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The Terrifying Crystal Meth Story I Have Never Told

Mark S. King, MyFabulousDisease.com; Posted Aug 22, 1:12 p.m. ET

"When my guard is down, it comes to me. It flashes across my mind, an uninvited assault ... the dark memory rushes in like a raid."

Views From the Front Lines: Getting to Undetectable

Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Aug 22, 12:30 p.m. ET

Three service providers relate their views and insights on the challenges facing their clients in getting an undetectable viral load.

10 Common Fears About HIV Transmission

Roger Pebody, TheBody.com; Posted Aug 22, 11:33 a.m. ET

We've received tens of thousands of questions from people agonizing over HIV exposure. Uncertainty can be terrifying -- but many common fears don't pose HIV risk.

Map: HIV Criminalization in the United States

The Center for HIV Law and Policy; Posted Aug 21, 2:20 p.m. ET

This infographic provides an overview of both the variety and prevalience of laws used to prosecute and punish people living with HIV in the U.S.

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?

 

MK-8591: Further Compelling Early Results for Both Treatment and Prevention

Simon Collins, HIV i-Base; Posted Aug 21, 1:41 p.m. ET

Two interesting early studies on the investigational NRTI MK-8591 (EFdA) were presented at IAS 2017. This compound is notable for a very high potency, a long-half life and the potential for use both as HIV treatment and for HIV prevention.

The Curse That Has Many Blessings

Shelia Crockett, Positive Women's Network of the United States of America; Posted Aug 21, 1:13 p.m. ET

"Some wouldn't want to be in this place right now and have this disease but not me, because it's my starting point in life," Shelia Crockett writes.

A Good Summer: Still Undetectable, and My Biological Family Wants to Be a Part of My Life

Tim Hinkhouse, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Aug 21, 12:33 p.m. ET

Tim is happy to have recently found his birth mom, who knows he is HIV positive and printed out all of his blog entries "to see how he writes."

Cancer Causes 10% of Deaths Among People With HIV in U.S., Canada

Mark Mascolini, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Aug 21, 12:04 p.m. ET

A massive National Cancer Institute analysis found cancer deaths to be common -- and rising -- among HIV-positive North Americans from 1995 to 2009.

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.

 

PleasePrEPMe.org and Project Inform Launch New PrEP Navigation Manual in California

Alan McCord, Project Inform; Posted Aug 18, 1:22 p.m. ET

"Helping People Access PrEP: A Frontline Provider Manual on PrEP Research, Care and Navigation" provides a wide range of information to aid the daily work that frontline staff engage in to support PrEP access and adherence.

Imprisoned HIV Activist Creates Beauty Behind Bars

Victoria Law, TheBody.com; Posted Aug 18, 12:53 p.m. ET

There was a time when Brian Carmichael saw a piece of metal and thought, "Man, that would make a mean knife." Now, he spots discarded cardboard and thinks, "Man, I could make a really beautiful vase out of that."

Comment on CDC Correcting Misleading HIV Conception Guidance, Responding to Community Pressure

TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Aug 18, 12:24 p.m. ET

"We were, frankly, shocked and appalled to see a CDC guidance rife with outdated and misleading information that implied otherwise," JD Davids states. "Today, CDC has not only corrected these errors but also released an updated analysis that shows respect for both the strength of the data and for people living with HIV."

HIV Tied to Greater Erectile Dysfunction Among Men Over 45

Roger Pebody, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Aug 18, 11:49 a.m. ET

A Dutch cohort study of men who have sex with men (MSM) over the age of 45 finds that HIV infection and lopinavir/ritonavir use each are independently associated with decreased erectile function.


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