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Charlie Sheen Has the Right to Privacy
By Aaron Laxton
November 16, 2015

Today the media and tabloids are circling around Charlie Sheen reporting that they are going to disclose information about his health. It is my belief that every person has the right to privacy when it comes to their own health information, HIV or otherwise.

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HIV Positive and in Prison Has Happened for a Reason
By Tim Hinkhouse
November 11, 2015

Hello there, readers. I wanted to share my thoughts with you on the Supreme Court decision this past June 26, 2015. I am filled with encouragement because there is advancement in the gay community and it can only get better! That is encouraging for future generations who will benefit from the hard work of past pioneers who paved the way for absolute equality. GREAT WORK!!!

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Working
By Matt Ebert
October 30, 2015

I work on a dairy farm. Now this may not seem the most ideal place to be if you're HIV positive. There's a lot of dirt, shit, danger, and stigma here-just like everywhere else I suppose -- but out here in rural Pennsylvania they don't know from HIV's limitations. What we know from is hard labor. You either gets up and do it, or stays at home and wish you had.

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Why I Wiped HIV Off My Face
By Mark S. King
October 30, 2015

Some years ago, I told someone that I was HIV positive before I agreed to his invitation for a date. "Yeah, I know," he casually replied, and then he looked a little embarrassed, as if he shouldn't have said it. It was too late, of course; I knew exactly what he meant. He could tell my HIV status by my face.

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An Open Letter to Danny Pintauro
By Aaron Laxton
October 7, 2015

I am going to share with you a lesson which I had to learn the hard way. When in the public eye, whether by choice or circumstance, be mindful of your actions and statements because you can easily derail the work of others before you.

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Recovering From Meth, Rebuilding a Sex Life
By Mark S. King
September 30, 2015

For more than a decade I was an active crystal meth addict. They were the darkest years of my life.

I suffered numerous relapses as I struggled to get clean, and my woeful journey back to crystal meth was always the same.

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After My HIV Disclosure, Reality Show Says I No Longer Fit the Criteria (Video)
By Eric Trujillo
September 30, 2015

In 2014, I applied to the reality show Ink Master. After months of phone calls and emails, I was assigned an episode -- but once I disclosed my HIV status I "no longer fit the criteria."

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#USCA2015 (My Thoughts and Feelings and Most Importantly the Love I Felt)
By Maria T. Mejia
September 28, 2015

Well, where do I start? It is no secret that I have been going through one of the toughest times of my life. I thought I may not be able to go, but how can I cancel when they gave me a partial scholarship ... and The Well Project, where I blog, I am on their CAB and their Global Ambassador, assisted me in every way to show my presence as a Latina activist/advocate there!! So I said "Maria, push through, truck it and be real with what you are feeling emotionally and mentally."

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My Depression, Trauma, HIV and Getting Help (Video)
By Maria T. Mejia
September 28, 2015

I have been going through one of the roughest times of my life and I wanted to show the world that it is OK to be a strong woman and ask for help at the same time. Being a part of the Greater Than AIDS campaign for HIV and IPV resurfaced many issues I had that I thought had healed, but the reality is that I was just glued together, I had not healed, and now I am in intensive therapy for the first time in my life. I was in a very dark space, greater than any other pain I had felt before, and I really wanted to end the pain and just be free. I am so happy my wife pushed for us to get help, individually and together! This saved my life and maybe our marriage.

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Living in Their Paranoia
By Tim Hinkhouse
September 22, 2015

Hello there readers. I was thinking back when I first arrived in prison on May 1, 1994, at the Oregon State Penitentiary (OSP). The transport van coming from the intake center pulls into the sally port in front of this very old prison built back in the 1800s. I looked through the cage of the van and said to myself, "So this is where I am going to die?" Upon entry into the receiving area, the large, heavy steel door with bars on it just like in the movies opened. The group I came in with, some had been there before. I followed their lead. Once I was in the building, the same door was closed with such a slam and ringing of the bars I knew that I was in prison. I had a mugshot taken and was assigned a state ID number to be used for most everything, which was printed on an ID card I had been given to carry with me.

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