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5 Tips to Bridge the Gap With Your HIV Health Care Team
By Josh Middleton
August 19, 2016

Bridging the gap with your health care team can seem like a daunting task. After all, they are the experts who spent years in school and have all the answers, right? It's natural to sense an us-versus-them mentality; however, this is not how the relationship should function.

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The Human Toll of Chase Brexton's Union-Busting Efforts
By Mark S. King
August 16, 2016

Jill Crank misses her patients terribly. And she is worried about them.

"The last thing I want is for them to think I abandoned them," Jill said. "I'm afraid they might not know what to do."

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Advocacy Is a War Worth Waging
By Lynda Arnold
August 11, 2016

It's been a very busy few months since I last blogged. I am proud to say that I remain undetectable and am adhering to my medication regimen. I just asked my HIV doc about switching to a single, once-a-day regimen and giving that a try again, but with multi-drug-resistant HIV she does not feel that is wise at this point, so again I will wait. Patiently. I'm not always this patient. In fact, sometimes I can be aggressive and demanding. Relentless and single-minded. Driven and determined. Not to mention perceived as quite annoying or even bitchy. Somewhere in that mix, however, is the recipe for a true advocate.

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Thanking the People Who Have Made Contributions to My Life
By Tim Hinkhouse
August 5, 2016

Hello there readers: I told you about one volunteer we have for our dialog group named Jude. I saw her this past weekend, and she had reminded me about a paper I wrote for her class with the topic, "The hands of people that have made contributions to your life." I thought this was great. The very first thing I did was to trace my hand on the page and then wrote:

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By Bruce Richman
August 4, 2016

While people with HIV and our partners celebrate the groundswell of groundbreaking, stigma-shattering evidence proving that people with HIV with an undetectable viral load cannot transmit HIV, it can be frustrating, to say the least, when people communicate inaccurately that we're a significant risk.

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When AIDS Activists Hijacked the Olympic Rings
By Mark S. King
August 2, 2016

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is a very touchy organization, most especially when it comes to the Olympic rings. They guard their trademark jealously and litigiously, commonly suing anyone who dares to approximate the iconic rings for their own purposes. Even local street vendors during the Games have been shut down for violating copyright. Anthony Braswell wasn't thinking about that when he and a co-worker came up with a dangerous idea.

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El #VIH y el #AMOR (Mi Historia de Amor y Divulgar)
Por Maria T. Mejia
1 de agosto de 2016

El amor, qué hermoso es! Esto es tan importante para las personas que viven con el VIH / SIDA tener a alguien que te ame y puede ver más allá de la enfermedad, es decir si son VIH negativas ... Me siento bendecido de que después de todos estos años de ser positiva y pensando en el camino recorrido y lo que pensaba cuando me diagnosticaron (NUNCA ME LLEGARE A CASAR), he sido bendecida con un a esposa tan cariñosa y atenta conmigo ... el complemento perfecto. :) Ella es un elemento clave en mi salud, aunque no lo crean! Cuando a uno lo aman y cuidan ... el corazón y el alma se llena en el interior. Uno se siente feliz y se siente complementado, todas estas cosas hacen que nuestro sistema inmune se suba ... Y no sólo es el amor de pareja, esposa, esposo ... también proviene de el que sea amigo o amor que le demuestre a uno el amor y el cuidado con afecto un amigo, su familia ... incluso extraños ... la gente simplemente no saben lo importante que es amar y ser amado para nosotros. Mi pareja, Lisa, sería la primera en decir que ella era parte de la ignorancia, por supuesto, hasta que llegué yo.

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#HIV and #LOVE (My Story of Love and Disclosure)
By Maria T. Mejia
August 1, 2016

Love, how beautiful it is! This is so important for people living with HIV/AIDS ... to have someone who loves you and can see you beyond the disease, that is, if they are HIV negative.  I feel blessed that after all these years living with my diagnosis and thinking about the journey and what I thought when I was initially diagnosed (I'll NEVER GET MARRIED), I have been blessed with a wife so loving and attentive to me ... the perfect complement. :) She is a key element in my health, believe it or not! When one is loved and cared for ... The heart and soul are filled inside. You feel happy and feel complemented, all these things make our immune system rise ... And it's not just romantic love, wife, husband or spouse ... it also comes from a friend, loved one ... to be shown the love and caring affection from a friend, family ... even strangers ... people just do not know how important it is to love and be loved for us. My partner, Lisa, would be the first to say that she was part of the ignorance, of course, until I came along.

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Don't Let HIV Keep You From Pursuing a Career or Your Passion
By Matt Ebert
August 1, 2016

I have a friend who receives a hefty check every month for not going to work. Back in the 1990s when he found out he was HIV positive, he cashed in on an income insurance policy. Now, as long as he stays unemployed, he receives six figures every year. For many of us that would be a blessing, but I wonder -- can it also be a bit of a curse?

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Why Aren't HIV Criminalization Changes Applied Retroactively?
By Tim Hinkhouse
August 1, 2016

Hello there readers: I am sorry for taking so long to write. My head hasn't been in the right place to do it lately. Here is what is on my mind. As I have mentioned previously, at the end of August 2015, I mailed a clemency application to Oregon Governor Kate Brown asking her for a second chance in society. I really want to have the hope that one day I will be free again.

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