HIVE; Posted Nov 25, 2:00 p.m. ET
Meet Annelies, a skilled nurse, heartfelt counselor and passionate advocate who is working hard to keep sex workers in Amsterdam healthy and safe.
Cervical Lesions in Women With HIV May Point to Developing Anal Cancer
The Center for AIDS; Posted Nov 25, 12:56 p.m. ET
HIV-positive women who had precancerous cervical lesions (damaged tissue) in the past had a four times greater chance of precancerous anal lesions, according to a large French study. Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection can cause both cervical and anal lesions, but HIV-positive women are not always checked for anal lesions.
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?
U.S. HIV Group Spends 25% of Time With High Viral Load
The Center for AIDS; Posted Nov 25, 12:51 p.m. ET
More than 14,500 people in care in six U.S. clinics spent one quarter of their time with a viral load above 1500 copies. A viral load that high raises chances of transmitting HIV to a sex partner and threatens the HIV-positive person's health.
Giving Thanks for Where I Am and What I Have Become
Tim Hinkhouse, TheBody.com; Posted Nov 25, 11:48 a.m. ET
As the late year holidays spur reflection, Tim shares his "upsides" in prison and his gratitude for being able to share his story.
Can People With HIV Eat Sushi?: Your HIV and Diet Questions Answered
Joanna Eveland, M.D., BETA; Posted Nov 25, 12:33 a.m. ET
Eating the right kinds of food and maintaining a balanced diet are key to maintaining overall health. For people with HIV, the association between nutrition and health is even more pronounced.
What Would You Ask the Next U.S. President About HIV?
TheBody.com; Posted Nov 24, 10:45 p.m. ET
The U.S. presidential race around the corner. What do people with HIV, providers and advocates want to ask the candidates about HIV?
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For HIV, 'Come Back When You're More Sick' Treatment Policies Cost Money and Lives
Amirah Sequeira , TheBody.com; Posted Nov 24, 10:44 p.m. ET
Why do 183 countries lack immediate HIV treatment access policies that would improve the health of people with HIV and effectively prevent HIV transmission?
The Only One in the Room: Rod McCullom on Covering HIV and Science as a Black Gay Journalist
JD Davids, TheBody.com; Posted Nov 24, 10:42 p.m. ET
In his long career, Rod McCullom has often been the only person of color in the room-- and almost always the only gay black man. As he became a Knight Science Journalism fellow, he paused to reflect on what he's learned.
Reflect and Refocus With HIV
Lynda Arnold, TheBody.com; Posted Nov 24, 10:11 p.m. ET
Back from a week-long HIV cruise, Lynda Arnold began to question if we did enough to teach the younger generation, and shares the struggles of living with HIV-related dementia.
For HIV and Addiction, the Time to Act Is Now
David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., TheBody.com; Posted Nov 24, 10:10 p.m. ET
On World AIDS Day, David Fawcett reminds us that addiction is not a moral issue -- it is a medical problem, one that directly impacts our ability to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
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