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Desiring Intimacy After an HIV Diagnosis, in a Time More Naked Than Sexy
By Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad
January 14, 2017

It was so liberating when I rediscovered how to be intimate after my HIV diagnosis. I remember looking at someone I found attractive and daring to flirt again. I hadn't touched anyone in months and thought that just looking was now forbidden, for that was an invitation into the abyss of viral contact. I just remember being numb.

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Challenging the Thought Process of HIV Stigma
By Harold R. "Scottie" Scott
January 12, 2017

In today's world of HIV/AIDS, there is much talk about stigma and how or if it has changed for those of us who live with the condition. It still exists.

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A New Year, With Ongoing Challenges of Social Death in Prison and New Cuts to HIV Care on the Outside
By Tim Hinkhouse
January 12, 2017

When anyone goes to jail or prison for an extended period, it seems that their lives stop moving forward. I wasn't privileged to be a part of social media before I was locked up because there was no Facebook, Twitter and other forms of communication like there is today. I think the last computer I used in society might have been an IBM 8088 desktop computer. Remember those big ol' things, those of you that aren't millennials?

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Missing My Mother, I Recall How Stigma Stopped Me From Telling Her My HIV Status
By Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad
January 10, 2017

My mother was such a beautiful spirit. We were so connected to each other, and I relied heavily on her as an advisor. She was bold and had the most informed optimism I have ever encountered. Her spiritual centeredness was probably the reason for this. She saw the world as distressed and hurting, but this was not her guiding light. Melody Ellen Beverly envisioned a world where we were all taller and more powerful than we knew. She saw humanity in everyone and made space for everyone in her heart.

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Giving Thanks and Sharing Thoughts About Life, Death, Justice and HIV
By Tim Hinkhouse
January 10, 2017

Here it is, another holiday season in prison and the New Year is upon us. Come on 2017! You have to be better than this year, I hope? 2016 wasn't horrible for me, personally. I have been monitoring the progress of the Center for HIV Law and Policy and the SERO Project in their fight to end HIV criminalization, which will affect me personally. Of course, that is only if new law gets applied retroactively.

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Fighting Trump: HIV Advocates to Watch in 2017
By Mark S. King
January 10, 2017


Donald J. Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress are a threat to everything HIV advocates have been fighting for during the last thirty years, and that includes access to healthcare, HIV prevention programs like PrEP, and the dignity with which we treat those who are most vulnerable to HIV infection.

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Who Loves Us When We Are Messy?
By Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad
January 6, 2017

Today has been hard. My body aches and my heart is broken. I lost a friend, and I'm complicit in his death because I didn't reach for him when he fell. He worked tirelessly to be seen as valuable only to fall and be forgotten.

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Justin Does iFLY (Indoor Skydiving)
By Justin B. Terry-Smith
January 5, 2017

For my birthday, my hubby took me to iFLY. It was awesome!!! I did two sessions it was the best ever. I've been skydiving before, this was amazing. The hubby decided once a month we will go for some couple time. 2016 was a crazy year for us. Let us hope 2017 is better. With iFLY and 2017 I plan on soaring to new heights in 2017. Let us be proactive and not reactive. Special thank you to the hubby. Love you and to the staff at iFLY. With HIV I've learned that I will always aim high and always try to fly over adversity.

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Moving the Humanity of People With HIV Out of the Equation: How HIV Surveillance Traumatized Me
By Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad
January 3, 2017

Bodily and environmental autonomy has been elusive for black and brown communities for hundreds of years. The targeting of our bodies is the history of our nation and the world, really. I can't remember not thinking about my movement through any space, what I should say and how I should dress as prerequisites for feeling safe(r), because I realize that attaining safety is a privilege I don't have. This is something that was not a major adjustment for me when I found out my serostatus was positive. I was used to being ogled at by the non-black community or targeted for who I am. The policing of my sexuality was also not something I had not known to be a norm. I remember having to find creative ways to either deflect or answer questions about my sexuality.

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Activists Maintain Pressure After Chase Brexton CEO Resigns
By Mark S. King
December 29, 2016


Here's some news that might make our transition into the new year a little more satisfying.

Richard Larison, the embattled chief executive officer of Chase Brexton, Baltimore's largest provider of health care to the city's most vulnerable communities, has resigned after months of upheaval and staff discontent. It is a clear victory for community activists who have demanded his resignation, even while more work must be done to reform the agency.

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