About two-thirds of Americans who are infected with the virus that causes AIDS aren’t getting treated for it.

The finding comes from an analysis just released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing that more needs to be done to make sure people infected with the human immunodeficiency virus get proper treatment.

"For people living with HIV, it’s not just about knowing you’re infected — it’s also about going to the doctor for medical care," says CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden.

Treatment For HIV Runs Low In U.S., Despite Diagnosis

Photo credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Caption: A pharmacist pours Truvada pills, an HIV treatment, back into the bottle at Jack’s Pharmacy in San Anselmo, Calif.

Trust and integrity are precious resources, easily squandered, hard to regain. They can thrive only on a foundation of respect for veracity.
—  Sissela Bok, Lying as quoted in Robert Klitzman and Ronald Bayer’s Mortal Secrets: Truth and Lies in the Age of AIDS

The RED Ball

In commemoration and celebration of World AIDS Day, please join NYC Health and our community partners for the first ever RED Ball. The RED Ball is an opportunity for us to celebrate life while remembering friends we’ve lost in the fight against HIV. The event is free, all ages, and open to the public. Bring your friends! Appearances by: Ana Matronic, DJ Seth Ninja, DJ Sammy Jo, DJ Byrell and Symba, Assistant Commissioners Sue Blank and Demetre Daskalakis. Please RSVP on our Facebook page and share with your friends.

The event is free and open to the public. Bring your friends!


Runway – One (1) Trophy and One (1) Prize – $100 gift card

Ribbons are not just for ponytails and little girls!  Incorporate the iconic red ribbon into your ensemble and make the judges gag while bringing haute couture to HIV/AIDS awareness.

Bizarre – One (1) Trophy and One (1) Prize – $100 gift card

We’ve got you covered. All you need to make your bizarre effect are condoms. Get creative and Bring It! We can’t wait to see  how the rubber meets the runway. Order free expired condoms to create your look by contacting Jennifer Medina Matsuki at jmedina1@health.nyc.gov.

Face – One (1) Trophy and One (1) Prize – $100 gift card 

While we work as a community to fight against HIV/AIDS, we realize that all of us are the face of HIV. We are all the faces of love and community.  Show your solidarity in the fight against HIV by making the most of RED to enhance your defying beauty and charm.

Team Realness – Two (2) Trophies and Two (2) Prizes – $100 gift cards

Male Figure: Serve us your realness in a RED fitted or RED male-ensemble effect.

Female Figure:  Serve us your realness in RED pumps or RED figure effect.

Best Dressed– One (1) Trophy and One (1) Prize – $100 gift card 

Be inspired. Be inspiration. Be real. Be the best dressed!  Be the look of inspiration by serving us fashion with a RED twist.

Vogue – One (1) Trophy and One (1) Grand Prize – $300 gift card 

Talk to the hand. Literally.  Show us what you’ve got and Bring It by including RED, in any effect, into your performance.  Use this performance to commemorate World AIDS Day by bringing your best message forward about HIV.

When the freedom of choice that secrecy gives one person limits or destroys that of others, it affects not only his own claims to respect, but theirs. Because it eludes interference, secrecy is central to the planning of every form of injury to human beings.
—  Sissela Bok, Secrets as quoted in Robert Klitzman and Ronald Bayer’s Mortal Secrets: Truth and Lies in the Age of AIDS

A random genetic mutation has made HIV harmless in two patients

French researchers have pinpointed a genetic mutation that has resulted in two men showing no symptoms or clinical traces of HIV, despite being infected by the virus for at least three years.

They’ve found that, in both patients, the HIV virus was shut down as a result of its genetic code being altered - something they believe was triggered by the activation of a group of enzymes known as APOBEC enzymes.

The research suggests that by activating these enzymes in other patients, we may be able to disable the AIDS-causing virus even after someone’s already been infected. In fact, it’s one of the first potential “cures” put forward that would result in a patient remaining infected by HIV.

The scientists were so fascinated by the two patients because neither had developed any symptoms, despite being infected with HIV for years. One of the men had been diagnosed as HIV positive 30 years ago, and the other was diagnosed in 2011. But despite that, the virus was present in such low levels that it could not be detected in routine blood tests, and it also wasn’t causing them any symptoms or ill health.

