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Living and Aging Well With HIV: New Strategies and New Research

Allison Webel, TheBody.com; Posted Dec 6, 11:12 a.m. ET

New evidence suggests that there are several simple but vital strategies for people living with HIV that can help increase their likelihood of successful aging.

Studies on Dolutegravir and Sleep, Cardiovascular and CNS Side Effects, and Risk of IRIS

Polly Clayden, HIV i-Base; Posted Dec 5, 4:45 p.m. ET

Meta-analysis of randomized trials presented at EACS 2017 found a slightly higher risk of insomnia for dolutegravir compared with other antiretrovirals, but no difference for other CNS side effects.

HIV Community Presses for Urgent Action as Tax/Health Catastrophe Nears Home Stretch

JD Davids and Ken Stockwell, TheBody.com; Posted Dec 5, 3:32 p.m. ET

The HIV community is urging immediate action and speaking out against this attack on health care, which also threatens the dignity and lives of millions of people.

Counting My Blessings, Remaining Undetectable, and Continuing to Move Forward

Lynda Arnold, TheBody.com; Posted Dec 5, 11:52 a.m. ET

"It's that time of year again. Holiday bustle. End-of-year reflections. World AIDS Day remembrances and calls to action. In my home, my days are busy ... [d]ays I truly once thought I'd never live to see."

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?

 

PrEP vs. PEP

AIDSinfo; Posted Dec 4, 4:41 p.m. ET

What's the difference between PrEP and PEP? Find out more about these two HIV prevention methods with this infographic.

Long-Acting ART for Children Is a Deferred Priority Despite Achievable Dosing

Polly Clayden, HIV i-Base; Posted Dec 4, 4:25 p.m. ET

Optimal doses of long-acting injectable antiretrovirals cabotegravir and rilpivirine were predicted for different weight bands in children and adolescents.

HIV and Kidney Disease

AIDSinfo; Posted Dec 4, 3:54 p.m. ET

HIV infection can damage the kidneys and lead to kidney disease. Learn about symptoms, treatment, and how you can reduce your risk of kidney disease.

Resources for People Living With HIV in the U.S.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Posted Dec 4, 2:26 p.m. ET

The CDC has put together this helpful fact sheet to aid you in finding recommended organizations and other sources of information to help you address issues you may face living with HIV.

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.

 

Questions About HIV Criminalization Law Updates, Retroactivity, and Recidivism

Tim Hinkhouse, TheBody.com; Posted Dec 4, 1:39 p.m. ET

"Who in the free world is looking out for those of us already incarcerated for decades, making sure that we get access to equal justice and fair punishment when new bills are signed into law?"

What Do Transgender Women Want? Lessons Learned by Listening

Sony Salzman, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Dec 4, 12:52 p.m. ET

Though deeply impacted by the virus, HIV may not be the first concern for transgender women.

The Science of Gratitude: How It Improves Your Health

David Fawcett, Ph.D., LCSW, TheBody.com; Posted Dec 4, 12:11 p.m. ET

"Gratitude is not just a nice idea," David Fawcett, Ph.D., LCSW writes. "When incorporated into daily routines, it can impact people's physical and emotional life in very meaningful ways."

Staying on Top of Your Oral Health

Justin B. Terry-Smith, TheBody.com; Posted Dec 1, 4:08 p.m. ET

Justin B. Terry-Smith has eight oral health tips for people living with HIV.


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