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This Week in HIV Research: How to Cut U.S. HIV Incidence by 250,000 in 20 Years

Barbara Jungwirth and Myles Helfand, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Oct 6, 11:47 a.m. ET

Among our four featured reports this week, we learn about the critical intersection between HIV treatment access and reduced HIV incidence in the U.S. -- and about the value of replacing placebos with PrEP in clinical trials on HIV prevention.

How to Reverse Implicit Bias in HIV Care: 6 Steps to Take Today

Olivia G. Ford, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Oct 5, 4:59 p.m. ET

We caught up with speakers and presenters at a major HIV community meeting to learn how HIV care providers can uncover and remove the harm of bias in their work.

Providers Unite: Protect the Undocumented Community

Ashley Slupski, AIDS Foundation of Chicago; Posted Oct 5, 2:17 p.m. ET

The increased threat of deportation causes many immigrants to go without necessary medical services. Here's how health care providers can protect undocumented patients according to the law.

U.S. Simulation Explores the Intersection of PrEP and Some Sexually Transmitted Infections

Sean R. Hosein, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Oct 4, 11:50 a.m. ET

To gain a better understanding of the long-term effects of STI risk among PrEP users, researchers have developed a sophisticated computer simulation that can model changes in sexual behavior, PrEP adherence, STI screening and treatment and the impact of all of these factors.

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?

 

Faith and HIV in America, Then and Now

Candace Y.A. Montague, TheBody.com; Posted Oct 4, 11:07 a.m. ET

We've come a long way since it was common practice for religious leaders in the U.S. to publicly condemn people living with or at risk for HIV. But places of worship still can do more.

With a Cupcake and a Condom (and a Lot More), an Educator Promotes HIV Prevention Among Young Black Women

Candace Y.A. Montague, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Oct 3, 5:15 p.m. ET

Shawna Edgerson, M.P.H., a prevention specialist with KC CARE (Care Access Research Education) in Kansas City, Missouri, has a passion for making sure that young black women get the message about safer sex with men. And she does it with a sweet treat.

Hepatitis C Drug's Lower Cost Paves Way for Medicaid, Prisons to Expand Treatment

Michelle Andrews, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation; Posted Oct 3, 3:49 p.m. ET

The recent approval of a less expensive drug that generally cures hepatitis C in just eight weeks may make it easier for more insurers and correctional facilities to expand treatment.

Report From the 2017 IAS HIV Cure and Cancer Forum

Richard Jefferys, Treatment Action Group; Posted Oct 3, 2:34 p.m. ET

Many approaches being pursued as cancer therapeutics are also being studied in the context of HIV cure research, including immune checkpoint inhibitors, cytokine therapies, genetically modified chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells and other gene therapies.

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.

 

I Was an American Girl: One Trans Guy Says Thanks and Bye to Tom Petty

JD Davids, TheBody.com; Posted Oct 3, 2:15 p.m. ET

"Petty's vision of American girls was expansive ... and he was on what I'll just loosely refer to as 'our side': the side that bridges trauma and resistance."

IDWeek 2017 HIV Science Preview

Sony Salzman, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Sep 29, 5:51 p.m. ET

With the annual IDWeek conference fast approaching, thousands of leading physicians and researchers will once again gather to learn about cutting-edge research on HIV prevention, treatment and cures -- and to discuss how to apply that research in ways that can directly benefit people living with HIV today.

This Week in HIV Research: For Many U.S. MSM, Tenuous Connections to Care

Barbara Jungwirth and Myles Helfand, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Sep 29, 1:02 p.m. ET

Among the research we review this week, we highlight data showing just how far the U.S. still has to go in keeping HIV-positive people within some high-risk communities connected to care after they're diagnosed.

Living Out Loud: An Interview With Drag Performer Ongina

amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research; Posted Sep 29, 12:46 p.m. ET

Since he disclosed his HIV status on season 1 of RuPaul's Drag Race, Ryan Ong Palao has used the persona of Ongina to promote HIV testing and prevention.


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