In the Face of Fear: The Criminalization of HIV Transmission
Marvell L. Terry II, Human Rights Campaign; Posted May 25, 3:21 p.m. ET
Marvell Terry II is HIV positive. Every time he types or says those words, he reflects on his diagnosis and how hard it is to tell someone that he has HIV.
Jumping Through Hoops
Phil Gill, TheBody.com; Posted May 25, 3:14 p.m. ET
PrEP has a lot of benefits, and a lot of rigmarole. Phil Gill discusses his experiences getting PrEP.
Missed Clinic Visits Linked to Tripled Risk of Death in U.S. HIV Group
The Center for AIDS; Posted May 25, 3:13 p.m. ET
A 6-year study of 3672 U.S. adults with HIV infection linked missing three or more HIV clinic appointments to more than a tripled the risk of death from any cause.
Undetectable Viral Load More Likely in People Who Receive Steady HIV Care
The Center for AIDS; Posted May 25, 3:13 p.m. ET
About three quarters of HIV-positive people who made two or more clinic visits at least three months apart in 2010 had an undetectable viral load, in a 339,000-person U.S. study. Only about half of HIV-positive people who made fewer clinic visits had an undetectable viral load.
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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?
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?
This Week in HIV Research: HIV Reservoirs Remain Obstacles to Cure; "Redesigned" Antibodies Show Promise; and Is 85% Adherence Enough?
Warren Tong, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted May 22, 10:46 a.m. ET
This week we read a paper by Anthony Fauci, M.D., and other leading researchers discussing the persistent HIV reservoir and our prospects toward a cure. We hear about "redesigned" antibodies that are four times stronger against HIV. And a study suggests that 85% adherence may be enough when taking newer "non-nuke" regimens.
Statin Therapy for 1 Year Linked to Gains in Bone Density With HIV
The Center for AIDS; Posted May 21, 11:43 p.m. ET
HIV-positive people taking rosuvastatin for 48 weeks had significantly greater gains in bone mineral density than people taking placebo, according to results of a 150-person trial. Statins are used to treat high cholesterol in people with and without HIV, but this is the first comparative trial to show that statins have a positive impact on bone density in people with HIV.
Holy Hangover, Batman!
Phil Gill, TheBody.com; Posted May 21, 11:43 p.m. ET
Does PrEP increase hangover issues? Phil Gill talks about his very first time recovering from a PrEP hangover.
Statin Therapy Reduces Heart Artery Plaque Size and Number in People With HIV
The Center for AIDS; Posted May 21, 11:41 p.m. ET
Treatment with atorvastatin, a drug aimed at lowering cholesterol, reduced coronary artery plaque volume and number in HIV-positive people who took it for one year.
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Combining Latency-Reversing Agents, and Reviewing Methods of Measuring the Latent HIV Reservoir
Richard Jefferys, Treatment Action Group; Posted May 21, 10:56 p.m. ET
Pairings of HIV latency-reversing agents (LRAs) from different classes can show synergistic or additive effects, depending on the combination. In particular, HDAC inhibitors -- several of which are undergoing evaluation in clinical trials -- showed evidence of synergy with the PKC agonists bryostatin-1 and prostratin.
Report of Aggressive HIV Variant in Cuba
Richard Jefferys, Treatment Action Group; Posted May 21, 10:50 p.m. ET
The data are very preliminary, and it is way too soon to declare -- as fact -- that what has been uncovered is "an aggressive form of HIV." It may or may not be, but additional evidence is needed in order to make that determination.
California Officials Write Letter Opposing Mandatory Condom Use in Adult Films
Mathew Rodriguez, TheBody.com; Posted May 21, 3:54 p.m. ET
California lawmakers are considering a new regulation to make condoms in adult films mandatory. Two state officials have just spoken out against it.
Jury Finds Michael Johnson Guilty of HIV Transmission and Exposure
Mathew Rodriguez, TheBody.com; Posted May 21, 12:40 p.m. ET
Michael Johnson, the HIV-positive wrestler charged with HIV transmission and exposure, was found guilty by a Missouri jury. He will be sentenced in July and faces up to 60 years in prison.
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