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World AIDS Day Comes Early: UNAIDS Report Has Bold Vision, Key Messages -- but Needs More Precision on HIV Prevention

AVAC: Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention; Posted Nov 19, 1:07 p.m. ET

"Everything that the UNAIDS report lists is important. But the details of what goes where -- which packages, in which places -- and what specific terms mean are missing."

10 Moments in HIV Empowerment in 2014

Rod McCullom, TheBody.com; Posted Nov 19, 12:29 p.m. ET

Empowerment means "to invest with power." By the power vested in us on World AIDS Day, we offer this celebration of top moments of HIV empowerment in 2014.

A Baby, an HIV-Positive Diagnosis and a Breakup -- All in One Month

Mathew Rodriguez, TheBody.com; Posted Nov 19, 12:25 p.m. ET

There's a saying that life only gives us what we can handle. For Greg Guelda, his life was completely changed one December when he adopted a child, despite splitting up with his longtime partner.

The End of AIDS Is a Cynical Lie

Mark S. King, TheBody.com; Posted Nov 19, 12:24 p.m. ET

The seemingly imminent end of HIV has become a rallying cry for everything from AIDS Walk pledges to research dollars. And however well-meaning these contentions might be, I find it to be a sad and cynical ploy for donations and engagement. Our public credibility as HIV advocates is constantly at stake. We must tell the truth, whether about modes of transmission, sexual risk behaviors or the importance of treatment. We don't make claims we can't back up. We don't play with the emotions of people who, like me, have labored in the HIV trenches for the last 30 years and want nothing more than for this nightmare to finally come to an end.

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?

 

Why You Might Not Want to Start HIV Medications

Aaron Laxton, TheBody.com; Posted Nov 18, 5:15 p.m. ET

"I do not take medications out of a sense of obligation to society. I do not take medications in order to reduce the transmission of the virus. I chose to take medications for myself."

Why Did We Immediately Panic Over Ebola but Not HIV?

Josh Kruger, TheBody.com; Posted Nov 18, 5:14 p.m. ET

What are the similarities between Ebola hysteria and early AIDS hysteria? The answer is complicated and infuriating, says Josh Kruger.

Can We Afford to Cure HIV?

TheBody.com; Posted Nov 18, 4:56 p.m. ET

What would you be willing to pay for a cure for HIV? We bring you five fresh perspectives, from science to the streets.

What Will the Republican-Led U.S. Congress Mean for People on HIV Treatment?

Sue Saltmarsh, TheBody.com; Posted Nov 18, 4:49 p.m. ET

"In terms of Ryan White, I don't think there's any real threat to the funding. When you get into the more contentious issues of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) ... I think it's anyone's guess as to what's going to happen."

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Filmmaker Envisions 100 Screenings of Hard-Hitting Film About HIV in the U.S. South for World AIDS Day

Sue Saltmarsh, TheBody.com; Posted Nov 18, 4:15 p.m. ET

Filmmaker Lisa Biagiotti was curious about the statistics, but those numbers have now become people to her. She envisions screenings across the nation to spur action against the epidemic in the Southern U.S.

How Can I Prevent HIV Transmission? (Infographic)

TheBody.com; Posted Nov 18, 3:14 p.m. ET

Remember, assuming someone is HIV negative is not the best prevention strategy, but there are many other useful strategies -- before, during or after exposure to the virus.

TheBody.com's Community Editor Mathew Rodriguez Named to POZ 100

Staff Writer, TheBody.com; Posted Nov 18, 2:53 p.m. ET

The writer and editor is also member of ACT UP NY and The Recollectors, an online community of people who have lost their parents to AIDS-related illnesses.

Red Reminds Me

TheBody.com; Posted Nov 18, 1:12 p.m. ET

In honor of World AIDS Day 2014, TheBody.com is launching a photo contest focused on HIV's groundbreaking emblem: the red ribbon.


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