2 posts tagged “hiv treatments”

Working Together for an AIDS-Free Generation

Posted November 30th, 2012 by

World AIDS Day Is Saturday, December 1, 2012

Saturday, December 1st, is World AIDS Day (hashtag #WAD2012), a time for re-upping your vigilance and awareness levels about HIV/AIDS.  The global AIDS crisis is not over until an AIDS-free society is achieved, and unfortunately, we’re not there yet.  That’s why the US theme for World AIDS Day 2012 is “Working Together for an AIDS-Free Generation.”

More than 30 years after the first reports of AIDS in the United States, approximately 50,000 Americans are still contracting HIV – the virus that can lead to AIDS – each year.  In addition, nearly 1 in 5 individuals living with HIV is unaware of his or her infection.  That’s why we can’t become complacent about HIV prevention and treatment.

Facing AIDS Is an Ongoing AIDS.gov Social Media Campaign

Join PatientsLikeMe partner AIDS.gov in “Facing AIDS.”  What can you do to help?  Start by reminding everyone you know that they can locate a local HIV testing site by texting their zip code to “KNOWIT” (566948) or using the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Service Provider Locator.  You can also set an example in your peer group by going and getting tested yourself.

Living with HIV?  Connect with the 3,000+ members of PatientsLikeMe’s HIV Community for information, support and advice.  If you know your HIV type (e.g., HIV-1: Group M: Type B), you can now search for those with the same type as you and learn from their experiences, including what medications they’ve taken and how they rate each drug’s effectiveness, costs and side effects.  From Atripla to Truvada to Norvir, discover how our patients evaluate commonly prescribed HIV treatments and read their battle-tested tips.

The point is that working together can improve care – and increase prevention.  Join the millions of Americans working towards an AIDS-free generation today.


World AIDS Day (12/1/08) – Embracing the Positive

Posted December 1st, 2008 by

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World AIDS Day is a milestone in so many different ways.  It has marked the persistence of HIV and its impact on our world, but we hope that we are approaching a turning point where World AIDS Day will come to mark progress.

What this day marks, however, is that being HIV positive doesn’t mean one will picture-1.pngautomatically get AIDS anymore.  People are living longer and medications continue to improve the health and quality of life for people with HIV.  There’s still a long way to go, but progress is being made.

A year ago on this day, the PatientsLikeMe HIV Community was open to a small group of beta-testers, and one of them asked in the Forum if people in the world-at-large even take notice of this day, or have any idea what it means for people with HIV?  Now, we have over 1,600 patients who are sharing their experience, giving each other needed information and support.  And they are using PatientsLikeMe to empower themselves to show the world on World AIDS Day and every day that there is life with HIV.

To learn more about our online community, check out our “2008 HIV Community Report:  Embracing the Positive.”

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