New Technique to Deliver Life-Saving Drugs to the Brain
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Posted May 8, 1:02 p.m. ET
Researchers report the development of a novel technique to deliver antiretroviral therapies to HIV-infected brain cells. The team has successfully tested the technique in a laboratory setting, and will soon begin the next phase of evaluation.
Our Secrets Keep Us Sick
Reggie Smith, TheBody.com; Posted May 7, 5:06 p.m. ET
"In my case, all I really wanted was love. In order to get it, I would lie and keep secrets to and from everyone, including myself. Unfortunately, like any good undercover agent who is in 'deep cover' too long, I believed my own lies."
Large U.S. HIV Vaccine Trial, HVTN 505, Halted After Lack of Efficacy Found
Warren Tong, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted May 7, 1:03 p.m. ET
"This trial has provided a clear, swift answer about a specific vaccine strategy," prominent vaccine advocate Mitchell Warren said. "It's not the answer we hoped for, but the search doesn't end here."
Mental Therapy and HIV: One Patient's Perspective
Ibrahim, TheBody.com; Posted May 6, 5:06 p.m. ET
"Choosing an experienced therapist to provide mental care for you is crucial and as important as choosing a qualified medical doctor. ... I hope we will have chances to make better choices when choosing our therapists."
Whether or not you have heard of the treatment cascade, if you are living with HIV, then you are represented on it. The treatment cascade is a powerful visual reminder of the state of the HIV epidemic in the U.S. in terms of how many people have a fully suppressed viral load -- and how many people are at each stage of getting toward that health goal.
The treatment cascade relays to the viewer the idea that everyone's HIV diagnosis is the beginning of a journey. With this Treatment Cascade Spotlight Series, TheBody.com has set out to mix the medical statistics that comprise the cascade with personal stories from our community about each of the unique steps of this journey.
Study Suggests PrEP May Not Increase Sexual Risk-Taking in Gay Men
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Posted May 6, 1:06 p.m. ET
The approval of Truvada for use as an HIV prevention pill by HIV-negative people raised concerns among some that those using the drug might become more sexually reckless. A recent study of gay men suggests those concerns can be put to bed.
When Did You Start HIV Meds? Stories Spanning Several Decades
TheBody.com; Posted May 4, 12:44 p.m. ET
One thing is certain: Whether you took your first fistful of pills in the late 1980s or began last week with one of several single-pill regimens, starting HIV meds is a life-changing event. Many of our bloggers and community members have told their stories of starting treatment; here's what some of them had to say about it.
HIV/AIDS and Latinas: What Does Gender Have to Do With It? Part 1
Zayda Rivera, TheBody.com; Posted May 3, 8:00 p.m. ET
In this exclusive, two-part roundtable discussion, a group of four Latinas deeply involved in the HIV community talk about a range of major issues that contribute to HIV prevention and treatment gaps among Latin-American women. The tackle issues such as how gender inequality makes Latinas vulnerable to HIV, what prevention obstacles exist for Latinas and how language can serve as a barrier to HIV treatment and information.
Getting My Viral Load Down
Bernadette Berzoza, TheBody.com; Posted May 3, 7:00 p.m. ET
In her 23 years living with HIV, Bernadette Berzoza has had more than her share of ups and downs with HIV treatment. For her, the key to long-term success has been listening to her own needs -- and having a care provider who was willing to listen, too.
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Why Does Mainstream Media Continue to Throw Young Black Gay Men Under the Bus?
Mathew Rodriguez, TheBody.com; Posted May 3, 6:00 p.m. ET
"The New York Daily News published an article entitled 'Young Black Gay Men Who Hide Sexuality May Be Behind Brooklyn's HIV Epidemic, Doctors Say.' The article, from the headline on in, is stigmatizing, racist, heterosexist, shortsighted and misinformed."
Get TheBody.com in the Palm of Your Hand
TheBody.com; Posted May 3, 5:02 p.m. ET
You asked for it -- so we built it. TheBody.com has a brand new smartphone app that brings the best of our content right to your iPhone. And the best part? It's free. Download it, install it and give us lots of pretty stars in the iTunes Store!
Cognitive Disorders Are Common in French Cohort but Are Not HIV-Related
Asya Satti, HIV i-Base; Posted May 3, 3:08 p.m. ET
"A French study has reported that neurocognitive impairment was common in a group of unselected HIV positive adults, but that this was not related to either HIV or HIV treatment," reports Asya Satti for HIV i-Base.
Supreme Court Justices Hear Arguments in Case Challenging Anti-Prostitution Pledge
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation; Posted May 3, 1:03 p.m. ET
"Supreme Court justices appeared divided on Monday as they considered a challenge to a law requiring non-profit organizations to adopt an anti-prostitution policy in order to obtain federal funding for HIV/AIDS programs abroad," Reuters reports.
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