The Year in BETA: Top Stories of 2013
These were some of the most popular stories on the BETA blog this year. And 2013 was no ordinary year: This year, we marked BETA’s 25-year anniversary and our first full year at betablog.org.
To wrap up this eventful year, here’s a look back at some of the top BETA stories of 2013.
- First Glimpse of A Pediatric HIV Cure?: Did early treatment of a child born with HIV yield a functional cure? See why one investigator says, “We believe this is our Timothy Brown case.”
- Promiscuous Gay Nerd: What Makes Sex Good?: Jake Sobo set out to answer this question by tracking his every sexual encounter in one glorious spreadsheet—and the results surprised him.
- Video: Understanding Undetectable Viral Load: Get the facts on undetectable viral load from this video, and find out what we know—and what we don’t know—about its role in HIV health and HIV prevention.
- CROI 2013: New HIV Drugs: How do new HIV drugs in the pipeline (one of which has since been approved) stack up against current treatment options? Get the scoop with Liz Highleyman’s report from the 20th Retrovirus Conference.
- Raw Sex—Are the Rules Changing?: Find out how a gay porn director, five community panelists, and a packed audience answered this question at a San Francisco public forum.
- Two New Treatments for Hepatitis C: Get the scoop on new drugs that offer shorter treatment, fewer side effects, and better cure rates for hepatitis C—and find resources to help pay for them.
- Ask a Lawyer: The Injustice of HIV Criminalization: What are the unintended consequences of HIV criminalization—and what can advocates, lawyers, and people living with HIV do to change flawed laws?
- How Do You Talk About It? Two Guys Take On “Undetectable”: How do poz guys and negative guys talk about undetectable viral load with dates, partners, and other people in their lives? Meet Zachary and Derek, and find out.
- Expert Q&A: What is “Harm Reduction”?: Alcohol and other drugs fuel the HIV epidemic. Learn how a harm reduction approach to substance use treatment is helping to change that—and changing lives by offering dignity and respect.
- Updated Treatment Guidelines: Stronger Support for Starting Early: See why the update recommends that people in the acute stage of infection “should be offered” HIV therapy.
Here’s to a healthy and happy 2014!
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