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Due to Public Outcry, Publix Will Offer PrEP Coverage to Employees

Kenyon Farrow, TheBody; Posted Feb 6, 2:42 p.m. ET

After public outcry, Publix announced that it is changing its policy to cover PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) in its employee insurance plan.

Yummy Stews, Sunlight Time, and Friends: Find Out How These HIV-Positive Folks Cope With the Winter Blues

Tim Murphy, TheBody; Posted Feb 6, 1:24 p.m. ET

HIV-positive cold-clime folks on how they stave off colds, seasonal affective disorder, or the run-of-the-mill winter blues -- and how they stay toasty and cozy -- until those daffodils start a-poppin'!

Black AIDS Institute Announces Founder Phill Wilson Retirement, New Initiatives

Phill Wilson , Black AIDS Institute; Posted Feb 6, 11:55 a.m. ET

After 19 years at the helm of The Black AIDS Institute, president and CEO Phill Wilson says he will soon be stepping down from the role.

HIV Cure: Squaring What's Medically Possible With Public Expectations

David Evans, Laurie Sylla, Jeff Taylor, Lynda Dee, Michael Louella, and Karine Dubé with assistance from Stuart Luter, Positively Aware; Posted Feb 5, 1:39 p.m. ET

A large survey conducted among people living with HIV in the U.S. asked the question: "What does a 'cure for HIV' mean to you?"

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?

 

Despite Advances on the Outside, Life for Women With HIV in Prison Remains Risky

Victoria Law, TheBody; Posted Feb 5, 12:15 p.m. ET

The rates of HIV among incarcerated women are higher than those of their non-incarcerated counterparts. In many prisons, information about HIV is scarce and gaps in treatment are common.

PrEPception

Emily S. Miller, M.D., M.P.H., Positively Aware; Posted Feb 2, 2:25 p.m. ET

CDC guidelines for serodifferent couples trying to conceive have been updated, but provider education is still needed.

Modern Family

Jourdan Barnes, Positively Aware; Posted Feb 2, 1:58 p.m. ET

Two same gender loving men in a serodifferent marriage start a family of their own.

Treating the New Hep C Generation on Their Turf

Pauline Bartolone, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation; Posted Feb 1, 4:17 p.m. ET

Once a week, Dr. Diana Sylvestre puts her medical expertise to use in a rickety old house frequented by drug users in a small Northern California city.

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Love, Sex, and Hepatitis C

Lucinda K. Porter, R.N., HCV Advocate; Posted Feb 1, 3:18 p.m. ET

"Although the risk of becoming infected with hepatitis C through unprotected sexual intercourse is low, it is still possible," writes Lucinda Porter, R.N.

Activists Demand Gilead Rescind nPEP Patient Access Program's Once-Per-Lifetime Use Limit

Martha Kempner, TheBody; Posted Feb 1, 1:44 p.m. ET

Gilead Sciences is coming under fire from HIV/AIDS activist groups for a recent change to its patient assistance program, imposing a once-per-lifetime limit on access to Truvada as part of non-occupational post-exposure prophylaxis (nPEP).

Making HIV -- and Bias -- 'Part of the Party' to Strengthen Our Response to the Epidemic

Olivia G. Ford, TheBodyPRO; Posted Feb 1, 12:33 p.m. ET

Not talking about HIV does not lead to HIV ceasing to be a profound public health challenge; the same is true for the explicit and implicit biases that underpin the HIV response. Marsha Martin, D.S.W., discusses ways to remove the harm of bias on a wider scale in the epidemic response.

Recruiting Natural Killer Cells to Target HIV Persistence

Richard Jefferys, Treatment Action Group; Posted Jan 31, 12:58 p.m. ET

There is growing interest in cells considered part of the innate immune system, particularly natural killer (NK) cells. A number of studies have been published that support the idea that NK cells can play an important role in controlling virus replication.


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