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Guy Anthony’s Story: Life After HIV Diagnosis and Sexual Abuse

One man tells the story of how he turned a difficult past of sexual abuse and an HIV diagnosis into a life of advocacy.


Should You Take PrEP to Prevent HIV? Here's What You Should Know

The drug is more than 90% effective at preventing the spread of HIV through sex. So why aren’t more docs prescribing it?

By Lara DeSanto

Should I Get HIV Tested?

The CDC recommends getting tested for HIV at least once in your life. Find out when and why!

By Eileen Bailey

Progress in the Quest for a Vaccine for HIV/AIDS

HIV continues to spread across the United States and across the world. As of 2011, it was estimated that 34 million people around the world were living with HIV/AIDS. Over 1.2 million of those in the United States. [] Each year, in the US, a...

By Eileen Bailey

Living with RA & HIV: An Interview with Mary Turner

Being HIV-positive is not an easy life. What happens if you add RA to the mix? How does your HIV status impact your RA treatment? I recently interviewed my friend Mary Turner from Charleston, S.C., who’s lived with HIV since the late 1980s. Mary is o...

By Lene Andersen, MSW

STDs and HIV Testing: Frequently Asked Questions

Find out about HIV and STDs, through frequently asked questions.

By Eileen Bailey

How Does HIV/AIDS Dementia Differ from Alzheimer's?

Infection used to be the main cause of dementia. Treatment for infections and inflammation of the central nervous system (CNS) has dramatically decreased the incidence of infection-related dementia. But there has been one infectious disease that has ...

By Christine Kennard

Gene Increases HIV Risk

(Ivanhoe Newswire) Your genetics may increase your chances of having human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1). New research shows a variant of a gene found only in people of African ancestry increases the odds of becoming infected with HIV. However, the ...

HIV Transmission

Few diseases generate so many myths and misunderstandings as HIV. Nearly twenty years into the global pandemic, some people are still confused about how HIV is transmitted. Read on to learn what you need to know to protect yourself. Who Has HIV Alrea...

By The HealthCentral Editorial Team

Testing, Testing, One, Two, Three: How HIV Tests Work

HIV hasn’t disappeared. The numbers are still haunting. Half of all new HIV infections occur in people under the age of 25. This equates with 2 new infections every hour of every day in this population. The good news is that early detection of the di...

By The HealthCentral Editorial Team

The Herpes - HIV connection and Conundrum

Did you know that having herpes can put you at a higher risk of catching HIV if exposed? Well, it’s true so researchers though that the opposite might hold true as well. Researchers decided to test the theory that maybe by treating herpes - they coul...

By Amy Hendel, P.A.