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The AIDS Quilt Doesn't Take Manhattan
By Julie "JD" Davids
August 11, 2014

I slept poorly. I woke up feeling dizzy and didn't want to leave the house. I did anyway. I went to see the AIDS Quilt.

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Online Dating, Huh?
By Rae Lewis-Thornton
August 6, 2014

The other day, I Googled "dating" to get pictures for a blog post and the images that popped up were all of some sort of reference to dating online. Like for real, for real, so many pictures came up with computer images with hearts that I rechecked to make sure that I had actually searched "dating," or that some sort of auto-correct hadn't led me to online dating. LOL!

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Drowning in Depression, Part Two
By Rae Lewis-Thornton
August 4, 2014

Nausea and exhaustion merged and sleep took over. I woke the next morning in my hotel room curled up in the middle of the bed hugging the pillow. Something had come over me last night and it had been cathartic. I knew I needed to do better. "Sophie is not coming back," I told myself. "The good thing is the joy she brought you for eight years," I mumbled. I remind myself of this daily. I remember when Oprah lost one of her white labs, Gracie after one year. She watched her die from swallowing a small toy. I had just gotten Sophie and could not even image the pain she felt. I shuddered to think about it. I had Sophie for eight wonderful years.

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Beam Me Up Scotty
By Antron Reshaud Olukayode
August 4, 2014

So after the Mike fiasco, I decided to give getting to know someone a break and like magic, Scotty shows up. I've known of him for at least a year before we've done anything sexual. I met him while filming a promo video for my project EQUINOX dancing in the middle of some artwork in the city when he slithered ... I mean, showed up. I knew he was interested and to be honest I was a bit annoyed, especially since I was in my creative mode.

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AIDS 2014 Video Blog: A Farewell, and Final Thoughts on Melbourne
By Mark S. King
August 4, 2014

By now the more scientific highlights from the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne has been digested and shared through your networks. There's always something unexpected -- and sometimes even encouraging, such as the new iPrEx study results showing, again, the efficacy of Truvada as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). The evidence mounts.

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Find Your Voice (Video)
By Nolan Hill
August 4, 2014

It's humbling to know that one voice in a small town in Wilmington, NC, can reach so many people around the world and have a global effect. It creates a ripple effect of positive energy, education and enlightenment. I'm really humbled to know that people are actually receptive to the message I'm trying to convey and people are listening, so that makes me feel like this blog is actually worth it.

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So Many Ways to Support Friends in Need
By Aless Piper
August 4, 2014

The sad news out of Mississippi about the young child who was thought cured of HIV perfectly illustrates why it is just so important to continue supporting AIDS Service Organizations. They are still very much in need, and sorely underfunded. Education efforts are still relevant. People are still contracting HIV and people are still dying from related complications. To date, Timothy Ray Brown is the only person who has been functionally cured of HIV successfully. If you are able to give anything at all to these worthy organizations, please do.

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Drowning in Depression, Part One
By Rae Lewis-Thornton
July 29, 2014

I'm drowning in the chaos of my life. It started back in February when I started this emotional eating and Cheetos were always in my right hand, going straight into my mouth. Now, in full disclosure, I took a moment a couple of months ago to examine what had gotten me so off track and all roads led to a man that I wanted, but who didn't want a relationship. So I walked as hard and as fast as I could to a place where I could hold onto my dignity. For me it's simple. No matter how much I want a man, I never want to keep him at the cost of me.

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I Face These Issues ... You?
By Rev. Andrena Ingram
July 25, 2014

I saw this picture posted by UNAIDS. If you click on the picture, it will open up, and you can read in the balloons some good things and some not so good issues, we, who are living with HIV, face. By no means are the issues listed complete, and while we may identify and possibly share many of the same issues, we also deal with with many different issues.

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AIDS 2014 Video Blog #5: Activist Theater, Condom Tryouts and a Mystery Man Revealed
By Mark S. King
July 25, 2014

This week, Gilead was targeted by hepatitis C treatment activists over the stunning price of its new hepatitis C drug, sofosbuvir (Sovaldi): US$1,000 per pill for each day of a 12-week regimen. Because the medication is both more effective and offers a shorter treatment period than previous therapies, activists see the drug as key to ending the hepatitis C scourge as we know it -- but warn that the price could keep that from happening. They took action here at the conference, and one of those events is in this video.

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