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Straight Up: Why the Heterosexual Story Matters
By Josh Middleton
March 8, 2016

The 23rd annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) provided deeper insights into pathology of HIV and the challenges the HIV community faces in controlling new infections. The conference covered everything from the first known seroconversion of an individual on PrEP to concerning statistics about the trend of already high-risk groups significantly affected by HIV. While confronted with the thought of possibly 50% of black gay men and one in four gay Latino men being infected with the virus, there is a group that seems to be missing: heterosexuals.

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Nancy Reagan's Bloody HIV/AIDS Legacy
By Matt Ebert
March 8, 2016

There are deaths that compel us, deaths that trip us up, deaths that defy our conventions, and deaths that bring out the worst in us -- for me, Nancy Reagan's death is all of this. It sets off a gong if you are of a certain age. It should set off a gong in all of us -- even if you never lived through the eighties.

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Tearing Up: Handling the Emotional Effects of HIV
By Tim Hinkhouse
March 7, 2016

March is a special month for me. This year marks 26 years that I have been living with an illness that could have killed me before the life-saving medicines were available.

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The End of the Reagan Era
By Josh Middleton
March 7, 2016

The death of former first lady Nancy Reagan marked the end of an important chapter in American history.

While social media has been buzzing with the news, and the nation mourns her passing, a different sentiment is present throughout our HIV community.

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Why I'm Feeling the Bern
By Althea Fung
March 3, 2016

About a week or so ago, I wrote an opinion piece about Hillary Clinton's less than stellar legacy fighting for black women's rights, particularly when it comes to black women living with HIV. The article was mostly well received. However, I received several comments that all included a similar refrain: "Hillary is better than the competition."

Is she really?

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Oops, I Outed Myself
By Brooke Davidoff
March 1, 2016

"Did you know they test for HIV when you are pregnant?" Our neighborhood girlfriend asked last night.

Without hesitation my husband and I said, "Yeah, that's how we knew I had it."

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Get Smart: Social Media Campaign Seeks to Change How We Look at HIV
By Justin B. Terry-Smith
February 29, 2016


I first heard about the HIV Smart campaign on Facebook and was curious about what it means. Social media has become a huge part of HIV campaigns, but this campaign is the first of its kind that I've seen since PrEP.

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Survivor's Guilt/PTSD/Anxiety/Depression
By Maria T. Mejia
February 26, 2016

Where do I start? It is with much sorrow that I am writing this blog ... the memories of my friends that passed from AIDS complications haunt me all the time. It is very hard to express how I feel ... so I will do my best.

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Panic Over HIV Infection While on PrEP Is Not Necessary
By Aaron Laxton
February 26, 2016

Social media has been abuzz today, with people sharing the news that a gay man who was taking Truvada as PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) has contracted a drug-resistant strain of HIV. I can only imagine that this is the news that Michael Weinstein has been wringing his troll-ish hands in gleeful anticipation since 2012. There is only one small problem that people are failing to recognize -- this is not surprising.

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Hamlet Behind Bars: Appreciated for Our Talents, Not Judged for Past Actions
By Tim Hinkhouse
February 26, 2016

Let me tell you about the last three Hamlet plays I've been in. We opened on Saturday, Sept. 12 for people who drive for hours just to see us perform. Not only do these people have to travel from miles away, but the process to get in here is pretty extensive as well. They have to go through the metal detectors, pat downs, ID checks and then walk a long distance to come into the actual prison. The things these generous folks go through to come in to see us is very commendable!

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