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While We Wait for an HIV Cure, Don't Forget to Live
By Harold R. "Scottie" Scott
February 3, 2017

It was once said that there have always been survivors of cancer, HIV and other potentially life-threatening conditions. So, as HIV/AIDS is what I personally live with, should I and others look beyond our situation and consider the possibility of a life without it?

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Please Sign My Petition for Clemency and Help End HIV Criminalization
By Tim Hinkhouse
February 2, 2017

Hello there readers: I wanted to reach out and ask for your help. My friend who manages my Gmail account has posted a petition online at www.change.org asking that some much needed attention be brought to my clemency application. I am asking Oregon Governor Kate Brown to let me out of prison after more than two decades inside.

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After Week One of a Trump Presidency, Facing Fears That My Son Will Have a Sick, Dying Mother
By Brooke Davidoff
February 1, 2017

I don't want to get crazy and emotional if it's all speculation; it might not be as bad as it sounds. Trump might not get rid of the part of Obamacare that guarantees medical insurance to people with pre-existing conditions. You never know, Trumpland might not be as bad as I think it will become.

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The Double Stigma of Having HIV and Being Imprisoned
By Tim Hinkhouse
January 30, 2017

This past year, I decided to reach out on a dating website to try to meet someone special and build a relationship that I hoped would work out. Anyone reading this can understand what I want in life because you probably want it, too? I started talking with someone locally, and she seemed interested in me, and I pursued her.

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Examining Death, Including the One I Caused
By Mark S. King
January 25, 2017

My memorial service will be fabulous, I can assure you of that. I first outlined it during the initial, deadly wave of AIDS in the 1980s, and have edited it here and there over the years, updating the songs I would like played or the video footage shown.

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Advocates' Door
By Davina Conner
January 24, 2017

In a deep thought, we think of the smiles, joy, love and care that our friends bring to so many of us. They love unconditionally without limits, without restraint and with every fiber of who they are. Without passing judgment on any other human being, they push to help others feel happy inside and out. We sometimes forget that advocates are people too and have emotions, and when we see their smiles that light up, it gives others hope that they too will smile in that way, but sometimes we have to realize that they need the same unconditional love without judgment.

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She Doesn't Know Your Mutual Ex Is Positive. What Would You Do?
By Brooke Davidoff
January 23, 2017

Months ago, Facebook suggested I might know a previous girlfriend of the ex who gave me HIV.

Years ago, I was the other woman without even knowing it. I learned he left her for me.

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A Day in the Life of an Anxious and Depressed HIV Advocate
By Josh Middleton
January 23, 2017

The days pass by and the voices inside my head seem to grow louder and louder. Is my advocacy really making a difference? Am I doing enough? Does anybody really care?

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Anti-Racism and White Women Living With HIV
By Laurel Sprague
January 18, 2017

About 12 years ago I spent three weekends over the course of six months at a grown-up sleep away camp that I called "anti-racism camp." The real name was even better. It was called "Doing Our Own Work" and it was an intensive reading, journaling, discussion and action program for white women who wanted to be actively anti-racist.

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With HIV, It's Easy to Impose Beliefs on Others Instead of Offering Compassion, Care and Inclusion
By Harold R. "Scottie" Scott
January 16, 2017

I have been lucky in one respect: I've been able to be open about my life and my HIV/AIDS status and to know people who treat me no differently, and for that I am grateful. On the other hand, I have dealt with my share of stigma, due in part to a lack of education, religious and moral beliefs or, possibly, just plain ignorance on the part of those who direct their words, actions and Bible scripture quotes at me, even to the point of telling me: "I wish you were dead," or "You deserve to burn in hell," or "You should be ashamed to even show your face in public for living your life as you do and for being so public with your status, as if it's something to be proud of."

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