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Myles Helfand

Executive Editor

Myles is the executive editor and general manager of TheBody/TheBodyPro. A career journalist and editor, Myles joined TheBody in 2001 as a part-time copyeditor. He has since established himself as a leading journalist and content strategist on HIV-related issues, authoring hundreds of articles and editing hundreds more -- and accumulating an ever-growing mountain of HIV conference badges along the way.

Latest by Myles Helfand

Esther Kim
Interviews

Years After Her Diagnosis, Esther Kim Found Her Long (Literal) Road to Acceptance

“Because of my diagnosis and the struggle that I went through, coming to terms with it, I think it has made me a stronger person. I’ve actually accomplished things I never thought I would.”

By Myles Helfand
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Is Your HIV Treatment Working? Warning Signs and False Alarms

The first few months after you start HIV meds are key in determining whether your first regimen will be successful—not just in the short term, but for years to come. But what are the signs of success?

By Myles Helfand and Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.
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Features

An HIV Doctor Offers the Latest Science-Backed Advice on Dealing With Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Malebranche has been recording videos that answer some of the most pressing questions asked by people living with HIV, and that share practical guidance on important things to keep in mind.

By Myles Helfand
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Reference

What You Need to Know About the New Coronavirus and HIV

The latest medical advice from HIV doctors and health experts on how to remain healthy if you're living with HIV during this COVID-19 outbreak.

By Mathew Rodriguez and Myles Helfand
10 Keys to Living Well With HIV
Reference

10 Keys to Living Well With HIV

For many of us, managing HIV is not just about survival; it’s about living well. But what does “living well” actually mean, and what steps can you take to maximize your health and happiness if you’re HIV positive?

By Myles Helfand and JD Davids
Chapter One

Starting HIV Treatment: 7 Important Questions and Answers

When it comes to taking HIV medications, you may have a ton of questions: When’s the best time to start? What are the best meds to start with? Do I really need to be on meds at all? We’re here to answer those questions and put your mind at ease.

By Myles Helfand
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Features

America Has Responded to Outbreaks With Fear and Discrimination Many Times Before. With Coronavirus, We Can Do Better

On April 16, TheBody hosted a livestream panel discussion entitled “Policing Pandemics: Criminalization From HIV to COVID-19.” We invited four pillars of HIV advocacy to speak with us about our current moment, offer guidance on what to do next, and answer questions from the audience.

By Myles Helfand
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Reference

HIV Testing: What You Need to Know

Whether the idea of getting tested for HIV frightens you, feels like a compulsion, or is simply something you’re curious about, remember that you have control over when and where you get tested.

By Roger Pebody and Myles Helfand
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Reference

No-BS Basics on HIV Prevention

Thanks to decades of extensive scientific research, we now have extremely reliable ways to prevent HIV transmission. Here’s a breakdown of the tools you can use to prevent HIV.

By Sony Salzman and Myles Helfand
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Reference

What Are the Symptoms of HIV/AIDS?

Thinking you might have HIV can be scary, and there's a lot of confusing and conflicting information out there. We're here to dispel myths and dish out the truth.

By Roger Pebody and Myles Helfand