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PrEP Works in Young Men -- But They Might Need Help to Ensure They Take It

Heather Boerner, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Sep 19, 3:57 p.m. ET

Truvada is effective for preventing HIV transmission in teenagers, but high rates of non-adherence mean that the answer for youth HIV risk can't just be biomedical, according to study findings released this month.

Struggle, Self-Love and Survival: Growing Old With HIV

Eric Jannke, AIDS United; Posted Sep 19, 12:52 p.m. ET

"I grew up assuming a lot of things about the world, like there would always be health," Eric Jannke writes. "That was such a deep assumption that I didn't recognize it as one until it went away."

New HIV Diagnoses: Large Improvements in Some Groups Overshadow Results for People and Places Being Left Behind

Richard Wolitski, Ph.D., and Nathan Fecik, M.P.H., HIV.gov; Posted Sep 19, 12:10 p.m. ET

New HIV diagnoses are on the decline in the U.S., but data show that four key populations have been disproportionately affected by HIV and are at increased risk of becoming newly infected with HIV.

Say Goodbye to 'Risk'

Enid Vázquez, Positively Aware; Posted Sep 18, 5:51 p.m. ET

Using the words "at risk" is risky in itself. It has the potential to turn people off -- and away from HIV prevention messages.

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?

 

On National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day, Attention Turns to Growing Number of Elders With HIV

JD Davids, TheBody.com; Posted Sep 18, 3:40 p.m. ET

More than one in four people with HIV in the U.S. is over 55, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Today marks the annual event focusing attention on the opportunities and hurdles faced year-round by people aging with HIV.

HIV Self-Test Helps ID 'Hidden People' With HIV Across the Globe, but Questions Remain

Sony Salzman, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Sep 18, 2:17 p.m. ET

OraQuick use is being scaled up across the globe -- but, as with any new technology, some experts are worried about possible implications of a rollout in Africa, Asia and other less-wealthy regions where HIV is a major public health crisis.

The Silence, and Death, Around Haitian Americans and HIV

Shani Akilah Robin, TheBody.com; Posted Sep 15, 1:40 p.m. ET

"Sometimes the vulnerabilities we see in each other scare us because we know that it could be us," Shani Akilah Robin writes. "The response to this cannot be distance. We desperately need to walk toward each other."

This Week in HIV Research: 'Massive Loss of Life'

Barbara Jungwirth and Myles Helfand, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Sep 15, 1:17 p.m. ET

Among this week's collection of four study summaries are data indicating that reducing U.S. foreign aid for HIV-fighting efforts is a really bad idea, no matter which way you cut it.

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.

 

PrEP Reduces Risk of HIV Infection Among Teen Males

National Institues of Health; Posted Sep 15, 12:56 p.m. ET

A National Institutes of Health study suggests pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) therapy, approved for adults, is safe for youth.

Self-Acceptance in the Face of Addiction and HIV

Jason Arsenault, Positively Aware; Posted Sep 15, 11:28 a.m. ET

Jason Arsenault's quest to battle addiction, stigma and shame has given him a renewed sense of hope, and unexpectedly shaped his career path.

Federal Leaders Work Together to Get the Word Out About Research Showing Viral Suppression Prevents HIV Transmission

Richard Wolitski, Ph.D., HIV.gov; Posted Sep 15, 9:32 a.m. ET

Even though there were few sessions at the U.S. Conference on AIDS dedicated specifically to treatment as prevention, there were discussions going on everywhere about it.

Five Ways to Take Control of Your Love Life

Nick Villarreal and Beto Soberanis, AIDS Foundation of Chicago; Posted Sep 14, 3:32 p.m. ET

Learning to talk about sex and navigate HIV helps you take the reins of your sex life and your sexual health.


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