THE YEAR IN REVIEW
As an action-packed year for the HIV/AIDS community draws to a close, TheBody.com will take a look back at 2010 in a series of articles. Check our "What's New" page for the latest year-in-review articles, and please add your comments on what you felt were the top HIV/AIDS stories of the year!
The Buzz Factor: Most Talked-About Stories on TheBody.com in 2010
Every year, TheBody.com publishes thousands of articles -- but a handful always stand out as the most popular, exciting or controversial. In this look back at 2010, we considered which articles got the most page views and comments, as well as which were shared the most or got the biggest responses on Facebook and Twitter.
ON THE PERSONAL SIDE
Mark S. King: Once, When We Were Heroes (Video Update)
"My most courageous self, the best man that I'll ever be, lived more than two decades ago during the first years of a horrific plague," Mark S. King writes. "There were people who displayed remarkable courage then. ... But make no mistake, there are heroes among us right now." In this update of his award-winning 2007 piece, Mark records a new video for his testament to those who have fallen in the war against HIV -- and those who still stand today.
Philip D.: Maybe There's Something to This "Mindfulness" Thing After All
"Iím starting to see my meditation as a form of mental exercise. Just like working out or doing cardio, it took time to build endurance and confidence," Philip D. writes. In his sixth week of practicing "mindfulness," Philip found himself less jaded about its potential: "My practice may not be a cure for depression, but it sure seems like a powerful antidote."
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Ed (From New York City) on "World AIDS Day Doesn't End at Midnight"
(Comment posted Dec. 1)
"I hate World AIDS Day. It reminds me of how hopeless it is. My friends and family never wish me 'Happy AIDS' day, because that would be ridiculous, and also talking about it is uncomfortable. HIV is the most complex virus. Its greatest allies are shame and greed. ... I don't expect our current U.S. political system to save us -- or for trillion-dollar companies to grow a heart and fund research out of altruism. HIV is a big never-ending money train for them."
Read the rest of Ed's comment and join the discussion on this article!
HIV NEWS & VIEWS
World AIDS Day: Who Cares?
"To most of humanity, [Dec. 1] is World AIDS Day. To most of the world's 33 million people who are living with HIV, it's Wednesday," TheBody.com's editorial director Myles Helfand writes. "On Dec. 2, the world will move on to its next topic, satisfied that it has done its part. And people with HIV will wake up, get dressed, eat, go to work, care for their children, do the laundry, go shopping and take their meds. Just like they did the day before."
Zina Age: It's Time to Help Black Women Talk Openly About HIV
"Our families have always requested that we respect their privacy, but in the African-American community our need for privacy has morphed into something more insidious, a 'veil of secrecy,'" writes Zina Age, the founder and CEO of Aniz, Inc., a community-based health organization. "As we highlight the issue of HIV/AIDS and discuss the plight of women internationally, we need to take a moment to look at what is happening in our own backyards."
Why the ADAP Catastrophy Is About Far More than Waiting Lists
When people talk about the U.S.'s worsening AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) crisis, many tend to focus on the headline-grabbing issue: waiting lists. But those waiting lists are only part of the story -- and often a small part, at that. Test Positive Aware Network explains more about the rest of the ADAP iceberg lying just beneath the surface.
Lola Adele-Oso: What's Housing Got to Do With HIV/AIDS?
"We must not forget one critical component in the fight to end the global epidemic of HIV/AIDS: HOUSING!" writes advocate Lola Adele-Oso in this guest blog. "Housing is a basic need. Housing is a human right. Housing is health care."
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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 TREATMENT & HEALTH ISSUES
Doctor's Perspective: Once-Daily Isentress Not as Good as Twice-Daily Dose
"Itís hard to estimate how many patients with longstanding HIV infection have had their lives literally saved with raltegravir [Isentress]," writes Paul Sax, M.D., for Journal Watch. "But is it a once-daily drug? Probably not," based on newly released study results.
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HIV TRANSMISSION & EDUCATION
Over-the-Counter HIV Test Inches Closer to FDA Approval
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is in the final stages of reviewing a proposed over-the-counter version of the rapid HIV test available in hospitals and clinics, test-maker OraSure Technologies said recently. To gain approval, OraSure will at a minimum have to prove that consumers untrained in lab testing can correctly use the OraQuick Rapid HIV test.
Want to Know if You Have HIV? There's an App for That
Using a cell phone chip to test for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases may sound like science fiction, but a group of British scientists are working to make it a reality. Is it really a good idea, though? This article from Housing Works examines why some HIV advocates worry that phone-based HIV tests could result in "absolute mayhem."
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