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This Week in HIV Research: How Antiretrovirals May Affect Birth

Barbara Jungwirth and Myles Helfand, TheBodyPRO; Posted Sep 13, 3:19 p.m. ET

The effect of specific regimens on some birth-related events; obstacles to PrEP among U.S. women; improving mortality and treatment success for HIV-positive people who inject drugs; kidney disease and "old" tenofovir.

Safe Drug Use After a Natural Disaster

U.S. Food and Drug Administration; Posted Sep 13, 12:56 p.m. ET

Drugs and medications can get damaged during a storm such as Hurricane Florence. Find out how to keep medications safe and when to toss them.

Planned Parenthood Affiliates Extend Transgender Health Care Services Across the Country

Martha Kempner, TheBody; Posted Sep 13, 12:03 p.m. ET

As part of a larger initiative to better serve the needs of transgender patients, Planned Parenthood affiliates in 21 states now offer gender-affirming hormone therapy to transgender patients.

Studying HIV Persistence in Liver Macrophages

Richard Jefferys, Treatment Action Group; Posted Sep 12, 2:14 p.m. ET

Invesitgators sought to determine whether human liver macrophages can sequester infectious HIV in people on antiretroviral therapy.

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?

 

In the Hallways of the U.S. Conference on AIDS 2018, Signs of Renewal and Revolution

Sam Avrett, TheBodyPRO; Posted Sep 12, 12:50 p.m. ET

"The news from the USCA is that a new cohort of leaders is finding its footing," Sam Avrett writes.

Five Takeaways From the 2018 United States Conference on AIDS

Mark S. King, MyFabulousDisease.com; Posted Sep 12, 11:56 a.m. ET

Mark S. King tells us what at this year's USCA made the biggest impact on him and his work as an HIV advocate.

HIV and Racism as a Barrier to Testing and Treatment

Tranisha Darlene Arzah, Jake Ketchum, and Laura LeMoon, TheBody; Posted Sep 12, 10:49 a.m. ET

Racism as a barrier to accessing testing and treatment for HIV is an issue that is rarely discussed in white-dominated gay communities.

First Listening Session Held at USCA to Inform Updates to National HIV/AIDS Strategy and National Viral Hepatitis Action Plans

TheBodyPRO; Posted Sep 11, 12:56 p.m. ET

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was at USCA 2018 to hear from community members about their ideas on priorities and issues to be addressed in updates to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan, both of which are set to expire in 2020.

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.

 

At USCA 2018, Black Lives Matter Cofounder Alicia Garza Discusses HIV and Building Black Social Justice Power

Kenyon Farrow, TheBodyPRO; Posted Sep 11, 12:23 p.m. ET

Alicia Garza talks with TheBodyPRO's Kenyon Farrow about HIV's relative invisibility in black social justice spaces, despite its disproportionate impact on black communities.

Cutting Gilead Critique From Larry Kramer's USCA 2018 Speech Is the Tip of the Ableist, Ageist, Pay-to-Play Icebergs of Conference Culture

JD Davids, TheBodyPRO; Posted Sep 10, 3:07 p.m. ET

"It would be a missed opportunity if we didn't also take this moment to consider the fundamental inaccessibility of conferences," JD Davids writes.

Dealing With HIV Stigma and Discrimination

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Posted Sep 10, 1:35 p.m. ET

What is HIV stigma? What is HIV discrimination? What support services are available for someone with HIV? Get answers in this fact sheet from CDC.

Doravirine Sets a New Standard for NNRTIs -- but What Role in HIV Treatment Today?

Paul E. Sax, M.D., NEJM Journal Watch; Posted Sep 10, 12:27 p.m. ET

"Since this appears to be a 'best in class' drug, doravirine has enough advantages that it is a useful advance in HIV therapy, if not a transformational one," writes Paul Sax, M.D.


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