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Can We Make Crack Cocaine Smoking Safer?

Carol Strike, Hemant Gohil and Tara Marie Watson, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Aug 8, 4:29 p.m. ET

Distributing safer crack cocaine smoking equipment could help keep people HIV negative. What are the best ways to do it?

What Is HIV Contact Tracing and Why Is It Important?

Logan Broeckaert and Margaret Haworth-Brockman, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Aug 8, 4:23 p.m. ET

HIV contact tracing -- also called partner notification -- is meant to encourage partners to test for HIV. Are current strategies working?

Getting to the Bottom of It: Anal Sex, Rectal Fluid and HIV Transmission

James Wilton, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Aug 8, 4:15 p.m. ET

Does rectal fluid transmit HIV? There's a lot of misinformation out there -- and we have the facts.

An Activist's Welcome -- and a Friendly Challenge -- to NYC's New HIV Head

Jim Eigo, TheBody.com; Posted Aug 7, 9:37 p.m. ET

If NYC's new HIV/AIDS leader applies his "willingness to challenge orthodoxies and natural media savvy" to HIV testing, the results could make NYC a world model, says a longtime activist.

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?

 

Why NYC's New HIV/AIDS Chief Took the Job -- And What He Plans to Do With It

Terri Wilder, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Aug 7, 6:25 p.m. ET

As someone who "moves from theory to action fairly quickly," Daskalakis pledges to align resources with data, toward the goal of controlling HIV/AIDS without regard to a treatment or prevention silo.

Higher Epicardial Fat in HIV-Infected Men Linked to Coronary Artery Plaque

Barbara Jungwirth, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Aug 6, 11:32 p.m. ET

Greater volume of epicardial fat in HIV-infected men and its link to coronary plaque, as well as to long-term ARV use, could explain elevated cardiovascular disease risk.

HIV/HCV-Coinfected Individuals at Greater Risk of Osteoporosis and Fractures

Barbara Jungwirth, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Aug 6, 11:31 p.m. ET

Rates of osteoporosis and fractures much higher in those living with both HIV and HCV, than HIV alone. Older HIV/HCV-coinfected individuals should be monitored and targeted for fracture prevention.

Couples HIV Testing and Counselling -- A Novel Approach to Testing

Zak Knowles, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Aug 6, 1:01 p.m. ET

Would you get tested for HIV with your partner? This novel approach is one that researchers are putting a lot of hope in.

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.

 

What Do Front Line HIV Testers Think of Couples Testing and Counselling?

Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Aug 6, 12:54 p.m. ET

Can couples HIV testing and counseling make a dent in the HIV epidemic? Three front line workers share their views.

Lifting the Brain Fog After 1 Month on Stribild

Brad Dalton, TheBody.com; Posted Aug 5, 5:11 p.m. ET

After only a month on Stribild, one community member shares his thoughts on the medication and why he may need to switch.

From Tragedy to Triumph: Fabian Quezada-Malkin

Tyler Curry, TheBody.com; Posted Aug 4, 5:06 p.m. ET

Fabian survived homelessness and being alone in an unfamiliar city while being diagnosed with HIV. With help and support, he now gives back by participating in AIDS/LifeCycle.  

5 Ways to Raise Money for HIV/AIDS Awareness if You're Jack Mackenroth

Mathew Rodriguez, TheBody.com; Posted Aug 4, 4:38 p.m. ET

Jack Mackenroth is setting out to raise US$50,000 for Housing Works. And he's not afraid to use his sex appeal to do it.


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