One Day at a Time
Rae Lewis-Thornton, TheBody.com; Posted Dec 5, 2:04 p.m. ET
"People take trauma lightly, but it has an impact on one's life. Over these years my health has required so much to manage."
Life Gives You Lemons So Make a Stiff Drink
Patrick Ingram, TheBody.com; Posted Dec 5, 1:02 p.m. ET
Patrick Ingram revisits the room in the health department where he was diagnosed three years ago, and reflects on now delivering HIV positive diagnoses to others.
World AIDS Day Paints the Globe Red
Jaclynne Castellano, TheBody.com; Posted Dec 4, 3:54 p.m. ET
During the week of World AIDS Day, the Web has exploded with photos of people with HIV, activists and supporters from all over the world. Here's some of the best "red" we saw from around the world.
Is HIV Getting Weaker? Don't Count On It
Julie "JD" Davids, TheBody.com; Posted Dec 4, 2:22 p.m. ET
Word is getting around about a research report saying that HIV is evolving to be less powerful. But is it true? And if it is, what does that really mean for the fight against HIV, and for those who are living with HIV today?
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.
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?
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?
Should Tenofovir Dose Be 200-250 Milligrams When Used With Protease Inhibitors?
Polly Clayden, HIV i-Base; Posted Dec 3, 4:28 p.m. ET
In drug-drug interaction studies with boosted protease inhibitors and elvitegravir significantly increased concentrations of tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF). A study presented at the 2014 HIV Drug Therapy Glasgow Congress suggested that this interaction might be cancelled out with a lower dose of TDF.
Lower Dose Efavirenz Effective in Two Studies
Polly Clayden, HIV i-Base; Posted Dec 3, 4:26 p.m. ET
Efavirenz dosed at 400 mg daily remained non-inferior to 600 mg at 96 weeks, and 300 mg was effective as maintenance HIV therapy, according to data from efavirenz two-dose reduction studies presented at the 2014 HIV Drug Therapy Glasgow Congress.
Savings to the NHS Predicted From Switching to Generic Antiretrovirals
Polly Clayden, HIV i-Base; Posted Dec 3, 4:18 p.m. ET
If everyone on HIV treatment in the UK switched from patented originator antiretrovirals to generics, there is the potential to save £1.25 billion in NHS drug costs over the next five years (2015-2019), according to modelling data presented at the 2014 HIV Drug Therapy Glasgow Congress.
Is HIV Evolving to Be Less Deadly?
Warren Tong, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Dec 2, 7:08 p.m. ET
HIV may be evolving to be less deadly, according to a recent study, but some caution not to get too excited by the media coverage.
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Ad Campaign on Dating App Motivated Users to Get Tested for HIV
Barbara Jungwirth, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Dec 2, 3:44 p.m. ET
A six-week ad campaign on Grindr -- a popular dating app for MSM (men who have sex with men) -- resulted in 344 requests for OraQuick HIV self-test kits, showing high potential for social media campaigns to reach untested populations.
The Mental Challenge of Taking My First HIV Med
Jason Q, TheBody.com; Posted Dec 2, 1:51 p.m. ET
"For me, my first pills were psychologically challenging. I did not believe that these pills would save me, but that they would damage me. This is primarily due to the fact that I am somewhat against taking prescription drugs when at all possible."
Remembering World AIDS Day: A Love Story
Matt Ebert, TheBody.com; Posted Nov 29, 11:06 p.m. ET
"The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas -- institutionalized -- is brutal. The time between Christmas and New Years Day, even more insane -- groping for closure and resolve, the family unit a percolator boiling the drunk from the pot."
Can You Believe We Are Still Alive?
Jimmy Mack, TheBody.com; Posted Nov 29, 10:53 p.m. ET
"We had all tested HIV positive about the same time and we all had the same reaction: let's make the most of life because it was going to be a short one for us. Unbeknownst to us at the time was that we also shared another deadly disease for which there is no known cure: alcoholism/addiction."
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