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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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AIDS 2014 Video Blog #4: One World, One Place, Thousands of Voices -- The Awesome Advocates of HIV/AIDS
By Mark S. King
July 24, 2014

Try, if you can, to hold it together while hearing from a man from Nigeria who risks imprisonment simply by providing services to gay men; in his country, such a nefarious act is punishable by a decade in prison. Marvel at Wonder Woman, an Australian aboriginal drag performer who has taken on the mantle of a superhero HIV awareness figure. And hear the impassioned pleas of the disenfranchised -- including transgender people, those from remote locales of the planet, and those who feel as though they're still invisible even at the conference they're attending.

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Personal Experience With Stigma
By Brian Ledford
July 23, 2014

Often the battle with HIV is not only against the virus itself, but it is against the stigmas that surround those who are affected by the virus. We have all experienced negative stigmas surrounding our HIV status or stigmas related to any other chronic illness, and we each have stories that we could tell about how those experiences have affected us personally.

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AIDS 2014 Video Blog #3: The Global March and Candlelight Vigil
By Mark S. King
July 23, 2014

But nowhere was the mutual understanding of our shared commitment greater than when marching together during the activist event in the streets of Melbourne on Tuesday, July 22. We were a single community of people with HIV and our allies, and as we raised our placards and our fists, we understood one another completely.

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