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Aging (Gracefully?) With HIV: I Never Saw This Coming
By David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.
April 27, 2014

I recently passed a major milestone: a big, round-numbered birthday that, frankly, I never expected to reach. It was odd to arrive at this point in my life because, having lived with HIV for over thirty years, I had good reason to suspect that I would not celebrate this passage, or for that matter, birthdays that occurred decades earlier.

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Spring Has Sprung and Remembering My HIV Anniversary Date
By Lynda Arnold
April 27, 2014

I love Spring! It's my favorite time of the year. I actually find people to be a little friendlier: they smile more, they are more relaxed, their eyes are brighter, their steps are quicker, there's a lilt of happiness in their voice.

However, I'm not so sure it should be my favorite time. April 7th was the day I found out I was HIV positive.

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Young, Black, Gay/Bisexual/Queer/Trans Men Are In!
By Patrick Ingram
April 24, 2014

April second through the fourth saw 55 young black men from across the nation meet in Atlanta, Georgia for the YBGLI's second Policy and Advocacy Summit. When I confirmed to my parents that I was gay so many years ago they warned me that my life would be very difficult, and that it would be full of barriers that would require me to be the very best in everything that I do. This belief stayed within and made me believe until more recently that if I was not perfect or the best in whatever I was attempting then there was no reason trying to pursue.

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HPV Tests Make a VA Appointment Awkward
By Brian Ledford
April 18, 2014

First we went over my lab results from March. Still have an undetectable viral load and my CD4 count is still up around 1000 but my % went from 35% to 40%, which is great. That is the highest percent it has been in years. Usually it stays around 33-35%. Also my liver enzymes, which have been elevated for years, are back to normal levels. The doc said they were the best he has ever seen them. And on top of that I am still losing weight. I am down another 5 lbs. since January, which may not seem like a lot, but for me it is awesome.

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Three Things You Still Need to Know About Sexually Transmitted Diseases
By Candace Y.A. Montague
April 18, 2014

April is Sexually Transmitted Disease Awareness month. Many awareness months come and go but this one is particularly interesting because even though most sexually transmitted diseases aren't fatal they tend to add a cloud over the heads of many people due to stigma and ignorance. You don't have to contract one. But if you do, life can still be good. Here are three things you need to know.

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Let HIV-Negative People Decide Their Own Prevention!
By Aaron Laxton
April 17, 2014

PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a proven concept. Regardless of whether opponents want to admit it or not, "bio-medical prevention" IS the key to reducing new-HIV infections in the highest-risk groups where previous risk-reductions methods have failed. Today, thanks to new research and science, we have a new method that can help those who are at the highest risk. We do not need more data; we do not need more trials to look at efficacy and safety ... PrEP is already a PROVEN concept. Anyone who says otherwise either doesn't know how to read data, is pushing their own agenda, or they are simply regurgitating the views of other people who have no clear understanding of the topic.

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Tattooing With HIV: A Slap in the Face
By Brian Ledford
April 14, 2014

Yesterday, I contacted a local tattoo parlor about possibly getting some work done. I have 3 tattoos and 3 piercings. I not only want some new work, but I also want to get some touch-ups on a few of the ones I have. Yes, tattoos and piercings are addictive and once you get one, you always want another.

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Why Talking About HIV & AIDS in Rural Communities Is Important (Video)
By Patrick Ingram
April 13, 2014

An additional piece in my series "HIV in the Rural Community."

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In the Cut
By Antron Reshaud Olukayode
April 11, 2014

"No cellphones gentleman" said the bouncer.

Rashid, the birthday boy, turned around to return his to the car while I chit-chatted with security. A world of endless possibilities opened up to us with 808 speakers blasting some current hood music, patrons spectating, drooling and fantasizing the entertainers with cups in hand and Mary perfuming the air. It was as if SIZZLE MIAMI and FLAVA MAGAZINE came to life. The kids lived, died and were resurrected! I'd never seen so much ass, dick, timbs (timberland boots) and fitted caps in one setting.

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Introducing Project Haven (Video)
By Nolan Hill
April 9, 2014

Sometimes all it takes is hearing a story that you connect with to realize that everything is going to be OK. I want to make sure everyone knows that you are not defined by your disease and that there's so much more, and that you are still you.

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