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Meeting the True Southern Belle -- Phaedra Parks
By Rae Lewis-Thornton
January 19, 2014

Sometimes, when you walk through the door, you find out that there's so much more inside you than you could have ever imagined. That's what happened on my most recent trip to Atlanta. My dear friend Keith asked if I would come and deliver both context and the prayer for HIV/AIDS and the homeless at the Martin Luther King Prayer Breakfast sponsored by the African-American Human Rights Foundation.

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Being Deliberate in 2014
By Rae Lewis-Thornton
January 14, 2014

Yesterday, as I was making lunch, I started to think about living versus being alive. I've got to admit, some days in my past, I was just alive and not really living. That tends to happen when I get sick, like when I'm having a round of IV medication, I stop functioning at full pace -- not just physically, but mentally and emotionally. Then, when I get better physically, I have a hard time bouncing back emotionally and mentally because I had shut them down. It's almost like having to have physical therapy on my mind and spirit after each bout of illness.

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We All Fall, and We All Get Up
By Lynda Arnold
January 14, 2014

2014. Wow. Just looking at that number in print can be astounding for many. For me truthfully it makes me both excited and just really really tired.

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Please Don't Ask Me to Say I Love You: An HIV Take on Commitment Phobia
By Dave R.
January 14, 2014

If you're living with HIV, you've already been through stuff; that's a given. You may have seen friends or lovers dying, or being seriously ill and recovering by the skin of their teeth to live on bearing the scars. You may also have had your own brushes with disaster, leading to a well-justified and experience-based fear of the unknown and the future. If you're lucky, you've found a partner along the way to share shit with; someone to lift you up when you're down, just as you do to them. If you're not so lucky, you may be living alone, hoping that a new relationship may turn up; or just getting along, grabbing moments when you can and getting through, happy enough but not looking for wedding bells on the horizon.

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New Year New Us! 3 Challenges for People Living With HIV for This Year
By Patrick Ingram
January 14, 2014

So, bringing in 2014 there will be many of our loved ones, friends, family, colleagues and strangers who will be ready to begin their New Year Resolutions in hopes of completing them all by the end of the year. Let's be honest though, who ever completes every single New Year's resolution? This year I plan to do something different that I think will be successful and I invite you all to do the same.

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Look Back
By Brian Ledford
January 12, 2014

At first, after recieving my diagnosis this idea first started to come to mind. These were those ignorant days when I truly believed that I was going to die any day. As I said, that was my era of ignorance.

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HIV Treatment Activist Nelson Vergel Faces Down Cancer
By Mark S. King
January 9, 2014

"You are probably wondering why I have been so quiet the last few weeks ..." the message began. Vergel, a trained chemical engineer who devoted himself to HIV treatment advocacy after testing positive in 1985, had a troubling explanation for his online absence. A diagnosis of cancer.

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Is HIV Viral Undetectability Important?
By ScotCharles
January 9, 2014

I have been on anti-HIV meds since 1994. I have had HIV definitely for thirty years and probably more. In that time I have seen people sickened and killed by the meds. I have developed long-term complications as a direct result of the meds. More importantly recent studies of which I was a subject have shown that HIV doesn't sicken people by infecting CD4 cells as much as the virus' attempt to infect sleeper cells, which releases chemicals that cause cells to self-destruct. This self-destruction leads to complications such as early-onset dementia, heart disease, cancer and debilitating arthritis. The HIV meds do little to control the reservoirs of HIV that hide out in the sleeper cells located throughout the body. For these reasons, I personally do not believe the current mania for nuking HIV into so-called undetectability is either wise or effective.

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Empathy Is Easier, After It Happens to You
By Reggie Smith
January 9, 2014

When I was first diagnosed with AIDS in 1988, I did not know what to do. I was blessed to be listening to WLIB in New York, and heard a wonderful doctor named Barbara Justice talk about the possible treatments she had for HIV, and the potential for low-dose alpha interferon to be a successful treatment. With a strange combination of faith and desperation, I sought out Dr. Justice and she became my primary care physician. We developed a doctor-patient relationship that was based on her desire to cure or heal me, and my willingness to participate in my own survival.

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I Was an HIV Homework Assignment
By Brooke Davidoff
January 9, 2014

It's not my first time being someone's homework or getting a letter/email about it. The first time was in response to a letter to the editor I sent in to Parade Magazine for Lynn Minton's column. She used to ask questions weekly to kids and teenagers. Parade Magazine was in the Sunday paper, and I looked forward to her section when I was in high school. In the question I replied to, she had asked if we were optimistic or pessimistic about our generation's future, Generation X. Being what I thought was a writer back in 9th grade, I excitedly hopped on my parents' computer and began to type.

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