WHO Decision to Recommend Treatment for All With HIV an Easy One -- Now Comes the Hard Part
Paul E. Sax, M.D., Journal Watch; Posted Oct 3, 4:11 p.m. ET
"These updated guidelines say that all should be treated soon after diagnosis, regardless of CD4 cell count or whether they have symptoms. [...] The challenge, of course, is putting the "treat-all" policy into action," writes Paul Sax, M.D.
HIV Research Preview for IDWeek 2015
Warren Tong, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Oct 3, 3:20 p.m. ET
Here's a look at some of the noteworthy HIV research being presented at IDWeek 2015 in San Diego from Oct. 7 to 11.
WAVES Study Shows HIV Treatment Efficacy Differs Between Women and Men
Sony Salzman, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Oct 2, 3:03 p.m. ET
An all-female group of patients might respond slightly differently to HIV treatment regimens than a mostly male population, according to the Women AntiretroViral Efficacy and Safety (WAVES) study.
Recovering From Meth, Rebuilding a Sex Life
Mark S. King, MyFabulousDisease.com; Posted Oct 2, 1:47 p.m. ET
Mark S. King recognized himself on page after page of a new book on gay men and crystal meth, including the fusing of sexuality and addiction, stumbling blocks of recovery and the deep shame that haunts active addiction and the recovery process.
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?
Rejecting Good Science on PrEP: Why Does It Happen?
Emily Newman, BETA; Posted Oct 2, 12:28 p.m. ET
Dr. Eugenie Scott shares theories about science denialism that could explain why people reject PrEP, as well as vaccines and climate change data.
With the Public Attuned to Drug Pricing, Advocates Request Affordable Rate for New HIV Drug
Jennifer Avril Johnson, TheBody.com; Posted Oct 2, 12:05 p.m. ET
The Fair Pricing Coalition says that patients, insurers and public programs shouldn't have to pay higher costs for a next-generation HIV treatment could make combination therapy less toxic.
This Week in HIV Research: New Proteins Target and Inhibit HIV; Fat Tissue Contains HIV Reservoir; PEP for Gay Men; and More
Warren Tong, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Oct 2, 11:22 a.m. ET
This week we read about a newly developed protein that can target and bind HIV to killer T cells, as well as another protein that can block HIV from infecting other cells.
Guideline on When to Start Antiretroviral Therapy and on Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV
World Health Organization; Posted Oct 1, 11:42 p.m. ET
There are two key recommendations in this 2015 update. First, everyone living with HIV, regardless of CD4 count, should begin treatment immediately. Second, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is recommended as a prevention choice for people at substantial risk.
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CDC Supports New WHO Early Release HIV Treatment and PrEP Guidelines
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Posted Oct 1, 11:37 p.m. ET
The new guidelines will significantly increase the number of people eligible for life-saving antiretroviral therapy and expand access to a powerful tool for preventing HIV among those at greatest risk.
Five Reasons Why HIV Infections in Australia Aren't Falling
Bridget Haire, The Conversation; Posted Oct 1, 4:11 p.m. ET
Despite high-profile health promotion campaigns and a concerted effort to make antiretroviral therapy more accessible for people with HIV, the number of new HIV cases in Australia has remained relatively stable over the last three years.
Cancer Drug Promises to Break Down Barrier to HIV Cure
Nicola McCaskill and Sasha Petrova, The Conversation; Posted Oct 1, 4:07 p.m. ET
Researchers have found a promising way of kicking HIV out of its hiding place in infected cells, potentially removing the main obstacle to curing HIV.
Should I Switch HIV Medications? Advice From Experts
Olivia Ford, TheBody.com; Posted Oct 1, 10:02 a.m. ET
The relationship between a person with HIV and their life-preserving medications has been called "the dance of a lifetime." But what if you want to switch partners, or take a break from the daily dance routine? TheBody's experts answer pressing questions from our treatment experienced readers.
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