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#HIV and #LOVE (My Story of Love and Disclosure)
By Maria T. Mejia
August 1, 2016

Love, how beautiful it is! This is so important for people living with HIV/AIDS ... to have someone who loves you and can see you beyond the disease, that is, if they are HIV negative.  I feel blessed that after all these years living with my diagnosis and thinking about the journey and what I thought when I was initially diagnosed (I'll NEVER GET MARRIED), I have been blessed with a wife so loving and attentive to me ... the perfect complement. :) She is a key element in my health, believe it or not! When one is loved and cared for ... The heart and soul are filled inside. You feel happy and feel complemented, all these things make our immune system rise ... And it's not just romantic love, wife, husband or spouse ... it also comes from a friend, loved one ... to be shown the love and caring affection from a friend, family ... even strangers ... people just do not know how important it is to love and be loved for us. My partner, Lisa, would be the first to say that she was part of the ignorance, of course, until I came along.

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Don't Let HIV Keep You From Pursuing a Career or Your Passion
By Matt Ebert
August 1, 2016

I have a friend who receives a hefty check every month for not going to work. Back in the 1990s when he found out he was HIV positive, he cashed in on an income insurance policy. Now, as long as he stays unemployed, he receives six figures every year. For many of us that would be a blessing, but I wonder -- can it also be a bit of a curse?

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Why Aren't HIV Criminalization Changes Applied Retroactively?
By Tim Hinkhouse
August 1, 2016

Hello there readers: I am sorry for taking so long to write. My head hasn't been in the right place to do it lately. Here is what is on my mind. As I have mentioned previously, at the end of August 2015, I mailed a clemency application to Oregon Governor Kate Brown asking her for a second chance in society. I really want to have the hope that one day I will be free again.

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Thank You to All the Prison Volunteers
By Tim Hinkhouse
July 25, 2016

Hello there readers: While being in a weird headspace, I have still promoted my blog to people who want to see what I write. This wonderful dialog group that I am a part of has many volunteers who drive for hours to be here with us. Since the evolution of this group after its founder stepped down in 2014, we have had all kinds of people from all over the country sit in for a meeting or two.

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Life As a Captive Audience
By Tim Hinkhouse
July 19, 2016

Hello there readers: I have been thinking that I want to ask you for help in gaining more readers. When you read something that I've written, I'd like you to share it with everyone who will understand and be able to relate. It is my eventual goal to bring all of my prison experiences together in a book and share them with you. Can anyone reading this give me some ideas about how to make this become reality?

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Prison and the Language of Grief
By Tim Hinkhouse
July 14, 2016

Hello there readers: This past April 18, 2015, I was in a dialog group here at the prison led by a writing professor from Portland State College. She loves to challenge us, and I had fun writing and doing the projects that she put in front of us. I wrote down some notes from this particular day, which I was re-reading today. On this day we were to write about the topic: "What is the language of grief?" This is what I wrote:

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Bon Voyage: A Recap of the Poz Cruise and Adventure Bear 2016 Rendezvous
By Josh Middleton
July 14, 2016

The vastness and beauty of nature is something that has mystified mankind from the beginning of time. It's as if by seeing the wonders of the world, we see the beauty inside ourselves. Most recently, I experienced this feeling as the annual Poz Cruise joined forces with the Adventure Bears, a social group of gay and bear-friendly men. Together we explored the last frontier, the great state of Alaska. Although not the typical cruising location that you might have pictured, it was the trip of a lifetime and, for me, a time to rejuvenate.

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Consequences, Choices and Forks in the Road
By Tim Hinkhouse
July 11, 2016

On Saturday May 14, I was at my group dialogue meeting with my friends. The topic we spoke about was "consequences, choices and forks in the road." This was an interesting topic that I really enjoyed participating in. I love it when this particular volunteer comes in to discuss the things to make us really take a look at ourselves.

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Why I'm Part of the HIV Undetectable = Uninfectious Campaign (Video)
By Josh Middleton
July 11, 2016

When I was diagnosed with HIV at only 22 years of age, I was at a crossroads in my life. From the very get-go, I engaged in taking a proactive stance against the virus and started on antiretroviral therapy, achieving an undetectable viral load shortly after. As someone who is in a mixed-status relationship where treatment as prevention (TaSP) is our chosen form of protection, I felt it was important to participate in the Undetectable = Uninfectious project (U=U) of the new Prevention Access Campaign.

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My HIV/AIDS Activism Includes Fighting for Racial Justice
By Aaron Laxton
July 8, 2016

The ding on Facebook alerted me to a new reply to a post I had put up hours before, responding to the news that two more men of color had been assassinated at the hands of police in two different U.S. cities, hours apart. It feels as if the details don't even matter, since in the end an investigation will reveal that the police were completely justified in their use of deadly force. Below is the comment that the person chose write:

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