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Advocates' Door
By Davina Conner
January 24, 2017

In a deep thought, we think of the smiles, joy, love and care that our friends bring to so many of us. They love unconditionally without limits, without restraint and with every fiber of who they are. Without passing judgment on any other human being, they push to help others feel happy inside and out. We sometimes forget that advocates are people too and have emotions, and when we see their smiles that light up, it gives others hope that they too will smile in that way, but sometimes we have to realize that they need the same unconditional love without judgment.

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She Doesn't Know Your Mutual Ex Is Positive. What Would You Do?
By Brooke Davidoff
January 23, 2017

Months ago, Facebook suggested I might know a previous girlfriend of the ex who gave me HIV.

Years ago, I was the other woman without even knowing it. I learned he left her for me.

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A Day in the Life of an Anxious and Depressed HIV Advocate
By Josh Middleton
January 23, 2017

The days pass by and the voices inside my head seem to grow louder and louder. Is my advocacy really making a difference? Am I doing enough? Does anybody really care?

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Anti-Racism and White Women Living With HIV
By Laurel Sprague
January 18, 2017

About 12 years ago I spent three weekends over the course of six months at a grown-up sleep away camp that I called "anti-racism camp." The real name was even better. It was called "Doing Our Own Work" and it was an intensive reading, journaling, discussion and action program for white women who wanted to be actively anti-racist.

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With HIV, It's Easy to Impose Beliefs on Others Instead of Offering Compassion, Care and Inclusion
By Harold R. "Scottie" Scott
January 16, 2017

I have been lucky in one respect: I've been able to be open about my life and my HIV/AIDS status and to know people who treat me no differently, and for that I am grateful. On the other hand, I have dealt with my share of stigma, due in part to a lack of education, religious and moral beliefs or, possibly, just plain ignorance on the part of those who direct their words, actions and Bible scripture quotes at me, even to the point of telling me: "I wish you were dead," or "You deserve to burn in hell," or "You should be ashamed to even show your face in public for living your life as you do and for being so public with your status, as if it's something to be proud of."

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Desiring Intimacy After an HIV Diagnosis, in a Time More Naked Than Sexy
By Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad
January 14, 2017

It was so liberating when I rediscovered how to be intimate after my HIV diagnosis. I remember looking at someone I found attractive and daring to flirt again. I hadn't touched anyone in months and thought that just looking was now forbidden, for that was an invitation into the abyss of viral contact. I just remember being numb.

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Challenging the Thought Process of HIV Stigma
By Harold R. "Scottie" Scott
January 12, 2017

In today's world of HIV/AIDS, there is much talk about stigma and how or if it has changed for those of us who live with the condition. It still exists.

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A New Year, With Ongoing Challenges of Social Death in Prison and New Cuts to HIV Care on the Outside
By Tim Hinkhouse
January 12, 2017

When anyone goes to jail or prison for an extended period, it seems that their lives stop moving forward. I wasn't privileged to be a part of social media before I was locked up because there was no Facebook, Twitter and other forms of communication like there is today. I think the last computer I used in society might have been an IBM 8088 desktop computer. Remember those big ol' things, those of you that aren't millennials?

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Missing My Mother, I Recall How Stigma Stopped Me From Telling Her My HIV Status
By Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad
January 10, 2017

My mother was such a beautiful spirit. We were so connected to each other, and I relied heavily on her as an advisor. She was bold and had the most informed optimism I have ever encountered. Her spiritual centeredness was probably the reason for this. She saw the world as distressed and hurting, but this was not her guiding light. Melody Ellen Beverly envisioned a world where we were all taller and more powerful than we knew. She saw humanity in everyone and made space for everyone in her heart.

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Giving Thanks and Sharing Thoughts About Life, Death, Justice and HIV
By Tim Hinkhouse
January 10, 2017

Here it is, another holiday season in prison and the New Year is upon us. Come on 2017! You have to be better than this year, I hope? 2016 wasn't horrible for me, personally. I have been monitoring the progress of the Center for HIV Law and Policy and the SERO Project in their fight to end HIV criminalization, which will affect me personally. Of course, that is only if new law gets applied retroactively.

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