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Erasing Black AIDS Histories

Ted Kerr, The New Inquiry; Posted Feb 9, 3:52 p.m. ET

With chants and decals broadcasting the message "Stop Erasing Black People," the Tacoma Action Collective protested the "Art AIDS America" exhibition, demanding greater black representation for its national tour.

HIV Stigma as a Public Health Issue: Increasing Employment Opportunities for Those Living With HIV

Allison Nichol, The Center for HIV Law and Policy; Posted Feb 9, 3:06 p.m. ET

"At a time when so many people with HIV can and desire to re-attach or remain attached to the workforce," writes Allison Nichol, "a fundamental understanding of the rights and responsibilities of those with HIV and their employers is more important than ever."

Saying Structural Violence Impedes HIV Care for Black Gay Men, Advocates Urge a Broader Approach

Barbara Jungwirth, TheBody.com; Posted Feb 9, 1:31 p.m. ET

If it's structural violence -- the subtle social structures that harm vulnerable communities -- that keeps black gay men (BGM) from HIV care, it may take arts, culture and social justice movements to close the gap.

A Study From Paris About Switching to Dolutegravir Monotherapy

Sean R. Hosein, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Feb 9, 12:32 p.m. ET

Doctors in Paris conducted a study whereby participants whose current regimen resulted in an undetectable viral load in their blood (less than 50 copies/mL) could be switched to dolutegravir once daily. For the first 12 weeks of the study, all participants maintained an undetectable viral load.

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?

 

A Study From Barcelona About Switching to Dolutegravir Monotherapy

Sean R. Hosein, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Feb 9, 12:31 p.m. ET

After 24 weeks of dolutegravir monotherapy, 32 out of 33 study participants (97%) maintained an undetectable viral load. There were no significant changes in CD4 cell counts.

Frog Legs Aren't Chicken and Zika Isn't HIV

Althea Fung, TheBody.com; Posted Feb 8, 6:40 p.m. ET

"People fear what they don't know, and the media does a piss poor job of explaining it all," Fung says. But Zika is definitely not like HIV.

Zika Virus and HIV/AIDS: Similarities and Differences

Warren Tong, TheBody.com; Posted Feb 8, 4:34 p.m. ET

If you've been following the news, no doubt you've heard about the current Zika outbreak, which has been drawing comparisons to the HIV pandemic. So, what is Zika, and how does it compare with HIV?

Montreal Researchers Plan to Explore Dolutegravir's Effect on the HIV Reservoir

Sean R. Hosein, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Feb 8, 1:39 p.m. ET

Researchers in Montreal have designed experiments that will use dolutegravir as a probe in order to try to better understand if this drug might have an effect on the HIV reservoir.

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.

 

Caution Needed When Interpreting the Results of Simplification Studies

Sean R. Hosein, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Feb 8, 11:35 a.m. ET

Because dolutegravir (Tivicay) is so powerful, some researchers are seeking to test this drug in simplification studies. In such studies, regimens are simplified from the usual four or three drugs to two or even one drug alone.

CDC Statement on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Jonathan H. Mermin, M.D., M.P.H., and Eugene McCray, M.D., U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Posted Feb 5, 2:16 p.m. ET

The theme of this year's NBHAAD on Feb. 7 is "I Am My Brother/Sister's Keeper: Fight HIV/AIDS."

This Week in HIV Research: Smoking Associated With Poor HIV Outcomes; How Gay Men Decide on Condomless Sex; and More

Warren Tong, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Feb 5, 1:48 p.m. ET

This week, we read a study that examines the association between recent smoking habits and viral load and CD4+ cell count. We also get some data on how gay men assess whether to have condomless sex with potential partners on dating apps.

Five HIV Stories We're Talking About: From Charlie Sheen's Fake Cure to Miss Universe

Warren Tong, TheBody.com; Posted Feb 4, 10:34 p.m. ET

Whether it's Charlie Sheen and the latest fake cure or Miss Universe, HIV continues to have a long cultural reach. Here are five HIV-related stories making waves in mainstream media that we're discussing.


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