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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.

Prevention and Management of HIV-Associated Cardiovascular Disease

Theo Smart, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Nov 17, 10:01 p.m. ET

"Our understanding of mechanisms of HIV-associated cardiovascular disease (CVD) has not yet translated into tailored clinical interventions," says Virginia Triant, M.D., M.P.H., who provided strategies for healthcare providers to integrate the prevention and management of CVD into HIV care.

Cardiovascular Complications in Patients Living With HIV

Theo Smart, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Nov 17, 9:57 p.m. ET

Virginia Triant, M.D., M.P.H., provided an in-depth overview on what is now known about the context and pathophysiology of cardiovascular disease in people living with HIV -- as the understanding of these complications has evolved considerably in recent years.

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?

 

HIV and Sexual Assault in Times of War: Conscious Acts of Terror

Dave R., TheBody.com; Posted Nov 17, 6:20 p.m. ET

What happens when HIV becomes a weapon in times of biological or chemical warfare?

When Your HIV Regimen Makes You Sick, Speak Up

David Duran , TheBody.com; Posted Nov 17, 5:42 p.m. ET

For months, David Duran tolerated a regimen that was harsh on his stomach because he had good results. Looking back, he had more options.

U.S. Advisory Panel Recommends Easing Ban on Gay Blood Donors, Requiring a Year of Abstinence

Sue Saltmarsh, TheBody.com; Posted Nov 17, 2:16 p.m. ET

The current policy, established in 1983 in the midst of fear about AIDS being spread through blood transfusions, prohibits donations from any man who has had sex with a man since 1977. Blood banks, scientists and LGBT activists have pushed for an end to the lifetime ban.

What Does 2015 Hold in Store for HIV Research?

Myles Helfand and Theo Smart, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Nov 14, 4:06 p.m. ET

While current HIV treatment allows patients to live long, healthy lives, there are still concerns over tolerability, adherence, quality of life, as well as prevention. Therefore, we asked some of the leading HIV experts what research they're most looking forward to over the next year.

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.

 

HIV-Positive Men Taking Erectile Dysfunction Drugs More Likely to Take Sexual Risks and Have Syphilis

Barbara Jungwirth, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Nov 14, 2:59 p.m. ET

HIV-positive men who had been prescribed medication for erectile dysfunction had a higher rate of syphilis and were more likely to have engaged in sexual risk behaviors than those who had not been prescribed such drugs, according to a study presented at IDWeek 2014.

Long-Term Tenofovir Use Associated With Higher Rates of Kidney Problems

Barbara Jungwirth, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Nov 14, 2:25 p.m. ET

Renal dysfunction was more likely in patients who had taken tenofovir (Truvada, TDF) longer, were older, or also had diabetes or hypertension, according to a study presented at IDWeek 2014.

What Do HIV Clinicians Tell Their Patients About Prevention?

Myles Helfand and Theo Smart, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Nov 14, 1:44 p.m. ET

In HIV care, focusing on patient health is always a good thing, but some patients also worry about infecting others, highlighting a need to discuss prevention as well. We asked some of the leading HIV clinicians what they tell their patients about HIV prevention.

Uncertainty About PrEP Persists Among Physicians in the United States

Theo Smart, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Nov 14, 8:29 a.m. ET

A large proportion of physicians in the U.S. still don't know how they feel about the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), according to a study presented at IDWeek 2014. The study concluded that programs should be developed to train providers prior to prescribing -- and that organizations might want to restrict prescribing of PrEP to clinicians with significant experience treating HIV.


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