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Efavirenz Side Effects Include Suicide Risk; It Could Have Been Me
By Matt Ebert
October 28, 2016

Every year come the reports about efavirenz (Sustiva, Stocrin), downwind from a time I will never forget. They are reminders of something I have known for over a decade: Side effects from this drug can include suicide, with clearly elevated rates in those who have concurrent mental illness or who use street drugs.

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From Presidential Politics to AIDS 'Patient Zero,' America Loves a Scapegoat
By Christian Kiley
October 27, 2016

After being asked by a number of editors to write something about the presidential election, today it struck me that I had finally found my angle on the whole thing. Like many Americans, I feel the current political conversation has strayed too far from the issues that have actual, practical effects on voters' circumstances.

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The Balancing Act of Surviving HIV With Limited Resources
By Harold R. "Scottie" Scott
October 27, 2016

Having lived with HIV/AIDS for twenty-five-plus years, I have seen and experienced many changes. I, like so many other long-term survivors, have learned to be creative when it comes to my everyday living. Many of us left the workforce years ago to live out our remaining years, never having planned to reach old age, yet, all these years later, we are still here.

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'The Look' of HIV/AIDS: I Bet You Think This Song Is About You
By Harold R. "Scottie" Scott
October 27, 2016

As a society obsessed with aging and looks, whether or not we admit it, when we meet people our appearance is often a major factor in the opinion they form of us. We try to show ourselves in the best possible way, but often what others think or say about us can cause us not to be our best. This is how we become insecure when, actually, we should be comfortable in our own skins. Literally!

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I Have Love in My Life, and for That I Am Grateful
By Tim Hinkhouse
October 26, 2016

Hello there readers: My theater group closed out the play Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman on Oct. 8. The public was invited to attend this performance and it was quite a turnout. If you want to read what Amanda Waldroupe, a reporter at Street Roots (a local Portland, Oregon, paper) wrote about it, go check it out.

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My Gay Love for Monster Movies
By Mark S. King
October 24, 2016

My first boyhood crush was on a dead man. He was a zombie named Quentin Collins, with eyes that pierced my pubescent gay soul and sideburns the size of the Florida peninsula. He stalked across my TV screen on weekday afternoons at precisely 3:30, when the series "Dark Shadows" introduced me to all manner of vampires, werewolves and ghouls in the early 1970s.

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Women Around the Nation Speak Up for the Day of Action to End Violence Against Women Living With HIV

October 24, 2016

With community events around the country happening from last week through the first week of November; a vibrant radio show on the theme hosted by PWN-USA Colorado member Pozitively Dee on Saturday; a Twitter chat scheduled for 2 PM ET today with special guest co-hosts from Christie's Place, Futures Without Violence, National Network to End Domestic Violence, The Well Project and the Women's HIV Program at UCSF (follow using the hashtags #EndVAWHIV and #pwnspeaks!); and at least two cities (Philadelphia and Houston) issuing proclamations for the Day of Action, our third annual Day of Action to End Violence Against Women Living with HIV is shaping up to be another success.

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My Take on the Violence
By Angel S.
October 23, 2016

I was thinking the same thing when I read about a Day of Action to End Violence Against Women. I was thinking: where is the solution? Being a woman who has experienced so much violence, you describe it beautifully well; however sad ... it's true. We wish to teach our children to stand up, to fight, to advocate for themselves. Then the reality of what you're up against becomes very real. A friend, a lover, someone you just met. That individual at some time decides for you it's time to pay for this friendship. I want you to love me. Love = Sex; (this is why I have so much trouble being in love with anything) you feel the rage roll off them; and to you it's delivered. Smothering you beneath the stench of lust, lunacy and fear. All the while being the slave to their desires and needs. To fight back may be easier and sometimes to live you let it play out. Pain, disgust, the fear, my stomach hurts so bad; my head is spinning. I can't die like this. Endurance and perseverance are what get me through in order to arrive back where I started with yet another deep wound from battle. Smiling and acting as if it were just a nightmare. As you help others forgetting your pain you grow a little more insane each day. I use insanity because if you look up the word insanity it is doing the same thing over and over trying to reach a different outcome.

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Women Living With HIV Are Leading the Way
By Bruce Richman
October 23, 2016

Since the beginning of the epidemic, people with HIV and allies have had to save our own lives. We have educated, fought and held accountable our medical providers, federal health departments, big pharma, the justice department and the many people and institutions that threatened our survival. The struggles continue today, and in virtually every space, I've come to recognize it's the women of Positive Women's Network - USA who are leading the way.

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Activism Includes Having Compassion for People With Disabilities Such as HIV
By Tim Hinkhouse
October 20, 2016

Hello there readers: I wanted to share with you that Saturday, September 24, was opening night of the play that I am in called Metamorphoses. This is a detour from past practice with the original director, who lives and breathes William Shakespeare. Our modern directors made this choice available, and we are doing this play.

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