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HIV Testing: A Portal for Treatment and Prevention

Mitchell Warren, TheBody.com; Posted Jun 27, 11:39 a.m. ET

As we observe National HIV Testing Day, "it's important to look at ways to leverage HIV testing, whatever the result, to link more people to the services they need," writes Mitchell Warren, executive director of AVAC.

Talking About Fatherhood and Reproductive Health With Heterosexual Men Living With HIV

Barbara Jungwirth, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Jun 26, 4:22 p.m. ET

Some heterosexual men living with HIV assume they have to forego fatherhood and mixed-status relationships. Providers can help dispel these misconceptions by having conversations about reproductive health with their patients.

Breaking Through Stigma: A Conversation With HIV Activist Ken Williams

amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research; Posted Jun 26, 4:17 p.m. ET

Ken Williams, a program manager for AIDS Foundation Houston, was already a blogger for the LGBT community when he found out he had HIV. He then set out to chronicle his experience to reach others struggling to live with the virus.

Condomless Sex, Younger Age Tied to Rising Syphilis Rate in Swiss HIV Group

Mark Mascolini, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Jun 26, 2:26 p.m. ET

Sex without condoms and younger age raised chances of contracting syphilis in an analysis of the Swiss HIV Cohort Study.

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?

 

America: A Poem

Shyronn Jones, Positive Women's Network of the United States of America; Posted Jun 26, 1:47 p.m. ET

A brilliant, powerful poem by PWN-USA policy fellow Shyronn Jones as an HIV advocate fighting the AHCA.

CDC Statement on National HIV Testing Day 2017

Jonathan H. Mermin, M.D., M.P.H., and Eugene McCray, M.D., U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Posted Jun 26, 1:17 p.m. ET

"June 27, is National HIV Testing Day (NHTD), a day to join together to make sure everyone knows the importance of HIV testing and early diagnosis and gets tested."

Speak Up, Tweet Back, Write AIDS: Communication Tips for HIV Activists in the Social Media Age

Jennifer Johnson Avril, TheBody.com; Posted Jun 26, 12:59 p.m. ET

Much has changed since the early days of ACT UP taking the media by storm. But remember the golden rule, says Jennifer Johnson Avril: you're not talking to the media, you're talking through the media.

Endless Breaking News: Overcoming the Dangerous Effects of Chronic Stress

David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., TheBody.com; Posted Jun 26, 12:27 p.m. ET

David Fawcett Ph.D., L.C.S.W., highlights the dangers of chronic stress and gives four steps to help overcome 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.

 

How the 12 Steps Have Helped Me Cope With HIV for Over 30 Years

Sherri Lewis, TheBody.com; Posted Jun 26, 11:51 a.m. ET

"The same process that helped me get clean and sober helped me make peace with my HIV diagnosis. Let us count the ways!"

What Will It Take to Eliminate HCV in the U.S.? The WHO Global Hepatitis Report Puts It Into the Global Context

Sony Salzman, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Jun 23, 4:09 p.m. ET

According to the WHO's first-ever Global Hepatitis Report, approximately 1.75 million people were infected with hepatitis C in 2015, bringing the total number to 71 million. What can the US and other countries do to bring these numbers down?

Take Action! Help #KillTheBill! Call the HIV Hotline Today!

Positive Women's Network of the United States of America; Posted Jun 23, 3:20 p.m. ET

Senate Republicans plan to rush a vote on the catastrophically cruel American Health Care Act before the July 4 congressional recess. Now is the time to push hard and let them know that we expect them to protect our care, and will hold them accountable if they don't.

Study Highlights the Importance of Regular Anal Cancer Screenings in Gay Men With HIV, Even After Treatment

TheBody.com; Posted Jun 23, 2:01 p.m. ET

Half of HIV-positive gay or bisexual men successfully treated for anal lesions (tissue damage) that can lead to cancer had the same kind of lesions within 24 months, according to results of a recent study.


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