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Meeting the Needs of Transgender People in San Francisco: A Clinician's Perspective

Emily Newman, BETA; Posted Nov 19, 3:55 p.m. ET

Individuals who identify as transgender often are confronted with insurance restrictions, safety concerns and psychosocial barriers in order to access medically necessary gender dysphoria health care services.

Is Dolutegravir Alone Enough to Control HIV?

Liz Highleyman, BETA; Posted Nov 19, 3:51 p.m. ET

Dolutegravir (Tivicay, DTG) may be able to suppress HIV when used with just one other well-tolerated drug, and may be able to keep viral load undetectable when used alone, according to studies presented at EACS 2015.

Diagnosing Bed Bugs: A San Francisco HIV Clinical Dermatologist Dispenses Advice

Emily Newman, BETA; Posted Nov 19, 3:47 p.m. ET

In San Francisco, Erin Amerson, M.D., has seen evidence of a bed bug epidemic. Many of her HIV patients live in densely populated areas of the city and in large apartment complexes. "Once one apartment has bed bugs, the whole building has it," Amerson says.

A Prominent Role for Innate Immunity in Eradicating HIV

Jeffrey Laurence, M.D., amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research; Posted Nov 19, 3:03 p.m. ET

Most studies for eradicating hidden HIV -- the major obstacle to a cure -- suggest that a treatment approach alone will not be enough. An HIV-positive person's immune system must be stimulated to play an active role as well.

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'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 Drug Resistance Study Highlights Need for Viral Load Tests, Affordable Second-Line Treatments

Antigone Barton, Science Speaks; Posted Nov 19, 2:39 p.m. ET

Before treatment even began, more than 5% of people living with HIV in southern Africa had viruses that were resistant to at least one of the first line of HIV drugs, which called for a switch to a second, less accessible and more expensive treatment.

Early HIV Meds Caused Body Shape Change, but Bert Perseveres

Candace Y.A. Montague,; Posted Nov 19, 2:17 p.m. ET

"Medications have gotten better over the years and you don't have to take as many as you used to or at the exact same time of day," Bert explains, "But the lipodystrophy and lipoatrophy symptoms never went away."

HIV and Body Shape Changes: Where and What Kind?

Roger Pebody,; Posted Nov 19, 1:45 p.m. ET

Body shape changes remain a reality for some people living with HIV. But where do they happen in the body? And what kind of changes are we talking about? Roger Pebody explains.

The Charlie Sheen Moment You Probably Missed

Mark S. King,; Posted Nov 19, 11:54 a.m. ET

Mark S. King remains struck by the eyes of a vulnerable man during his singular, desperate moment of grace.

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Charlie Sheen and $10 Million Worth of HIV Stigma

Jennifer Power, The Conversation; Posted Nov 18, 1:23 p.m. ET

In the four years since his HIV diagnosis, Charlie Sheen said he has paid at least $10 million to buy people's silence about his HIV status. That Sheen -- a longtime supporter of HIV charities -- would pay this much to keep his status private is indicative of the level of stigma still attached to HIV.

Tenofovir Alafenamide (TAF) in People With Kidney Dysfunction

Sean R. Hosein, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Nov 18, 12:06 p.m. ET

In general, tenofovir alafenamide (TAF) is safe, with improvements in bone and kidney health over tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF). However, those with severe kidney disease may not see improvements in kidney health, according to a recent study.

Which Black Lives Matter? 2015 U.S. Conference on AIDS Informs, Inspires and Reminds

Reggie Smith,; Posted Nov 18, 12:53 a.m. ET

Blogger Reggie Smith decries the lack of focus on experiences of heterosexual black men at the U.S.'s largest HIV community meeting.

Charlie Sheen's Disclosure Brings Exploitation of HIV-Positive People to Light

Aaron Laxton,; Posted Nov 18, 12:39 a.m. ET

"The exploitation of people living with HIV is not a new phenomenon. I have heard countless stories of how a person will hold that information over a former friend's or ex-lover's head," Laxton says.

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