Living With HIV

Viral Load Does Not Equal Value

Ensuring health equity for all people living with HIV First published on February 18, 2019 and written by Charles Stephens for Poz.com In 2018, I was invited by writer, blogger and HIV advocate Mark S. King to co-facilitate a discussion at the United States Conference on AIDS related to Undetectable Equals Untransmittable (U=U). Titled “Are …

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Detectable HIV Despite Treatment? Clonal Expansion Could Be The Culprit

In a study of people with a low but detectable viral load despite adherence to treatment, infected cells were apparently cloning themselves. This article comes from Poz.com and was originally posted on March 12, 2019 and was written by Benjamin Ryan People who maintain a low but detectable viral load despite adhering well to antiretroviral …

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TAF as Effective as TDF in Cisgender Women, With Fewer Side Effects

Another important article From TheBodyPRO By Martha Kempner Initial data gathered from seven separate studies found tenofovir alafenamide (TAF) is just as effective as tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (Viread, TDF), with fewer side effects to the kidneys and bones, when used in cisgender women. These results, presented this week at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections …

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National Women Living with HIV Day

Women and HIV Originally from The Well Project and also featured on Thebody.com this is a great summary of that state of play for women with HIV around the world. Table of Contents A Look at the Numbers Is HIV Different for Men and Women? Treatment in Women Living with HIV: Effectiveness, Side Effects, and Drug Interactions …

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What You Need to Know About the Second Person Likely Cured of HIV

With all the media, social media and conversations about this story this artivle By Kenyon Farrow From TheBodyPRO puts everything into perspective and allows us all to understand the implications of this. March 6, 2019 The headlines went viral in a way most HIV news does not: a second man potentially cured of HIV infection, using a similar …

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Sanjay Johnson HIV Criminalization Case Closes With 5-Year Probation Sentence

This important article is from Kenyon Farrowat the TheBody.com and highlights how U=U can play an important role in such cases. February 22, 2019 Sanjay Johnson, who was charged with nondisclosure of his HIV status to a former sexual partner, was given a surprise sentence of five years probation and a $750 fine finalized in Little …

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Nicotine metabolised at a faster rate among HIV-positive smokers – implications for quitting smoking

This article is reprinted from www.aidsmap.com by Michael Carter and was published on  18 February 2019 HIV-positive smokers metabolise nicotine at a significantly higher rate than HIV-negative individuals, investigators from the United States report in the online edition of AIDS. The finding could explain why people with HIV have more difficulty quitting smoking than their HIV-negative …

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Smoking Pot Related to Higher Lung Disease Risk in HIV-Positive Men

Researchers compared lung disease diagnoses among groups of HIV-positive and HIV-negative men who reported marijuana use. This article points to some interesting research and was written by Benjamin Ryan from Poz.com    Among men who have sex with men (MSM) living with HIV, smoking marijuana is associated with a higher risk of both infectious and noninfectious lung diseases. …

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Lovin’ with HIV

It’s no secret that when it comes to sex, an HIV diagnosis has been known to throw a wrench in the works. But navigating this new landscape is possible—with the right information and support. Allison Carter talks sexual satisfaction with two HIV-positive women. Margarite Sanchez, a self-described artist, activist and agriculturist who lives on Salt Spring Island, …

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Brian Belovitch’s Journey Through HIV and His Full-Circle Transgender Experience

This inspiring interview is by JD David from The Body website and I hope you enjoy it. You can search online for Brian’s memoir if you are inspired to find out more about his incredible journey. February 6, 2019 Everyone wants him to be in a certain category, says Brian Belovitch, which he finds really annoying. …

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The forgotten: Living with HIV in war-ravaged Yemen

This article comes from Al Jazeera and highlights the plight that people in Yemen have to deal with daily. Most Yemenis living with HIV/AIDS face stigma and discrimination, even from their own families.by Naseh Shaker & Faisal Edroos22 Jan 2019 The patients names have been changed to protect their identity. Sanaa, Yemen – With each breath, …

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Integrase Inhibitors May Be Tied to Weight Gain

Poz.com explores an issue that needs more research but at present is pointing to this being real for many. More high-quality evidence is needed to determine how this class of HIV medications may affect weight gain. The integrase inhibitor class of antiretroviral (ARV) medications may be associated with weight gain, aidsmap reports. A review of …

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Tips on Taking Your HIV Medication Every Day

This important article will help everyone who sometimes struggles with taking their medication every day and although it relates to the US experience it is a great guide for us here in Australia…and is from HIV.gov and was printed on The Body website… January 28, 2019 What Are Some Tips to Help Me Take My HIV …

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RISE SURVEY – Take part now!

The Kirby Institute is seeking people recently diagnosed with HIV to participate in a new research project. Your involvement will help us understand the experience of being diagnosed with HIV today and the impact it has on your life.  WHAT IS RISE? RISE stands for ‘Recent Diagnosis and the Impact of Support on Experiences of …

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How healthcare can prepare for My Health Record roll-out

Article by Proofpoint APJ vice president Tim Bentley An important article when you consider whether or not to sign up for My Health Record 21 Jan 19 Australians have until January 31 to decide if they will opt out of a nationwide My Health Record initiative designed to ensure healthcare providers have instant online access …

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