The outlook for people living with HIV has improved dramatically over the last 20 years. An HIV-positive diagnosis is no longer as hopeless as it once was. Many who have HIV are able to live fuller, longer, healthier lives. However, myths still persist about the virus. Healthline’s best blog winners are a much-needed resource for those living with HIV. These blogs address complicated issues with sensitivity, compassion, and candor.
Those looking for the latest on HIV and infectious diseases from a trusted source will find it here. Hosted by the Massachusetts Medical Society, this blog bills itself as a hub for an ongoing dialogue on HIV, AIDS, and infectious diseases. It’s run by Dr. Paul Sax, the clinical director of the HIV program and division of infectious diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. The blog has been publishing in-depth posts on all things medical (and some not so medical) since 2008.
Featuring first-person perspectives from the HIV and AIDS community, The Body is an impressive network of bloggers who contribute to HIV topics tailored for specific audiences. Examples include HIV and AIDS resources for African Americans, information for those newly diagnosed, aging with HIV, and HIV stigma and discrimination. The Body also offers its content in Spanish.
POZ is a lifestyle, treatment, and advocacy magazine. It aims to inform, inspire, and empower its readership. Its blog covers everything from the latest in cutting-edge health news to deeply personal stories from people living with the virus. Additionally, its forums offer an around-the-clock discussion area for people with questions about HIV.
This is a go-to for anyone interested in federal HIV policies, programs, and resources in the United States. Managed by the Department of Health and Human Services, HIV.gov provides one-stop access to U.S. government HIV and AIDS information. The blog helps readers stay current with news and updates that focus on ending HIV, prevention, and building awareness.
When Josh Robbins started his award-winning blog shortly after getting his HIV diagnosis in 2012, he dedicated himself to spreading hope through his experiences. Equal parts personal narrative and exclusive HIV news, I’m Still Josh is a refreshingly effervescent take on difficult topics.
My Fabulous Disease is home to the writing and video work of Mark S. King, an award-winning author, blogger, and advocate. Along with inspirational storytelling, the blog features debate on sexual politics, insights on prevention and policy, and personal videos from King’s life.
Women and girls living with HIV will find community and valuable insights here. The goals of A Girl Like Me, a program of the Well Project, are to help normalize HIV and create a safe space for women living with HIV to speak out and share their experiences. Bloggers from around the world come together to support one another and touch on tough issues they face in their daily lives.
BETA Blog offers an array of content for those with an interest in science-driven developments and community-born interventions. The blog focuses on new developments in HIV prevention and strategies for living well with the virus. Backed by a team of researchers, clinicians, and community advocates, BETA’s mission is all about health literacy. Learn tools to help you ask smarter questions, understand meaningful developments in HIV research, and get the most from your medical care here.
People looking for an honest and in-depth worldview on HIV and AIDS will find plenty to browse through here. NAM believes independent, clear, and accurate information is vital in the fight against HIV and AIDS. Their blog is an extension of their pledge to share knowledge and save lives. NAM’s content ranges from the latest on science and research to drug fact sheets.
AIDS United aims to serve disproportionately affected populations, including men who have sex with men, communities of color, women, people living in the Deep South, and those living with HIV or AIDS. Their mission is to end the AIDS epidemic in the United States. Their blog works toward that goal by highlighting recent research, shining a spotlight on advocates and allies in the community, and sharing commentary from guest bloggers.
Plus is a leading provider of HIV-related health information serving consumers, AIDS service organizations, policymakers, and healthcare professionals. The magazine addresses the mental and physical health conditions that affect people living with HIV. It covers topics that include stigma, treatment, and activism.
IAS is the world’s largest association of HIV professionals, with members from more than 180 countries working on all fronts of the global AIDS response. In addition to insightful reports from activists around the world, the blog features the #IASONEVOICE series. This grassroots campaign highlights the stories, opinions, and perspectives of IAS members from more than 170 countries.
As Canada’s official knowledge broker for HIV and hepatitis C, CATIE’s mandate is to provide both treatment and prevention information on HIV and hepatitis C to frontline service providers across Canada. The site provides up-to-date, accurate, and unbiased information on prevention, treatment, and healthy living.
Award-winning writer and activist John McFarland Campbell uses this blog to share his first-person story of living with HIV. He offers an unvarnished look at his daily life. He includes updates on his diagnoses, medical procedures, and medications — always with unwavering hopefulness and positivity.
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Jen Thomas is a journalist and media strategist based in San Francisco. When she’s not dreaming of new places to visit and photograph, she can be found around the Bay Area struggling to wrangle her blind Jack Russell terrier or looking lost because she insists on walking everywhere. Jen is also a competitive Ultimate Frisbee player, a decent rock climber, a lapsed runner, and an aspiring aerial performer.