Higher Body Mass Index Predicts Greater CD4 Count Gain After Starting HIV Treatment
Mark Mascolini, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Sep 28, 8:56 p.m. ET
Having a higher body mass index was associated with greater CD4 count increases when starting HIV treatment, according to a North American study.
Why Is This Peruvian Woman With HIV Speaking Out Against an International Trade Agreement?
Barbara Jungwirth, TheBody.com; Posted Sep 28, 8:13 p.m. ET
Advocates say that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would deny access to affordable life-saving medications for people living with cancer, HIV and other serious medical conditions.
It's Your Move: How to Find a Provider, Knowing Your Rights and More
Enid Vázquez, Test Positive Aware Network; Posted Sep 28, 7:13 p.m. ET
Seven succinct, tremendously valuable tips for the person who is just beginning their journey into HIV treatment and care within the U.S.
Representative Maxine Waters: If Black Lives Matter, Don't Cut the Minority AIDS Initiative
Hadiyah Charles, TheBody.com; Posted Sep 28, 2:27 p.m. ET
"Clearly, the lives of blacks, Latinos, and other minorities disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS are still at great risk and we cannot afford to let the Minority AIDS Initiative be decimated," said Rep. Waters, a longtime Congressional HIV advocate, at the 2015 U.S. Conference on AIDS.
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.
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?
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?
Racial Justice Activist DeRay Mckesson Reflects on HIV and the Black Lives Matter Movement
Drew Gibson, TheBody.com; Posted Sep 28, 1:41 p.m. ET
DeRay Mckesson, a powerful activist for racial justice, took the stage at the U.S. Conference on AIDS to discuss Black Lives Matter and his own experiences with HIV testing and stigma.
Bone Density Drops About 1% in HIV-Negative MSM and Transgender Women on PrEP
Mark Mascolini, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Sep 27, 9:41 p.m. ET
Spine and hip bone mineral density fell slightly but significantly in the first 24 weeks of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) among HIV-negative men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women in the iPrEx study.
HIV Increases Bone Fracture Risk by 32% in Middle-Aged U.S. Women
Mark Mascolini, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Sep 27, 9:39 p.m. ET
HIV infection increased the risk of a new fracture by 32% in a mostly premenopausal group in the Women's Interagency HIV Study (WIHS). Older age, white race, previous fracture history, injection drug use, opiate use and smoking also independently raised the risk of any fracture.
Five Tips for HIV Med Adherence While Traveling
David Duran, TheBody.com; Posted Sep 25, 1:08 p.m. ET
Traveling can challenge even the most adherent person when it comes to keeping up with HIV meds. Enjoy some vacation snapshots from David Duran as he shares his top travel tips!
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.
This Week in HIV Research: Speeding Up Cure Research; HIV Maintenance Therapy; Bone Mineral Density Changes; and More
Warren Tong, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Sep 25, 11:39 a.m. ET
This week leading experts offer a possible road map for accelerating the way we conduct HIV cure research. We also read updated results on a two-drug regimen as HIV maintenance therapy.
CDC Statement on the Annual National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
Jonathan H. Mermin, M.D., M.P.H., and Eugene McCray, M.D., U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Posted Sep 25, 11:27 a.m. ET
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reminds us that gay and bisexual men of all races and ethnicities continue to be severely affected by HIV infection. HIV diagnoses continue to increase among young gay and bisexual men, and this group is the least likely of all gay and bisexual men to be linked to treatment, retained in care, or virally suppressed.
Talking to the Media and Using Social Media
The Well Project; Posted Sep 25, 10:12 a.m. ET
Get tips on talking to the media as well as the best ways to use social media in advocacy around HIV/AIDS.
How to Be an Advocate for Yourself and Others
The Well Project; Posted Sep 25, 10:01 a.m. ET
Learn about ways you can be an HIV advocate, speak up for yourself or others, and make a difference on an individual or community level.
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