The researchers from France’s Institute of Health and Medical Research believe that these two patients are not unique, and their lack of symptoms are a result of an evolutionary shift between some humans and the virus - a spontaneous phenomenon known as endogenisation.

Their results are published in the current issue of Clinical Microbiology and Infection.

In the paper they explain that it’s well known that around 1 percent of people infected with HIV are naturally able to keep the virus at clinically undetectable level. However, no one quite knew what this genetic mechanism was until now.

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Photo by Delphine Goux/MSF

“My baby needs me to take HIV drugs everyday but I cannot walk 5 hours every month to get them”

Name: Ana Maria Manuel
Location: Mozambique

An HIV-positive pregnant or breastfeeding woman who is not on antiretroviral treatment has one out of three chance of transmitting the virus to her baby. In 2013, 240,000 children were infected through their mothers. When women like Ana, above, are on effective ARV treatment, the risk of transmitting the virus to babies is reduced to less than four percent. “I started treatment in 2005 thanks to my counselor who really encouraged me to be on ARVs,” says Ana. “I know it’s very important because I have three children. Because I am very serious about my treatment, they are thankfully all HIV-negative. But it’s hard to be good and adhere to treatment when the clinic is so far away.” On World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, MSF is calling for health providers to adapt treatment to realities of patients’ lives: https://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/article/world-aids-day-portraits-my-life-my-hands


Translated by me and Monica Odom 

[image text] Sophia knows that some people avoid her once they learn she’s HVI+. Sophia, you shouldn’t have to go through so much prejudice. It’s a good thing that you’re also surrounded by people who love you and who join you in fighting misinformation surrounding HIV.

[texto da imagem] Sofia sabe que algumas pessoas se afastaram dela quando ficaram sabendo que ela é soropositiva. Sofia, você não deveria ter que sofrer tanto preconceito. Ainda bem que você também está cercada por pessoas que te amam e que se juntaram a você na luta contra a desinformação que ainda cerca o HIV.

Here numerous HIV-1 particles leave a cultured HeLa cell. These viruses lack their vpu gene and thus can’t detach from the cell’s tethering factor, BST2. Each viron particle is ~120nm in diameter. The image was captured with a Zeiss Merlin ultra high-resolution scanning electron microscope. The cells were fixed, dehydrated, critical-point dried, and lightly sputter-coated with gold/palladium.

When she was 14-years-old, a South African woman named Gugu was raped, shot and left for dead. After spending three months in a coma, she woke up to discover that she had acquired HIV and became pregnant as a result of the rape. 

Gugu is now 30-years-old and sharing what it is like to raise a child while living with HIV in the latest issue of Safe magazine. The entire issue focuses on the immediate and long-term consequences of violence against women, and argues that in order to end HIV, violence against women must be stopped. 

Read more via The Daily Beast

Photo by Munyaradzi Makari/MSF

“I don’t enjoy being at the clinic. Bring ARVs to the community”

Name: Bev Murevi
Location: Zimbabwe

HIV patients need daily antiretroviral (ARV) treatments, a diagnosis that requires monthly trips to the clinic to pick up drugs. Bev, above, has been on ARV for five years and has to walk over seven miles each way to get to the clinic to pick up her drugs. Community Antiretroviral Treatment Groups (CAGs) help patients by decreasing trips to the clinic to only once a year. “With the CAGs, I can rely on my group members to bring drugs to me, except when I have to go in person to see my clinician for my yearly check up,” says Bev. “CAGs give us a chance to rest.” That being said, patients still agree that it would be better if treatments were closer than a half-marathon’s journey. On World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, MSF is calling for health providers to adapt treatment to realities of patients’ lives: https://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/article/world-aids-day-portraits-my-life-my-hands


Translated by me and Monica Odom

[image text] When Louise found out she was HIV+ many people said her life was over.
It’s been some time now since she was diagnosed, and she’s learned that it’s possible to be happy and live well with the virus, that her life is more than just surviving.

Um texto interessante sobre como é ser soropositivo atualmente:

[texto da imagem] Quando Luisa descobriu que era soropositiva muitas pessoas disseram que sua vida havia acabado. Já se passaram alguns anos e Luisa percebeu que é possível ser feliz e viver bem portando o vírus - e não apenas sobreviver.