TB Advocates Push Back Against Language of Stigma and Criminalization
Julie "JD" Davids, TheBody.com; Posted Mar 20, 2:51 p.m. ET
When it comes to stigma, TB paved the way well before HIV came on the scene. Over a million people worldwide have both HIV and TB. Now, TB advocates have scored a major victory against stigmatizing language.
Even With Early HIV Meds, Signs of Gut-Damaging Inflammation Are High
Julie "JD" Davids, TheBody.com; Posted Mar 20, 2:15 p.m. ET
Even if people with HIV start antiretroviral therapy very soon after infection, there are still signs of ongoing damage to the gut, a new study reveals. "The inflammatory damage caused by HIV may not be completely prevented by starting [antiretroviral therapy] during acute HIV infection,” explain the researchers.
With HIV Cure as the Goal, Gene Therapy Research Expands
Martha Kempner, TheBody.com; Posted Mar 20, 12:04 p.m. ET
What if someone could have HIV in his or her body, but the virus was incapable of causing harm? That's the tantalizing promise of a "functional cure" for HIV. A new trial will evaluate if gene therapy can achieve this goal.
New Kick and Kill HIV Cure Drug, TLR7 Agonist, Shows Promise
Project Inform; Posted Mar 19, 11:03 p.m. ET
A new type of drug, called a toll-like receptor 7 (TLR7) agonist, was able to activate HIV-infected CD4 cells from HIV-positive donors on antiretroviral therapy, leading to the release and replication of virus.
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?
Starting HIV Treatment Early Leads to Better Health and Improved Immune Systems
Project Inform; Posted Mar 19, 11:01 p.m. ET
Two studies presented at CROI 2015 provided results that describe the benefits to starting HIV treatment early, in terms of time (within three months of infection) and in terms of CD4 count (greater than 350 cells).
Fat Gains After Starting HIV Treatment Associated With High Viral Loads
Theo Smart, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Mar 17, 4:32 p.m. ET
Having a high viral load when starting treatment was most consistently associated with body composition changes after starting antiretroviral therapy.
New HIV Maturation Inhibitor BMS-955176 Appears Safe and Potent
Project Inform; Posted Mar 17, 12:57 p.m. ET
This "second-generation" drug inhibits HIV in the last steps of its life cycle by preventing it from becoming fully mature before it can infect more immune cells.
Promising Results for New HIV Attachment Inhibitor Drug Fostemsavir
Project Inform; Posted Mar 17, 12:31 p.m. ET
This drug is unique as it targets the surface protein gp120 on the virus which prevents attachment to the CD4 receptor, something that no other approved HIV drug has done before. Results showed good control of HIV levels and tolerable side effects.
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Surveying Leaders With HIV as a Step to Combat Stigma
The SERO Project; Posted Mar 16, 4:58 p.m. ET
Empowering the stigmatized is the most effective way to combat stigma. SERO's Network Empowerment Project's survey is the first step toward working to build networks of key populations living with HIV, such as young gay and bisexual men, transgender women, women of color, sex workers, incarcerated people and people who use drugs.
Focused on What's Important: Cedric Gum
Marvell Terry, Human Rights Campaign; Posted Mar 16, 3:36 p.m. ET
After Cedric Gum found out his status in 2012, he knew that others like him had a lack of knowledge about HIV, and that needed to change.
HIV Transmission Risk Remains During First 6 Months of Treatment
Terri Wilder, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Mar 12, 2:22 p.m. ET
A person living with HIV can transmit the virus during the first six months of starting treatment. Researchers suggest extra prevention strategies for mixed-status couples during this period before viral suppression is achieved.
Beating the Odds: Darwin Thompson
Beth Sherouse and Marvell Terry, Human Rights Campaign; Posted Mar 11, 3:53 p.m. ET
Both of Darwin Thompson's birth parents were HIV positive, and HIV has shaped his whole life. He now works in Atlanta to keep people HIV negative.
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