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Zika Virus and HIV/AIDS: Similarities and Differences

Warren Tong, TheBody.com; Posted Feb 8, 4:34 p.m. ET

If you've been following the news, no doubt you've heard about the current Zika outbreak, which has been drawing comparisons to the HIV pandemic. So, what is Zika, and how does it compare with HIV?

Montreal Researchers Plan to Explore Dolutegravir's Effect on the HIV Reservoir

Sean R. Hosein, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Feb 8, 1:39 p.m. ET

Researchers in Montreal have designed experiments that will use dolutegravir as a probe in order to try to better understand if this drug might have an effect on the HIV reservoir.

Caution Needed When Interpreting the Results of Simplification Studies

Sean R. Hosein, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Feb 8, 11:35 a.m. ET

Because dolutegravir (Tivicay) is so powerful, some researchers are seeking to test this drug in simplification studies. In such studies, regimens are simplified from the usual four or three drugs to two or even one drug alone.

CDC Statement on National Black 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 Feb 5, 2:16 p.m. ET

The theme of this year's NBHAAD on Feb. 7 is "I Am My Brother/Sister's Keeper: Fight HIV/AIDS."

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?

 

This Week in HIV Research: Smoking Associated With Poor HIV Outcomes; How Gay Men Decide on Condomless Sex; and More

Warren Tong, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Feb 5, 1:48 p.m. ET

This week, we read a study that examines the association between recent smoking habits and viral load and CD4+ cell count. We also get some data on how gay men assess whether to have condomless sex with potential partners on dating apps.

5 HIV Stories We're Talking About: From Charlie Sheen's Fake Cure to Miss Universe

Warren Tong, TheBody.com; Posted Feb 4, 10:34 p.m. ET

Whether it's Charlie Sheen and the latest fake cure or Miss Universe, HIV continues to have a long cultural reach. Here are five HIV-related stories making waves in mainstream media that we're discussing.

Dolutegravir: A Powerful Drug Entering Different Research Paths

Sean R. Hosein, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Feb 4, 3:47 p.m. ET

Because dolutegravir (Tivicay) is so powerful, some researchers are seeking to test this drug in simplification studies. In such studies, regimens are simplified from the usual four or three drugs to two or even one drug alone.

Genvoya Approved in Canada: What You Need to Know

Sean R. Hosein, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Feb 4, 3:41 p.m. ET

Genvoya (elvitegravir/cobicistat/emtricitabine/tenofovir alafenamide) is a complete treatment in one pill that comes in the form of green capsule-shaped tablets. The dose of Genvoya used by adults with HIV is one tablet once daily with food.

My Health Tracker

My Health Tracker

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.

 

Resolutions and New Beginnings

Christian Kiley, TheBody.com; Posted Feb 4, 12:04 p.m. ET

With job woes resolved and new opportunities to share his HIV story, Kiley says he's no longer a "tightly wound anxiety driven pariah." His mantra for the new year is be brave, be ruthless, be heard -- and be happy.

How Shkreli's Turing Pharmaceuticals Sought to Placate the HIV Community About Its Drug Price Hike

JD Davids, TheBody.com; Posted Feb 3, 6:29 p.m. ET

When Martin Shkreli's Turing Pharmaceuticals planned to make billions through a drug price hike, it knew HIV activists could present an obstacle. Here's how it planned to neutralize the threat to its profiteering.

NASTAD Releases Key Findings of the 2016 National AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) Monitoring Project Report

Amanda Bowes, National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors; Posted Feb 3, 12:11 p.m. ET

Among the key findings, the majority (72%) of all clients served by ADAPs in June 2015 were reported as virally suppressed, defined as having a viral load less than 200 copies/mL.

Think Obamacare and the AIDS Drug Assistance Program Improve Health Outcomes? Here Are the Stats

JD Davids, TheBody.com; Posted Feb 3, 11:50 a.m. ET

Getting more people in care has led to high rates of viral load suppression, and ACA resources have helped ADAP dollars stretch further, reports NASTAD. But with 20 states still not expanding Medicaid, many face more limited services.


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