United Apologizes, Reverses Truvada Policy After HIV Activists Push Back by BROOKE SOPELSA Following outrage by HIV advocates after UnitedHealthcare sent a rejection letter to a patient seeking Truvada — denying him due to his “high risk homosexual behavior" — the insurer announced Friday it is changing its policy for the daily HIV prevention pill [...]
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Instinct Staff August 3, 2017 A health care company reportedly denied a gay man a Truvada prescription because he engages in "high risk homosexual behavior." With United HealthCare's refusal to cover the prescription, the man would be forced to pay approximately $1,500 a month out of pocket, if he wished to remain on the HIV prevention drug. From Raw [...]
The month of April has brought TTF some internal changes in its leadership. After nine months of transition, we are excited to officially welcome our new Executive Director, Orren Plaut, and Associate Director, Chris Villalobos. Orren found the Thrive Tribe Foundation (TTF) in 2014 when he attended a potluck that took place at a [...]
August 1990 the autumn leaves where falling, actor Michael Hennessey was the given the diagnoses that he only had 9 years to live. He had contracted HIV which moved into full blown AIDS from 1997 until 2011. He fought daily and overcame his AIDS diagnosis and now inspires the world as MIRACLE MIKE. Miracle [...]
We're closer than ever to an HIV vaccine. BEC CREW Scientists have discovered an antibody produced by an HIV-positive patient that neutralises 98 percent of all HIV strains tested - including most of the strains that are resistant to other antibodies of the same class. Due to HIV’s ability to rapidly respond to the body’s immune [...]
After coming out as HIV-positive on national televison, this former suiter has a lot to say. By David Artavia NOVEMBER 14 2016 When Eric Leonardos found out he was HIV-positive at a small clinic in Austin, Texas, he was running late for a presentation at work. The then-25-year-old hair stylist was forced to pull himself [...]
Short Bytes: As a major breakthrough in HIV treatment, the scientists at Imperial College of London and UK biotech company DNA Electronics have created a new HIV test that’s carried out using a USB stick. In the trials, the device tested about 1,000 samples with 95% accuracy with an average test time of 21 minutes. [...]
Genome analysis reveals that the AIDS-causing virus circulated in the U.S. as early as 1971 By Dina Fine Maron on October 26, 2016 HIV probably arrived in the U.S. around 1971—a decade before AIDS was recognized as a disease and a dozen years before scientists discovered the virus that causes it—according to a new analysis of viral [...]
Mental distress triggered by deep-rooted homophobia in society drives many LGBT people to abuse drink and drugs, and to harm themselves. by Owen Jones It had been three years since I’d met up with my first boyfriend – let’s call him Steven. When he walked into a Brixton pub in June, it was a shock. [...]
Human trials have already started. FIONA MACDONALD 14 OCT 2016 A new type of antibody therapy appears to have completely blocked the primate equivalent of HIV in infected monkeys. More than two years after the treatment, the monkeys are now drug free, have no symptoms, and there are almost no traces of the virus in [...]
Less than 100% adherence to HIV therapy, even with viral suppression, can lead to more inflammation and immune activationJose Arroyo 2017-03-03T16:32:24+00:00
Michael Carter Published: 12 October 2016 Research involving men taking antiretroviral therapy, all with an undetectable viral load, has shown that imperfect adherence to therapy is associated with higher levels of key markers of inflammation and immune activation. The study is published in the online edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases. The authors believe their findings could [...]
One of our tribe members, Eric Leonardos, a participant in Logo TV's "Finding Prince Charming," chose to reveal his HIV status in the latest episode that aired on October 6, 2016. Here is an interview by Dan Avery, Editor in Chief of NewNowNext: “Finding Prince Charming”: [SPOILER] Tells Robert He Is HIV-Positive "I knew going in [...]
Beware of headlines which suggest scientists are "on the brink of HIV cure", or "HIV cure close". They grab the attention - which is of course the aim of a headline - but talk of a breakthrough is premature. The Sunday Times reported that a British man with HIV was receiving a prototype therapy designed [...]
Know your enemy. DAVID NIELD 14 SEP 2016 For the first time, scientists have created an accurate simulation of a virus invading a cell, and say it could lead to anti-viral therapies that are much more effective than the ones we rely on today. The experiment was designed to examine how the protein shell of [...]
The interactive national PrEP Provider Directory through Emory University and MAC AIDS Fund is live.Jose Arroyo 2017-03-03T16:35:38+00:00
Researchers from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University unveiled a new website, www.preplocator.org, that will allow users to locate a medical provider or clinic that can prescribe Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent HIV infection. If taken daily, PrEP helps prevent the transmission of HIV. The website will be introduced at the 20th [...]
Published on Sep 7, 2016 Do you know what viral load is and what HIV-undetectable means? Let these gay men tell you....
The Astonishing Actual History Of The Gay Rights Movement September 25, 1992 Photo by James A. Parcell, The Washington Post via Getty Images LOCATION: George Washington Hospital CAPTION: Dr. Richard DiGioia goes to George Washington Hospital to check on his patient, Tom Kane. Kane is deaf. Dr. DiGioia hugs Kane before leaving. I [...]
According to a new study of sexually active partners with different HIV status, no HIV person who remains at an undetectable viral load transmits the HIV virus, this two years claims. Viral load suppression means risk of HIV transmission is ‘at most’ 4% during anal sex, but final results not due till 2017 The second [...]
Taken once daily, the pill Truvada can prevent HIV. It’s safe, effective, FDA -approved, and usually covered by health plans. So why are so few gay men taking it? The gay 40-something well-known New York City doctor with many gay patients — let’s call him Dr. John — can barely talk freely about what he’s [...]