ON THE PERSONAL SIDE
Meet Our Newest Blogger, Shana Cozad
"I needed to attempt to have a positive relationship, an understanding of who we both were," writes Shana Cozad on living with HIV. When Shana received an AIDS diagnosis as a young mom in 1993, part of how she coped was by sitting down and having a chat with the virus. In her first blog entry for The Body, this Native American mother of three remembers those first conversations with HIV.
Mark S. King: Happy Anniversary, My Fabulous Disease!
"If there's one thing I've tried to do with my blog it has been to ask basic questions of others -- and reveal everything I can of myself," writes Mark S. King. Complete with a hilarious, touching video -- and interspersed with praise from fellow HIV advocates -- Mark reviews the year building his own Web site, MyFabulousDisease.com.
Rae Lewis-Thornton: "When Do You Trust Someone Enough to Not Use Condoms?"
"Condom use is not so much about trust, but about just plain old common sense. But common sense gets explained away out of our need to be loved, our need to be in a relationship," writes Rae-Lewis Thornton in her latest blog entry. She discusses why people's safer sex practices shouldn't end just because they believe their relationships are monogamous.
Saad (From Washington D.C.) on "Zinc Fingers and Gene Therapies for HIV: Mimicking the Cured Berlin Patient?"
"It's a blessing to have survived to this day in age where we are hearing and reading about the most coveted news. I have every confidence that we are getting closer to the day of victory. The victory that will bring us all a relief to our long endured suffering and happiness we all dreamed and prayed for. So let us all celebrate at this phenomenal advancement and the new hope! I am grateful and salute to the medical advancement."
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HIV NEWS & VIEWS
Report Documents Underrepresentation of At-Risk Groups at World's Biggest HIV Meeting
With the next International AIDS Conference (IAC) a mere year away, The Global Forum on MSM & HIV has released a report criticizing IAC 2010's lack of focus on the most at-risk populations. Housing Works reports that the audit reveals the percentage of all sessions focused exclusively on these groups was a mere 2.6 percent for MSM; 1.1 percent for transgender people; 3 percent for sex workers; and 4.5 percent for people who use drugs.
Robert Breining: Addressing America's ADAP Crisis
"We tell people to get tested, 'Know your Status,' but then when they test positive, we tell them they can't get their medications and will be added to a waiting list," writes blogger Robert Breining in response to the ever-growing ADAP waiting lists. In an effort to raise awareness nationally, Robert joined the ADAP Advocacy Association (aaa+) to produce a public-service announcement (PSA) about ADAP. Watch the PSA here and find out how you can help.
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Unprotected Sex With Man Who Says He's on PEP: Is He Lying?
(A recent post from the "Am I Infected?" board)
"I have been having sex with a man since the second week of January (of course unprotected). On Mar. 1, I found a filled prescription dated Dec. 18, 2010, for an HIV medication. I confronted him and he said they gave him the medication as PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) because he got stuck by a needle at work. The prescribed medication was Combivir (AZT/3TC), 150mg/300mg tablets, supposed to be taken twice a day, with refills. Is this man HIV positive?"
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HIV TREATMENT & HEALTH ISSUES
Could MicroRNA Be the Next Great Frontier in HIV/AIDS Treatment -- and Prevention?
A (relatively) recently discovered form of regulatory RNA dubbed microRNA (miRNA for short) has been found to play a critical role in some viral infections. In this video interview with our partners at the International Foundation for Alternative Research in AIDS, Bryan Cullen, Ph.D., reviews our knowledge to date about miRNA and discusses its potential application in HIV. (This is part of our coverage of CROI 2011 at TheBodyPRO.com)
Study Finds That Treatment Failure Is 40 Percent More Common Among African Americans
A large examination of U.S. studies suggests that black people with HIV are much more likely than white people with HIV to see their HIV treatment lose its ability to suppress the virus. As researcher Heather Ribuado, Ph.D., explains in this discussion, what we don't know yet is why -- although the reasons appear unlikely to be biological. (This is part of our coverage of CROI 2011 at TheBodyPRO.com)
From Policy to Pregnancy: Sexual Rights and Reproductive Options for People Living With HIV/AIDS
In this series of articles from presentations delivered at the XVIII International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria, six prominent HIV advocates discuss the family-planning struggles women living with HIV/AIDS face in cultures ranging from the traditional to the technologically advanced.
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HIV TRANSMISSION & EDUCATION
IAS President: Don't Overlook Treatment As Prevention
"HIV treatment IS HIV prevention, and the path forward must include an increase of resources for ART coverage," writes Elly Katabira, president of the International AIDS Society. In this impassioned piece, Katabira urges governments, donors and policy makers to stop seeing HIV prevention and HIV treatment as two separate ideas, and explains why "Treatment as Prevention" is an effective strategy that could eradicate new HIV infections worldwide.
fogcityjohn: Why It's Wrong to Use Homophobia and Stigma as Prevention
Adding his thoughts to the mountain of criticism against New York City's "It's Never Just HIV" ad campaign, blogger fogcityjohn writes, "The message seems to be that, even if you're young and beautiful, it absolutely sucks to be gay." In this blog entry, fogcityjohn analyzes the homophobia behind the ad and questions whether any campaign would use an image of a diseased vagina to depict the consequences of heterosexual sex.
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