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Beyond the Mississippi Baby

amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research; Posted May 18, 2:36 p.m. ET

Encouraged by the Mississippi baby and several similar cases around the world, a nine-country clinical trial was developed by the National Institutes of Health to see if more expeditious diagnosis and treatment of HIV infection at birth might lead to eventual clearance of the virus as the young immune system matures.

Can HIV Meds Be Causing My Breast Enlargement?

Mathew Rodriguez, TheBody.com; Posted May 18, 2:25 p.m. ET

If certain HIV medications can cause gynecomastia (male breast enlargement), could they do the same in women? Dr. Joel Gallant responds.

Harnessing the Power of Antibodies

amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research; Posted May 15, 4:37 p.m. ET

Although spurring infected cells to produce HIV sounds counterintuitive, it is not until a cell is actively producing virus that the immune system can identify which cells are infected and initiate efforts to eliminate those cells.

More Age-Related Illnesses in Older People With HIV Than Comparable HIV-Negatives

The Center for AIDS; Posted May 15, 4:22 p.m. ET

HIV-positive people 45 years old or older had high blood pressure, myocardial infarction (heart attack), peripheral arterial disease and poor kidney function more often than HIV-negative individuals, according to a recent study in the Netherlands.

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?

 

HIV-Positive Individuals on Treatment Lose More Years of Life to Smoking Than to HIV

The Center for AIDS; Posted May 15, 4:16 p.m. ET

Researchers calculated that a 35-year-old HIV-positive smoker would lose eight years of life because of smoking, compared with six years lost because of HIV infection. People who quit smoking had a death rate similar to that of people who never smoked.

We Shall Not Be Removed: Black Gay Men Respond to the Sentencing of Michael Johnson

The Counter Narrative Project; Posted May 15, 3:47 p.m. ET

"Far too many young Black gay men receive an HIV diagnosis in this country, and nearly one in three can expect to in their lifetimes. And Missouri's solution, to a problem they helped create, is prison."

Michael Johnson Found Guilty of "Reckless Infection"

AIDS United; Posted May 15, 3:10 p.m. ET

"Advocates from across the country have rebuked the case for recklessly promoting stigma against people living with HIV in a case marred by homophobic and racist overtones," AIDS United states.

An HIV Doctor Discusses When Switching HIV Meds Is a Good Idea or a Bad Idea

Mathew Rodriguez, TheBody.com; Posted May 15, 2:45 p.m. ET

There are good and bad reasons to switch regimens. Joel Gallant, M.D., responds to two patients with different reasons for wanting to switch.

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.

 

Novel, Broadly Active HIV Inhibitor Shows Potential for Vaccine

Richard Jefferys, Treatment Action Group; Posted May 15, 1:34 p.m. ET

The inhibitor is designed to bind the HIV envelope at sites that attach to CD4 and CCR5 molecules on CD4 T cells; blocking this interaction prevents HIV from gaining entry and infecting the cell. It has currently shown high success in rhesus macaque models.

HIV Vaccines: Our Current Progress (Infographic)

Warren Tong, TheBody.com; Posted May 15, 12:54 p.m. ET

Let's take a look at some key facts in our current progress toward an HIV vaccine. Our friends at AVAC created an infographic to highlight some important numbers and figures.

This Week in HIV Research: Another Route for Gene Therapy; Drugmaker and University Team Up for HIV Cure

Warren Tong, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted May 15, 8:23 a.m. ET

This week we hear about a researcher who's looking into a new route for HIV gene therapy and we remain optimistic as GlaxoSmithKline and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announce a partnership to focus on HIV cure research.

AIDS Vaccines

AVAC: Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention; Posted May 14, 5:15 p.m. ET

What is an HIV vaccine? What are some of the key developments in the HIV vaccine field? This fact sheet answers those questions and provides basic information on HIV vaccine science.


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