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Which HIV Treatment Regimen Should You Start With?

Warren Tong, TheBody.com; Posted Mar 24, 4:09 p.m. ET

You may be worried about starting treatment, whether you're feeling overwhelmed with this life-changing event or you're confused about which regimen to choose. We've got the info you need.

This Week in HIV Research: Proposed Federal Budget Cuts Would Disrupt Health Research; and Viral Load Differences

Warren Tong and Barbara Jungwirth, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Mar 24, 3:26 p.m. ET

This week, a report in Nature finds that proposed federal budget cuts to the National Institutes of Health could impair long-term studies and prevention research.

A New Nuke in the Works -- GS-9131

Sean R. Hosein, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Mar 24, 2:36 p.m. ET

The new nucleoside analogue GS-9131 may be useful as part of regimens for people who have strains of drug-resistant HIV.

Bictegravir in the Body -- Preliminary Information About Drug Interactions

Sean R. Hosein, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Mar 24, 2:35 p.m. ET

The experimental integrase inhibitor being developed by Gilead Sciences is currently in phase III clinical trials.

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?

 

It Gets Better

Art Jackson, TheBody.com; Posted Mar 24, 2:25 p.m. ET

"As I contemplate turning 52 a few weeks ago, I thought of what I would say to my younger self that could sustain me for my life to come," Art Jackson writes.

UNAIDS Warns That Countries Will Miss the 2020 Target of Reducing HIV-Associated TB Deaths by 75% Unless Urgent Action Is Taken

UNAIDS; Posted Mar 24, 12:47 p.m. ET

On World Tuberculosis Day, UNAIDS is urging countries to do much more to reduce the number of tuberculosis deaths among people living with HIV.

New Study Helps Crack the Problem of Diagnosing TB in People With HIV

Candice Bailey, The Conversation; Posted Mar 24, 12:17 p.m. ET

Diagnosing TB in people who have HIV has been a challenge because they often have low levels of the bacteria in their system, but a landmark study provides a solution to tackling this diagnostic problem.

Updates to the Guidelines for the Prevention and Treatment of Opportunistic Infections in HIV-Infected Adults and Adolescents

AIDSinfo; Posted Mar 24, 11:39 a.m. ET

Among the updates are the addition of hepatitis C drugs and rewritten recommendations for various types of coccidioidomycosis.

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.

 

Frame PrEP as Part of a 'Healthy Sex Life' for Better Adherence

Emily Newman, BETA; Posted Mar 23, 4:18 p.m. ET

Brief, empowering messaging around pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) can lead to better medication adherence, new research has found.

British Columbia Researchers Explore Life Expectancy Among HIV-Positive People

Sean R. Hosein, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Mar 23, 4:01 p.m. ET

Researchers found that, overall, while HIV-positive people had increased life expectancy since 1996, it was substantially less than that of the average HIV-negative person of the same gender.

Running a PrEP Clinic in a Community Pharmacy Setting

Terri Wilder, M.S.W., TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Mar 23, 3:07 p.m. ET

For one pharmacy in Seattle, the pharmacist plays multiple roles, doing everything from the HIV testing, to the patient education, to the prescribing of PrEP.

New Drugs, New Hope and Possible Timelines

Sean R. Hosein, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Mar 23, 1:48 p.m. ET

At the recent Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, researchers presented data about 5 new anti-HIV compounds in development.


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