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8 Ways to Fight Poverty to End HIV
By Aaron Laxton
April 8, 2016

If we are serious about ending the HIV/AIDS pandemic, then it is time that we look at the whole picture. Each of us are the sum of everything that makes us who we are. HIV is merely one tiny piece of the lives that consumers have to deal with. For some it is a tiny piece, while for others it is a gigantic piece that is all-consuming. While we are focusing on prevention strategies, we must also turn our eyes towards the whole person -- and this should include more education and robust strategies to end poverty, not only for those of us living with HIV/AIDS, but also for those at risk of acquiring HIV.

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Louisiana HIV Agencies Respond to 'Shocking' AHF Lawsuit
By Mark S. King
April 6, 2016

In a profoundly troubling lawsuit against the City of Baton Rouge and local HIV/AIDS non-profits, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) has forced federal funds to be withheld while AHF continues their litigious temper tantrum over not receiving a Ryan White Care Act grant award they requested. The vindictive action poses a real and present danger to services being provided to people with HIV in the area.

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I Am Not Kieran, I Am Kieran: The Story Behind the Story of the Lead Character in Unsure/Positive
By Christian Kiley
March 31, 2016

For about three years, I've had the privilege of using my life experience as a narrative that can inform, educate and emotionally connect with young people. It's also helped me create the lead character in Unsure/Positive.

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What Is HIV Stigma?
By Sherri Beachfront Lewis
March 26, 2016

What is stigma?

Is it when your daughter dies of AIDS but you don't want to talk about it and her obituary says she died of a rare cancer?

Is it when President Reagan won't say the word AIDS in public, letting thousands die?

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Loving Myself Too Much to Accept Stigmatized 'Love'
By River Huston
March 26, 2016

I met someone. I felt this instant connection. He responded in kind. Big smiles and little touches that led to kisses. Kisses that led to "fly me to the moon, feel the earth move, curl my toes" kinds of kisses for hours.

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PWN-USA Colorado Makes Critical Progress Toward HIV Criminalization Reform

March 22, 2016

PWN-USA Colorado, in partnership with allies including the CO Mod Squad, the Colorado Organizations Responding to AIDS (CORA) and the Colorado Department of Public Health, has made enormous strides toward ending HIV criminalization in their state. Described by PWN CO Co-Chair and PWN-USA Board Chair Barb Cardell as a "community labor of love," the process that began four years ago and included stakeholder meetings with over 100 participants, is finally starting to pay off.

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A Man's Perspective on Women and Fat Shaming
By Tim Hinkhouse
March 21, 2016

So, there I was, sitting in the dayroom passing the time with one of my favorite activities -- word search puzzles -- when my best friend told me to watch the television. The TV was on a daytime talk show called, "The Talk." I don't usually watch shows like this. That day was an exception.

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The Challenging Web Series That Travels From 'Unsure' to 'Positive'
By Mark S. King
March 17, 2016

In the gorgeous and sometimes maddening Web series Unsure/Positive, we follow the life of a Boston gay man, Kieran, literally from the moment he gets his HIV positive test result. Kieran's journey in the six-episode first season (available for only $3.99 on Vimeo) covers some difficult terrain -- shame, disclosure, sex and drugs -- and many HIV positive guys and our friends will identify with it.

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Giving Thanks to My Readers
By Tim Hinkhouse
March 16, 2016

Here I am sitting in the dayroom just about 10 feet from my bunk area thinking about what I should write. If I seem to ramble on, please forgive me. I've been thinking about those of you who have sent emails telling me how my words have helped and impacted your lives.

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I Discovered My Brother Was Gay From The Advocate Magazine
By Mark S. King
March 8, 2016

It was 1975 and I was 14 years old, all gangly limbs and stubborn acne, and I was sitting in the passenger seat of a parked car. Splayed across my lap was the magazine, open to the page my companion had selected. I was staring at the photo with something like revelation.

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