ON THE PERSONAL SIDE
Sherri Beachfront Lewis: Lessons Learned as I Age With HIV
"Being on the front lines of information and using that education has led me to where I am," blogs Sherri Beachfront Lewis, who's been living with HIV for 25 years (and hepatitis C for 39). "I believe the choices I made back then have helped me maintain the quality of life I have today." In her latest blog entry, Sherri marvels at being part of the first generation of women to deal with the issues associated with aging when you're HIV positive.
Regine Singleton: The Trials of Transition
"I always said I would never get HIV -- I thought I was invincible," writes Regine Singleton. When she was diagnosed at 16, Regine had never seen any outreach or education about HIV for transgender people like herself. Read her story as she describes the challenges she faces as a transgender woman with HIV, and what needs to be done to improve prevention, treatment and support for the transgender community.
Bud H. (From Chicago) on "Personal Perspective: I'm Not Gay"
(Comment posted Nov. 9)
"Bravo, Joseph, for telling it as you see it and feel it. What is really depressing are the comments by the thought police. Wow, no wonder Joseph doesn't wish to identify as 'gay.' Who'd want to be a part of this social enforcement mechanism? ... [This essay] takes us inside the head of a young man who's struggling with his identity and not finding much that he can grasp onto. There are millions like him, and we too rarely hear from them. The rainbow flag warriors have shouted them into silence."
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HIV TREATMENT & HEALTH ISSUES
A Closer Look at Egrifta, a Newly Approved Treatment for HIV-Associated Belly Fat Gain
On Nov. 10, Egrifta (tesamorelin) became the first drug approved in the U.S. to treat unusual fat gain, or lipohypertrophy, in people with HIV. In our latest episode of This Month in HIV, we talk with noted HIV researcher Daniel Berger, M.D., about how Egrifta works, who should take it, and what else we know to date about the treatment of lipohypertrophy.
Scientists Identify Specific Genes That Enable Some Immune Systems to Halt HIV
"Tiny variants in a protein that alerts the body to infection could explain how one in 300 HIV-infected people are able to resist the onset of AIDS for years without needing any treatment," according to the results of a study published online in the journal Science, Agence France-Presse reports. These new findings on long-term HIV nonprogressors could open a fresh path toward the development of novel HIV treatment options or a vaccine.
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Put your artistic urges to the test! Here's your chance to create a postcard-sized piece of art for inclusion in Visual AIDS' upcoming Postcards From the Edge exhibition and benefit sale. Proceeds from the sale of your work will help support Visual AIDS' vital assistance programs for HIV-positive artists and their estates.
The deadline for submissions is Dec. 10, so get cracking! Read the full submission guidelines or learn more about the Postcards From the Edge benefit.
HIV NEWS & VIEWS
Dr. Bob: It's a Virus, Not a Crime!
"There is no evidence to support that criminal prosecutions for HIV nondisclosure offer any benefit in terms of HIV prevention," explains TheBody.com's safer sex expert and blogger extraordinaire Bob Frascino, M.D. "It undercuts the most basic HIV prevention message: to know your HIV status and take responsibility for your own sexual choices and health."
Has Obama Already Failed Us on HIV/AIDS? (And Will Yelling Make It Better?)
"The dilemma for the HIV/AIDS community is: How much should President Obama be taken to task?" TheBody.com's editorial director Myles Helfand asks. "Is it wrong to shout at a man who seems sympathetic to our cause, or is shouting all the more necessary because sympathy isn't enough?"
HIV and Baseball: The Bigger Picture
Former Major League Baseball player Roberto Alomar is being sued by his wife, who claims he lied to her about his HIV status. But this high-profile game of "he-said, she-said" distracts us from what's more important, Paul Sax, M.D., writes: The actual good that could come about if Alomar, one of the greatest baseball players of his generation, truly is HIV positive and publicly admits it.
Visit TheBody.com's Revamped "What's New" Page for the Latest in HIV/AIDS
Wish there was a single page on TheBody.com that highlighted our most noteworthy new articles? Well, do we have a treat for you! TheBody.com's newly revamped "What's New" page is now updated throughout the week with the latest news, blogs, research, personal stories, fact sheets and other important articles that we've recently posted to our site. It's like this e-mail newsletter, but even better. Give it a gander!
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Should I Stay or Should I Go?
(A recent post from the "My Loved One Has HIV/AIDS" board)
I'm negative, but my boyfriend tested positive. I love the guy. I honestly do. But I also want kids. I also don't want to contract HIV. And I want to feel comfortable with my partner intimately. I have all of these questions about what the correct practices are, what my chances of contracting HIV are, and what my chances of ever adopting a child are. Now that he's starting to feel more comfortable about his situation, I'm starting to look inside and ask, "Am I actually prepared for this? Can I handle this?" We're trying to get into counseling because I really don't want to throw a great relationship away. Any advice that anyone has, I would really appreciate.
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HIV TRANSMISSION & EDUCATION
Robert Breining on Condoms: "We Need to Learn About What Will Keep Us Alive"
"What can we do to encourage our [young] peers to wear condoms?" asks blogger Robert Breining. There's no easy answer, but for Robert, it comes down to making sure young people get the message, not just the facts: "Programs that merely provide information and condoms, without addressing the crucial social factors ... are only tackling part of the problem."
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