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Congress Draws Closer Than Ever to Repealing the ACA, as Battle Lines Form in Vote-a-Rama

Caitlin McCormick-Brault, Carmel Shachar and Phil Waters, AIDS Foundation of Chicago; Posted Jan 13, 3:58 p.m. ET

Advocates should hold Senators accountable for failing to protect elements of the Affordable Care Act that are popular and critically important to preserving access to care.

Repeal Without Replace: Senate Starts Undoing Obamacare With No Replacement

AIDS United; Posted Jan 13, 2:28 p.m. ET

The Senate has taken the first step toward repealing the Affordable Care Act, narrowly approving a budget resolution that lays the groundwork for the undoing of much of Obama's health care law.

Challenging the Thought Process of HIV Stigma

Harold R. "Scottie" Scott, Posted Jan 12, 5:18 p.m. ET

"HIV/AIDS is definitely a touchy subject," Harold Scott writes. "My part in it all has been to live with it as best I can and to bring it out into the open so that it will not stay hidden."

Missouri v. Johnson: A Fact Sheet and Case Timeline

The Center for HIV Law and Policy; Posted Jan 12, 2:38 p.m. ET

An up-to-date rundown of the recent developments in the Michael Johnson HIV criminalization case.

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?

 

Missed Opportunities

Nikole, HIVE; Posted Jan 12, 2:01 p.m. ET

After too brief a visit with her OB/GYN where she wanted to discuss a few personal sexual health concerns and inquire about PrEP, Nikole left feeling frustrated, disappointed and uncared for.

After Decades of Research, Why Is AIDS Still Rampant?

Maureen Miller, The Conversation; Posted Jan 12, 1:08 p.m. ET

"Why aren't we screaming and jumping up and down with fury at the sheer magnitude of the AIDS epidemic?" Maureen Miller wonders.

New Research Shows Abnormal Immune Activation Even in Very Early HIV Infection

Emily Newman, BETA; Posted Jan 12, 12:45 p.m. ET

Even in very early HIV infection -- before fourth generation HIV test assays are able to detect HIV infection -- immune activation and inflammatory processes may already be occurring.

Attack on Affordable Care Act: Lambda Legal Urges Action to Save Lives

Lambda Legal; Posted Jan 12, 12:31 p.m. ET

A repeal of the ACA without replacement would deal a devastating and disproportionate blow to people living with HIV and transgender Americans, Lambda Legal states.

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.

 

A New Year, With Ongoing Challenges of Social Death in Prison and New Cuts to HIV Care on the Outside

Tim Hinkhouse, TheBody.com; Posted Jan 12, 11:56 a.m. ET

If the ACA is taken away with nothing to replace it, how will people who are unable to work afford their lifesaving HIV pills? How does anyone do it? Tim Hinkhouse wonders.

Worried About HIV and Aging? The First Thing to Do Is Stop Smoking

Roger Pebody, TheBody.com; Posted Jan 11, 4:35 p.m. ET

Smoking could both shorten your life and have a significant impact on your quality of life. These effects seem particularly more severe for individuals living with HIV.

Staying In Care: Key to Ending the Epidemic

Kimberleigh Joy Smith, M.P.A., AIDS Community Research Initiative of America; Posted Jan 11, 4:19 p.m. ET

Retaining people with HIV in medical care and providing wraparound services are critical parts of New York Governor Cuomo's Plan to End the Epidemic.

2017 ACA Marketplace Plan Assessments Now Available!

Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation; Posted Jan 11, 3:03 p.m. ET

Annual state reports examine the accessibility of HIV and HCV treatment coverage in state Marketplaces, addressing ongoing discriminatory insurance practices.


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