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PrEP in the Spotlight: Sound Bites From Creating Change

Megan Canon, M.P.H., BETA; Posted Feb 23, 5:36 p.m. ET

What did participants at this year's Creating Change conference -- the largest LGBTQ conference in the country -- have to say about the new HIV prevention drug PrEP?

Are Elite Controllers at Risk for Increased Hospitalization?

Mathew Rodriguez,; Posted Feb 23, 5:25 p.m. ET

Elite controllers are able to manage their viral load without the use of HIV meds, but could not being on HIV treatment mean they actually have worse health outcomes?

Women and PrEP: The Bridging Role of Local Health Departments

Julie "JD" Davids,; Posted Feb 23, 3:35 p.m. ET

On the day before CROI 2015, the U.S. Women and PrEP Working Group strategized how to expand PrEP access for women. Gretchen Weiss, M.P.H., senior program analyst for the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), showed how local health departments can be the bridge.

CMV Associated With 50% Increased Risk of Non-AIDS-Related Mortality in HIV-Positive People

Gareth Hardy, HIV i-Base; Posted Feb 23, 12:42 p.m. ET

Coinfection with cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection may be associated with a 50% higher risk of non-AIDS-defining mortality compared to HIV-positive people who are CMV negative, according to an analysis from Italian ICONA cohort study.

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'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?


The First Man Cured of HIV to Join the HIV Cruise Retreat

Mark S. King,; Posted Feb 23, 12:14 p.m. ET

He's been cured of HIV, but he's still very much a part of the HIV community. Timothy Ray Brown is joining this year's "POZ Cruise," which is being hosted by Mark S. King for the fifth year in a row!

An HIV Doctor Tells You if Serodiscordant Couples Need to Use Condoms

Mathew Rodriguez,; Posted Feb 20, 7:02 p.m. ET

Do serodiscordant couples need to use a condom when they want to have sex? A prominent HIV doctor sounds off.

Impact of Smoking on Life Expectancy in HIV Infection

Gareth Hardy, HIV i-Base; Posted Feb 20, 6:25 p.m. ET

Smoking may double the risk of mortality for HIV-positive people according to results from a large collaborative HIV cohort study of people who have been on antiretroviral therapy for more than one year.

Study Explores Risk for Shingles in the Current Era

Sean R. Hosein, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Feb 20, 12:05 p.m. ET

Shingles occurs when the virus that causes chicken pox becomes active again. If you've had the chicken pox, you can get shingles. Should people living with HIV be worried, and what should they know?

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New York City's New HIV Awareness Campaign Shows Intimacy in the Age of HIV

Heather Boerner,; Posted Feb 20, 9:05 a.m. ET

HIV testing in NYC is getting a brand new face. Rather than using fear-mongering as in the past, the Department of Health has chosen to highlight intimacy in its new campaign.

In Childhood Vaccine Controversy, an Indirect Lesson for HIV/AIDS Advocates

Mitchell Warren,; Posted Feb 19, 9:53 a.m. ET

The anti-vaccine controversy could never occur if vaccines weren't so powerfully effective in the first place. From the beginning of the HIV/AIDS epidemic we've hoped for a vaccine that could help control and eliminate HIV in the same way polio and to a lesser degree measles have been controlled.

Keeping Me All Together: Highlights From Rae Lewis-Thornton's Struggle With Diarrhea and IBS

Mathew Rodriguez,; Posted Feb 17, 3:52 p.m. ET

For Rae Lewis-Thornton, GI issues are nothing new. In her honest, unsparing account of her challenges and triumphs with recurring diarrhea, she explains, "I'm never going to quit, no matter how much I feel like I want to. My perseverance is simple. I press because the sum total of my life is greater than the sum total of my pain."

Following the HIV Primary Care Guidelines: A Walk-Through

Rob Camp,; Posted Feb 17, 2:53 p.m. ET

To provide a better sense of how to provide primary care for patients living with HIV, here's a walk-through of the HIVMA/IDSA Primary Care Guidelines.

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