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The Southern Healing Fund Wants to Bring Innovative and Progressive Mental Health Care to African Americans Who Need It Most

Kellee Terrell, TheBody; Posted Jul 10, 11:29 a.m. ET

Access to much-needed mental health care isn't easy to come by for people of color -- especially in the South -- but The Southern Healing Fund wants to help fill these public health gaps for those who cannot afford care.

State Prisons Fail to Offer Cure to 144,000 Inmates With Deadly Hepatitis C

Siraphob Thanthong-Knight, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation; Posted Jul 9, 2:32 p.m. ET

A survey of 49 states reveals that an estimated 144,000 inmates with hepatitis C can't get the expensive drugs they need to cure it.

Beyond the Basics: Gaines Blasdel on Genital Surgery, Community Wisdom, and Trans Health Justice Today

JD Davids, TheBody; Posted Jul 9, 1:01 p.m. ET

In an unprecedented action, trans people who have had bottom surgery came together this year through an open letter calling for the accountability of surgery providers. JD Davids spoke with Gaines Blasdel, who coordinated the letter.

Surgeon Who Was Denied Disability Insurance for Taking PrEP Tells His Story

Paul E. Sax, M.D., NEJM Journal Watch; Posted Jul 9, 12:15 p.m. ET

Earlier this year, urology resident Philip Cheng, M.D., appeared on the front page of The New York Times explaining his situation. Now, in a podcast, he tells Paul Sax, M.D., more about himself and the events surrounding his decision to go public.

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?

 

Evaluation of Instruments Used to Measure Hepatitis C Patient-Reported Symptoms

Alan Franciscus, HCV Advocate; Posted Jul 9, 11:34 a.m. ET

A study was conducted to evaluate the reliability and validity of several survey instruments that will be used in the PROP UP study to understand patient-reported symptoms before, during and after HCV treatment.

Big 3 Lung Cancer Risk Factors With HIV: Smoking, Low CD4s, Lung Infection

Mark Mascolini, The Center for AIDS Information & Advocacy; Posted Jul 3, 4:05 p.m. ET

Smoking so dominates the lung cancer risk list that other factors struggle for a small slice of the spotlight.

Out-Of-Pocket Costs Put HIV Prevention Drug Out of Reach for Many at Risk

Shefali Luthra and Anna Gorman, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation; Posted Jul 3, 1:30 p.m. ET

While public health officials are expanding efforts to get PrEP into the hands of those at risk, they are hitting roadblocks -- the drug's price tag, which has surged in recent years, and changes in insurance coverage.

For Immigrants Living With HIV, an Impossible Choice Between Viral Suppression and Deportation

Drew Gibson, TheBody; Posted Jul 3, 1:00 p.m. ET

The themes of separation, trauma, and having to decide between one's own health and the safety of those one loves can be found all across the U.S. in immigrant communities.

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.

 

What Sex Workers Have to Say About HIV After FOSTA/SESTA

Jake Ketchum and Laura LeMoon, TheBody; Posted Jul 3, 11:43 a.m. ET

Despite its promise of protecting victims of exploitation, sex workers themselves say they're paying the price for irresponsible anti-trafficking legislation.

Lung Cancer Risk and Screening With HIV -- and an Intriguing New Treatment Opportunity

Mark Mascolini, The Center for AIDS Information & Advocacy; Posted Jul 2, 1:49 p.m. ET

Highly regarded for his contributions to cancer research in people with HIV, Keith M. Sigel, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., has led numerous innovative studies on these conditions and others in people with HIV.

Let's Talk About Chemsex in the Gay Community, and Here Are 6 Ways to Do It

David Fawcett, Ph.D., LCSW, TheBody; Posted Jul 2, 12:34 p.m. ET

"It is the seductive appeal of chemsex to mitigate shame, loneliness, the search for connection, and even boredom among gay men that I believe is particularly disturbing and that our community must directly confront," writes David Fawcett Ph.D., LCSW.

Important HIV Cure Survey -- Calling All Women Living With HIV in the U.S. to Participate!

Maria T. Mejia, The Well Project; Posted Jun 29, 1:45 p.m. ET

"Many HIV cure studies so far have only had men participating, and it is important that women let researchers know our thoughts and needs as well," Maria Mejia writes.


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