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Antiretroviral Neurotoxicity May Cause Cognitive Problems

Barbara Jungwirth, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Jan 27, 12:34 a.m. ET

"There is compelling evidence that antiretroviral drugs are potentially toxic to neuronal cells," which may be "setting up the conditions for chronic inflammation common to many neurodegenerative diseases, including HIV-associated cognitive dysfunction," according to a recent study.

Making a Video Game About HIV

Warren Tong, TheBody.com; Posted Jan 27, 12:09 a.m. ET

TheBody.com spoke with Ilya Polyakov and Stephen Borden, two of the game developers for I'm Positive, to learn about the inspiration behind the game and plans for its future.

I Have Hepatitis C. What Are My Treatment Options?

Project Inform; Posted Jan 26, 11:51 p.m. ET

As the options for treating hepatitis C (HCV) increase, so too does the confusion about who should take what. Project Inform tweaked a top doc's presentation to create a snapshot of the available choices to help with the decision-making.

Statins: Overall Many Benefits and a Few Risks

Sean R. Hosein, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Jan 26, 4:01 p.m. ET

As a result of their inhibition of cholesterol manufactured within a cell, and possibly other actions at the molecular level, statins have been found to reduce the risk for heart attacks and other cardiovascular complications in several clinical trials in HIV-negative people.

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?

 

General Risk Factors for Premature Births

Sean R. Hosein, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Jan 26, 4:00 p.m. ET

All of the factors that cause women to deliver babies prematurely are not known, but here are some that can increase the risk for giving birth prematurely.

The Cost of Long-Term Survival

Enid Vázquez, Test Positive Aware Network; Posted Jan 26, 3:59 p.m. ET

Many long-term survivors hear that HIV is no longer a big deal, but are also the first generation navigating getting older with HIV.

Transformation

Maria T. Mejia, The Well Project; Posted Jan 26, 1:10 p.m. ET

"This is the physical transformation I had," blogger and advocate Maria Mejia writes, sharing snapshots ranging from her challenging childhood, through her HIV diagnosis as a teenager in a gang, to the woman she has become.

Back on the HIV Juice, and More Updates From Texas

Brooke Davidoff, TheBody.com; Posted Jan 26, 1:03 p.m. ET

Blogger Brooke Davidoff has a new doc, is back on HIV meds and is settling with her family into a new home; she shares updates from their first round of holidays in the Lone Star State.

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.

 

Antiretroviral Therapy During Pregnancy Found Safe for Babies' Hearts

Sean R. Hosein, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Jan 25, 2:23 p.m. ET

One recent study found no evidence of toxicity to the heart in children born to HIV-positive mothers who used antiretroviral therapy during pregnancy.

Exercise's Potential Impact on Inflammation and Mood

Sean R. Hosein, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Jan 25, 2:23 p.m. ET

Researchers at the University of Rome (Italy) and in Atlanta (U.S.) have proposed that one potential method for helping to reduce excess levels of inflammation and dampen immune activation in HIV-positive people is exercise.

Strong Enough to Walk on Through the Night

Test Positive Aware Network; Posted Jan 25, 2:22 p.m. ET

After a one-year-to-live diagnosis on April Fool's Day 1984, one writer discusses his foray into getting better -- and how mental health care was a big part of that.

To Russia (and Eastern Europe and Central Asia), With Love

Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D., TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Jan 23, 4:32 p.m. ET

This month, IAPAC is pleased to announce the launch of a Russian language version of myHIVclinic.org. Since its launch, myHIVclinic.org has reached tens of thousands of busy HIV care providers in hundreds of countries in English, Spanish and French.


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