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'Something More Important Than Fear': My Journey Back to Treatment

Rick Guasco, Test Positive Aware Network; Posted Jan 29, 4:19 p.m. ET

"The side effects came with almost the first pill. And during the day, a depression was beginning to settle in. I was afraid that this was my new normal," says Guasco of his struggles to make peace with HIV meds.

FDA Approves Zepatier for Treatment of Chronic Hepatitis C Genotypes 1 and 4

U.S. Food and Drug Administration; Posted Jan 29, 3:43 p.m. ET

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Zepatier (elbasvir/grazoprevir) with or without ribavirin for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotypes 1 and 4 in adult patients.

On the Passing of Jacques Chambers, HIV Legal Expert

Myles Helfand, TheBody.com; Posted Jan 29, 2:05 p.m. ET

We learned earlier this week that Jacques Chambers passed away on Jan. 11. Even if that name doesn't ring a bell for you, it's likely that if you're part of the HIV community, you've been touched in some way by his efforts.

This Week in HIV Research: Tenofovir Resistance Alarmingly Common; Ongoing HIV Replication Replenishes Reservoirs; and More

Warren Tong, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Jan 29, 9:12 a.m. ET

This week, we read a study that finds a high rate of resistance to tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF, Viread) among individuals on treatment but without undetectable viral loads. We also read a study that highlights how HIV continues to replicate and replenish the viral reservoir, despite effective treatment.

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?

 

Ongoing HIV Replication Replenishes Viral Reservoirs During Therapy

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Posted Jan 28, 4:31 p.m. ET

In HIV-positive patients undergoing antiretroviral therapy (ART), ongoing HIV replication in lymphoid tissues such as the lymph nodes helps maintain stores, or reservoirs, of the virus, a new study funded by the National Institutes of Health suggests.

Disease-Free, Clean and What?

Rev. Andrena Ingram, TheBody.com; Posted Jan 28, 4:05 p.m. ET

When a Facebook friend proudly proclaimed she is "disease-free and clean," Rev. Andrena Ingram asked "What does it mean to be disease-free? Is it something to boast about?"

What's New in the U.S. HHS Antiretroviral Therapy Guidelines for Adults and Adolescents

AIDSinfo; Posted Jan 28, 3:35 p.m. ET

Here are the latest updates to the HIV treatment guidelines for adults and adolescents, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Among the expected updates were "when to start" treatment and "what to start."

Ten Things Every HIV-Positive Smoker Should Know

Mark Mascolini, The Center for AIDS Information & Advocacy; Posted Jan 28, 2:22 p.m. ET

Quitting smoking can certainly be a tough commitment to make. For HIV-positive smokers who may be struggling to quit, here are 10 things to know.

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.

 

Helping People With HIV Quit Smoking: What Works for Whom?

Mark Mascolini, The Center for AIDS Information & Advocacy; Posted Jan 28, 2:20 p.m. ET

More people have quit smoking in the U.S. than still smoke. And more than half of everyone who ever smoked has stopped. Those eye-opening statistics from the Surgeon General may be the best way to challenge hardcore smokers -- and reluctant clinicians -- who say quitting is just too tough.

Adam's Love Launches a New Clinic for GMT Individuals in Bangkok

amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research; Posted Jan 28, 2:10 p.m. ET

On Dec. 4, 2015, Adam's Love, the online HIV outreach initiative targeting gay men, other men who have sex with men (MSM), and transgender individuals (collectively, GMT), cut the ribbon on its new clinic in the heart of Bangkok.

Introducing the GMT Initiative Implementation Science Project in Thailand (Video)

Lucile Scott, amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research; Posted Jan 28, 2:09 p.m. ET

In this video, Nittaya Phanuphak, M.D., Ph.D., and Tarandeep Anand, director of Adam's Love, discuss their study investigating the best ways of reaching the remaining 20% of undiagnosed people living with HIV and linking those who test positive to care.

Which Hepatitis C Treatment to Start in 2016

Sony Salzman, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Jan 27, 10:31 p.m. ET

The hepatitis C treatment landscape has changed dramatically in a few short years, and the pace of change is expected to continue as even more new drugs are approved. Picking the right treatment for each patient depends on medical history, HCV genotype, level of liver damage and coinfections.


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