HIV Treatment Adherence Higher in Walgreens Pharmacy Users
CDC National Prevention Information Network; Posted Nov 22, 3:01 p.m. ET
In a study of Walgreens pharmacy customers, those who used HIV-specialized pharmacies actually fared better in terms of adherence than those who did not. Is your pharmacist knowledgeable?
How Can Science Help End HIV-Related Travel Restrictions? (Video)
Olivia Ford, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Nov 22, 1:00 p.m. ET
These restrictions have no proven public-health benefit -- and can, in fact, shroud nations in a false sense of assurance that such bans, and not sound health policy, will keep HIV in their countries.
This Again? New Opportunities to Disclose My HIV Status (or Not)
David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., TheBody.com; Posted Nov 21, 5:00 p.m. ET
"How central is AIDS to my identity? It certainly is an inescapable and significant part of my life, but I have endeavored to keep it in its place. "
Word on the Street: Experiences Disclosing One's HIV Status
TheBody.com; Posted Nov 21, 3:00 p.m. ET
It's been said that the intense focus on privacy in many Latino communities creates a "veil of secrecy" around HIV, making it profoundly difficult for many individuals to be open about their status. Here, Latinos living with HIV/AIDS -- from all walks of life -- share their experiences telling others they're HIV positive, sometimes with unexpected results. (Also available in Spanish.)
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.
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?
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?
GMHC Sets the Record Straight: The Truth Behind Its Finances
Gay Men's Health Crisis; Posted Nov 21, 1:00 p.m. ET
After a recent article presented what Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) called "defamatory stories" regarding its finances, the oldest AIDS service organization is setting the record straight.
Restarting HIV Meds and Trying Magnet Therapy
Lynda Arnold, TheBody.com; Posted Nov 20, 5:00 p.m. ET
"You get a magnet strapped to your head and they send pulses to help shift the neurons in your brain so that they can treat the symptoms of mood disorders, affected concentration and energy levels."
Sexuality, Romance and Reproductive Freedom for U.S. Women Living With HIV: Groundbreaking New Report
Positive Women's Network of the United States of America; Posted Nov 20, 3:03 p.m. ET
For women living with HIV, conversations around sexual and reproductive health and rights are essential. One women's group compiled a document that has cut through the myths and discusses the issues.
Adherence to Non-HIV Medications May Be Greater Cause for Concern Than Adherence to Antiretrovirals
Myles Helfand, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Nov 20, 2:08 p.m. ET
A new study warns that many people with HIV have a harder time staying on top of antidepressants, prescription vitamins and other important meds than they do keeping up with their HIV treatment.
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Research on Two Supplements Addresses HIV-Driven Inflammation in the Gut
Jeannie Wraight, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Nov 19, 5:00 p.m. ET
"Gastrointestinal (GI) health is proving to be a vital, though often ignored, component of HIV infection."
Advocates Applaud Launch of World's First Phase II Rectal Microbicide Study
International Rectal Microbicide Advocates; Posted Nov 19, 3:01 p.m. ET
Advocate for rectal microbicides, a lubricant gel that can help fight HIV transmission, are having what feels like "every holiday imaginable rolled into one," thanks to a new trial going forward.
Smoking and Hypertension Associated With Greater Arterial Stiffness in People Aging With HIV
Fred Furtado, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Nov 19, 1:00 p.m. ET
It's not HIV itself that causes arteries to stiffen, a new study says; the blame lies instead with more traditional risk factors for heart disease, which are common among people with HIV.
More Than a Statistic
Janine Brignola, TheBody.com; Posted Nov 18, 5:01 p.m. ET
"You don't need me to tell you that there is stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS. Because of that stigma, we who live with HIV are often afraid. "
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