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Political Correctness in HIV: Ain't Nobody Got Time for That!
By Althea Fung
February 19, 2016

Free speech is a fundamental right for all Americans. It's right there in the first amendment of the Constitution. But, over time there has been a push by politicians and activists to avoid speech that insults, marginalizes or excludes certain groups. This shift in the way we can talk has led to a debate whether the fires of free speech are being squelched by a rising tide of political correctness.

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A Parent's Love Knows No Bounds: Disclosing to My Parents
By Josh Middleton
February 18, 2016

From a young age, we learn very quickly that no one likes bad news, especially our parents.

We don't want to have to admit fault to something that could make the ones we love made or, worse, hurt. It is in our nature to want to forgo pain or displeasure. We do more to avoid immediate pain than we do to gain pleasure.

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Tuning in to HIV: Altering the HIV Narrative With Vimeo on Demand
By Christian Kiley
February 18, 2016

Like the majority of filmmakers, my pursuit of a bona-fide career in the industry has been fraught with false hope, deafening silence, and occasional victories.

One such victory, in my case, was the decision to create an autobiographical narrative about my life. Specifically, my experience being diagnosed with HIV, and living with it.

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Love Doesn't Just Happen One Day a Year, Celebrate It Every Day
By Tim Hinkhouse
February 11, 2016

Congrats to those of you who have weathered another year with HIV at a time when there are medicines and lots of scientific information to preserve our lives.

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Daddy's Angel
By Josh Middleton
February 8, 2016


When I found out she was pregnant, it was like a shot of dopamine surged through my blood and left me in a state of euphoria. I felt like I had finally caught a break in life, God had finally answered one of my prayers, to be a father. It seemed that after everything I had been through, from surviving death from a flesh-eating disease, to being diagnosed with HIV, I deserved to have something good finally happen.

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Frog Legs Aren't Chicken and Zika Isn't HIV
By Althea Fung
February 8, 2016

Zika is spreading across North and South America, bringing the usual mass hysteria that comes along with foreign diseases. While Zika is a serious concern, particularly in Latin America, many people are making unwarranted and, frankly, ridiculous associations between Zika and HIV.

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Resolutions and New Beginnings
By Christian Kiley
February 4, 2016

Many people know what it is to work an entry-level position. Hourly wages, indifferent coworkers and unpredictable schedules are common, and more often than not, workers are not privy to the institutional process of making decisions about best practices.

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When It Comes to Charlie Sheen's 'HIV Cure' Doc, 'Maverick' Is Just Another Word for Quack
By Althea Fung
February 2, 2016

Back in 2008, you couldn't turn on the TV without hearing the word "maverick." Presidential hopeful John McCain was a "maverick" who was always willing to challenge party fundamentals. His running mate, Sarah Palin, was a "maverick" because she ate elk for dinner. The Dallas Mavericks just are mavericks.

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Universes Collide: Volunteerism, Charlie Sheen and My Depression
By Lynda Arnold
February 1, 2016

The holidays can be difficult times for many. Loss of a loved one, distance from family or friends, illnesses, personal struggles, etc. are all things that make the holiday times trying for many while others bask in the joy and warmth that the seasons of celebration can bring.

For me, this past holiday season continued to have me wrapped in the throws of a gut-wrenching depression.

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On the Passing of Jacques Chambers, HIV Legal Expert
By Myles Helfand
January 29, 2016

Jacques was an unfathomably vast tree of legal knowledge regarding HIV in the U.S. One of his many branches reached directly into TheBody.com, where he volunteered in our "Ask the Experts" forum on workplace and insurance issues since 2012. There, he answered hundreds of questions with empathy, energy and insight -- 928 questions, to be exact, including hundreds from HIV-positive people in immediate need of nuanced legal information and advice. Yet as this beautiful tribute from AIDS Project Los Angeles makes clear, Jacques' role in our forums represented just a small segment of the services he provided to the HIV community throughout a long (but not long enough) career.

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