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Magical Thinking in HIV: Much More Than Denial

Drew Gibson, Test Positive Aware Network; Posted May 24, 2:48 p.m. ET

"It happens more than you might think," Drew Gibson writes. "When you're having trouble accepting the fact that you have HIV, your thoughts can take you all kinds of places."

HIV Vaccine: Where Are We?

AIDS United; Posted May 24, 12:33 p.m. ET

A short overview of the current research and development of a vaccine for prevention of HIV transmission and the two primary approaches being used to develop such a vaccine.

New Data on HIV Among MSM: Better Knowledge. Better Response?

AIDS United; Posted May 24, 12:13 p.m. ET

A new report provides further evidence of the huge burden of HIV among U.S. men who have sex with men (MSM) and demonstrates the stark and disproportionate impact of HIV on MSM in the South.

In Memory: Paul Blanchard

Simon Collins, HIV i-Base; Posted May 24, 10:45 a.m. ET

Simon Collins remembers the co-founder of HIV i-Base, founder editor of ATP's DrFax and first editor of HIV Treatment Bulletin.

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?

 

Drug Prior Authorizations Are a Very Blunt Tool for Cost Containment -- And They're Annoying

Paul E. Sax, M.D., Journal Watch; Posted May 23, 5:34 p.m. ET

"Insurance prior authorizations, or prior approvals (PAs) -- those dreaded forms clinicians have to fill out, usually triggered by prescribing a non-formulary drug -- are much on my mind these days," Paul Sax, M.D., writes. "And most of it has to do with three letters, specifically 'TAF.'"

The Nearly Naked AIDS Advocate

Mark S. King, MyFabulousDisease.com; Posted May 23, 4:23 p.m. ET

When the curtain rises for On Demand, the newest Broadway Bares show to be performed in New York City on June 19, Ben Ryan will be back, appearing for a third time in the opening number.

Gender Inequality and HIV in South Africa: Learning From Dr. Wendee Wechsberg of RTI's Global Gender Center

Lynda Arnold, TheBody.com; Posted May 23, 4:14 p.m. ET

Just back from a conference on gender inequality, HIV, drug use and violence, Lynda Arnold senses that real change is in the air, thanks to people like Wendee Wechsberg, Ph.D., of RTI International.

Staying in the Game: A Rugby Player Learns to Overcome Obstacles to Care and Treatment

Rick Guasco, Test Positive Aware Network; Posted May 23, 3:36 p.m. ET

"I often say that rugby saved my life, because along with my medications, I always knew that there was this big commitment in my life," Bhuttu Matthews says.

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.

 

A Success Story in HIV Linkage to Care and Retention

Kathleen Jacobs-McLoyd, R.N., B.S.N., Test Positive Aware Network; Posted May 23, 3:28 p.m. ET

"What are the barriers that might prevent people to be linked and retained in care?" Kathleen Jacobs-McLoyd writes. "There are many barriers, and the solutions to these have to be numerous as well."

What People Living With HIV Are Saying About Not Coming in for Care

Christopher M. Nguyen, Pharm.D., Test Positive Aware Network; Posted May 23, 3:13 p.m. ET

"We are all aware of the benefits of being on ART (antiretroviral therapy), and that persistent viremia (having detectable viral loads) can cause ongoing inflammation leading to negative consequences such as cardiovascular disease, yet many patients are not engaged in care and their virus controlled on medications," Christopher M. Nguyen writes.

Volunteering With Kids Affected by HIV Puts Life Into Perspective

David Duran, TheBody.com; Posted May 23, 3:01 p.m. ET

David Duran says he isn't looking for praise for spending about two hours volunteering. But nonetheless, it left him changed -- and he'll be doing it again.

HIV Among Gay and Bisexual Men and Other Men Who Have Sex With Men

Global Forum on MSM & HIV; Posted May 20, 2:43 p.m. ET

This fact sheet provides some alarming statistics which reinforce the dire need to direct much of the focus of the global HIV response on MSM and other key populations.


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