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Health Insurance Companies Are the Biggest Impediment to PEP and PrEP for HIV Prevention

Howard Grossman, M.D., TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Sep 12, 3:57 p.m. ET

What will it take to force the insurance industry to treat HIV prevention as the emergency it is, and to stop creating systems that promote increased infections?

Open That Closet Door Fashion Show 2014

Justin B. Terry-Smith, TheBody.com; Posted Sep 12, 3:10 p.m. ET

In this fashion show, all the models have been affected by HIV/AIDS in some way.

COPD May Be Common and Underdiagnosed in People Living With HIV

Theo Smart, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Sep 12, 2:39 p.m. ET

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) was found in 9% of people living with HIV in a large French cohort -- and 77% of the cases were previously undiagnosed.

Exercise and the Brain

Sean R. Hosein, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Sep 12, 1:52 p.m. ET

Is there a link between exercising regularly and good brain function for people living with HIV?

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?

 

Conservative Think Tank Takes a Tactic From the AIDS Activist Playbook on Drug Approval Process

Sue Saltmarsh, TheBody.com; Posted Sep 12, 9:33 a.m. ET

"The set-up here is that the FDA is the barrier to early access to new meds. This isn't the case; the agency approves the vast majority of expanded access requests it receives."

Risk of MRSA High Among People Living With HIV

Barbara Jungwirth, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Sep 11, 3:20 p.m. ET

People living with HIV may be 6 to 18 times more likely to contract MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), according to a recent study.

Source of Common HIV Fungal Infection Found in Southern California, With Middle Schooler’s Help

Barbara Jungwirth, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Sep 11, 3:02 p.m. ET

Researchers take to the trees seeking the source of an outbreak of a potentially life-threatening fungal infection among HIV-positive people in South California.

AIDS Free Generation

Brian Ledford, TheBody.com; Posted Sep 11, 1:52 p.m. ET

Many of us bloggers, activists, and health care providers would like to see this happen and I believe it can be achieved, but it is going to take a lot of hard work on everyone's part to make this dream a reality.

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.

 

Hepatitis C Risk Among HIV-Negative Gay Men: Two Studies From ICAAC 2014

Theo Smart, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Sep 11, 8:12 a.m. ET

Two studies examine the often overlooked hepatitis C (HCV) risk among HIV-negative men who have sex with men (MSM). While the incidence of HCV doesn’t appear to be great, screening is still uncommon and we may just be beginning to identify new cases.

Tell Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson HIV Is Not God's Punishment!

National Minority AIDS Council; Posted Sep 10, 6:03 p.m. ET

"Phil Robertson, the Duck Dynasty patriarch and self-proclaimed crusader for Christ, is at it again," National Minority AIDS Council writes in this call to action. "Mr. Robertson told Family Research Council's Tony Perkins that sexually transmitted infections are God's punishment for gays."

Transgender Women Living With HIV: New Study on Relationships Reflects Widespread Challenges, Reinforces Why Policies Must Change

Katherine Moriarty, TheBody.com; Posted Sep 10, 3:59 p.m. ET

Study finds that, for transgender women and their partners alike, financial hardship, discrimination and stigma were associated with depression.

A "Bad Year" for HIV Cure Research? Experts Mix Realism and Hope

Myles Helfand and Warren Tong, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Sep 10, 11:44 a.m. ET

At a major gathering of infectious disease experts, we heard speeches and spoke with leading HIV researchers about their evolving feelings regarding our fraught pathway toward a cure and the efforts currently underway to get us there.


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