How to Make HIV "Take Up Knitting"
Myles Helfand, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Apr 18, 3:15 p.m. ET
Much of the research on finding an HIV cure has focused on pulling HIV out of its hiding spots within the body. But what if we could alter a person's cells to prevent HIV from even reaching those hiding spots?
PrEP's Unexpected Gifts: A Q&A With Adam Zeboski
BETA; Posted Apr 16, 3:00 p.m. ET
When 26-year-old Adam Zeboski started PrEP, he knew it would change his routine -- but he didn't know it would also change his activism. He's now a PrEP activist who champions gay men's empowerment.
Addressing the Issues of Women, HIV and Violence Together, Today and Every Day
Melissa Donze, AIDS United; Posted Apr 16, 1:00 p.m. ET
When we talk about the women's health, talking about HIV alone is never enough -- especially when women living with HIV are extremely vulnerable to violence.
Ben B., TheBody.com; Posted Apr 14, 5:10 p.m. ET
"That's where I'm at right now, people: completely wowed by those of us who can wear their status on their sleeves, for the greater good. I long for that, even though currently coming out of that closet terrifies me."
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?
So Many Conditions, So Many Drugs
Stephanie Lynch, R.P.H., and Alice Tseng, Pharm.D., Positively Aware; Posted Apr 14, 3:00 p.m. ET
With more complications come more pills, vitamins and supplements -- and more potential for dangerous interactions.
One-a-Day HIV Treatments: How Do They Compare? (Infographic)
TheBody.com; Posted Apr 14, 1:58 p.m. ET
Just one pill a day to control HIV? This once-fanciful idea became a reality in 2006, when Atripla was approved as the first single-tablet HIV medication regimen in the U.S. A single-tablet regimen (STR) contains meds from different drug classes and is a complete day's HIV meds in one pill.
Movies That Can Fuel Stigma and Ignorance
Maria T. Mejia, The Well Project; Posted Apr 11, 5:00 p.m. ET
"A 17-year-old girl living in the USA told me that I inspired her to get tested and she wanted to know if HIV was in fluids as well. My jaw dropped!"
Why I Started Supporting PrEP
Lisa Fitzpatrick, M.D., M.P.H., TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Apr 11, 3:00 p.m. ET
Lisa Fitzpatrick, M.D., M.P.H, describes how her interaction with a newly diagnosed person living with HIV led to a reversal of opinion on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).
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Motherhood and HIV -- the Laughter, the Fears and the Hopes of HIV-Positive Moms
TheBody.com; Posted Apr 11, 1:00 p.m. ET
We know that having a child while living with HIV is easier than ever. However, for everything that comes after childbirth, like raising a child or disclosing to a child, look to the advice of these HIV-positive moms.
Both Sides Now: Caring for an HIV-Negative Partner
Bob Leahy, TheBody.com; Posted Apr 9, 5:00 p.m. ET
"Prostate cancer after all is more often than not eminently treatable -- but I've felt uncomfortable about issues involving mortality (mine and his) for decades."
Starting HIV Treatment Amidst Anger and Depression
Greg Freeman, TheBody.com; Posted Apr 9, 3:00 p.m. ET
How do you start HIV treatment when all you feel after a diagnosis is anger? For Greg Freeman, you start with one of the finest doctors in Sydney and a desire to control your health.
Looking Forward in Hepatitis C Treatment, With Trepidation
Terri Wilder, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Apr 9, 1:00 p.m. ET
We may be at a dramatic turning point in our efforts to wipe out hepatitis C forever. "But we have to figure out how to bring the cure to the people," warns advocate Tracy Swan.
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