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The Undetectable Problem: Dating, Sex and Criminalization (Part 2)

Keiko Lane, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Sep 29, 9:53 p.m. ET

"Anxiety, fear, shame and othering perpetuate HIV stigma. Viral load stigma is now what exclusionary dating clauses of 'no positives' used to be. 'Are you clean?' now means viral load. It isn't serosorting; it's viral load sorting." writes Keiko Lane.

Trans Empowered: Trans Women Share HIV Experiences in Video Series

Barbara Jungwirth, TheBody.com; Posted Sep 29, 4:21 p.m. ET

Blossom was denied admission to nursing school as an out trans woman. She's joined others to share stories in Empowered: Trans Women and HIV, saying that "HIV is not the end of the road. It should be just the beginning."

Confront the Laws and Policing Policies, Beyond HIV Criminalization, That Encourage HIV Transmission

Kate D'Adamo, TheBody.com; Posted Sep 29, 3:15 p.m. ET

With the growing success in repealing HIV-specific statutes, it's time for advocates to look at the larger context of criminalization's encouragement of HIV transmission, says Kate D'Adamo, national policy advocate at the Sex Workers Project.

When It Came to USCA, I Was Neither Carrie Bradshaw Nor Jack Klugman

Charles Sanchez, TheBody.com; Posted Sep 29, 2:01 p.m. ET

At his first HIV conference, Charles Sanchez was overwhelmed and amazed. Here's what he captured on social media from USCA 2016.

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?

 

Toronto-Led Team Explores Different PrEP Deployment Scenarios

Sean R. Hosein, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Sep 29, 12:39 p.m. ET

Now that Truvada is approved as part of a package of HIV prevention tools, some researchers are beginning to study how it might be deployed on a relatively large scale.

As Gay Black Men Face HIV Crisis, Advocate Says 'No Choice but Hillary Clinton'

Noël Gordon, Human Rights Campaign; Posted Sep 29, 12:35 p.m. ET

"Hillary Clinton ... has offered the most robust LGBTQ equality agenda of anyone who has run for president," Noël Gordon writes. "As president, she would increase access to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and other HIV prevention methods, fight to remove barriers to accessing care, protect the Ryan White HIV and AIDS program and work to end stigma and discrimination against people living with and affected by HIV."

Review: Opioid Substitution Therapy Access With HIV Care Improves Antiretroviral Treatment Outcomes for People Who Inject Drugs

Antigone Barton, Science Speaks; Posted Sep 28, 4:45 p.m. ET

From starting treatment, to sticking with it, to suppressing virus, from the United States to Ukraine, services that support dual needs of people who inject drugs and live with HIV pay off, a look at 32 studies spanning two decades finds.

The Undetectable Problem: Trauma and Adherence (Part 1)

Keiko Lane, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Sep 28, 4:22 p.m. ET

"Not everyone can get to undetectable. And not everyone who does stays there. My fear concerns who gets left out of the conversation about the possibilities and meanings of survival when undetectable signifies success," writes Keiko Lane.

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 Do We Negotiate Condom Usage in the Age of PrEP?

Evan J. Peterson, TheBody.com; Posted Sep 28, 3:46 p.m. ET

"As with all sexual and health choices, it's my decision about my body," says Evan J. Peterson, who continues to use condoms after two years on PrEP. "That doesn't mean I judge you for your choice not to use them."

Video: #FairDrugPricesNow

Treatment Action Group; Posted Sep 28, 3:23 p.m. ET

Treatment Action Group, in conjunction with the Human Rights Campaign and the Fair Pricing Coalition launch the #FairDrugPricesNow Campaign, a new effort to organize the LGBTQ community around common-sense solutions to drug pricing and price increasing.

HIV and Inflammation Study: Interview With Vincent Marconi, M.D., About JAK Inhibitors

Nelson Vergel, Program for Wellness Restoration (PoWeR); Posted Sep 28, 1:50 p.m. ET

Already approved for other uses, JAK inhibitors could be a potential treatment for decreasing latent HIV in reservoirs or HIV-associated inflammation. Nelson Vergel talks with Vincent Marconi, M.D., about his reasearch on the drugs.

What to Say/What Not to Say When Discussing Condomless Sex

Elijah McKinnon, AIDS Foundation of Chicago; Posted Sep 28, 1:08 p.m. ET

Elijah McKinnon consults sex experts "to see what they recommend saying -- as well as what's better left unsaid -- when discussing condomless sex with your next sexual conquest or a person who's in the dark."


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