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Advances in HIV Science Must Not Leave Needs of People Behind, Experts Urge

Sony Salzman, TheBodyPRO; Posted Mar 19, 6:47 p.m. ET

As the 2019 National HIV Prevention Conference kicked off on March 18, plenary speakers discussed not only recent biomedical advances, but also what is truly needed in heavily affected U.S. communities to end the epidemic.

HIV Rapid Testing & Treatment Must Be a Priority at Fulton County Jail

Shyronn Jones, Positive Women's Network of the United States of America; Posted Mar 19, 10:46 a.m. ET

Georgia HIV activist Shyronn Jones decries a recent statement from the Fulton County Sheriff's Office that it had stopped rapid HIV testing for inmates because the practice was "antiquated."

CDC Explains and Defends Molecular Surveillance System

Martha Kempner, TheBodyPRO; Posted Mar 18, 11:36 a.m. ET

A leading researcher at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention addressed community concerns that surveillance data will be used to put people in prison under HIV criminalization laws.

A Play in NYC Wittily Explores the Emotional Toll on HIV Plague-Era Survivors

Tim Murphy, TheBody; Posted Mar 18, 10:51 a.m. ET

'Still at Risk' is about long-term survivors, but it's for younger gay men too.

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?

 

Not Surprisingly, PopART Study Showed Community-Based Services Reduce HIV Incidence

David Barr, TheBodyPRO; Posted Mar 15, 3:36 p.m. ET

"We don't need to spend another $140 million to find out how to retain people in care," activist David Barr writes. "We need to invest in the kinds of services people need so that they can use treatment easily and effectively."

With Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against Ed Buck, Community Looks to Find Solutions

Giuliani Alvarenga, TheBody; Posted Mar 15, 1:46 p.m. ET

Some community members want further investigations and the arrest of Buck; others want to find support for black and Latinx gay men dealing with addiction.

'Drug Users Are People Too': Addressing Opioid Addiction, Chemsex, Alcoholism, and Smoking Among People Living With HIV

Sony Salzman, TheBodyPRO; Posted Mar 15, 11:48 a.m. ET

A CROI 2019 symposium demonstrated the need for continued research and programs that address substance use and its impact on people living with HIV.

This Week in HIV Research: Prevention and Treatment in the Real World

Barbara Jungwirth and Myles Helfand, TheBodyPRO; Posted Mar 14, 5:09 p.m. ET

Impact of intimate partner violence on PrEP attitudes among women; evolution of first-line HIV treatment failure rates; cumulative low-level viremia and virologic failure risk; HIV drug levels in breast milk versus plasma.

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.

 

I Got Trained to Administer Narcan to Prevent Overdoses, and You Can Too

Charles Sanchez, TheBody; Posted Mar 14, 1:33 p.m. ET

With opioid deaths at epidemic levels, everyone should attend a free overdose prevention training, Charles Sanchez writes.

The Genetic Mutation Behind the Only Apparent Cure for HIV

Martha Kempner, TheBodyPRO; Posted Mar 14, 12:54 p.m. ET

The HIV-resistant gene mutation CCR5 delta 32 has an interesting past. Could it also be the future of HIV treatment and prevention?

Staying on PrEP is Significantly Different for PrEP Users With Commercial Insurance Versus Medicaid

Stephen Hicks, TheBodyPRO; Posted Mar 13, 3:45 p.m. ET

Young adults, blacks, cisgender women, and people in rural areas, as well as people on Medicaid, were less likely to persist on PrEP.

Women With HIV: You Don't Have to Settle

Takia Miller, TheBody; Posted Mar 12, 12:59 p.m. ET

Just because you're living with HIV doesn't mean you have to lower your standards for love, activist Takia Miller explains.


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