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This Message Is for All HIV-Negative People (Video)
By Maria T. Mejia
December 14, 2015

Charlie Sheen has brought back the passion in me because I realize that I have to continue educating the world! Much ignorance and stigma continues.

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My Superhero!
By Tim Hinkhouse
December 14, 2015

Hello there, readers. Does anyone out there know a superhero? I know several, but not in the traditional sense of out fighting crime, having special powers, wearing a snazzy costume. No, these people I am talking about have saved me from myself and they dress like regular people. You are probably thinking "Oh my God! What nutty things is he talking about now?" Can I ask that you hear me out?

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A Scream of Dismay: Disclosure After Diagnosis
By Josh Middleton
December 11, 2015

It was my first experience dealing with HIV disclosure and it wasn't the ideal situation. I had to tell my ex-girlfriend, who I had broken up with months ago, that I was now HIV positive and she needed to be tested as well.

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Telling My Mother I'm HIV Positive (Video)
By Eric Trujillo
December 10, 2015

Shortly after being diagnosed HIV positive, I disclosed my new HIV status to my mother. Luckily I got the reaction I needed which was that of a supportive parent.

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Fighting HIV Stigma Through Support Groups, Friendship
By Rev. Andrena Ingram
December 9, 2015

Last week many "celebrated" World AIDS Day. I am the sole pastor of a congregation with many challenges, and so I am not able to simply take off. I make time, when I am able.

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A Gift From the World of Music
By Tim Hinkhouse
December 9, 2015

Hello there, readers. At this institution there are family picnics each year where you can just hang out talking with loved ones, eating and enjoying a sense of normalness for a couple of hours and not feeling like you are in prison. This year, thanks to our new assistant superintendent, the inmate house bands will play for the picnics. Last month my band played a picnic after one studio practice and was pretty good. Now we have had three to four practice sessions and we'll be a lot better! I can't wait to get out there and have fun.

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It's About Time That Something Is Done About the High Rates of Incarceration
By Tim Hinkhouse
December 7, 2015

Hello there readers. How many have you been paying attention to the news lately concerning President Obama? I saw that he took a tour of a federal prison. You know that is he the only sitting president to ever do that? How cool is that? He wants criminal justice reform. What shocked me was when Speaker of the House John Boehner said he was on board with this. What? A Republican willing to work with the President?

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Giving Back Through Research
By Ed Perlmutter
December 7, 2015

Since my HIV diagnosis in July 2006, I've been connected to the Infectious Diseases Clinic at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and have participated in three National Institutes of Health studies under the umbrella of the AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG). I am in very good hands.

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Teach Us Life Skills So We Can Succeed After Release
By Tim Hinkhouse
December 1, 2015

Hello there readers. I wanted to ask you something: Do you know why a chicken coop has two doors? If it had four, it would be a chicken sedan! This type of humor makes you think outside the box, right? Think about it; this also has real life applications. Let me explain myself.

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Surviving HIV: POZ 100 Long-Term Survivors List
By Rev. Andrena Ingram
December 1, 2015

So this year, I was chosen as one of POZ's 100 Long-Term Survivors ... and I guess, oddly enough you can say that I am very grateful. Twenty-seven years of living with this disease is nothing short of miraculous; but the miracle goes way beyond me, way beyond those living today. I feel the recognition belongs to many other people.

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