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This Week in HIV Research: How Should We Measure Success?

Barbara Jungwirth and Myles Helfand, TheBodyPRO; Posted Nov 1, 4:05 p.m. ET

The case for a new measurement of HIV treatment success; PrEP and HIV incidence in Australia; benefits of moderate exercise among older people with HIV; CD4 recovery rates after long-term viral suppression.

It's Time for the Next Generation of HIV Activists to Lead

Tuyishime Claire Gasamagera, TheBody; Posted Nov 1, 2:44 p.m. ET

"The best gift we could give this movement is to step aside," said prominent HIV activist Phill Wilson at the U.S. Conference on AIDS. "This younger generation is smarter, younger, wiser, more capable, and they have the foundation that we built."

Dapivirine Vaginal Ring for PrEP Does Not Lead to Drug Resistance

Barbara Jungwirth, TheBodyPRO; Posted Nov 1, 1:04 p.m. ET

Use of the dapivirine vaginal ring for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) does not lead to resistance mutations in women who seroconvert, Urvi Parikh, Ph.D., reported at the HIV Research for Prevention 2018 conference.

PrEP Is Safe for Pregnant Women Who Want the HIV Prevention Drug, a New Study Finds

Sony Salzman, TheBodyPRO; Posted Oct 31, 12:39 p.m. ET

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is safe for pregnant women to use, according to new research presented at the HIV Research for Prevention (HIVR4P2018) conference in Madrid, Spain.

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?

 

Honoring the Love Shown to the HIV Community by Tree of Life Synagogue Member Dr. Jerry Rabinowitz

Drew Gibson, TheBody; Posted Oct 31, 11:58 a.m. ET

Before his life was so senselessly taken this past Saturday during the anti-Semitic terrorist act at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Jerry Rabinowitz, M.D., spent much of it caring for people living with HIV.

Meet Bry, the Eccentric Uncle

Sarah Hashmall, AIDS United; Posted Oct 30, 4:09 p.m. ET

Bryan Guyll, the author of The Surreal Life of the Eccentric Uncle, talks about his experience as a first-time author, as a long-term HIV survivor, and how he maintains his positive outlook on life.

AVAC at HIVR4P: How We Carry On

AVAC: Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention; Posted Oct 30, 2:21 p.m. ET

"Every member of the AVAC team in Madrid was moved and motivated by the Madrid conference," AVAC writes. "We know the work is not easy, nor is the world."

Smartphone Intervention Found Helpful for Young Men Taking PrEP

Sean R. Hosein, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Oct 30, 1:49 p.m. ET

U.S. researchers have developed PrEPmate, a text messaging service to increase PrEP adherence.

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 Providers Can Address HIV, Aging, and Polypharmacy

David Fawcett, Ph.D., LCSW, TheBodyPRO; Posted Oct 30, 1:02 p.m. ET

"Finding the proper balance between risk and benefit can sometimes be more art than science," writes David Fawcett Ph.D., LCSW.

'I Am Detectable': One Man's Story

Charles Sanchez, TheBody; Posted Oct 30, 12:15 p.m. ET

Usually not just one issue, but a combination of challenges, leads to gaps in care -- and a detectable viral load.

Where Do I Fit In?

Kimberly Glanz, HIVE; Posted Oct 29, 5:10 p.m. ET

"I have found it is really difficult to find a place where you can fit in the poz community for many reasons," Kimberly Glanz writes.

Trump's Trans Erasure Rule Explained

Anand Kalra, Positive Women's Network of the United States of America; Posted Oct 29, 4:09 p.m. ET

PWN-USA's Anand Kalra offers her "breakdown of what we can expect to happen if the proposed rule changes to define gender as birth-genitals, binary, and fixed go through."


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