Yours in the Struggle
Paul Kawata, National Minority AIDS Council; Posted Oct 20, 12:39 p.m. ET
"If you did AIDS work in the '80s or early '90s, you know the one. It's the call where they say you need to come to the hospital/hospice/home quickly because your friend was about to pass," Paul Kawata writes. "When I got the call for Michael Hirsch, I was in Washington, D.C., so I hopped the shuttle to New York, praying he would hold on so I could say goodbye."
HIV Research Preview for IDWeek 2016
Warren Tong, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Oct 20, 12:08 p.m. ET
Here's a look at some of the noteworthy HIV research being presented at IDWeek 2016 in New Orleans from Oct. 25 to 30.
Second Case of Drug-Resistant HIV Infection in Person Adherent on PrEP
Simon Collins, HIV i-Base; Posted Oct 19, 4:39 p.m. ET
Simon Collins provides more insight into the widely reported second confirmed case of HIV infection in a person who was adherent to PrEP.
Antibody Therapy Leads to Sustained Post-Treatment SIV Control in Macaques
Richard Jefferys, Treatment Action Group; Posted Oct 19, 4:20 p.m. ET
"The results of the study appear very encouraging, and the researchers are hoping to rapidly evaluate whether they have any relevance to humans," Richard Jefferys writes. "A small clinical trial of the anti-α4β7 antibody vedolizumab, which is FDA-approved for the treatment of ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, is now recruiting at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center."
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.
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?
Spreading Heat at HIVR4P
AVAC: Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention; Posted Oct 19, 2:56 p.m. ET
AVAC provides a rundown of news and presentations so far from the HIV Research For Prevention conference underway in Chicago.
Reported STDs at Unprecedented High in the U.S.
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Posted Oct 19, 1:06 p.m. ET
Total combined cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis reported in 2015 reached the highest number ever, according to the annual Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Women Report Vaginal Ring for Preventing HIV Had Little Effect on Sexual Intercourse
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Posted Oct 19, 12:49 p.m. ET
Most women who used an experimental vaginal ring for HIV prevention report that the physical act of sex was largely unaffected by using the product, which is inserted monthly for continuous wear.
How Well Do Condoms Protect Gay Men From HIV?
Shaun Barcavage, N.P., BETA; Posted Oct 19, 12:49 p.m. ET
"Let's not throw condoms out with the bath water!" Shaun Barcavage, N.P., writes. "They still have a role to play in protecting the sexual health of gay men -- since they can protect against STIs in addition to HIV."
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Unanticipated Consequences of AIDS Survival
Matt Sharp, Test Positive Aware Network; Posted Oct 19, 12:48 p.m. ET
"Through looking back at HIV/AIDS, a context is made for our survivor history, including an understanding of the issues, the intensity and a vivid perspective that many did not witness, or may not recognize," Matt Sharp writes.
Global Burden of Disease Report Shows Gains Made From HIV Response, Work That Remains to Respond to Infectious Disease
Rabita Aziz, Science Speaks; Posted Oct 19, 12:48 p.m. ET
Deaths from HIV have fallen by 33 percent since the peak of global HIV deaths in 2005, according to the Global Burden of Disease report published in The Lancet.
Life With HIV in Cuba
David Durán, Test Positive Aware Network; Posted Oct 19, 12:47 p.m. ET
"The country is still under a dictatorship and although treatment and care for those living with HIV is more civilized than it was in the past, people there are still being controlled," David Durán writes.
PrEP for Latinx Communities
Ken Almanza, Test Positive Aware Network; Posted Oct 18, 3:37 p.m. ET
"For PrEP to be fully realized in the Latinx community we can't just translate English language resources into Spanish and call it a day," Ken Almanza writes. "We must reframe the entire conversation to address real barriers many Latinx people face."
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