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Is Michael Johnson's Life a Black Life That Matters?
By Aaron Laxton
May 1, 2015

Fresh off of the heels of civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri in response to the death of Michael Brown, Jr., the nation was left with the question of whether black lives matter. Institutional systems such as local government law-enforcement education and so forth had proven that black lives did not matter as much as white lives. Unfortunately more young men of color have lost their lives senselessly at the hands of law-enforcement over the last several weeks. As we speak, Baltimore is experiencing civil unrest as their response to the death of Freddy Gray is beyond palpable; the demand for justice is being heard.

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A Healing Circle of Men: North Florida Manreach 2015
By David Fawcett Ph.D., L.C.S.W.
May 1, 2015

The ball of string came flying through the air toward me. I caught it awkwardly, stated my name, said something about myself and then held on to my section of twine while tossing it to someone else across the room. Thirty-five men, many strangers to each other, sat around the circle at this weekend retreat in the woods. The recipient of my toss announced his name and gripped the string before throwing it back across the circle. Gradually a web of twine formed to connect all thirty-five men. It was a beautifully intricate pattern of geometric shapes that graphically exhibited the interconnectedness of the men who came together for this gathering.

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AIDSWatch 2015 and the Trans* Experience
By Tommy Luckett
April 21, 2015

If you happen to be one of three beautiful, intelligent, and outspoken transgender women of color named Tela La'Raine Love, Arianna Lint, or Octavia Yaz-mine Lewis MPA, then you SPEAK UP!

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AHF Reinstates Advocacy Funding and They Totally Mean It This Time
By Mark S. King
April 21, 2015

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) has quietly reinstated funding to a Louisiana AIDS advocacy event, two weeks after pulling their support because one of its organizers is involved in a whistleblower lawsuit against AHF. And they really mean it this time -- and would prefer that we believe the withdrawal of support never happened.

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Women With HIV Demand Bold Initiatives for High-Quality Services for Black Women and Transgender Women of Color

April 18, 2015

The next National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) must include factors vital to the survival and well-being of women living with HIV, according to Positive Women's Network - USA (PWN-USA), a national membership organization representing women living with HIV.

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A Letter to Him
By Brian Ledford
April 16, 2015

There are many instances where Mental Health Providers will ask a patient to write a letter to someone who has passed on or someone who has wronged them. In many of these instances the letters never actually get sent to the person they were intended for, but it is used as a way of therapy to help someone over come something or be able to move on.

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5-Year Anniversary
By Brian Ledford
April 16, 2015

I never thought that if you had told me on February 23, 2010 that I would still be sitting here today, five years later, that I actually would be. So much has changed with in my life in these past five years and not all of it has been the best. I have had my share of ups and plenty of downs. Today is an example ...

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The Struggle Within
By Brian Ledford
April 16, 2015

Recently I have had a stupid idea stuck in my head that I was going to stop my medication. I was just tired of it and tired of being on all these pills that the VA likes to prescribe to all Vets. I had even made up my mind that I was just going to stop all of them, not just my HIV medication. Yeah, I know this sounds crazy, and the more I thought about it the crazier it sounded even to me.

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From Up to Down and Back Again: More Tales From Texas
By Brooke Davidoff
April 15, 2015

When you think life has found a plateau and you can begin to find some normalcy, it has to shit on you, just to remind you, there is NO normal.

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Medicare Announces Coverage for Annual HIV Test
By Ronald Valdiserri, M.D., M.P.H.
April 15, 2015

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced this week that it has expanded coverage to include one, annual voluntary screening for HIV infection for all adolescent and adult Medicare beneficiaries between the ages of 15 and 65, without regard to perceived risk. Coverage for pregnant Medicare beneficiaries will remain unchanged.

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