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After Finding My Blog, the Son I Abandoned at Birth Gets in Touch
By Tim Hinkhouse
November 13, 2017

I want to share with you something amazing in my life right now, which I can absolutely attribute to my blog. Before I became HIV positive in 1989, I had a girlfriend who had a baby boy born in August of that year. I was there in the delivery room to see him born, and I signed his birth certificate. This was the same year I went to California to party and engage in reckless behaviors instead of staying and doing the responsible thing: raising the child I helped bring into this world.

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Learning to Live With HIV and Be OK
By Tim Hinkhouse
November 8, 2017

As you can see, I am still in prison. Two years ago on Aug. 31, I sent my clemency application to Oregon Governor Kate Brown, asking her for mercy. I had my friend put a petition on asking people to sign it if they agreed that I had spent enough time in prison and urging the governor to let me out. I want to thank those of you who signed the petition and left your comments saying why you signed it. Hopefully this will make a difference?

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This HIV Survivor Quit Smoking to Vape. Don't Judge.
By Mark S. King
November 6, 2017

My years of smoking are much more likely to kill me than HIV. I suppose that's progress, and testament to how far we have come in my 32 years living with the virus. So why am I so defensive about my switch to vaping?

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Rosacea: My Story
By Justin B. Terry-Smith
October 24, 2017

Five years ago, I made a blog video on my struggles with rosacea. If you missed the post, let me first tell you about what rosacea is. Rosacea is a chronic disease and skin condition that causes inflammation and visible strained blood vessels in a person's face. In my face, it caused redness and small, red, pus-filled bumps.

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After Louie Film Review: An AIDS Survivor, Barely Surviving
By Mark S. King
October 23, 2017

Sam Cooper, a shell-shocked gay veteran of the 1980s, has invited Braeden, a much younger man, out for a hamburger after their sexual tryst. Braeden has been mindlessly chattering about his life and friends and how he negotiates casual sex outside his relationship. Hookups carry no more weight for Braeden than the phone he uses to find them.

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Review: The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson Is Trans Film Noir
By Mark S. King
October 9, 2017

Victoria Cruz, a dogged crime-victim advocate in New York City, has taken on one last case before retirement. She wants to solve the mysterious 1992 death of Marsha P. Johnson -- a trans woman like Cruz herself -- who's body was pulled from the Hudson river after disappearing the evening before.

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By Josh Middleton
September 12, 2017

We live in a world that seeks to label us and box individuals into various categories in order to better understand the complexity of the human race. However, these labels can often be problematic and confusing: life is much more complex than the black-and-white thinking we tend to use. I have struggled with the concept of labels myself, including their advantages, disadvantages, and purpose in my life; in particular, my sexual orientation. For the past five years, I've been known as the "HIV positive heterosexual male go-to guy," a seemingly non-existent, rare voice within the HIV community. That all changed a couple of weeks ago when I finally came to terms and acceptance with a very personal topic I've grappled with for quite some time, the realization of my bisexual identity.

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My Miscarriage
By Brooke Davidoff
September 11, 2017

It was back in February when my period stopped: I was late. My husband and I began to get excited; we had been trying for almost a year. Pee test after test came back negative, but as the days went on, I remained period-less.

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USCA Plenary Halted by Trans Activists
By Mark S. King
September 9, 2017

The United States Conference on AIDS (USCA), celebrating thirty years of teaching practical skills to HIV service providers, found itself the target of old-school activism on Friday when transgender activists stopped the plenary program to voice their frustrations about being underrepresented by the organizations in attendance and by the conference itself.

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As Much as I Can Lifts Up Black Gay Men ... and Blows Your Mind
By Mark S. King
September 5, 2017

George (PJ Johnnie) gets an HIV test, setting the multi-track action of the play into motion (Courtesy of Harley & Co.)

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