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Exploring Viral Suppression Rates Among Some Indigenous People Who Started ART

Sean R. Hosein, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Jan 16, 12:20 p.m. ET

Researchers in Canada found that indigenous people were less likely to achieve an undetectable viral load during their first year of using ART.

Join Me in Fighting for Racial Justice!

Kathleen G., Positive Women's Network of the United States of America; Posted Jan 15, 12:45 p.m. ET

PWN-USA is organizing a series of webinars on dismantling racism. Register for the introductory webinar taking place on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

Desiring Intimacy After an HIV Diagnosis, in a Time More Naked Than Sexy

Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad, TheBody.com; Posted Jan 14, 1:51 p.m. ET

"It was so liberating when I rediscovered how to be intimate after my HIV diagnosis," Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad writes. "I remember looking at someone I found attractive and daring to flirt again."

Michael Johnson's HIV Criminalization Trial: Reversal, Reactions, New Developments, Next Steps

Olivia G. Ford, TheBody.com; Posted Jan 14, 1:35 p.m. ET

Despite resistance from the state where he is incarcerated, former college student and star athlete Michael Johnson may soon have another chance at justice. Get the latest legal and community reports.

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?

 

The HIV Generation Gap: Enlarging the Room for Young Black Voices While Keeping Everyone in the Conversation

George M. Johnson, TheBody.com; Posted Jan 13, 5:06 p.m. ET

"30 years from now, I too could be in the position of feeling left out of a discussion among people I fought so hard to get into the room," says George M. Johnson.

Undetectable = Untransmittable -- CATIE Signs On

Laurie Edmiston, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Jan 13, 4:50 p.m. ET

People with undetectable viral loads "can confidently declare to their sexual partners 'Iím not infectious!'" Laurie Edmiston writes. "The 'fabulousness' of this news cannot be understated."

Community Mobilization Hampered by Lack of Funding, Structural Challenges, TAG Reports

Barbara Jungwirth, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Jan 13, 4:38 p.m. ET

TAG says U.S. HIV efforts need genuine community involvement, especially when facing "the most conservative, unpredictable, and possibly dangerous White House Administration and federal legislature."

This Week in HIV Research: Quitting Smoking Adds 5 Years to Life Expectancy, and Broadly Neutralizing Antibody Treatment Studied Further

Warren Tong and Barbara Jungwirth, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Jan 13, 3:59 p.m. ET

This week, a study finds that quitting smoking could raise the life expectancy of people living with HIV by five years.

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.

 

'Will I Lose My Health Insurance?': Practical Tips to Manage Uncertainty While ACA Repeal Looms

David Fawcett Ph.D., L.C.S.W., TheBody.com; Posted Jan 13, 3:59 p.m. ET

The constant news of the determined effort to eliminate the Affordable Care Act can be panic-inducing for people with HIV -- and that stress can itself affect your health. David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W. shares strategies for catching your breath.

Congress Draws Closer Than Ever to Repealing the ACA, as Battle Lines Form in Vote-a-Rama

Caitlin McCormick-Brault, Carmel Shachar and Phil Waters, AIDS Foundation of Chicago; Posted Jan 13, 3:58 p.m. ET

Advocates should hold Senators accountable for failing to protect elements of the Affordable Care Act that are popular and critically important to preserving access to care.

Repeal Without Replace: Senate Starts Undoing Obamacare With No Replacement

AIDS United; Posted Jan 13, 2:28 p.m. ET

The Senate has taken the first step toward repealing the Affordable Care Act, narrowly approving a budget resolution that lays the groundwork for the undoing of much of Obama's health care law.

Challenging the Thought Process of HIV Stigma

Harold R. "Scottie" Scott, Posted Jan 12, 5:18 p.m. ET

"HIV/AIDS is definitely a touchy subject," Harold Scott writes. "My part in it all has been to live with it as best I can and to bring it out into the open so that it will not stay hidden."


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