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Canakinumab in HIV Reduces Inflammation

Sean R. Hosein, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Jan 16, 2:33 p.m. ET

Researchers tested a single injection of the antibody canakinumab in HIV-positive people taking antiretroviral therapy and found that the drug significantly reduced inflammation and did not cause harm, at least in the short term.

Gilead Will Help Fund the Fight Against HIV in Southern States. Is That a Mixed Blessing?

Tim Murphy, TheBody.com; Posted Jan 16, 1:55 p.m. ET

Big Pharma money can beef up public health efforts. But it can also distract from unchecked drug pricing -- and from government negligence.

HIV Activists Prepare for What Lies Ahead in 2018

Candace Y.A. Montague, TheBody.com; Posted Jan 15, 11:27 a.m. ET

After a year of fighting to save the Affordable Care Act and federal spending for HIV research, prevention, and care programs, what do advocates predict will be the upcoming policy battles in 2018?

Together, the HIV and STD Community Must Fight Rising STD Rates

David Harvey, National Minority AIDS Council; Posted Jan 12, 3:38 p.m. ET

"We cannot end HIV without acknowledging an inconvenient truth: the HIV and STD epidemics are inextricably linked and without combatting both, we won't end HIV," writes National Coalition of STD Directors executive director David Harvey.

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?

 

Why Are Only Some Viruses Transmissible by Blood and How Are They Actually Spread?

David Griffin and Thomas Schulz, The Conversation; Posted Jan 12, 1:56 p.m. ET

Why is it only some viruses are transmissible by blood, and how does the virus actually move from person to person?

This Week in HIV Research: A Viral Prediction

Barbara Jungwirth and Myles Helfand, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Jan 12, 1:29 p.m. ET

Our latest jaunt through HIV journals looks at a symptom-based scoring system to predict acute HIV, the effect of a person's sex on psychomotor function, and the value of vitamin D supplementation to moderate lipid levels.

NIH Study Supports Use of Short-Term HIV Treatment Interruption in Clinical Trials

National Institues of Health; Posted Jan 12, 12:09 p.m. ET

The findings may aid the design of clinical trials to assess strategies to control HIV without drugs.

Paid Leave Is Critical for People Living With HIV

Human Rights Campaign; Posted Jan 11, 2:41 p.m. ET

The enactment of LGBTQ-inclusive paid leave policies would benefit people living with HIV and their caregivers in real and meaningful ways, Human Rights Campaign argues.

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Inflammation in Arteries vs. Lymph Nodes

Sean R. Hosein, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Jan 11, 1:17 p.m. ET

Researchers found that inflammation in the arteries of HIV-positive people was "modestly increased" and that the level of inflammation in the lymph nodes was generally higher than in the arteries.

Grope, Dope, and HIV

Sherri Lewis, TheBody.com; Posted Jan 11, 12:34 p.m. ET

After Sherri Lewis realized that childhood sexual abuse was linked to her drug use and HIV status, real change began. Inspired by the #MeToo movement, Lewis is sharing her story here for the first time.

Florida Begins 2018 by Offering Free PrEP Statewide

Peter Cruz, Human Rights Campaign; Posted Jan 10, 3:43 p.m. ET

The Florida Department of Health began 2018 by announcing plans to offer PrEP for free throughout the state by the end of the year.

Injection Drug Use-Related HIV Infections Skyrocket in Northern Kentucky, Underscoring Immediate Need for Syringe Access Programs

Drew Gibson, TheBody.com; Posted Jan 10, 1:50 p.m. ET

All signs point toward what could be a major HIV outbreak like that seen in rural Indiana in 2014. This time, will local officials act before it spirals out of control?


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