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How Can We Keep People With HIV in Care? New Research Offers Insights

Sony Salzman, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Nov 14, 1:44 p.m. ET

Two studies presented at IDWeek 2017 looked at patient and provider issues that impact retention in care and offered new insights that might help end disparities in the HIV care continuum.

In Defense of Louise Hay

Sherri Lewis, TheBody.com; Posted Nov 14, 12:24 p.m. ET

Dead this summer at 90, the New Age guru who ministered to people with AIDS in the plague's darkest years was often called a dangerous quack and a profiteer. To Sherri Lewis, though, she was an angel.

No Transmissions From Breastfeeding in Tanzania Cohort From Mothers With Undetectable Viral Load

Polly Clayden, HIV i-Base; Posted Nov 13, 2:59 p.m. ET

No HIV-exposed infants who were negative at birth, whose mothers started ART before delivery, had suppressed viral loads, and exclusively breastfed, were HIV positive after breastfeeding, in a rural African cohort.

Low Dietary Calcium Tied to Low BMD With HCV but Not HIV

Mark Mascolini, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Nov 13, 1:00 p.m. ET

Low dietary calcium might contribute to low bone mineral density (BMD) in men living with hepatitis C but not in those with HIV, according to a Veterans Administration analysis.

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?

 

BPM (Beats Per Minute) is the Sexiest Damn Film of 2017. Period.

Mark S. King, MyFabulousDisease.com; Posted Nov 13, 11:50 a.m. ET

"It's tempting to encourage you to tell your friends that this is a movie about gay sex and New Wave music ... because that isn't a complete lie," Mark S. King writes. "And besides, the maudlin tag of 'AIDS film' is a disservice to BPM."

After Finding My Blog, the Son I Abandoned at Birth Gets in Touch

Tim Hinkhouse, TheBody.com; Posted Nov 13, 9:39 a.m. ET

Almost 30 years later, Tim Hinkhouse was contacted by the son he abandoned as an infant. Although he's unsure about how to handle it, he says it is "a blessing that I am grateful for."

This Week in HIV Research: Quality of Life Is About More Than Viral Suppression

Barbara Jungwirth and Myles Helfand, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Nov 10, 11:51 a.m. ET

This week, we get an important reminder that an HIV-positive person's sense of wellbeing doesn't start and end with an undetectable viral load.

In Their Words: Burdens of HIV Nursing Include Lack of Respect and Resources

Sony Salzman, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Nov 10, 10:01 a.m. ET

At the 2017 Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC) conference, nurses gathered in Dallas to talk about juggling the medical complexities of HIV infection, managing their patients' additional comorbid conditions, and providing emotional support.

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.

 

D/C/F/TAF Noninferior to Continued Protease Inhibitor at Week 48 of Phase 3 Trial

Mark Mascolini, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Nov 10, 8:50 a.m. ET

A single-tablet combination D/C/F/TAF proved virologically noninferior to continuing a suppressive boosted protease inhibitor plus F/TDF at 48 weeks in the phase 3 randomized Emerald trial.

HIV Leaders of Color Announce Their Declaration of Liberation

Positive Women's Network of the United States of America; Posted Nov 9, 3:30 p.m. ET

The framework to build a racially just and strategic HIV movement addresses root causes of the epidemic and lights a new way forward.

HIV Remission: The Quest to Turn Lessons From Exceptional Cases Into Solutions

Caroline T. Tiemessen , The Conversation; Posted Nov 9, 2:35 p.m. ET

Researchers are attempting to establish how to make long-term HIV remission possible after finding that HIV can be suppressed naturally in some people for a long time after they have been on a short spell of treatment.

With Tax Cuts Front and Center, Congress Looks to Kick the Budgetary Can Down the Road Again

AIDS United; Posted Nov 9, 1:48 p.m. ET

The delay in completing the budget for the current fiscal year directly affects HIV programs that are federally funded.


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