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The Changing Face of HIV
By Brian Ledford
April 27, 2016

The face of HIV/AIDS is no longer what we have come to expect; we are not the dying and sick that the media has come to portray over the years. We are in fact your brothers, sisters, coworkers, daughters, sons, neighbors, and friends and we are not any different than someone who is not living with HIV.

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The Comfort of Blaming Other People for New HIV Cases
By Mark S. King
April 27, 2016

The college student had real concern in his eyes when he asked me a question during a recent presentation at American University. "Isn't it true," he asked, "that the HIV epidemic continues because people who know they are positive keep infecting other people?"

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HIV-Positive Protagonists, Part One (Video)
By Christian Kiley
April 25, 2016

An introduction to HIV-positive protagonists in mainstream media. In this first installment, we look at Jonathan Demme's Philadelphia as a starting point. What are the commonalities between Philadelphia and other portrayals of HIV/AIDS in film and television?

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Mr. Gay World Entry Gets Personal on PrEP and Testing Poz
By Mark S. King
April 18, 2016

When Sadiq Ali heard about a clinical trial for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) happening in the United Kingdom in 2013, the athletic 26-year old hesitated. He worried about what starting PrEP might say to people about his sexual behavior. The stigma he associated with being on the prevention pill was just too much for him.

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Wizards of Poz, the Turning Tina Campaign and The Institute of Many (TIM): Part 2 of the Nic Holas Interview
By Danny Pintauro
April 18, 2016

Did the Wizards of Poz and Turning Tina develop through the events and gatherings of your members? Tell me more about each, for instance, is Turning Tina published or just online?

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Helping Other HIV-Positive People Be Less Afraid, Less Ashamed and Less Lonely: Part 1 of the Nic Holas Interview
By Danny Pintauro
April 18, 2016

One of the top issues on my list of things to address in the coming months is to create a stronger dialogue surrounding meth. That includes creating more ways for people who are using but want to get help to get help -- or even just connect with others in the same boat -- and creating more options for those not using to participate in solving the problem. Finding ways for us to get people to stop ignoring the guy on Grindr who mentions he's partying. Just generally finding more ways to get more people involved. The more we talk about it, write about it, post about it, meet about it etc., the sooner change will happen.

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Heterosexual Identity Crisis: The Untold Story of Shame Among HIV-Positive Straight Men
By Josh Middleton
April 13, 2016

When you think of someone living with HIV, you probably don't think of a story like mine, right? My heterosexual community is an unheard voice, one that is often silent by choice. HIV awareness has been left to previously ostracized groups within our society, such as the gay community. Although HIV affects us all, as seen in my previous blog "Straight Up: Why the Heterosexual Story Matters," it seems that "others" have been left to carry the weight of this epidemic.

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The Sound of Stigma
By Mark S. King
April 12, 2016

Stigma is insidiously quiet. It is conjured in the mind, born of discomfort and fear, and then it is projected at "the other" among us. It judges them and isolates them. And it happens without a sound.

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AHF Offers Loans to Louisiana Agencies They Are Suing!
By Mark S. King
April 8, 2016

In a bizarre press release issued by AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the $1 billion dollar agency has offered "no interest loans" to assist Baton Rouge HIV non-profits who are suffering financially as a result of being sued by AHF. Yes, their circular logic is exactly that absurd.

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8 Ways to Fight Poverty to End HIV
By Aaron Laxton
April 8, 2016

If we are serious about ending the HIV/AIDS pandemic, then it is time that we look at the whole picture. Each of us are the sum of everything that makes us who we are. HIV is merely one tiny piece of the lives that consumers have to deal with. For some it is a tiny piece, while for others it is a gigantic piece that is all-consuming. While we are focusing on prevention strategies, we must also turn our eyes towards the whole person -- and this should include more education and robust strategies to end poverty, not only for those of us living with HIV/AIDS, but also for those at risk of acquiring HIV.

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