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My Wishes for HIV and Health Care Reform in 2015

John Peller, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Jan 15, 3:25 p.m. ET

What does an HIV care advocate think about during a new year's smooch? Health care reform, of course! John Peller of AIDS Foundation of Chicago and HIVHealthReform.org shares his top five wishes for improving Obamacare in 2015.

With Trans-Pacific Partnership Looming, Over Half on HIV Meds in Vietnam Could Lose Access

Theo Smart, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Jan 13, 4:14 p.m. ET

One of the first studies to calculate how the draft trade agreement could affect people with HIV in resource-constrained settings notes that "similar price impacts can be expected for other countries participating in the [TPP], though these are less economically vulnerable."

New HIV Gene Therapy Shows Promise in Mice

Barbara Jungwirth, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Jan 13, 1:05 p.m. ET

Researchers at the University of California, Davis, were able to replicate the functional cure of HIV in the "Berlin patient" in a mouse model. Previous attempts at HIV gene therapy had not been very efficacious because only a small proportion of the transplanted stem cells were of the HIV-resistant variety.

"My Condoms, My Lube" Video Released in Ghana

Lucile Scott, amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research; Posted Jan 13, 12:00 p.m. ET

What do prevention videos look like in Ghana? amfAR has the scoop.

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?

 

A Magic Pill to End AIDS?

Anita Radix, M.D., and Sarit Golub, Ph.D., AIDS Community Research Initiative of America; Posted Jan 13, 12:00 p.m. ET

There's a magic pill to end AIDS -- now how can we make sure those who need it and want it can get it?

Social Media-Based Interventions Increase HIV Testing

Barbara Jungwirth, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Jan 12, 9:06 p.m. ET

Social-media-based interventions prompted men who have sex with men (MSM) to seek HIV testing more than when compared to standard HIV prevention methods.

Using What's in Your Underwear Drawer to Talk About Anal Cancer

Mathew Rodriguez, TheBody.com; Posted Jan 12, 4:47 p.m. ET

You probably don't think about people in their underwear when you think about cancer, but the National LGBT Cancer Network will change that with its Behind Closed Drawers campaign.

I'm Positive: The Game

Warren Tong, TheBody.com; Posted Jan 12, 1:33 p.m. ET

I'm Positive is an interactive video game that educates players on HIV, including "misconceptions around it, testing, treatment, disclosure, and the consequences of not getting treatment."

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.

 

Expand LGBT Health Insurance to Improve U.S. HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care

Kellan Baker, M.P.H., M.A., TheBody.com; Posted Jan 10, 9:22 p.m. ET

A study by the Center for American Progress (CAP) shows striking progress in LGBT people being able to get health care through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). To help the LGBT community better understand its new coverage options and enroll in coverage, the week between Jan. 12 and 18 has been designated National LGBT Outreach and Enrollment Week.

An Experience of HIV Care in Rural Versus Urban Areas

George Miller-Zauner, TheBody.com; Posted Jan 9, 1:02 p.m. ET

A guest writer walks us through the multiple trials and tribulations that people living with HIV in rural areas face when trying to find adequate HIV care.

Clearing the Air After an HIV Diagnosis

Helen, TheBody.com; Posted Jan 9, 9:52 a.m. ET

After an HIV diagnosis brought up old secrets, Helen learned to be more open, honest and healthy.

Waiting a Year to Start HIV Meds Could Hurt Chances for "Normal" CD4 Count

Mathew Rodriguez, TheBody.com; Posted Jan 9, 9:38 a.m. ET

What does starting HIV meds within 12 months of infection have to do with overall health?


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