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Giving Back Through Research
By Ed Perlmutter
December 7, 2015

Since my HIV diagnosis in July 2006, I've been connected to the Infectious Diseases Clinic at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and have participated in three National Institutes of Health studies under the umbrella of the AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG). I am in very good hands.

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Teach Us Life Skills So We Can Succeed After Release
By Tim Hinkhouse
December 1, 2015

Hello there readers. I wanted to ask you something: Do you know why a chicken coop has two doors? If it had four, it would be a chicken sedan! This type of humor makes you think outside the box, right? Think about it; this also has real life applications. Let me explain myself.

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Surviving HIV: POZ 100 Long-Term Survivors List
By Rev. Andrena Ingram
December 1, 2015

So this year, I was chosen as one of POZ's 100 Long-Term Survivors ... and I guess, oddly enough you can say that I am very grateful. Twenty-seven years of living with this disease is nothing short of miraculous; but the miracle goes way beyond me, way beyond those living today. I feel the recognition belongs to many other people.

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Unexpected Tribulations: How HIV Changed Everything
By Josh Middleton
November 30, 2015

The moment I heard the words that I thought I wouldn't hear in a million years, "You are HIV Positive," time itself seemed to have stopped.

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This Apology Has Been Long Overdue
By Tim Hinkhouse
November 29, 2015

Hello there, readers. Do you ever listen to a song and it brings back a memory whether it's good or bad? I love all types of music, but one artist stands out in particular. Bon Jovi, the album Slippery When Wet. Back in the late '80s when this was relevant, I was dating this girl I'll call "Tricia." I was so in love with her and she was in love with me too. Just like every young couple we had our ups and downs. Looking back on our relationship, she didn't deserve someone like me in her life. She could have done so much better!

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Making the Most of the Sheen HIV Spotlight: Share the 'New Basics' of HIV
By JD Davids
November 28, 2015

In the most publicized news event on HIV in the last decade, Charlie Sheen took to the Today show to confirm the truth: He is living with HIV.

But with his individual revelation, a broader and ultimately more significant truth emerged: The realities of HIV today are drastically different from the dated concepts of the public imagination.

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Giving Thanks for Where I Am and What I Have Become
By Tim Hinkhouse
November 25, 2015

The holidays are upon us once again and here I am in prison, still. There are obviously two ways to look on this whole situation. The negative side of things is I'm locked up, I can't spend the holidays with family and friends. Blah, blah, blah. I have been locked up so long all I know are holidays in prison. The days still come and go, time doesn't stop for us in here.

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Being Alive
By Sherri Beachfront Lewis
November 24, 2015

What a dramatic year-end 2015 has been!

On the homestretch, we have actor Charlie Sheen's disclosing his HIV status and bringing HIV back into the news along with all the needed controversy about stigma causing activists to raise their voices loud once again and educate the public.

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The Shameless Sexy Truth of Being an HIV-Positive Slut
By Francisco Luis White
November 24, 2015

Most people want me to be repressed and repentant, I'm convinced.

For a short while, I wanted them to believe I was. It would be some comfort for them, if I cared enough about their judgment to hookup less than I did before receiving my results from a test many of them aren't brave enough to take.

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For HIV and Addiction, the Time to Act Is Now
By David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.
November 24, 2015

These are exciting times for those of us working and living with HIV. There are promising new treatments in development, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) has added a significant additional resource to our prevention arsenal, and there is talk of seeing the end of the epidemic in our lifetimes. This optimism is reflected in major worldwide goals. UNAIDS, for example, has endorsed 90-90-90. That is, by 2020 at least 90% of people will know their status, 90% will receive sustained antiretroviral medication, and 90% will achieve a suppressed viral load. Policy reforms such as the National HIV/AIDS Policy acknowledge the role of stigma, mental health concerns, and health disparities.

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