What's the Buzz? The Top 10 Stories on TheBody.com in 2011
December 2, 2011
It's amazing how such a tiny piece can gain so much traction -- or maybe, considering it's about a potential HIV cure, that should just be expected. A lot of people were excited and energized in the wake of the news that Timothy Brown (formerly known as the "Berlin patient") had been cured of HIV. This short news piece calling for volunteers blew up on Facebook and Twitter as people eagerly spread the word, hoping to fill out the study ranks and help the research move forward.
When she was diagnosed with HIV, Damaries Cruz decided to hold off on starting medications -- eventually waiting 17 years. Her health was far from perfect and had been for a long time (she'd even received an AIDS diagnosis, with a low T-cell count and a high viral load), but she finally knew the time was right:
Since official guidelines have been recommending people living with HIV start treatment earlier and earlier, it's easy to overlook just how nerve wracking the decision to go on meds can be. Readers across the country -- and the world -- connected with Damaries' story about waiting.
In his first blog entry at TheBody.com, Nelson Vergel gave voice to some of the fears HIVers in his generation are experiencing:
In the entry's comments, many readers poured out their own insecurities about HIV, money and aging.
In January, Maria T. Mejia joined TheBody.com's blogging family, providing another unique perspective to the site. Among many other things, Maria is an activist, an educator, a lesbian and a long-term survivor who kept her HIV status hidden for many years. In her most popular blog entry, "Why I Want to Show My Face After 20 Years," she explains what prompted her to go public:
In her blog, Maria speaks openly and honestly about her experiences taking medication, dealing with stigma and much more.
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