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NASTAD Launches Campaign to Support U.S. Health Departments in Accelerating the End of HIV and Hepatitis

Meico Whitlock, National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors; Posted May 25, 4:13 p.m. ET

NASTAD has launched the "Ready to End the HIV and Viral Hepatitis Epidemics" Chair's Challenge that calls on U.S. health departments to accelerate the end of HIV and viral hepatitis in the U.S.

Hepatitis C: Frequently Asked Questions

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Posted May 25, 3:50 p.m. ET

An extensive collection of answers to questions about hepatitis c virus transmission, symptoms, testing, treatment and more.

HIV-Positive Women With Childhood Trauma Have Double the Brain Trouble

Georgina Spies, The Conversation; Posted May 25, 2:58 p.m. ET

The first study to assess the combined impact of HIV and trauma on women found that women who have both childhood trauma and HIV are more likely to experience cognitive problems as adults.

New U.S. HIV Data on Gay Men and MSM Lacks Race Analysis

Phill Wilson, Black AIDS Institute; Posted May 25, 2:06 p.m. ET

"We know that Black MSM and young Black MSM are the most at-risk populations on the planet," Phill Wilson writes. "We call upon Emory University and the CDC to focus their efforts on appropriately quantifying the AIDS epidemic among them."

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?

 

'We've Been Seeing if We Are Ready. Are There Any Risks Involved?' (Video)

HIVE; Posted May 25, 1:18 p.m. ET

Magic, a man living with HIV, and Annie, his HIV-negative partner, talk with Cori Blum, M.D., about safer conception.

'It Brings a Little Bit of Hope' (Video)

HIVE; Posted May 25, 1:13 p.m. ET

Cori Blum, M.D., asks Magic, a man living with HIV, if he wants to have a baby. They discuss TasP (treatment as prevention) and PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis).

I'm Finally on PrEP, Now What?

Freya Luna, HIVE; Posted May 25, 1:10 p.m. ET

"Truvada has provided me with peace of mind, and in some ways, a certain empowerment," Freya Luna writes. "I am responsible for my own health. I don't have to rely on my partner to make sure he takes his pills, or that the condom will not malfunction. I am in control."

The Road to PrEP

Freya Luna, HIVE; Posted May 25, 1:04 p.m. ET

"Medical professionals should not decide who should have access to PrEP or who shouldn't," Freya Luna writes. "I should be allowed to be responsible for my own reproductive health and I'm appalled at the fact that it has taken me over a year to get the answers I need."

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.

 

Activists Win Legislative Overhaul of Colorado's HIV Criminalization Laws, Await Governor's Signature

Victoria Law, TheBody.com; Posted May 24, 5:48 p.m. ET

Activists have achieved a major victory against HIV criminalization. "It takes me back to Martin Luther King's 'I Have a Dream,'" said Tammy Garrett-Williams, of the Colorado Mod Squad. "He had a dream, but I have a mission."

For Muslims With HIV, Khadijah Abdullah Offers a Safe Space for Faith, Healing and Empowerment

Candace Y.A. Montague, TheBody.com; Posted May 24, 5:24 p.m. ET

Khadijah Abdullah and others at RAHMA are focusing support, not blame, breaking down the barriers to care and support for brothers and sisters in Islam living with HIV. They'll host their first retreat this summer.

Generic Hep C Drugs as Effective as High-Cost Brand Names, Plus Other European Liver Conference Highlights

Liz Highleyman, BETA; Posted May 24, 4:19 p.m. ET

Refining and expanding access to hepatitis C treatment was a major focus at the International Liver Congress, presented by the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) last month in Barcelona.

Taking the Hill: An Advocate Looks at Making the Case to Congress for AIDS Funding, Then and Now

Victoria Noe, Test Positive Aware Network; Posted May 24, 2:53 p.m. ET

"I thought a lot about those two days," Victoria Noe writes about her trip to Washington, D.C. for the 2016 AIDSWatch advocacy event. "And I realized what the biggest difference was between 1990 and 2016: hope."


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