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Facing HIV Prejudice and Stigma on the Job as a Prison Barber
By Tim Hinkhouse
May 31, 2016

As I've mentioned, I am a barber at this prison and have been for 2-1/2 years. I have been cutting hair for about 20 years now altogether. I am open about my HIV status, and there are folks whose minds are closed to being educated about how it is transmitted. They just avoid my professional skills and getting a decent haircut. That's fine with me.

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The Challenges of HIV Meds: Another Reality of Prison Life
By Tim Hinkhouse
May 26, 2016

On April 25, 2016, I had an appointment with the infectious disease specialist who visits us here.

When I first met him back in 2012-2013, we started off great and I was happy he was my provider.

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Gender Inequality and HIV in South Africa: Learning From Dr. Wendee Wechsberg of RTI's Global Gender Center
By Lynda Arnold
May 23, 2016

My blog entry this month is a little different from my usual writings. I had the opportunity to interview one of the world's leading researchers in gender inequality who specializes in HIV and AIDS. On April 12, 2016, RTI International, a renowned research institute focused on improving the human condition by turning knowledge into solutions, hosted a two-day global gender conference featuring world-renowned researchers, policy-makers, gender experts and survivors sharing their research and developing a plan of action to implement their proven solutions.

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Drug Prior Authorizations Are a Very Blunt Tool for Cost Containment -- And They're Annoying
By Paul E. Sax, M.D.
May 22, 2016

Insurance prior authorizations, or prior approvals (PAs) -- those dreaded forms clinicians have to fill out, usually triggered by prescribing a non-formulary drug -- are much on my mind these days. And most of it has to do with three letters, specifically "TAF."

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The Nearly Naked AIDS Advocate
By Mark S. King
May 22, 2016

When Benjamin "Ben" Ryan began taking dance classes ten years ago, the personal venture was a complete whim. After all, he was in his late twenties at the time -- ancient for a beginning dancer -- and by his own admission, was "just awful" for the first few years of classes. And nothing about his vocation as a writer specializing in the science of HIV suggested that Gene Kelly was trapped inside.

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I Fight for What's Right: Equal Treatment for All
By Tim Hinkhouse
May 19, 2016

I recently got an email from a man in New Jersey who shared his story with me, which just touched my heart. I was saddened when he asked whether I would have a problem with him being gay because I identify myself as being straight.

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Birthday Reflections on Self-Managing Mental Health in Prison
By Tim Hinkhouse
May 16, 2016

On April 12, 2016, I turned 46 years old and I'm thankful that I still have decent health. I recently had a blood draw and am expecting to see the doctor soon. He'll probably tell me that my health is stable and he'll see me again in six months and so on. I don't go to medical for any issues unless things are so bad that I can't stand it. The medical department here can be scary at times, which I'll talk about later.

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Positive Attitude
By Naimah O'Neal
May 16, 2016

I am always telling women that you must make up your mind about how you feel being positive. If you don't have a good mental attitude about being positive, then you will never begin to live your best life while living with HIV.

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Into the Desert, After the Bomb
By Mark S. King
May 12, 2016


Daniel Cardone's essential but relentlessly grim documentary about longtime AIDS survivors, Desert Migration, is fascinated with the bodies of the gay men it profiles.

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Finding Deeply Rooted Connections at HealtheVoices 2016
By Josh Middleton
May 9, 2016

Before even touching down at O'Hare International Airport, my Twitter feed and Facebook wall were buzzing as the excitement began to build. The event we had been waiting so long for was finally here: HealtheVoices 2016 -- better known by its hashtag #healthevoices16 -- in the magical, windy city of Chicago, Illinois.

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