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Honoring My Older Gay Brother on 'LGBT Elders Day'

Mark S. King, MyFabulousDisease.com; Posted May 18, 4:19 p.m. ET

"My new post has video of my remarks at a special LGBT Elders event last night, where I honor my brother and he helps me tell our story," says Mark S. King "It's funny. It's sad. It's life."

In Memory of HIV Criminalization Survivor David Plunkett

JD Davids, TheBody; Posted May 18, 4:03 p.m. ET

TheBody is sad to share the news of the recent death of David Plunkett, a survivor of HIV criminalization in New York who served half of a 10-year sentence.

In the Senate, the 340B Drug Pricing Program Finds More Backers Than Detractors

AIDS United; Posted May 18, 3:04 p.m. ET

Despite the tremendous success of the program -- or perhaps because of it -- and courtesy of a substantial lobbying push from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), the 340B program has found itself under close scrutiny by a slew of Congressional committees.

FDA to Evaluate Potential Risk of Neural Tube Birth Defects With HIV Medicine Dolutegravir (Juluca, Tivicay, Triumeq)

U.S. Food and Drug Administration; Posted May 18, 3:01 p.m. ET

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting the public that serious cases of neural tube birth defects involving the brain, spine, and spinal cord have been reported in babies born to women treated with dolutegravir.

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?

 

This Week in HIV Research: Little Promise of Anal Protection From Adult HPV Vaccination

Barbara Jungwirth and Myles Helfand, TheBodyPRO; Posted May 17, 5:06 p.m. ET

HPV vaccination and anal (vs. oral) HPV infection; single-tablet E/C/F/TDF vs. HIV-2; an HIV-positive infant's "founder" virus; male circumcision and antiretroviral scale-up in Kenya.

Map: HIV Criminalization in the United States

The Center for HIV Law and Policy; Posted May 17, 3:58 p.m. ET

This U.S. map identifies states differentiaties between (1) with HIV-specific criminal laws; (2) those that apply increased penalties for underlying sex crimes; and (3) those with general felony laws that have been used to prosecute people living with HIV in the last 10 years.

With Only 15% of Diagnosed HCV Patients Receiving Treatment, the Non-Profit I-MAK Hopes to Shift the National Conversation on Drug Pricing

Sony Salzman, TheBodyPRO; Posted May 17, 12:55 p.m. ET

The Initiative for Medicines, Access and Knowledge, Inc. (I-MAK) argues that the high price of hepatitis C cure medicines places them out of reach for most people.

#ACApositive Campaign Fights Trump Administration for Transgender Health Care

Candace Y.A. Montague, TheBody; Posted May 17, 12:11 p.m. ET

The Transgender Law Center's #ACApositive campaign is an awareness drive aimed at spotlighting the perils of transgender people with HIV disconnecting from ACA health care coverage.

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.

 

HIV Vaccines: An Introductory Factsheet

AVAC: Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention; Posted May 16, 4:02 p.m. ET

This fact sheet is about research to find preventive vaccines for use by HIV-negative people.

Why Experienced HIV/ID Doctors Leave Clinical Practice

Paul E. Sax, M.D., NEJM Journal Watch; Posted May 16, 3:33 p.m. ET

After the departure from clinical practice of three colleagues, Paul Sax, M.D., reflects on the state of U.S. health care and its frustrating "medicine-as-a-business" model.

Newly Proposed 'Public Charge' Rule Could Be Devastating to HIV-Positive Immigrants

Amanda Lugg, TheBody; Posted May 16, 12:24 p.m. ET

New rules from the Trump administration would force eligible immigrants to choose between vital, lifesaving services and preserving their path to citizenship.

PrEP Training for Primary Care Providers Could Help Expand Its Reach

Barbara Jungwirth, TheBodyPRO; Posted May 15, 4:52 p.m. ET

Primary care providers are well positioned to screen for and prescribe PrEP, according to a recent research review -- but many PCPs feel ill equipped to prescribe what they perceive as an HIV medication.


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