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When God Shows Up
By Rae Lewis-Thornton
January 27, 2014

I know this to be true. My transparency either makes people love me or hate me. I remember after one blog post, where I admitted to dating a married man, a woman unfollowed me on Twitter because, as she put it, "I can't believe that you would admit to such a thing." I told her, "Don't make me lie or hide from my truths because you don't want to face yours head on." I speak truth to empower and be a tool for healing.

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The Sound and Fury of the HIV Prevention Pill Debate (and the Facts to Win It)
By Mark S. King
January 27, 2014

When the drug Truvada achieved FDA approval in July of 2012 as a medication to prevent HIV infection among people who are negative (a strategy known as pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP), it's as if the ghosts of naysayers from the 1960s rose from their resting places, delighted and re-energized, and began drilling their mid-century objections into the hearts and minds of contemporary society.

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An HIV-Anniversary ER Trip During Sick Season
By Brooke Davidoff
January 27, 2014

Four years ago on Jan. 8 I was diagnosed; yesterday Myles my three year old and I spent a good two-plus hours in an emergency room waiting room waiting to see what was going on with my husband Keanen.

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Two Sick People in Bed: Relationship or Hospital?
By Reggie Smith
January 27, 2014

Whether you are HIV positive or not, our sexual relationships often say something about who we are as people. No matter what kind of sex you like, our emotional history plays a big part in how we are looking to satisfy our sexual desires. It often seems like hurt people, hurt people. If two people in a relationship harbor resentments, have fears of rejection or abandonment, or have unmet desires (spoken or unspoken), there is fertile ground for the relationship to get "infected" and get sick -- figuratively and literally.

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HIV Prevention and "Click It or Ticket": Are New Devices Safe?
By Aaron Laxton
January 27, 2014

After doing research on new safety devices being proposed to protect drivers and passengers of automobiles, I have come to a conclusion: There is no need for an increase in new safety devices.

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Getting Poked: An Annual Flu Shot and Living With HIV
By Ria Denise
January 27, 2014

I am curious to know why is it that when something is needed pretty much every year, the supply for such things do not meet the demand. In this case, I am speaking about the flu shot and this happens every single year. What makes this year different is that in my neck of the woods, it is an alarming number of people dying from the flu. What scares me most is that all of these people are healthy with no known illnesses prior to nor found after their unfortunate demise. One of those was an associate that I know through a family member.

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Fucking Love Sex
By Brian Ledford
January 26, 2014

Yes, there was a time when I wanted nothing to do with sex. It was right after my HIV diagnosis. I did not feel like even being touched, I truly thought of myself as one of those "untouchables." It has taken some time for me to get that drive back, but boy when I did it came in like flood gates being opened (no pun intended.)

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Please Don't Leave Me Because I Need You: An HIV Take on Separation Anxiety
By Dave R.
January 22, 2014

My last article was about people who find it very difficult to commit to others; no matter how much they care about them, they just can't get over that feeling that they're going to become someone's property and lose their sense of self. Those people rarely open up to the possibilities of a relationship.

However, there's another side to that same coin and that's the fear of being abandoned, neglected; left in the lurch and not being loved. It's called separation anxiety and it's equally painful and equally destructive to healthy relationships.

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Safer Sex Advice From Dr. Rachael Ross
By Candace Y.A. Montague
January 21, 2014

Safer sex is everything. It really is. And in the age where people are unknowingly being infected with STDs and HIV, safer sex is the only thing. To prove my point I have enlisted the help of a "sexpert" to explain how safer sex eases the mind and makes intimacy ten times more fun. Enter Dr. Rachael Ross. I call her Ross the Sex Boss in my mind because of her no holds barred, Sistah girl delivery of sexual health education. She's very blunt and direct and that's just what you need in health education. You may have seen her on the television show The Doctors giving advice about a number of health topics (she has a medical degree from Meharry Medical College). She is also a frequent panelist for the Ora Quick "Life. As We Know It" discussion series. Now she is giving advice on this Examiner's page about how to think differently about sex, protection, and how to make life more interesting in the bedroom.

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Remarks at 2014 Martin Luther King Prayer Breakfast in Atlanta (Video)
By Rae Lewis-Thornton
January 20, 2014

I was honored to be asked to deliver the prayer for the homeless and people living with HIV/AIDS for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast in Atlanta. I have never worked with my dear friend Keith Jennings and was honored that he asked me to participate.

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