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Joan Rivers: HIV Activist and Comedy Roast Videos
By Justin B. Terry-Smith
September 5, 2014

Joan Rivers died on September 4, 2014, at the age of 81. Many of you do not know that Joan Rivers wasn't just a comedian, but she was an HIV/AIDS activist.  She would distribute food to HIV/AIDS patients in the NYC area for a non-profit called God's Love We Deliver. When Rivers won The Celebrity Apprentice in 2009, her prize money bought 56,000 meals, since then it's grown to other cities such as Detroit, Chicago and San Francisco.

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Open That Closet Door Fashion Show 2014
By Justin B. Terry-Smith
September 4, 2014

On August 16, 2014, NovaSalud Inc. put on a beautiful fashion show at the O street Mansion in northwest D.C. Clothing designed by Juan Jose Saenz-Ferreyros Peruvian Fashion Designer and Owner of Ferreyros Couture Company Photography by Chris Zarconi Photography and Jose Dimas C M. All models have been affected in some shape or form by HIV/AIDS. The fashion show was meant to fight against the stigma of HIV. I participated in the fashion show and mini-doc and I really appreciate all that NovaSalud does and continues to do in the community. Fellow HIV/AIDS activist Rod McCoy and Patrick Ingram were models as well. I hope to work with NovaSalud again.

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Celebration of Life LGBTQ Film Project (Video)
By Justin B. Terry-Smith
September 2, 2014

This was very artistic and keep in mind the video has some nudity in it.

This is a film by the bossacima project which took place in the Bossa Lounge in the Adams Morgan section of Washington DC. The project was made to showcase and celebrate all walks of life in the LGBTQ community. It was my first and I believe it was 2005 in which this was made. It was an amazing project to work with Daniel Cima, Rachid Abdallah and videographer Susana Travieso.

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I'm Positive, I'm on Treatment, I'm Undetectable, So Get Off My Case!
By Dave R.
September 2, 2014

Okay, look out folks, senior citizen out of control and about to rant!

To quote any queen on the Drag Race, I'm sick of being treated as a pariah (which the Oxford English Dictionary defines as: "a term of reproach or abuse: a worthless or contemptible person; a wretch, a cur."), officially!

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The Grief That Keeps on Giving: Thoughts on HIV, Loss, and an Opportunity to Heal
By David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.
August 25, 2014

I first heard the news that Malaysian Airlines flight 17 had been shot out of the sky at a stopover in Sydney, en route to the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne. I stared at the television in disbelief as the initial (and incorrect) coverage reported that as many as 100 conference delegates had been onboard. I felt numb even as the number of attendees on board dropped over the next few days to fifty and then, finally, to six, among them one of the world's leading HIV researchers from the Netherlands and an official of the World Health Organization.

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Mi Camino con el Medicamento Atripla
Por Maria T. Mejia
23 de agosto de 2014

Quiero empezar este blog diciendo esto: si estás tomando Atripla, recuerda que todos los organismos son diferentes ... Estoy hablando de mi propia experiencia y esto no es para asustar a nadie, sino para que tengan más conocimiento de un medicamento que está en el Atripla llamado "Efavirenz."

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My Four-Year Journey With Atripla
By Maria T. Mejia
August 23, 2014

I want to start this blog by saying this: if you are taking Atripla, remember that everyone's body is different ... I am talking about my own experience and this is not meant to scare anyone, but to make them more aware of a medication that is in Atripla called "Efavirenz."

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1 Hour 30 Seconds: The Countdown to 30
By Antron Reshaud Olukayode
August 18, 2014

NEW MESSAGE! Showed up on my screen. It was Ralph confirming our birthday eve rendezvous.

"See you around ten?" he texted. I agreed and expressed excitement. I was turning 30 and feeling the change. This is such a blessing to make it ten years strong of HIV and see another year, another chapter of life. On top of having Ralph on top of me.

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Ferguson, Missouri, Activism and ACT UP
By Aaron Laxton
August 18, 2014

By now, Ferguson, Missouri has gained international attention. Being a 4th generation-resident of St. Louis, I wish the attention was for reasons other than police brutality, riots and the death of an unarmed teenager. Last night, day seven of the movement, I decided to venture down to Ferguson. For those of you who are unaware, Ferguson is in St. Louis County, located about 15 minutes north of downtown St. Louis.

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The AIDS Quilt Doesn't Take Manhattan
By Julie "JD" Davids
August 11, 2014

I slept poorly. I woke up feeling dizzy and didn't want to leave the house. I did anyway. I went to see the AIDS Quilt.

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