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The Blessing of Desperation: My Journey to Reduce Stress After My HIV Diagnosis
By Reggie Smith
November 15, 2016

The journey of my life was dramatically altered when I was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in 1988. There was so much that we did not know about HIV then. What we knew for sure was that people were dying in grotesque fashion, at an alarming and epidemic rate. It was not abnormal to expect that my fate would be the same -- that it would not take long for me to suffer and die. I was so afraid that my life was ending that it caused me a great deal of stress. As it turns out, stress is a killer too, and it works well with HIV to accomplish the goal of sickness and death. I could not turn back time and keep from contracting HIV, but managing my own stress was and is something I can control.

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Aboard the 2016 HIV Cruise Retreat
By Mark S. King
November 11, 2016

The spirit of the annual HIV Cruise Retreat (also known as "the Poz Cruise" but not associated with POZ Magazine) can be summed up in one enlightening story.

Matthew had some bad luck as he boarded the ship for our 8-day tour of the Caribbean. His luggage didn't make it. He literally had his carry-on bag (which included his meds, thank goodness) and the clothes on his back.

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As Old As You Feel, Aging With HIV
By Harold R. "Scottie" Scott
November 9, 2016

For many of us, learning to incorporate living with HIV/AIDS and adhering to a daily routine of taking meds to treat the condition, along with dealing with possible side-effects of those meds, are just normal parts of everyday life. As a long-term survivor of 25 years, I am faced with not only keeping the virus in check, but also dealing with cholesterol, elevated blood pressure, triglyceride issues and now lipodystrophy and stage 3 chronic kidney disease. This is all due in part to HIV/AIDS, the meds used to treat it, aging (I will turn 55 on Feb. 2) or a combination of these things.

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Efavirenz Side Effects Include Suicide Risk; It Could Have Been Me
By Matt Ebert
October 28, 2016

Every year come the reports about efavirenz (Sustiva, Stocrin), downwind from a time I will never forget. They are reminders of something I have known for over a decade: Side effects from this drug can include suicide, with clearly elevated rates in those who have concurrent mental illness or who use street drugs.

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From Presidential Politics to AIDS 'Patient Zero,' America Loves a Scapegoat
By Christian Kiley
October 27, 2016

After being asked by a number of editors to write something about the presidential election, today it struck me that I had finally found my angle on the whole thing. Like many Americans, I feel the current political conversation has strayed too far from the issues that have actual, practical effects on voters' circumstances.

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The Balancing Act of Surviving HIV With Limited Resources
By Harold R. "Scottie" Scott
October 27, 2016

Having lived with HIV/AIDS for twenty-five-plus years, I have seen and experienced many changes. I, like so many other long-term survivors, have learned to be creative when it comes to my everyday living. Many of us left the workforce years ago to live out our remaining years, never having planned to reach old age, yet, all these years later, we are still here.

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'The Look' of HIV/AIDS: I Bet You Think This Song Is About You
By Harold R. "Scottie" Scott
October 27, 2016

As a society obsessed with aging and looks, whether or not we admit it, when we meet people our appearance is often a major factor in the opinion they form of us. We try to show ourselves in the best possible way, but often what others think or say about us can cause us not to be our best. This is how we become insecure when, actually, we should be comfortable in our own skins. Literally!

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I Have Love in My Life, and for That I Am Grateful
By Tim Hinkhouse
October 26, 2016

Hello there readers: My theater group closed out the play Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman on Oct. 8. The public was invited to attend this performance and it was quite a turnout. If you want to read what Amanda Waldroupe, a reporter at Street Roots (a local Portland, Oregon, paper) wrote about it, go check it out.

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My Gay Love for Monster Movies
By Mark S. King
October 24, 2016

My first boyhood crush was on a dead man. He was a zombie named Quentin Collins, with eyes that pierced my pubescent gay soul and sideburns the size of the Florida peninsula. He stalked across my TV screen on weekday afternoons at precisely 3:30, when the series "Dark Shadows" introduced me to all manner of vampires, werewolves and ghouls in the early 1970s.

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Women Around the Nation Speak Up for the Day of Action to End Violence Against Women Living With HIV

October 24, 2016

With community events around the country happening from last week through the first week of November; a vibrant radio show on the theme hosted by PWN-USA Colorado member Pozitively Dee on Saturday; a Twitter chat scheduled for 2 PM ET today with special guest co-hosts from Christie's Place, Futures Without Violence, National Network to End Domestic Violence, The Well Project and the Women's HIV Program at UCSF (follow using the hashtags #EndVAWHIV and #pwnspeaks!); and at least two cities (Philadelphia and Houston) issuing proclamations for the Day of Action, our third annual Day of Action to End Violence Against Women Living with HIV is shaping up to be another success.

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