It’s important to know that despite amazing advancements in treatment, fighting HIV today can still be very complicated. There are now over 20 individual HIV drugs (called anti-retrovirals or ARVs) on the market today, with several different combo drugs, and even more meds on the way. There’s also a lot of new data out there about how to use medications more easily and effectively, with fewer side effects. If you treat it right, HIV can be effectively held at bay for decades, permitting a normal life span for many. Click here to take the right first step—by learning about your treatment options. The second step? Take a deep breath. Relax. You’re in this for the long haul, and most of what you need to learn about right away is actually pretty easy.

It’s important to know that despite amazing advancements in treatment, fighting HIV today can still be very complicated. There are now over 20 individual HIV drugs (called anti-retrovirals or ARVs) on the market today, with several different combo drugs, and even more meds on the way.

There’s also a lot of new data out there about how to use medications more easily and effectively, with fewer side effects. If you treat it right, HIV can be effectively held at bay for decades, permitting a normal life span for many.

Click here to take the right first step—by learning about your treatment options. The second step? Take a deep breath. Relax. You’re in this for the long haul, and most of what you need to learn about right away is actually pretty easy.

Joe Burke: Growing up a sickly immediately raises the bar for any child going to school. Being born with Hemophilia Type-A severe, which means less than 1% of clotting factor in my body, I had no idea what was in store for me in the years ahead. By age three I contracted both HIV and Hepatitis C from contaminated Hemophilia blood products from Cutter Pharmaceuticals in the mid 1980’s. Much like the stories of national news headlines of Ryan White and Ricky Ray, I too faced mountains of discrimination and bullying.
There were times my parent’s own care at home was questioned by the school board. Bruise, cripple, peg-leg, hop-a-long were just a few of the names fellow students gave. At one point, my entire right arm from shoulder to elbow was one massive bruise from the physical bullying.But don’t be bullied into silence, and left to deal with this alone, and never allow yourself to be the victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life, thus do not be defined by what others say you are.
Read more…..

Joe Burke: Growing up a sickly immediately raises the bar for any child going to school. Being born with Hemophilia Type-A severe, which means less than 1% of clotting factor in my body, I had no idea what was in store for me in the years ahead.

By age three I contracted both HIV and Hepatitis C from contaminated Hemophilia blood products from Cutter Pharmaceuticals in the mid 1980’s. Much like the stories of national news headlines of Ryan White and Ricky Ray, I too faced mountains of discrimination and bullying.

There were times my parent’s own care at home was questioned by the school board. Bruise, cripple, peg-leg, hop-a-long were just a few of the names fellow students gave. At one point, my entire right arm from shoulder to elbow was one massive bruise from the physical bullying.

But don’t be bullied into silence, and left to deal with this alone, and never allow yourself to be the victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life, thus do not be defined by what others say you are.

Read more…..

Americans Adhere Well to PrEP in Global iPrEx Study

Let’s dig a little bit deeper into that iPrEX trial: Depending on the U.S. city, adherence to the HIV prevention drugs among Americans were actually between 72 and 90 percent —much higher than the study’s overall adherence rate of 55 percent.

This analysis suggests that, had some PrEP trials been conducted solely among Americans, not only would the average adherence rates likely have been higher, but the overall efficacy would have been as well, since efficacy is tied to adherence.

Such a finding challenges the thrust of a recent advertising campaign launched by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation that seeks to highlight the poor adherence and overall efficacy rates in the various major PrEP trials in order to discourage the public and the medical and public health communities from embracing Truvada as PrEP.

As increasing numbers of HIV-negative MSM in the United States seek out the antiretrovirals, AHF president Michael Weinstein has sought to characterize PrEP as a “public health disaster in the making.”

Tracking the Human Rights Response to HIVWith human rights abuses continuing to fuel the epidemic and impacting the health and rights of those most at-risk (i.e., men who have sex with men, people who use drugs, transgender people, and sex workers), targeted funding for a human rights response to HIV is critical. But is that happening? Sadly, no. Recent research from UNAIDS found that less than one percent of the $18.9 billion spent on the overall HIV response supports human rights programming.

Tracking the Human Rights Response to HIV

With human rights abuses continuing to fuel the epidemic and impacting the health and rights of those most at-risk (i.e., men who have sex with men, people who use drugs, transgender people, and sex workers), targeted funding for a human rights response to HIV is critical.

But is that happening?

Sadly, no. Recent research from UNAIDS found that less than one percent of the $18.9 billion spent on the overall HIV response supports human rights programming.

Targeting PrEP to High-Risk Gays Would Lower HIV—For a Huge PriceA mathematical model put together by top AIDS researchers estimates that prioritizing PrEP for all men who have sex with men, “high-risk homosexuals” and injection drug users in NYC would avert just 24% of new HIV infections, for a cost of $49.6 million per infection avoided.Note: The model assumes that only half of a given targeted population would actually agree to take Truvada for HIV prevention (thanks to current public opinion surrounding PrEP) and also assumes that, as in the clinical trials of PrEP, adherence to the drug will be relatively poor — around 44%.
The only way to improve those stats, and the per-infection costs, researchers say, would be if more at-risk men agreed to take the drug — and actually kept up with their daily doses.

Targeting PrEP to High-Risk Gays Would Lower HIV—For a Huge Price

A mathematical model put together by top AIDS researchers estimates that prioritizing PrEP for all men who have sex with men, “high-risk homosexuals” and injection drug users in NYC would avert just 24% of new HIV infections, for a cost of $49.6 million per infection avoided.

Note: The model assumes that only half of a given targeted population would actually agree to take Truvada for HIV prevention (thanks to current public opinion surrounding PrEP) and also assumes that, as in the clinical trials of PrEP, adherence to the drug will be relatively poor — around 44%.

The only way to improve those stats, and the per-infection costs, researchers say, would be if more at-risk men agreed to take the drug — and actually kept up with their daily doses.

Our September Survey: Pop Watch
Pop culture and mainstream media have the ability to influence the masses through the stories and information they relay. They can help educate and dispel myths about HIV/AIDS, but they can also reinforce negative stereotypes.
Do you feel that you and your concerns about HIV/AIDS are adequately portrayed in pop culture?
In general, how would you rate mainstream media’s recent coverage on HIV/AIDS? Let us know.

Our September Survey: Pop Watch

Pop culture and mainstream media have the ability to influence the masses through the stories and information they relay. They can help educate and dispel myths about HIV/AIDS, but they can also reinforce negative stereotypes.

Do you feel that you and your concerns about HIV/AIDS are adequately portrayed in pop culture?

In general, how would you rate mainstream media’s recent coverage on HIV/AIDS? Let us know.

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It’s Take Action Friday!

Want to show your support for sexuality education? Then show your support for the newly-crowned Miss America, Kira Kazantsev, who interned at Planned Parenthood and provided sex ed to young people in her community and who is now being attacked for her work!

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