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Mental Illness, HIV and Stigma

Christina Carta, Positive Women's Network of the United States of America; Posted May 4, 2:07 p.m. ET

"I myself am guilty 100 percent of isolating myself at times and have been doing this since I was a child," writes Christina Carta. "It has led to depression, agoraphobia and anxiety. When I was diagnosed with HIV it made it so much worse."

Hepatitis C Kills More Americans Than Any Other Infectious Disease

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Posted May 4, 1:24 p.m. ET

Deaths associated with hepatitis C reached an all-time high in 2014, underscoring the urgency of hepatitis C testing and treatment, especially for baby boomers.

Where Women With HIV Find Their Voices

TheBody.com; Posted May 4, 1:02 p.m. ET

"This summit inspired me -- like so many other women -- to take control of my narrative and become an advocate, working for policies that respect the rights of women living with HIV like me and fighting the stigma that holds us back," explains Marlena Richardson.

When Starting HIV Treatment Is a Turning Point

TheBody.com; Posted May 4, 1:02 p.m. ET

Ron Carpenter wrote a poem the day he took his first antiretroviral pill. "I take from my hand this pill, / and place it on my tongue, / as memories flood my thoughts, / of my innocence when I was young."

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?

 

Study of HIV and STI Risk Is a 'Wake-Up Call' for Health Providers Serving Young Gay Men

Emily Newman, BETA; Posted May 4, 12:50 p.m. ET

For the first time, a study documents the incidence of HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among very young men who have sex with men -- including those under age 18 -- who were followed over a period of two years.

A Former White House Intern's Personal Reflection on AIDS (Video)

AIDS.gov; Posted May 4, 12:21 p.m. ET

"This young man is driven by similar factors that motivated thousands of us many years ago: a personal connection, inspiration derived from witnessing extraordinary bravery, and a desire to affect change," writes Douglas Brooks.

Human Rights Campaign Staff Speaks Out About HIV Epidemic Among Black Gay and Bisexual Men

Noël Gordon, Human Rights Campaign; Posted May 3, 4:01 p.m. ET

In a poignant article about "The Perfect Storm Facing Black Men on HIV," Marvell L. Terry II spoke to some of the reasons black gay and bisexual men, particularly those living in the South, continue to bear the brunt of new HIV transmissions.

My HIV Journey From Patient to First Responder

TheBody.com; Posted May 3, 3:21 p.m. ET

"Since getting sober in 1992, I have come to realize how fortunate I am to be alive and still healthy and strong, and that has instilled in me the keen sense that I need to give back to my community," Jimmy Mack writes.

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.

 

Faith in the Lives of People With HIV

TheBody.com; Posted May 3, 3:20 p.m. ET

Faith, spirituality, traditional organized religion: All can play complicated roles in people's lives. Here, we offer you a sampling of voices of people living with HIV, recalling their own encounters with faith.

5 Ways to Fight HIV Stigma by Building Your Skills Online

Olivia Ford, TheBody.com; Posted May 3, 3:05 p.m. ET

Training opportunities are just a click away, thanks to online workshops bringing you what you need to fight stigma and empower people living with HIV.

How to Talk to Your Doctor About PrEP

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Posted May 3, 2:16 p.m. ET

Thinking about starting pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention? Here are some considerations and advice for before, during and after your visit with your health care provider.

Paying for PrEP (Infographic)

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Posted May 3, 12:17 p.m. ET

This infographic from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains the various ways to cover the cost of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) care in the U.S.


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