Blueprints for Resilience: Young Black Gay Men, HIV and the Future
Charles Stephens, AIDS United; Posted May 10, 3:04 p.m. ET
After years of neglect, young black gay men are finally about to join the HIV prevention conversation, writes Charles Stephens. First on the agenda in his mind? Fighting institutional stigma, as well as promoting opportunities for entrepreneurship, leadership and intergenerational dialogue.
CROI 2013: Women's Issues in HIV Research (Video)
International Foundation for Alternative Research in AIDS; Posted May 10, 1:02 p.m. ET
Join three of the top minds in HIV research and advocacy as they talk about the future of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for women, the intersection of HIV and hormonal contraceptives, and the impact of the recent "cured baby" news for women living with HIV.
Getting to Undetectable: People Living With HIV Share Their Stories
TheBody.com; Posted May 9, 5:01 p.m. ET
An undetectable viral load: It's a powerful concept with profound implications for the lives of people living with HIV (and their partners). We asked community members for their thoughts about getting their own viral loads down as low as they can go.
Key Points LGBT People Need to Discuss With Their Health Care Providers
Mathew Rodriguez, TheBody.com; Posted May 9, 3:01 p.m. ET
How can lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people get the most out of face-to-face visits with their medical providers? Earlier this year, Robert Murayama, M.D., of APICHA Community Health Center hosted a workshop exploring this question.
Whether or not you have heard of the treatment cascade, if you are living with HIV, then you are represented on it. The treatment cascade is a powerful visual reminder of the state of the HIV epidemic in the U.S. in terms of how many people have a fully suppressed viral load -- and how many people are at each stage of getting toward that health goal.
The treatment cascade relays to the viewer the idea that everyone's HIV diagnosis is the beginning of a journey. With this Treatment Cascade Spotlight Series, TheBody.com has set out to mix the medical statistics that comprise the cascade with personal stories from our community about each of the unique steps of this journey.
Reflections on the 3rd International Conference on Viral Hepatitis
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D., TheBodyPRO.com; Posted May 9, 1:04 p.m. ET
"Several hundred attendees from multiple countries heard plenary presentations from world-class experts, panel discussions on the pharmaceutical discovery pipeline, liver transplantation, managing side effects and perspectives on stigma," Ben Young, M.D., Ph.D., reports.
Don't Take NO for an Answer: How to Overcome Your Insurance Company Choosing Your Pharmacy for You
Michelle J. Sherman, R.Ph., A.A.H.I.V.P., TheBody.com; Posted May 8, 5:00 p.m. ET
"Remember that you are in charge of your own destiny. Your physicians, nurses, case managers, pharmacists and other health care providers are your team. Be a strong captain ... tell your team what you expect from them and guide them to the win."
New Technique to Deliver Life-Saving Drugs to the Brain
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Posted May 8, 1:02 p.m. ET
Researchers report the development of a novel technique to deliver antiretroviral therapies to HIV-infected brain cells. The team has successfully tested the technique in a laboratory setting, and will soon begin the next phase of evaluation.
Our Secrets Keep Us Sick
Reggie Smith, TheBody.com; Posted May 7, 5:06 p.m. ET
"In my case, all I really wanted was love. In order to get it, I would lie and keep secrets to and from everyone, including myself. Unfortunately, like any good undercover agent who is in 'deep cover' too long, I believed my own lies."
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Large U.S. HIV Vaccine Trial, HVTN 505, Halted After Lack of Efficacy Found
Warren Tong, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted May 7, 1:03 p.m. ET
"This trial has provided a clear, swift answer about a specific vaccine strategy," prominent vaccine advocate Mitchell Warren said. "It's not the answer we hoped for, but the search doesn't end here."
Mental Therapy and HIV: One Patient's Perspective
Ibrahim, TheBody.com; Posted May 6, 5:06 p.m. ET
"Choosing an experienced therapist to provide mental care for you is crucial and as important as choosing a qualified medical doctor. ... I hope we will have chances to make better choices when choosing our therapists."
Study Suggests PrEP May Not Increase Sexual Risk-Taking in Gay Men
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Posted May 6, 1:06 p.m. ET
The approval of Truvada for use as an HIV prevention pill by HIV-negative people raised concerns among some that those using the drug might become more sexually reckless. A recent study of gay men suggests those concerns can be put to bed.
When Did You Start HIV Meds? Stories Spanning Several Decades
TheBody.com; Posted May 4, 12:44 p.m. ET
One thing is certain: Whether you took your first fistful of pills in the late 1980s or began last week with one of several single-pill regimens, starting HIV meds is a life-changing event. Many of our bloggers and community members have told their stories of starting treatment; here's what some of them had to say about it.
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