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No Matter What Gender You Choose to Be, We Can All Stand up and Fight for Human Rights
By Tim Hinkhouse
April 24, 2017

Hello there readers: I was listening to the local rock station this past week, enjoying classic rock music. There was a break in the music, and this was said: "President Trump wants to hire an elite group of people to fight violent criminals. I don't think anyone has told the president that the Avengers are not real!" As you might be able to tell by reading my blog, I am a liberal all the way.

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Sean McKenna: Life With AIDS Isn't So Damn 'Fabulous'
By Mark S. King
April 21, 2017

Last December I attended the most moving, transcendent World AIDS Day program I have witnessed in years. That's not saying much, of course. These evenings are usually well-meaning but maudlin, featuring tearful eulogies while we hold up candles that drip on our fingers and we revisit personal losses that I put to rest a long time ago. Okay, clearly I have issues with grief.

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Med Side Effects: Thinking About How HIV Affects Us Physically
By Tim Hinkhouse
April 20, 2017

Hello there readers: I don't know for sure what all the side effects are of my new once-a-day HIV pill Genvoya [elvitegravir/cobicistat/emtricitabine/tenofovir alafenamide] are, but since I've been taking it I have been having all kinds of issues. On Feb. 15, I had an ultrasound on my abdomen because I've been experiencing symptoms of what I think are gallstones. I have been having pain in my lower right abdomen, nausea, vomiting, fever and chills. I've been told that I'm pale in color when the pain is the most extreme. Fortunately, I am taken seriously by nursing staff compared with the other inmates that "cry wolf" to get attention.

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Support Nushawn Williams, Detained and Denied HIV Meds in Civil Confinement
By Davina Conner
April 12, 2017

First degree assault, predator, class B felon, sex offender, a threat to society, poisoning someone with a disruptive substance, assault and battery with intent to kill, unlawful use of a harmful device: all these terms come into play when a person diagnosed with HIV is talked about in the judicial system.

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Shame and Stigma: Standing Strong in the Face of AIDS
By Harold R. "Scottie" Scott
April 10, 2017

I have been living with HIV/AIDS for nearly 27 years. I tested positive at a time, and in a rural area of Tennessee, where no one dared to let others know that they were infected.

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In the Loaded Act of HIV Disclosure, Violence Is Often Unspoken
By Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad
April 10, 2017

It is hard to consider how the impact of the state leads us to not hold each other and see each other. Being disabled or diseased or, in the case of HIV, infectious (or assumed to be) changes your relationship to the state. It changes your vulnerability to state-sanctioned violence. It creates or heightens trauma around what autonomy and closeness look like. I'm often reminded that I must fight harder to be seen as someone with a complexity that didn't go away when I become poz. I still have desire, need and a yearning for touch -- these don't go into hiding and shouldn't be repressed because of status.

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Not an HIV Poster Child: Why I, as a Black Queer Person, Left Non-Profit Work
By Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad
April 6, 2017

I am not an HIV poster child. I will never be that. I am not a black queer man who has broken some proverbial glass ceiling, and I'm am not an aspiring professional. I say that to say: how I speak and write centers my blackness and queerness. How I dress is a conscious decision to disrupt narratives of respectability, and how I move my body is intended to take up, reclaim and move into my space. I could unfold for you all of the trauma that my body and mind hold, but that isn't productive right now. Black trauma is a crop; these oppressive structures live and thrive off our despair and bodies. If I screamed a thousand times about how my body had to hold anti-black violence, it would only be the beginning.

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As Long-Term Survivors, We Look Back but Must Continue to Look Forward
By Harold R. "Scottie" Scott
April 6, 2017

A long-term survivor of HIV for 27 years and now a man in his mid-fifties, I went through the self-grieving process for myself many years ago when I expected -- and was told by a health care provider -- that I had five, maybe seven years to live. Now, having long outlived that prognosis, I, like so many other long-term survivors, have had to "refocus" and try to adjust my everyday life while not forget the journey with its ups and downs.

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All Women, All Rights at AIDSWatch 2017!
By Jada Cardona
April 3, 2017

The most memorable moment I had at AIDSWatch was standing on stage with all of my PWN sisters and chanting, "All women, all rights!" This powerful moment was one that will resonate in my activism for years to come. I am inspired by PWN's commitment to inclusion and it's great show of love one toward another. I love you all so much!

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Who Would Have Thought?
By Meta Smith-Davis
April 3, 2017

I am sitting here as the coordinator preparing for a meeting tomorrow for the Stigma Index Project interviewers and core members to discuss our next steps in developing strategies for eliminating stigma in our communities. It dawns on me that I am actually working to coordinate a meeting, me! -- a torn up from the floor up, ex-con, drug addicted, homeless black woman living with HIV ... who would have thought?

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