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Do CD4 Counts Matter After Starting Treatment? An HIV Doc Responds

Warren Tong, TheBody.com; Posted May 26, 4:52 p.m. ET

One of the main goals of starting HIV treatment is to achieve an undetectable viral load. But what about your CD4 count? Joel Gallant, M.D., M.P.H., sheds some light on why CD4 counts are not as important.

Bringing Youthful Vigor to AIDS Awareness and Advocacy: Pia Wurtzbach, Miss Universe 2015

amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research; Posted May 26, 3:16 p.m. ET

The current Miss Universe, Pia Wurtzbach of the Philippines, has chosen HIV as a focus of her advocacy work and has been named an HIV Prevention Ambassador in the Miss Universe partnership with Aid for AIDS.

Reconnecting With Her Community

Gary Nelson, Test Positive Aware Network; Posted May 26, 2:34 p.m. ET

"It's not only a physical challenge, it's an emotional challenge," Christina Joly states about her experience in the Ride for AIDS Chicago. "While I train and ride, I imagine all the people who didn't make it."

A New Probiotics Study Looks at Bringing Back Those Cells That Were Gone

Enid Vázquez, Test Positive Aware Network; Posted May 26, 2:33 p.m. ET

"Microbes play important roles in many organ systems, and we're just beginning to understand this physiology," Brett Williams, M.D., states. "It seems to have a greater effect in HIV."

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?

 

The Challenges of HIV Meds: Another Reality of Prison Life

Tim Hinkhouse, TheBody.com; Posted May 26, 2:01 p.m. ET

Each time the prison nurses ran out of Tim Hinkhouse's meds, he filed a grievance. After they found out he is excellent at articulating himself when writing complaints, they took him and his health issues seriously.

When It Comes to Ending AIDS, Audacity Is What's Needed

Charles King, TheBody.com; Posted May 26, 11:53 a.m. ET

Some see the New York plan to end AIDS as audacious, unrealistic or even ridiculous. But Charles King says it's an "ambitious, informed path," not sloganeering. Here, he tackles what he sees as top misconceptions about the plan.

Addressing Mental Health and HIV

Joseph Neese, Human Rights Campaign; Posted May 25, 5:39 p.m. ET

"Untreated mental illness and trauma can lead to self-medication and substance abuse," Joseph Neese writes. "And when left undiagnosed or untreated, mental illness and substance abuse disorders can negatively impact  people living with HIV."

New Report on Transgender People in the Criminal Justice System

The Center for HIV Law and Policy; Posted May 25, 5:14 p.m. ET

The Center for American Progress and the Movement Advancement Project have released a new report that illustrates ways in which the U.S. criminal justice system mirrors and perpetuates broad societal discrimination against transgender people.

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.

 

Should You Change a Treatment Regimen That's Working? An HIV Doc Responds

Warren Tong, TheBody.com; Posted May 25, 4:54 p.m. ET

If you're doing well with a treatment regimen and have achieved an undetectable viral load, you might think, "Don't fix what's not broken." But what happens if your doctor recommends a change in your regimen?

NASTAD Launches Campaign to Support U.S. Health Departments in Accelerating the End of HIV and Hepatitis

Meico Whitlock, National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors; Posted May 25, 4:13 p.m. ET

NASTAD has launched the "Ready to End the HIV and Viral Hepatitis Epidemics" Chair's Challenge that calls on U.S. health departments to accelerate the end of HIV and viral hepatitis in the U.S.

Hepatitis C: Frequently Asked Questions

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Posted May 25, 3:50 p.m. ET

An extensive collection of answers to questions about hepatitis c virus transmission, symptoms, testing, treatment and more.

HIV-Positive Women With Childhood Trauma Have Double the Brain Trouble

Georgina Spies, The Conversation; Posted May 25, 2:58 p.m. ET

The first study to assess the combined impact of HIV and trauma on women found that women who have both childhood trauma and HIV are more likely to experience cognitive problems as adults.


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