Amazing news for all our HIV coinfected readers out there, who make up an estimated quarter of HCV-positive Americans!

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.
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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.

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The Next Frontier? ACT UP Is Now Petitioning the U.S. Senate to Start Price Negotiations For Hep C Cures With Big PharmaThe New York chapter of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power recently sent a letter to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee to negotiate with Gilead Sciences to establish a lower — 90% lower — price for Sovaldi (sofosbuvir), the company’s new life-changing new cure for the hepatitis C virus.Currently, the drug costs about $1,000 per pill, or nearly $84,000 for a full course of treatment and has made the pharmaceutical giant nearly $5.8 billion since the beginning of this year.
Now, what do you think would happen if somebody came out with a cure for HIV?

The Next Frontier? ACT UP Is Now Petitioning the U.S. Senate to Start Price Negotiations For Hep C Cures With Big Pharma

The New York chapter of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power recently sent a letter to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee to negotiate with Gilead Sciences to establish a lower — 90% lower — price for Sovaldi (sofosbuvir), the company’s new life-changing new cure for the hepatitis C virus.

Currently, the drug costs about $1,000 per pill, or nearly $84,000 for a full course of treatment and has made the pharmaceutical giant nearly $5.8 billion since the beginning of this year.

Now, what do you think would happen if somebody came out with a cure for HIV?

Research Highlights from the 20th International AIDS ConferenceFrom July 20 to 25, scientists from around the world presented all the latest research on HIV/AIDS for the AIDS 2014 conference in Melbourne, Australia. Here are some of their most major findings:
As global pandemic slows, most are still unaware of their status
100% efficacy for gays who adhered to PrEP; But most didn’t.
Sovaldi + Ribavirin show high cure rates for HIV, Hep C coinfected.
Those in poorer nations don’t drop condoms while on HIV meds
Treatment demand in poor nations continues to rise.
Donors only reach 7% of global harm reduction needs.

Research Highlights from the 20th International AIDS Conference

From July 20 to 25, scientists from around the world presented all the latest research on HIV/AIDS for the AIDS 2014 conference in Melbourne, Australia. Here are some of their most major findings:

30 Years, 9 Months, 17 Days

 Joe Burke: “[That’s when] I was diagnosed as having HIV. It wasn’t until years later in 1988 that I found out I had Hepatitis Non-A, Non-B, which at the time there were no conclusive tests or discovery of Hepatitis C. My mother got a letter in the mail no parent should be expected to receive…”