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Five Ways to Take Control of Your Love Life

Nick Villarreal and Beto Soberanis, AIDS Foundation of Chicago; Posted Sep 14, 3:32 p.m. ET

Learning to talk about sex and navigate HIV helps you take the reins of your sex life and your sexual health.

New ACA Repeal and Replace Bill Still Disastrous for People Living With HIV and Hepatitis

National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors; Posted Sep 14, 2:19 p.m. ET

Senators Graham, Cassidy, Heller and Johnson have introduced yet another bill that would repeal and replace major portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and drastically cut Medicaid funding.

Blocking the Pathway to HIV-Related Cardiovascular Risks

National Institues of Health; Posted Sep 14, 12:29 p.m. ET

Researchers have identified a pathway for the development of factors linked to cardiovascular events in people living with HIV and the experimental drug Ixolaris has blocked the pathway in monkeys.

Early Latinx AIDS Activism Holds Lessons for Today

Jennifer Johnson Avril, TheBody.com; Posted Sep 13, 2:33 p.m. ET

At a recent New York event, ACT UP NY's founding Latino Caucus members recalled a time when community members took the epidemic into their own hands.

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?

 

Frailty, Nerve Injury and Falls in Middle-Aged and Older HIV-Positive People

Sean R. Hosein, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Sep 13, 12:06 p.m. ET

In a study of more than 900 middle-aged and older HIV-positive people, researchers found nearly 40% of participants were becoming physically weaker and were labelled as "pre-frail."

DACA, Immigrant Rights and the 'Larger Compassion' of the HIV Community

TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Sep 13, 11:14 a.m. ET

"I remember when it was illegal to be a practicing homosexual," recalled Richard Zaldivar at the 2017 USCA. "DACA is not an immigrant issue. DACA and the Dreamers are an American issue. Just like gay rights, just like the battle for HIV and AIDS."

Which HCV Treatment Is Right for Me?

Andrew Reynolds, Positively Aware; Posted Sep 13, 11:00 a.m. ET

We now have eight FDA-approved direct-acting antivirals (DAAs), as well as ribavirin, for treating all HCV genotypes. With so many options, there can be confusion over what treatment to take.

More Fat May Explain Increased Muscle Area After ART Begins

Mark Mascolini, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Sep 13, 10:00 a.m. ET

Total muscle area rose in HIV-positive adults after starting treatment in a recent study. However, overall, muscle density fell, suggesting that fat accounted for the total muscle gain.

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.

 

Conversations With Federal HIV Leaders From the 2017 U.S. Conference on AIDS

HIV.gov; Posted Sep 12, 2:40 p.m. ET

NIH director Anthony Fauci, M.D., discusses opportunities and challenges in ending the HIV pandemic, and CDC and Ryan White program officials have a conversation highlighting some of the points they shared during the plenary session.

Can't Stop the Music: Sheri Lewis and Her Long Road to Hepatitis C Recovery

Michelle Simek, Positively Aware; Posted Sep 12, 2:17 p.m. ET

When Sherri got the news that she was cured from hep C, she couldn't accept it at first. "I kept testing negative, negative, negative, but I still didn't believe it."

Bisexuality

Josh Middleton, HIVE; Posted Sep 12, 12:58 p.m. ET

"There is a giant stigma from both [gay and straight] communities against those of us who are bisexual," Josh Middleton writes. "I hope my story and life can help to break some of those stigmas."

Heavy Marijuana Use Tied to Midlife Cardiovascular Events in U.S. Men With HIV

Mark Mascolini, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Sep 12, 11:50 a.m. ET

Heavy marijuana use more than doubled the odds of a cardiovascular event in 40- to 60-year-old men with HIV infection enrolled in the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study.


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