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Inflammation and Its Discontents

Sean R. Hosein, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Jan 21, 12:05 p.m. ET

When cells of the immune system encounter invading germs they can become activated and enter into a heightened state of alert. Such cells help to marshal the immune system against germs.

Thoughts on PrEP -- From the First Person Cured of HIV

Timothy Ray Brown, Test Positive Aware Network; Posted Jan 21, 11:30 a.m. ET

Timothy Ray Brown, the "Berlin Patient" discusses his thoughts on PrEP, and how he wishes it had been available to him early in his sexual life.

Good News About HIV Drug Safety From an Even Larger Study

Sean R. Hosein, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Jan 21, 11:30 a.m. ET

"No increases in risk of overall birth defects or specific defects have been detected to date," states the largest database that has captured information on the safety of antiretroviral therapy during pregnancy.

Coming Together to Share Stories of Losing a Parent to HIV/AIDS

David Duran, TheBody.com; Posted Jan 21, 1:09 a.m. ET

The Recollectors was created so individuals who lost a parent to AIDS could share their experiences with one another. Recently, members came together in person to tell their stories.

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?

 

Did IMF Policies Contribute to the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa?

Katherine Moriarty, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Jan 20, 3:31 p.m. ET

New paper alleges that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) contributed to the circumstances that enabled the crisis to arise. The IMF says the analysis is flawed, and that it has contributed to Ebola efforts and is seeking to provide more debt relief.

Test for HIV, Hepatitis C and Hepatitis B Approved by FDA

Warren Tong, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Jan 20, 3:15 p.m. ET

On Jan. 9, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a three-in-one test that detects HIV, hepatitis C and hepatitis B.

U.S. Analysis of the Safety of Antiretroviral Therapy During Pregnancy

Sean R. Hosein, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Jan 20, 2:22 p.m. ET

Today, it is extremely rare for infants in Canada to be born with HIV or to become infected after birth when a combination of measures are taken.

Eastern Ukraine Running Out of Meds for HIV, TB and Opiate Substitution

Julie "JD" Davids, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Jan 20, 1:23 p.m. ET

Advocacy and care group says, unless centralized supplies of vital medicines arrive within the next one or two weeks, there could be a humanitarian catastrophe.

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.

 

Aging GRACIE-fully

Rick Loftus, M.D., Test Positive Aware Network; Posted Jan 20, 10:31 a.m. ET

It takes a village to raise a child, but it also takes a village to support an older person living with HIV.

Raquel Sapien Shares Her Life as an Openly HIV-Positive, Trans Activist

Mathew Rodriguez, TheBody.com; Posted Jan 18, 4:17 p.m. ET

Raquel Sapien is openly transgender and living with HIV, and in this interview she discusses stigma within the family, dealing with coinfection and mental health and why being a sex worker has made her such a good counselor.

The Cynical Connectedness of Gilead's Hepatitis C Pricing and Anti-Diversion Policies

Brook K. Baker, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Jan 16, 6:45 p.m. ET

Gilead has devised a strategy to extract maximum profits, suggests policy analyst Brook Baker. He urges us not to blame governments and force taxpayers to create more pharmaceutical wealth, and instead calls for action to ensure access for all at an affordable, disease-ending price.

Why HIV Vaccines May Be Failing

Martha Kempner, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Jan 16, 3:29 p.m. ET

Two recent, large-scale clinical trials on vaccines found higher SIV acquisition in monkeys who were vaccinated compared to those who had received the placebo. This "backfire effect" may be because increasing the number of immune cells also increases the number of targets for the virus.


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