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Cirrhosis Increases 40% in Individuals Living With Hepatitis C

Warren Tong, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Dec 7, 7:02 p.m. ET

The prevalence of liver cirrhosis increased by almost 40% from 2006-2014, going from 20.5% to 28.8%Ed among individuals living with hepatitis C in the U.S.

Train of Thought, Then and Now

Harold R. "Scottie" Scott, TheBody.com; Posted Dec 7, 4:45 p.m. ET

"Over the course of twenty-five years, I have come to terms with being infected with HIV and of having progressed to an AIDS diagnosis," Harold R. "Scottie" Scott writes.

Stigma in Action: 10 Infuriating HIV Criminalization Stories

Olivia G. Ford, TheBody.com; Posted Dec 7, 4:08 p.m. ET

HIV is not a crime; all HIV criminalization cases are egregious. This roundup presents some particularly heinous, unjust, painful or just plain ridiculous instances of this unfair practice.

Report Reveals Long-Standing Anti-Black Bias in Canadian HIV Criminalization Reporting

Olivia G. Ford, TheBody.com; Posted Dec 7, 1:02 p.m. ET

To end racial bias and misinformation in Canadian HIV criminalization stories, journalists must draw on the expertise of people with HIV, HIV service organizations and human rights advocates, researchers suggest.

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?

 

Charlie Sheen Achieves Undetectable Viral Load With Weekly Injectable HIV Treatment

Warren Tong, TheBody.com; Posted Dec 7, 12:12 p.m. ET

Actor Charlie Sheen revealed this month that he has achieved an undetectable viral load by taking PRO 140, a weekly injectable HIV drug that's currently being studied.

Now That We Have a Cure for Hepatitis C, What Are the Next Treatment Challenges?

Sony Salzman, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Dec 7, 11:32 a.m. ET

Within the next few years, several pipeline hepatitis C drugs are expected to be approved in the U.S., ensuring that even the most difficult-to-treat patients can be cured -- but what challenges remain?

Report Summary: 'Callous, Cold and Deliberately Duplicitous'

Public Impact Media Consultants; Posted Dec 6, 6:53 p.m. ET

Black immigrant men living with HIV are disproportionately highlighted and summarily demonized in Canadian mainstream newspaper coverage about HIV non-disclosure criminal cases.

As HIV Activists in the Age of Trump, We Need to Look Beyond the Gay Paradigm

Ted Kerr, TheBody.com; Posted Dec 6, 3:54 p.m. ET

The story of HIV is overly narrow within many circles, says Ted Kerr. "In the dim light of a Trump administration, this mistake will compound our problems," he warns.

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.

 

In Life After Reality TV, Eric Leonardos Brings His Charm to Countering HIV Stigma

JD Davids, TheBody.com; Posted Dec 6, 3:18 p.m. ET

"The work to see people living with HIV as normal and equal to others will be my most important area of focus until it changes," vows Eric Leonardos.

HIV Viral Load Testing Capacities Progress, Require Global Support, Multiple Partners to Reach 90-90-90 Goals

Antigone Barton, Science Speaks; Posted Dec 6, 11:44 a.m. ET

Four of seven sub-Saharan African countries followed by researchers over the last year and a half now can track the effectiveness of HIV treatment among all patients receiving it.

Fixed-Dose Sofosbuvir/Velpatasvir/Voxilaprevir Cures 97% of Treatment-Experienced Hepatitis C Patients

Mark Mascolini, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Dec 6, 11:24 a.m. ET

Only 6% of 9500 people living with hepatitis C in a U.S. clinic cohort started direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) in 2014 and 2015, according to a recent study.

With Hamilton Shout-Out, Broadway Cares Uses the Spotlight to Further HIV Efforts

JD Davids, TheBody.com; Posted Dec 5, 5:17 p.m. ET

"Every connection and action counts, large and small, heralded and quietly made," says Tom Viola, leader of the group that raises millions of dollars through the world of theater.


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