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Grieving Orlando

June 16, 2016

We are heartbroken by the recent tragedy at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida which killed 49 people, the majority of whom were Latinx and other LGBTQ people of color.

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This is More Than the Orlando Shooting
By Aaron Laxton
June 13, 2016

Today, I feel sad. I feel blah and numb. Today, I question all of the strides which we have moved us forward. As an older LGBT community member, I remember a time when it was not okay to be gay. It wasn't acceptable to hold hands or kiss in public. I also remember outing myself under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" in order to stand up with other soldiers who were being discharged from the military simply for being gay.

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Suffering in Silence: Why the HIV Community Can No Longer Ignore Mental Health
By Josh Middleton
June 8, 2016

The reality is that the HIV community is in the middle of a mental health crisis, the stakes could never be higher and our lives are on the line. We are focusing on the exterior rather than the interior and quantity over quality. Our tunnel vision has blinded us to the serious situation in which we find ourselves.

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There's More Room in a Broken Heart
By Mark S. King
June 7, 2016

When Will Armstrong emerges from heart surgery in just a few days, he will have weeks of hospitalization ahead. He will also have expensive new hardware in his chest and a devoted animal waiting anxiously at home.

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We Call Ourselves HIV Long-Term Survivors
By Matt Ebert
June 5, 2016

Every year on June 5, we remember those who died, and we celebrate those who are still living with HIV/AIDS. We call ourselves Long-Term Survivors. It is hard to translate this feeling in real time, with so much else going on in the world. To many, it feels like HIV/AIDS is over, but we know otherwise. We know that people are still getting HIV, and many are showing up in clinics and hospitals all across the world with full blown AIDS. We know it's not over, whether the world has moved on or moved over us, we are still here, and we are here for the duration.

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Surviving Life Itself: Reflections of a Longtime Survivor
By Mark S. King
June 5, 2016

"I know someone who died," she says in the hushed tone reserved for tales of mortality. Her friend looks up from his phone. "He was a good friend of my brother," she goes on. "He was killed in a motorcycle accident a few months ago. It was just awful." As her friend offers words of comfort, my own thoughts produce a rueful smile and a nagging question.

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Checking Privilege at 'HIV Is Not a Crime' 2016
By Mark S. King
June 2, 2016

The issues of race, gender and privilege crackled through the recent HIV Is Not a Crime (II) conference like a live wire, throwing sparks at every turn. From the main stage to the hallways, attendees called out white classism, the utter failure of the criminal justice system (unless its purpose is solely to imprison black men), and what it truly means to be an ally of marginalized communities.

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Facing HIV Prejudice and Stigma on the Job as a Prison Barber
By Tim Hinkhouse
May 31, 2016

As I've mentioned, I am a barber at this prison and have been for 2-1/2 years. I have been cutting hair for about 20 years now altogether. I am open about my HIV status, and there are folks whose minds are closed to being educated about how it is transmitted. They just avoid my professional skills and getting a decent haircut. That's fine with me.

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The Challenges of HIV Meds: Another Reality of Prison Life
By Tim Hinkhouse
May 26, 2016

On April 25, 2016, I had an appointment with the infectious disease specialist who visits us here.

When I first met him back in 2012-2013, we started off great and I was happy he was my provider.

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Gender Inequality and HIV in South Africa: Learning From Dr. Wendee Wechsberg of RTI's Global Gender Center
By Lynda Arnold
May 23, 2016

My blog entry this month is a little different from my usual writings. I had the opportunity to interview one of the world's leading researchers in gender inequality who specializes in HIV and AIDS. On April 12, 2016, RTI International, a renowned research institute focused on improving the human condition by turning knowledge into solutions, hosted a two-day global gender conference featuring world-renowned researchers, policy-makers, gender experts and survivors sharing their research and developing a plan of action to implement their proven solutions.

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