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A First-Time Peek From the Hill at AIDSWatch 2017
By Kamaria Laffrey
March 30, 2017

The energy of the tribe of my fellow HIV advocates at AIDSWatch 2017 echoed the heartbeat of those we have lost from the beginning of the epidemic. I was honored to walk to halls of the Capitol building and speak for those lives, my life with every congressperson and staffer I met. Our collective voices together are the rhythm of that heartbeat that will spark change and become a deafening war cry to our legislators if they don't listen to us.

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Georgia's Fight to Modernize HIV Criminalization Laws
By Shyronn Jones
March 29, 2017

On March 23 2017, Georgia Equality helped those who are passionate about reforming Georgia's outdated, discriminatory and unscientific HIV criminalization laws by hosting an HIV Criminalization Advocacy Training. As part of a comprehensive, community-centered approach to HIV prevention and care, this training was led by Emily Brown, Nina Martinez and Torrian Baskerville of Georgia Equality and covered: the content and history of Georgia's HIV criminalization laws; the main reasons HIV advocates want to reform these laws; key arguments against reform, how to listen to the opposition and effectively respond; and basic facts about HIV science that all decriminalization advocates need to know.

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It Gets Better
By Art Jackson
March 24, 2017

As I contemplate turning 52 a few weeks ago, I thought of what I would say to my younger self that could sustain me for my life to come. What I found is really simple yet very valuable.

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My HIV Anniversary Date, With a Changed Perspective
By Lynda Arnold
March 23, 2017

April 7, 2017, marks 24 years living with HIV. This year feels different. I acknowledge the virus that has literally been with me now for half my life, and there are so many times I wonder what my life would be without it. Yet, I feel almost numb to its presence. I'm taking my meds daily, and that's a feat for me because I take a shitload of meds. I almost got into a new gene study, but my drug regimen actually made me ineligible in the end. That bummed me out, but I am in the anchor study for treatment and prevention of anal cancer so that's new for me on the medical front! I have multi-drug resistant HIV and lots of inflammation cardiac, gastrointestinal, nervous system, etc., but hey, bottom line, news flash LOL: I'm still here! I'm so grateful for the life I have, and for the love that surrounds me, and my faith that centers me.

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Hello, From a Voice That Won't Be Silenced
By Art Jackson
March 22, 2017

Hello World, and my new family at TheBody.com. As I embark upon this new and exciting journey, I would love to share a little about myself, why I am sharing my views with TheBody.com and its viewers and my hope to add a new voice for those not heard in this fight.

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The Irony of Aging: The HIV/AIDS Seniors Conference
By Mark S. King
March 22, 2017

Thirty-two years ago this month, I received a phone call from a nurse at my doctor's office telling me that I had tested HIV positive. We didn't schedule a follow-up visit or begin a treatment plan, because there wasn't a single medication approved for the virus, which had only been identified the previous year.

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Soy Indetectable y no Puedo Transmitir el Virus del VIH
Por Maria T. Mejia
21 de marzo de 2017

Quiero que todos vean la falta de educación que hay en todas partes! Por eso es importante mostrar nuestras caras y salir de la oscuridad! Esta es una condición humana que es 100% prevenible y como he explicado en el video, si una persona que vive con el #VIH, toma sus medicamentos y se vuelve indetectable y permanece indetectable por más de 6 meses NO PODEMOS TRANSMITIR EL VIRUS DEL VIH!

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If I Am Undetectable I Can't Transmit the HIV Virus
By Maria T. Mejia
March 21, 2017

I want you all to see the lack of education that is out there! This is why it is important to show our faces and come out of the dark! This is a human condition that is 100 percent preventable and, as I explained in the video below, if a person living with HIV takes their medications and becomes undetectable and stays undetectable for more than 6 months, WE CAN'T TRANSMIT THE HIV VIRUS. Just because our activist circles and allies know about HIV does not mean that people know about this condition that has so much stigma! We need to be visible and we need to reach main stream media.

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32 Years Ago Today, Everything Changed
By Mark S. King
March 15, 2017

Thirty-two years ago today, a friend called me. He worked as a nurse in a doctor's office and had administered the brand-new HIV antibody test to me after hours, all very hush-hush. There were no treatments for the new virus, only fear and mortality. And my friend told me I was HIV positive.

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Take Action: Demand That Congress Stand Up for Immigrants

February 27, 2017

Issue: Despite assertions from the Administration that deportation efforts are focused on "violent criminals," a memo released last week from Department of Homeland Security (DHS) makes clear that detention and deportation efforts may target any undocumented immigrants. The same memo enlists local police to serve as part of the immigration enforcement apparatus. Such orders from the Administration create more opportunities for law enforcement to target and harass people based on race, language, and appearance . Data shows that immigrants are actually less likely to commit serious crimes than those born in the U.S. Yet, ICE raids have already taken place in at least six states and have rounded up over 600 undocumented immigrants, at least a quarter of whom do not have any felony convictions. We need Congress to step up to oppose these actions and to protect immigrants from harmful stereotypes, mass deportation, discrimination and harassment.

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