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Promising Results for New HIV Attachment Inhibitor Drug Fostemsavir

Project Inform; Posted Mar 17, 12:31 p.m. ET

This drug is unique as it targets the surface protein gp120 on the virus which prevents attachment to the CD4 receptor, something that no other approved HIV drug has done before. Results showed good control of HIV levels and tolerable side effects.

Surveying Leaders With HIV as a Step to Combat Stigma

The SERO Project; Posted Mar 16, 4:58 p.m. ET

Empowering the stigmatized is the most effective way to combat stigma. SERO's Network Empowerment Project's survey is the first step toward working to build networks of key populations living with HIV, such as young gay and bisexual men, transgender women, women of color, sex workers, incarcerated people and people who use drugs.

Focused on What's Important: Cedric Gum

Marvell Terry, Human Rights Campaign; Posted Mar 16, 3:36 p.m. ET

After Cedric Gum found out his status in 2012, he knew that others like him had a lack of knowledge about HIV, and that needed to change.

HIV Transmission Risk Remains During First 6 Months of Treatment

Terri Wilder, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Mar 12, 2:22 p.m. ET

A person living with HIV can transmit the virus during the first six months of starting treatment. Researchers suggest extra prevention strategies for mixed-status couples during this period before viral suppression is achieved.

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?

 

Beating the Odds: Darwin Thompson

Beth Sherouse and Marvell Terry, Human Rights Campaign; Posted Mar 11, 3:53 p.m. ET

Both of Darwin Thompson's birth parents were HIV positive, and HIV has shaped his whole life. He now works in Atlanta to keep people HIV negative.

AIDS Activists Rally at the Capitol: An AIDS-Free NY Is Within Our Reach!

Mikola De Roo, Housing Works; Posted Mar 11, 3:20 p.m. ET

The fight to get an AIDS-Free New York by 2020 gained momentum in Albany recently when the End AIDS 2020 Coalition visited the Capitol and made demands to those in power.

AIDSVu Launches First Website to Visualize HIV Care Continuum

Gerald Garth, Black AIDS Institute; Posted Mar 11, 2:44 p.m. ET

AIDSVu's map has always been great at giving zip code-level information on HIV diagnoses and percentages, and now they've broken it down even further. You can see how many people in a given area are along each section of the HIV care continuum.

Abdominal Body Fat Gains on ART and Viral Load: It Matters Where You Start

Emily Newman, BETA; Posted Mar 11, 1:53 p.m. ET

Though it's unclear why people on ART get lipodystrophy, protease inhibitors have, in the past, been suspected of causing body fat changes.

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.

 

Positive Women Decry Lack of Consultation With White House for National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Event

Julie "JD" Davids, TheBody.com; Posted Mar 11, 12:14 p.m. ET

On the 10th anniversary of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD) on March 10, women with HIV spoke forcefully about their lives, needs and priorities -- including in a storm on Twitter ignited by the White House's noninclusion of positive women in the planning of its NWGHAAD event.

Finding Our Voices: HIV, Intimate Partner Violence and Healing From Trauma

Heather Boerner, BETA; Posted Mar 10, 2:27 p.m. ET

What role does intimate partner violence play in the lives of women living with HIV? In order to find out, you need to know what it is, how it contributes to HIV infection and how it worsens many diagnoses.

My Sister, My Sister

Khafre Abif, TheBody.com; Posted Mar 9, 11:02 p.m. ET

For National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, blogger and editor Khafre Abif shares a poem from his book Cornbread, Fish and Collard Greens.

How Marijuana Use Affects HIV Testing and Care

Terri Wilder, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Mar 6, 10:47 p.m. ET

Smoking marijuana was associated with less HIV testing, but didn't affect a patient's journey toward viral suppression, according to a study presented at CROI 2015.


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