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On Being Sick
By River Huston
October 14, 2016

Each day starts the same. I wake up in pain; I take some medication. Without it, the pain progresses to agony levels. I have no appetite; there is nothing that entices me, but I know if I don't eat something I will feel worse, so I eat. I go back to bed and meditate, often for hours, and then fall back asleep. I wake up, and sometimes I have to go to the bathroom, and I am my own cheerleader: You can do it! Come on big girl, time for pee pee! I go to the bathroom. I go back to bed. I can do the computer for short periods before it is too painful. If I do too much, I have terrible episodes of spinning and puking.

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Si Se Puede: Speaking Up as Allies to Latinx Communities
By Josh Middleton
October 13, 2016

"Si se puede" or "yes, one can," a term coined by Dolores Huerta, could be heard in speeches by Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers in the early 1970s. It's a slogan that not only served to unify Latinx people, namely Mexican Americans, but also raised awareness around the plight of farm workers. It is still used almost 40 years later for various causes. Little did we know that a decade after the saying became popular, the world would face a health epidemic -- HIV/AIDS -- it had never seen before, and Hispanics would become a disproportionately affected group.

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SPEAK UP! 2016 Unites, Energizes and Mobilizes New and Seasoned Advocates

October 12, 2016

Months of planning and preparation from PWN-USA's Summit Planning Committee, Board, staff and presenters paid off last month, as 250 women living with HIV from 29 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Canada came together in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, for SPEAK UP! 2016 National Leadership Summit for Women Living with HIV.

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Revisiting My Sad and Trivial Night With Rock Hudson
By Mark S. King
October 2, 2016

The 31st anniversary of the passing of Rock Hudson brings this memory back again, as it does each year. Maybe I want you to know this sordid tale because I'm still as star-struck and vain as when this happened. Or maybe the memory still brings back fear and melancholy, so repeating it here feels like sharing my favorite ghost story. I'll let you make your own conclusions.

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My History of HIV Meds, Side Effects and Maintaining Adherence in Prison
By Tim Hinkhouse
September 28, 2016

I have been going back in time with my thoughts to when I was newly diagnosed with HIV in 1990. Some serious thought has been put into how I've managed to live this long -- so many years beyond the original expiration date given by the doctor who broke the news to me.

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The CDC's Gay Dance Video About HIV Is Flat Out Fabulous
By Mark S. King
September 27, 2016

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has produced a music video that joyfully educates gay men about HIV prevention options. And it is foot-stomping fabulous.

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My Attitude Adjustment About Sex, Gonorrhea and Advocacy
By Mark S. King
September 22, 2016

Amidst the happy haze of good news about the efficacy of PrEP in preventing new HIV infections and the growing consensus that people living with HIV who are undetectable are not infectious, there is troubling news from the CDC in two new reports about the golden oldies of sexually transmitted infections (STIs): rates of syphilis are on the rise and antibiotics to treat gonorrhea may be nearing the end of their usefulness.

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No Thanks Trump, My Prison Already Has Walls: Let's Defend the Voiceless and Fund an HIV Cure
By Tim Hinkhouse
September 22, 2016

I've been thinking about the upcoming election and the future impact it will have on the treatment and funding for people with HIV. Will federal funding be taken away and diverted into the pockets of big pharma if Trump gets elected? Would the economy collapse leaving people with HIV to die in phenomenal numbers like in the '80s? Making executive decisions to divide America and segregate the poor from the rich will only hurt America. In my opinion, if Donald Trump wants to "Make America Great Again," he should drop out of the race.

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Remembering Luis López-Detrés
By Matt Ebert
September 20, 2016

Luis López-Detrés is gone. Long Live Luis! If you're reading this and you're a family member, you may want to stop here. When a conversation turns to HIV, for gay men it generally turns to sex -- and that's what's about to happen here.

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Pregnant Guest Kicked Out of 'Charm Ball' Over Protest Fears
By Mark S. King
September 19, 2016

When this blogger chose to join protesters at Chase Brexton's annual "Charm Ball" to voice concern over the direction of Baltimore's largest healthcare provider to the LGBT community, there was little doubt there would be some tension at the elegant affair.

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