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Medicare Announces Coverage for Annual HIV Test
By Ronald Valdiserri, M.D., M.P.H.
April 15, 2015

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced this week that it has expanded coverage to include one, annual voluntary screening for HIV infection for all adolescent and adult Medicare beneficiaries between the ages of 15 and 65, without regard to perceived risk. Coverage for pregnant Medicare beneficiaries will remain unchanged.

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Did AIDS Healthcare Foundation Just Retaliate Against Whistleblower?
By Mark S. King
April 13, 2015

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation scandal has taken a downright creepy turn.

Only one day after a stunning whistleblower lawsuit against AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) was made public, the embattled organization withdrew funding from an upcoming HIV advocacy event because one of the plaintiffs is involved in its planning, according to records obtained by My Fabulous Disease.

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The Angry Fallout From the AIDS Healthcare Foundation Scandal
By Mark S. King
April 9, 2015

Michael Weinstein, the polarizing and famously litigious head of AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) just got a taste of his own medicine when a stunning Whistleblower lawsuit against AHF filed last year was unsealed and made public.

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The Other Indiana
By Matt Ebert
April 6, 2015

Someone dropped an oil lantern on Indiana -- kerosene runs from corner to corner -- trailed by a blue flame -- and you just sat down to lunch. That's how bad it is when the world should've moved quicker to avert disaster, but didn't. A duster moved southbound across the feed-corn pasture like a gray ratsnake. It just mauled a church. This is what Christians in Indiana must think of me -- their business owners and their flock -- they turned their backs and crawled into storm shelters to avoid me. What's going on with Indiana? Drug abuse, LGBTQ discrimination, HIV outbreak -- to name but a few things on the slate -- Indiana is now ground zero on a list of places people might choose to avoid.

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HIV: Put Out the Red Light
By Rev. Andrena Ingram
March 25, 2015

Somewhere in the world, life is contingent upon performing a service to provide for the family, somewhere there are places where rules are bent, persons are bent over and forced to their knees, for a roof over their heads and their daily bread.

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The Bubble-Gut Dilemma
By Rev. Andrena Ingram
March 24, 2015

Trying to get up and get moving. Doctor visit in Center City, and wouldn't you know it ... it's a sh*tty morning! Figuratively and LITERALLY.

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S**t Said to Poz Guys Online
By Patrick Ingram
March 22, 2015

Like it or not but HIV related stigma can be seen everywhere. From the entertainment industry all the way to our phones. Mobile networking apps, or as I like to call them "FCK or Hookup apps," carry much of the stigma. Many of these companies like Grindr, Scruff, Jack'd, and Adam4Adam do provide ways for AIDS Service Organizations/Community-based organizations to advertise services, and offer a great opportunity to outreach to our community. Many of these applications allow you to share your status, and even note your last testing date if you are positive; however, we are still turned down, blocked, or face ridiculous comments when we disclose our status to people or reach out to them as an openly positive person. So here goes a list of the SHIT IGNORANT GUYS SAY TO POZ GUYS Online:

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Rock That Red Pump, Pastor!
By Rev. Andrena Ingram
March 10, 2015

I jumped out of bed this morning, remembering what day it was! It is "National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day"! I had just the right shoe for it! The red pumps I wore for my 60th birthday celebration a few weeks ago!

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My Sister, My Sister
By Khafre Abif
March 9, 2015

The Elders know and shake your hand,
not afraid to pat you on the shoulder.
This virus, this sickness of mankind,
traditional ways of healing,
revealing your lack of fear.
Cry your tears upon Earth, our Mother.
We have wounded Her,
She is weak and cannot replenish herself.
Change, or be sick like Her.
Now bow your head and pray in their indigenous tongue.

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The Beginning of the End of AIDS? You or Me?
By Rev. Andrena Ingram
March 3, 2015

How ironic that my last post in November has the slogan from the organization (Red) (one) had a little slogan that said: "The beginning of the End of AIDS starts with YOU" ... and I went on to talk about how I was gonna take a break and yadda, yadda, yadda. And how I needed to get real selfish and take a break from all the activism stuff! How ironic! ROFL!

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