Latest by Mathew Rodriguez

What We Know About HIV Transmission Should Influence PrEP Messaging

PrEP protects against unsuppressed virus, not HIV-positive people. When we talk about the who instead of the what, we risk spreading the stigma that can keep people away from testing and care in the first place.

By Mathew Rodriguez

Sexual Transmission of HCV in Gay Men Should Not Be a PrEP Deterrent, Say Advocates

Even after two men in San Francisco who were on PrEP were diagnosed with hepatitis C, advocates hold that PrEP is a valuable tool that should not be dismissed.

By Mathew Rodriguez

Are Elite Controllers at Risk for Increased Hospitalization?

Elite controllers are able to manage their viral load without the use of HIV meds, but could not being on HIV treatment mean they actually have worse health outcomes?

By Mathew Rodriguez

An HIV Doctor Tells You if Serodiscordant Couples Need to Use Condoms

Do serodiscordant couples need to use a condom when they want to have sex? A prominent HIV doctor sounds off.

By Mathew Rodriguez

Keeping Me All Together: Highlights From Rae Lewis-Thornton's Struggle With Diarrhea and IBS

For Rae Lewis-Thornton, GI issues are nothing new. In her honest, unsparing account of her challenges and triumphs with recurring diarrhea, she explains, "I'm never going to quit, no matter how much I feel like I want to. My perseverance is simple. I...

By Mathew Rodriguez

An HIV Doc Explains How Medical Exams Can Decipher GI Symptoms

A first step in the workup of diarrhea is usually stool studies: culture and exam for parasites. In some cases, a colonoscopy and/or upper endoscopy is recommended.

By Mathew Rodriguez

HRC Foundation's New HIV/AIDS Project Fellow Discusses Faith Communities, Coalition Building and Gay Men of Color

After years of experience working with the HIV-positive black gay population in Tennessee, Marvell Terry is setting his sights on a national agenda as the HIV/AIDS Project Fellow for the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

By Mathew Rodriguez

2 Washington State Men Blind From Rare Ocular Syphilis

Of the six men experiencing rare eye complications from secondary syphilis, three reported having sex with other men prior to diagnosis, and three of the men are HIV positive. Ocular syphilis usually affects fewer than one in a million people every y...

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Can I Skip a Dose of My HIV Meds After 2 in 1 Day?

Can skipping a dose of your daily med pose a problem? What if you take two the next day? Dr. Joel Gallant has the answer.

By Mathew Rodriguez

An HIV Doctor Tells You if Undetectable Really Is the New Negative

Are being undetectable and being negative the same thing? Dr. Joel Gallant weighs in on whether undetectable is the new negative.

By Mathew Rodriguez