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February 5, 2008
In This Hot Topics:
  • Strangest but Truest of 2007
  • Living With HIV
  • Mixed-Status Relationships
  • HIV & Your Privacy in the Workplace
  • HIV Treatment
  • Hepatitis & HIV
  • HIV Transmission
  • Strange But True
  •  STRANGEST BUT TRUEST OF 2007: THE VERDICT IS IN

    You have spoken, and we have a winner! (Or loser, depending on how you look at it.) Hundreds of people voted in our first annual "Strangest but Truest" survey, where you chose which of our 10 nominees was the most bizarre post to grace TheBody.com's "Ask the Experts" Forums in 2007.

    It was a very close contest. To find out which post won the most votes, and to see a full breakdown of votes in the survey, click here.
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     LIVING WITH HIV

    Helping My Kids Adjust to My HIV Status
    I recently told my daughters that I have HIV, and I'm concerned that they might not be taking the news well. Are there any resources out there that can help me talk to my kids about HIV?
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     MIXED-STATUS RELATIONSHIPS

    How Worried Should I Be That My Boyfriend of Two Months Is Positive?
    Before he told me he was HIV positive, my boyfriend and I jerked off together, and he rubbed his penis against my anus. What are the chances that I've been infected?


    How Can I Have a Baby With My Positive Husband?
    Could the "swim-up method" of sperm washing be a good way for me to have a child with my HIV-positive husband?
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     HIV & YOUR PRIVACY IN THE WORKPLACE

    How Can I Stop My Co-Workers From Gossiping About My HIV Status?
    My manager told someone at our company that I have HIV. What can I do to protect my privacy at work?


    Are HIV-Positive Doctors Required to Disclose Their Status?
    I'm about to become a medical resident at a hospital. Will I have to tell the director of the residency program that I have HIV?


    How Should I Respond to Hostile Questions From My Employer?
    After the school where I work found out I have HIV, they asked me to have a conference call with my counselor and the school's psychologist. Is this discrimination?


    Could the N.Y. Police Department Reject Me Because I'm Positive?
    Should I disclose that I'm taking HIV medications on my job application to the New York City Police Department?
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     HIV TREATMENT

    Not a Single Side Effect
    I started taking HIV meds three years ago, and I haven't had even the slightest side effect. Is it crazy for me to believe that I might continue to live a side effect-free life?


    Does Norvir "Count" as an HIV Medication?
    My doctor recommends that I start treatment with Reyataz (atazanavir), Norvir (ritonavir) and a two-drug combination pill like Truvada (tenofovir/FTC) or Combivir (AZT/3TC). By my count that's four HIV meds, and I thought most people started by taking three. Do I really need to take all four meds?


    Could KP-1461 Be an HIV Cure?
    It sounds like the experimental HIV medication KP-1461 works differently from any of the HIV meds we use today. Instead of blocking the virus from attaching to CD4 cells, it slows down HIV by causing it to mutate. In fact, I hear that it can completely eradicate HIV in lab tests. Could this drug be a possible cure for HIV?


    When to Take Atripla
    I have an erratic work schedule. How can I figure out the "best" time of day to take Atripla (efavirenz/tenofovir/FTC)?
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     HEPATITIS & HIV

    How Would Hep B Coinfection Affect My HIV Treatment?
    I was recently put at risk for hepatitis B. If I test positive for hepatitis, what does that mean for my HIV treatment regimen (Kaletra [lopinavir/ritonavir] and Truvada [tenofovir/FTC])?
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     HIV TRANSMISSION

    Dentist in Distress: Could I Have Been Infected While Filling a Tooth?
    I cut myself while filling the tooth of an HIV-positive patient with an undetectable viral load. What are the odds of my being infected?
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     STRANGE BUT TRUE

    Can You Give Yourself HIV?
    Is it possible to become infected with HIV by masturbating with a cut finger?
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    Visual AIDS
    Art From HIV-Positive Artists

    Stop in and browse the full collection!
    "Sky Study (#3)," 2005; David King
    Visit the February 2008 Visual AIDS Web Gallery to view our latest collection of art by HIV-positive artists! This month's gallery, entitled "Looking Up Lyrics," is curated by Becca Albee.

    Join a Study!
    Straight U.S. Men Recently Diagnosed HIV+: Give a Phone Interview and Earn $50

    Positive Internet Study
    Are you a straight man with HIV? Want to join an HIV study without leaving your home?

    Researchers at the University of Minnesota are conducting a telephone-based study to understand the treatment, prevention and sexual health needs of people newly diagnosed. Currently they're looking for straight men recently diagnosed HIV positive, and living in the United States, to take part in one-on-one phone interviews.

    Interested? E-mail the research staff at pints@umn.edu, or call toll-free at 1-866-692-0188. You'll be asked to take a quick 5-minute survey to determine if you're eligible to participate.

    If eligible, your interview can be scheduled at your convenience on weekdays or weekends. Interviews take between 60 and 90 minutes; you'll receive $50 for your time and assistance.

    For more information on this study, visit the official Web site at www.epi.umn.edu/pints.