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Ten Things You May Not Know About Condoms

Roger Pebody, TheBody.com; Posted Jan 17, 6:26 p.m. ET

If used correctly, condoms can do some things that alternative methods of HIV prevention can't, such as preventing pregnancy and a range of STIs, and new, improved types are in the pipeline.

As New Adminstration Takes Over, This Young Blogger Is Tracking Trump Health Effects

JD Davids, TheBody.com; Posted Jan 17, 3:19 p.m. ET

Meet Hope Arcuri.

Press Ban at National PrEP Summit Was a Bad Idea for HIV Community

Heather Boerner, JD Davids and Warren Tong, TheBody.com; Posted Jan 17, 2:41 p.m. ET

Some HIV journalists got a nasty surprise recently when they attempted to register for NMAC's National HIV PrEP Summit.

Daring Greatly: It's Time for a Reset

Kim Johnson, M.D., National Minority AIDS Council; Posted Jan 17, 2:03 p.m. ET

"We must focus on finding paths forward," Kim Johnson, M.D., writes. "No matter who is in the White House or in charge on the Hill, we must always put our mission first."

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?

 

Hepatitis C Awareness for Gay Men

Andrew Reynolds, Test Positive Aware Network; Posted Jan 17, 12:26 p.m. ET

A basic overview of HCV testing, prevention and treatment that is specific for gay men, using information from current research and recommendations.

With HIV, It's Easy to Impose Beliefs on Others Instead of Offering Compassion, Care and Inclusion

Harold R. "Scottie" Scott, TheBody.com; Posted Jan 16, 1:12 p.m. ET

"I have found through my own experience that religious groups ... have failed to offer compassion, care and inclusion to those of us living with HIV/AIDS," Harold Scott writes.

Black Voices: A Reflection of Service on MLK Day

Pavni Guharoy, AIDS.gov; Posted Jan 16, 12:49 p.m. ET

For AIDS.gov's Black Voices bloggers, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a day to reflect on how they can be an asset to their community.

Exploring Viral Suppression Rates Among Some Indigenous People Who Started ART

Sean R. Hosein, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Jan 16, 12:20 p.m. ET

Researchers in Canada found that indigenous people were less likely to achieve an undetectable viral load during their first year of using ART.

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.

 

Join Me in Fighting for Racial Justice!

Kathleen G., Positive Women's Network of the United States of America; Posted Jan 15, 12:45 p.m. ET

PWN-USA is organizing a series of webinars on dismantling racism. Register for the introductory webinar taking place on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

Desiring Intimacy After an HIV Diagnosis, in a Time More Naked Than Sexy

Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad, TheBody.com; Posted Jan 14, 1:51 p.m. ET

"It was so liberating when I rediscovered how to be intimate after my HIV diagnosis," Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad writes. "I remember looking at someone I found attractive and daring to flirt again."

Michael Johnson's HIV Criminalization Trial: Reversal, Reactions, New Developments, Next Steps

Olivia G. Ford, TheBody.com; Posted Jan 14, 1:35 p.m. ET

Despite resistance from the state where he is incarcerated, former college student and star athlete Michael Johnson may soon have another chance at justice. Get the latest legal and community reports.

The HIV Generation Gap: Enlarging the Room for Young Black Voices While Keeping Everyone in the Conversation

George M. Johnson, TheBody.com; Posted Jan 13, 5:06 p.m. ET

"30 years from now, I too could be in the position of feeling left out of a discussion among people I fought so hard to get into the room," says George M. Johnson.


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