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Hanging on for the Ride
By Lynda Arnold
February 10, 2015

Well, January is almost over as I write this and it's been a crazy end to 2014 and a wild start to 2015. I've been hospitalized several times already and have had some major life changes, some good, some bad and I'm learning to roll with the punches. The end of the year saw my oldest son get engaged and we had a huge party to celebrate. He's in the Marine Corps and as we welcomed his fiancée into our lives I couldn't be more proud of both of them and it feels great to be here to celebrate that milestone in his life.

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Our Transgender Teachable Moment
By Mark S. King
February 3, 2015

The lobby of the Melbourne convention center at the international AIDS conference last July was packed with scientists, community educators, and activists. I was busy wrangling interviews for my daily video blogs.

Across the room I spotted JoAnne Keatley and Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, two of the most visible transgender women in the world and experts on transgender issues. I scurried up to them for a sound bite on their thoughts about the conference.

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Transformación
Por Maria T. Mejia
26 de enero de 2015

Esta fue la transformación física que tuve.

Primera foto tenia era una niñita que se sentía amada por su madre y querida.

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Transformation
By Maria T. Mejia
January 26, 2015

This is the physical transformation I had.

First pic I was a little girl who felt loved and cared for by her mother. At the same time this little girl was getting molested by her uncle and grew up being told she was worthless and that she would never amount to anything.

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Back on the HIV Juice, and More Updates From Texas
By Brooke Davidoff
January 26, 2015

My Halloween doctor appointment with Myles was a long pain in the butt. They gave me an HIV test since I did not have my medical records on me; I told them to save the money and Google me. I know those tests are expensive. I failed -- or passed -- that test again.

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My Gonorrhea Nostalgia
By Mark S. King
January 13, 2015

The first time I contracted gonorrhea, which in my day was affectionately called The Clap, I was 20 years old and had just moved to West Hollywood, California. It was 1981, disco was still thumping in the bars, and the bath houses were packed. My dance card was filled.

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The Disguised Blessings of HIV-Positive Poet Mary Bowman
By Mark S. King
January 13, 2015

When Mary E. Bowman stepped to the stage five years ago at SpitDat, an open mic night in Washington, D.C., she was 20 years old and terrified. She was about to perform "Dandelions," her first poem to reveal a secret that her own family had long kept quiet: that Mary had lived with HIV since birth, the result of a mother addicted to drugs who died when Mary was only three.

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15 HIV Advocates to Watch in 2015
By Mark S. King
January 6, 2015

They come from different cultures and regions of the world, but these fifteen HIV activists all share one important trait: a fierce devotion to HIV issues and a commitment to leave their mark on 2015.

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Stigma "Lite": The FDA's Revised Ban on Gay Blood Donors
By David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.
January 5, 2015

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently revised its decades-old policy on a lifetime prohibition of gay men donating blood. This ban, rooted in the early days of the HIV epidemic when transmission was poorly understood and (full-blown crazy) levels of stigma and discrimination abounded, has long needed to change. For me, the revised guidelines represent minimal progress because they exclude any gay man who has had sex with another man in the last year.

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Let Me Clear My Throat on White Men in Communities of Color
By Aaron Laxton
December 15, 2014

Recently, communities of color have ignited a movement that has taken the world by storm in the wake of the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases. The problem being highlighted is one that goes back to the very foundations of our country: racial inequality. As I have been at various protests and demonstrations, including many in St. Louis and Ferguson, I have tried to figure out what this means for the HIV/AIDS movement, considering that communities of color are disproportionately bearing the burden of new infections. The irony of the situation is not lost on me; even as much as I want to help address inequalities within the communities of color, I must do so while considering my place in the movement.

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