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My Depression, Trauma, HIV and Getting Help (Video)
By Maria T. Mejia
September 28, 2015

I have been going through one of the roughest times of my life and I wanted to show the world that it is OK to be a strong woman and ask for help at the same time. Being a part of the Greater Than AIDS campaign for HIV and IPV resurfaced many issues I had that I thought had healed, but the reality is that I was just glued together, I had not healed, and now I am in intensive therapy for the first time in my life. I was in a very dark space, greater than any other pain I had felt before, and I really wanted to end the pain and just be free. I am so happy my wife pushed for us to get help, individually and together! This saved my life and maybe our marriage.

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Living in Their Paranoia
By Tim Hinkhouse
September 22, 2015

Hello there readers. I was thinking back when I first arrived in prison on May 1, 1994, at the Oregon State Penitentiary (OSP). The transport van coming from the intake center pulls into the sally port in front of this very old prison built back in the 1800s. I looked through the cage of the van and said to myself, "So this is where I am going to die?" Upon entry into the receiving area, the large, heavy steel door with bars on it just like in the movies opened. The group I came in with, some had been there before. I followed their lead. Once I was in the building, the same door was closed with such a slam and ringing of the bars I knew that I was in prison. I had a mugshot taken and was assigned a state ID number to be used for most everything, which was printed on an ID card I had been given to carry with me.

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They'll Send You to Prison to Rot
By Tim Hinkhouse
September 21, 2015

Greetings to all the readers and welcome to my thoughts. I am grateful to have the opportunity to do this and reach out to those of you who could be where I am now. Let me ask you this: How many of you that are HIV positive had unprotected sex with someone and did not tell your partner? It doesn't matter what your intent is or if you infect them or not. You do know that there are prosecutors who won't hesitate to charge you with a crime, shame you mercilessly in the media to further their political career and have you sent to prison to rot.

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In the Hustle and Bustle of Fall, No Day but Today!
By Lynda Arnold
September 18, 2015

The hustle and bustle of the fall is here. Each year this particular time and season is busy for any parent; but this year not only do I now have a married 20-year-old with a new daughter-in-law, but I have an upperclassman in my youngest son and a new college freshman in my daughter! I would say this school year is as busy as ever for the Arnolds.

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The 2015 United States Conference on AIDS (Video)
By Mark S. King
September 15, 2015

Not to get all Southern gothic on you, but I depend upon the kindness of strangers. Especially when producing video blogs at conferences.

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Suicide, My Own Journey
By Brian Ledford
September 10, 2015

September is Suicide Awareness/Prevention Month. It is the time where we come together to talk about and bring awareness to suicide and talk about ways that we are able to help prevent it. I thought that this would be a good time to talk about some of the struggles I faced when I was newly diagnosed with HIV and how I contemplated suicide and even attempted it on multiple occasions.

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Two New HIV Studies Give Access to Research Medications to People With Multi-Drug Resistance
By Nelson Vergel
September 10, 2015

No one can deny that many patients can now suppress their HIV with effective antiretrovirals (ARVs) that cause fewer side effects. However, a vulnerable and often forgotten minority of people are still struggling with multi-drug resistant HIV (MDR-HIV) while they anxiously wait for access to lifesaving ARVs that would finally control their viral replication. Although some of these patients may have developed resistant HIV due to lack of adherence or other issues, many of them have been strictly following their doctors' orders for years.

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If I Say His Name
By Philip D.
August 24, 2015

Have you ever read the works of a writer that you'd never met, yet you felt an inexplicable connection to? I have. His name was Robert DeAndreis. Five years ago, nearly the beginning of my life with HIV, I wrote a short post here on on how I spent the hours just before receiving confirmation of my diagnosis. In it, I shared about the power of Robert's words, the unique comfort they provided, and the loss I felt upon learning of his death.

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Truth, Reconciliation and Healing for Heteromagnetics
By Reggie Smith
August 24, 2015

My wife Dionne and I have lived with AIDS since 1984. I am HIV+, she is not. We have experienced the kind of suffering that families affected by HIV go through. We talk to people all of the time about the different circumstances and emotions that heterosexuals have to negotiate while either living with, or protecting themselves from, HIV.

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My Husband: My Path Through the Sh*t of Life
By Brooke Davidoff
August 24, 2015

I had never really thought about how my diagnosis affected HIM or anyone else in my family. All I do is take pills and I do not appear sick to anyone, so my own issues with HIV are mostly mental.

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