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Further Reports of CNS-Related Side Effects With Dolutegravir

Simon Collins, HIV i-Base; Posted Oct 26, 5:50 p.m. ET

Although registrational studies showed that dolutegravir has higher efficacy and fewer side effects compared to many other drugs, post marketing experience has included higher reports of central nervous system-related side effects in a minority of patients.

Researchers Call for Easing Restrictions on Access to Hepatitis C Treatment in Canada

Sean R. Hosein, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Oct 26, 5:33 p.m. ET

A team of researchers in Canada and Australia recently reviewed criteria under which Canada's provinces and territories (as well as some federal drug subsidy plans for Indigenous people and prisoners) cover the cost of hepatitis C treatments in widespread use.

New Clinical Resources: Mental Health Needs of People Aging With HIV/AIDS

David Fawcett, Ph.D., LCSW,; Posted Oct 26, 4:20 p.m. ET

Critically needed new resources for professionals are emerging -- an important step in the adaptation of the mental health workforce to meet the burgeoning needs of aging persons living with HIV/AIDS.

HIV and Substance Use in the United States

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Posted Oct 26, 3:44 p.m. ET

Substance use disorders are closely associated with HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. In people living with HIV, substance use can hasten disease progression, affect adherence to antiretroviral therapy and worsen the overall consequences of 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'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?


What's New in the U.S. HHS Antiretroviral Therapy Guidelines for Pregnant Women

AIDSinfo; Posted Oct 26, 3:10 p.m. ET

Here are the latest updates to the HIV treatment guidelines for pregnant women, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Among the updates are "what to start" treatment changes and safety and toxicity information.

Investment in HIV Prevention Research and Development

AVAC: Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention; Posted Oct 26, 1:51 p.m. ET

Funding for HIV prevention research and development is crucial for continued innovation in the field. Tracking this funding, its volume, direction and sources, makes it possible to identify opportunities and gaps, hold the global community accountable to its promises and sustain forward momentum in the fight to end the epidemic.

2016-17: A Percolating Pipeline

AVAC: Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention; Posted Oct 26, 1:47 p.m. ET

"While scaling up access to all treatment and prevention options that currently exist is essential, it is not sufficient," AVAC writes. "There remains a critical need for additional options."

PrEP Popping Up in Guidelines: What to Do When It Happens to You

AVAC: Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention; Posted Oct 26, 1:42 p.m. ET

The third quarter of 2016 saw all sorts of language about oral PrEP appear in draft or finalized guidelines throughout east and southern Africa. Does all of this mean there's going to be more PrEP in sub-Saharan Africa in the near future? Not exactly.

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.


Counter Narrative Marks 30th Anniversary of Blueprint for Black Gay Activism

The Counter Narrative Project; Posted Oct 26, 1:01 p.m. ET

On Nov. 2, 2016, the Counter Narrative Project will commemorate the 30th anniversary of the landmark collection of black gay men's writings In the Life: A Black Gay Anthology that served as inspiration for a generation grappling with racism, homophobia and the AIDS epidemic.

I Have Love in My Life, and for That I Am Grateful

Tim Hinkhouse,; Posted Oct 26, 12:00 p.m. ET

After playing the god Eros in a prison performance, Tim Hinkhouse reflects that this character "can encompass all forms of love, including the appreciation and love that people show when they see me as an actor and not just an inmate."

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Awards $2.3 Billion in Grants to Help Americans Access HIV/AIDS Care and Medications

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Posted Oct 26, 11:30 a.m. ET

HHS announced Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program grants for cities, states and local community-based organizations to provide HIV health care, support services and essential medications to over half a million people living with HIV.

1,000-Fold Mark-Up for Drug Prices in High Income Countries Blocks Access to HIV, HCV and Cancer Drugs

Simon Collins, HIV i-Base; Posted Oct 25, 3:11 p.m. ET

An opening lecture at the 2016 Glasgow HIV Congress challenged the current model of drug pricing in high-income countries by showing mark-ups that are sometimes more than 1,000 times higher than production costs making many medicines largely unaffordable.

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