Any relationship can be difficult, but when one person is living with a life threatening disease with the social stigma that HIV still carries, many problems and issues are added to the mix. How do you tell your partner if you just found out you have the virus? What are the various strategies that are being researched regarding preventing HIV transmission? What are the options if considering having children? What are the issues other discordant couples are dealing with? Disclosing your HIV status to a partner is an extremely difficult task, whether it is someone you have just met or a long time partner.
If you would like to have a child when either you, your partner or both of you are HIV positive, your HIV status should not be a deterrent. With the assistance of a doctor measures can be taken to significantly reduce the risk of infection to both the negative partner and child.
The HIV community has been abuzz with the August FDA approval of what had been termed “the Quad”, the second one-pill-once-a-day combination antiretroviral drug. Marketed by Gilead under the name Stribild, the drug contains two NRTIs (tenofovir and emtricitabine), an integrase inhibitor (elvitegravir) and an integrase booster (cobicistat) and is approved for use in treatment naïve patients with either drug resistant or wild type virus.
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At a special event today at UNICEF Headquarters, global pop superstar Katy Perry was appointed UNICEF’s newest Goodwill Ambassador, with a special focus on engaging young people in the agency’s work to improve the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children and adolescents.
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