Why I Refused, Then Later Embraced, HIV Treatment
Josh Kruger, TheBody.com; Posted Sep 29, 6:18 p.m. ET
For Josh Kruger, fear was a big factor in his decision to delay treatment. Does fear play a part in your HIV med adherence?
New FDA HIV Drug Approvals Unlikely to Have Much Impact, Unless ...
Paul E. Sax, M.D., Journal Watch; Posted Sep 29, 5:38 p.m. ET
"If you're wondering what the big deal is [about the approvals of stand-alone cobicistat and elvitegravir], welcome to the club," Paul Sax, M.D., writes.
The Miracles That Come After an HIV Diagnosis
Erin Wanjira, TheBody.com; Posted Sep 29, 4:52 p.m. ET
In the midst of depression and a violent relationship, Erin was diagnosed with HIV and found her way out.
Higher ART Coverage Is Associated With Lower HIV Infection Rates in a Multi-Country Analysis
Polly Clayden, HIV i-Base; Posted Sep 29, 2:41 p.m. ET
If all low- and middle-income countries had achieved the same level of antiretroviral treatment (ART) coverage as Botswana in 2012, 65% of new HIV infections and 70% of HIV-related deaths could have been prevented -- according to an analysis presented at AIDS 2014.
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?
The Loss of Friends and Colleagues From Flight MH17
Polly Clayden and Simon Collins, HIV i-Base; Posted Sep 29, 2:38 p.m. ET
Like so many people at the AIDS 2014 conference and beyond we [at HIV i-Base] were jolted with sadness when we heard the appalling news of the six delegates who were killed on flight MH 17.
#PWNSpeaks (Went, Broke Down and Then Got Uplifted)
Maria T. Mejia, TheBody.com; Posted Sep 29, 12:27 p.m. ET
Blogger Maria Mejia recounts her experience at a herstoric national leadership summit for women living with HIV.
I am a Survivor of Intimate Partner Violence
Aaron Laxton, TheBody.com; Posted Sep 26, 3:41 p.m. ET
I am an award-winning International HIV/AIDS activist. I am a social worker, a writer. What I want you to know however is that I am also a survivor of intimate partner violence (IPV).
The Condom Conundrum: What Good Are They Anyway?
Dave R., TheBody.com; Posted Sep 26, 3:02 p.m. ET
"This is not a call for the abandonment of rubbers in favour of uninhibited sex. It's an attempt to place condoms in the context of a world where sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are out to get us at every turn."
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San Francisco Public Official Scott Wiener Announces He Is on Truvada for HIV Prevention
Josh Kruger, TheBody.com; Posted Sep 26, 1:52 p.m. ET
The first public official to come out as being on PrEP is from San Francisco, and he wants to erase the stigma associated with the prevention pill.
For HIV/HCV Coinfected Patients, 3D With Ribavirin Highly Effective
Theo Smart, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Sep 26, 10:57 a.m. ET
For patients living with both HIV and hepatitis C, an oral regimen of 3D plus ribavirin for 12 weeks was effective in almost 94% of patients, with good tolerability and few side effects.
To Help Puerto Ricans Who Inject Drugs, We Must Speak Their Language
Mathew Rodriguez, TheBody.com; Posted Sep 26, 10:43 a.m. ET
How can we better meet the HIV prevention needs of Puerto Ricans who inject drugs? Two advocates lay out the rocky road ahead.
When Starting HIV Treatment Is a Merry-Go-Round of Pills
Sleepless in Brazil, TheBody.com; Posted Sep 26, 10:16 a.m. ET
How many meds did you have to go through until you got just the right regimen?
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