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HIV/AIDS BLOG CENTRAL
Aaron Laxton: Have We Reached a Point Where AIDS Is Funny?
"Is AIDS funny? Have we reached a point in our culture where the death of millions of people is funny? Is AIDS nothing more than a punch line to a joke that is told at parties?"
Brooke Davidoff: Papa Gets a Stem Cell Transplant
"Doctors refer to stem cell day as D day, or day zero. The BEAM chemo killed all of his bone marrow."
Brian Ledford: HIV Education in the Military
"HIV is not really talked about that much in the military except when you are told you are due for a test, which was every two years or if you were about to deploy, which is how I found out."
Justin B. Terry-Smith: Taking the OraQuick HIV In-Home Test
"At first, when I learned of this test I was skeptical. But if it is going to benefit people I figured I'd try it myself, even though I already know I'm HIV positive."
Jim H (From Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) on "After 17 Years on HIV Meds, It's Still Hard to Gain Weight"
"Well hello to you too :-). Your experience was similar to mine and it's good to see someone acknowledging what that was/is like. I started meds in 1997 and those early cocktails (ddI/Videx - AZT - d4T/stavudine) etc. really did a number on my body."
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HIV & YOUR HEALTH
Life Expectancy for Americans With HIV Reaches Historic High
What is the difference in life expectancy between an HIV-positive gay man and an HIV-negative gay man living in the U.S.? It may not be as wide as you think.
A Pharmacist Shows You the Journey to "Undetectable"
Where are you on your road to achieving an undetectable viral load? And can your pharmacist help?
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HIV COMMUNITY NEWS & FEATURES
Activists Condemn Gilead for "Exorbitant" Price of Its New Hepatitis C Drug
Activists at the Fair Pricing Coalition are blasting Gilead for the price of its new hepatitis C drug, Sovaldi (sofosbuvir). Will Gilead respond?
New Hepatitis C Drugs Highly Effective but Access Could Be a Challenge
The way we treat hepatitis C is on the verge of a revolution. But who will be able to benefit?
How Can I Find a Clinical Trial Today?
Participating in a clinical trial can still afford you early access to new therapies, free medical care and compensation for your time, but you have to be proactive about it.
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How do everyday people living with HIV balance taking their meds and all of life's other challenges? Watch for yourself in our video series "A Day in the Life," which was recently recognized with the Excellence in Multimedia Award from the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association.
HIV/STD TRANSMISSION, EDUCATION & TESTING
Got Questions About PrEP? Get Answers With New PrEPFacts.org
Whether you are on HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and have questions, or have questions for yourself or your partner about starting, there's a new website that wants to be your go-to guide.
Is HIV Prevention the Surest Way to Fight AIDS?
ACT UP was at the forefront of treatment activism at the beginning of the epidemic. Now, almost 30 years later, prevention is at the forefront of its agenda, two members say.
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A growing number of people have taken a stand against stigma -- and for supporting other people with HIV -- by sharing the story of their HIV diagnosis in our Day One With HIV series.
Want to share your own Day One With HIV story? Whether it happened last week or 30 years ago, we'd love to hear from you. Write out your story (1,000 words or less, please!), or film a YouTube video, and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the coming months, we'll be posting readers' Day One stories in our HIV/AIDS Resource Center for the Newly Diagnosed!
HIV RESEARCH & TREATMENT NEWS
Anal Cancer Screening Warranted for Heterosexuals With HIV, Not Just Gay Men
If you think you don't need an anal cancer screening, you might need to think again.
Four Men With HIV Develop Rare Form of Head Disfigurement
Physicians in San Francisco have reported an apparently harmless but disfiguring condition that has generated ridges and furrows on the heads of four HIV-positive men.
Two Studies Describe How HIV Destroys Cells, Leads to AIDS
What is the "bystander effect" and what does it have to do with how HIV destroys cells? Two new studies shed some light on that question.
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