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HIV, Plantations and the Holy Ones
By Rev. Andrena Ingram
March 7, 2014

Well, beloved Black History Month has taken on a deeper meaning for me this year. I have learned of some noteworthy, and yet unknown Black folk in my family tree,Which I began tending back in 2006 but its growth was stunted because I could not get past my great grandma Alice on my mother's side of the family.

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Aging with HIV, Part Two
By Rae Lewis-Thornton
March 5, 2014

Yesterday, I went to my gynecologist to find some solutions to my perimenopause issues. When I came home I was beat emotionally and physically. First off, she removed my IUD, which I've had for 5 years to help regulate my issues from endometriosis. That left me bleeding heavy and cramping. All I wanted to do was take pain medication and crawl into bed.

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Mind Games: Visualization and Equilibrium
By Ben B.
March 4, 2014

It is the folly of the young to think their own generation was the first to come up with something, but I'd like to argue that 80s kids were the first Americans to receive "meditation training" in grade school.

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Where Would We Be Without AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF)?
By Aaron Laxton
March 4, 2014

This is a very loaded question and one that is without doubt going to invoke debate and conversation. For all of the negative things that people say and read about AHF (AIDS Healthcare Foundation) there is one simple reality: At least they are doing something. I already can hear people saying, "All they do is create stigma, shame and enemies and that is not what we need." Maybe so, but at least they are doing something.

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Strength Personified
By Ben B.
March 4, 2014

My first week or two after diagnosis was, as stated prior, during "the Polar Vortex." Generally, I hibernate in winter. Negative-number temps brings this hibernation up to an art form.

Add recent medical news, and the only thing I was good for was arguing the case of Ass v. Sofa Cushion.

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Aging With HIV/AIDS
By Rae Lewis-Thornton
March 3, 2014

I've said it before, I never thought that I would live to see perimenopause, but I did. While I'm glad to be alive, I've got to admit, menopause or pre-menopausal which is what I'm gong through, is more than a notion. Now, menopause is when your menstrual cycle has ended, no more, done. Perimenopausal is basically, everything a woman experiences leading to menopause and you still have a cycle.

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An Initiate at "The Vampire Academy"
By Ben B.
March 3, 2014

I will admit that for more than a dozen years now, I've found HIV utterly fascinating.

I have to be very careful here with my point in this post because I don't want to offend. I have always had a dark, shadowy, quasi-romantic view of those with HIV. Like. Dracula. Or The X-Men. They're mysterious ... and social outcasts.

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Una Niña Perdida
Por Maria T. Mejia
3 de marzo de 2014

Esta era yo en uno de los peores momentos de mi vida ... una niña perdida ... ¡tenia alrededor de 15 años, pandillera, una delinquente! ¡Me odiaba a mí misma! ¡No hay fotos de esa epoca! No soy ni una partícula delo que fue esa chica ... ¡Ella sufrió! ¡Ella estaba con dolor! Escondía su cuerpo y su rostro ... ¡se sentía fea y sin valor! Ella creyó lo que le dijeron ... ¡ELLA ERA UNA NADA Y NUNCA llegaría a nada! Ella sólo se había perdido yestaba herida, y esa imagen dura sólo era una armadura para que nadie le hiciera mas daño o se acercara a ella. Este era yo, Maria Teresa Mejia. Yo era un pequeño gusano que se convirtió en una mariposa y ahora estoy volando alto. Amor y luz.

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A Lost Girl
By Maria T. Mejia
March 3, 2014

This is me in one of the worst times of my life ... a lost girl around 15 years old, a gang member, a thug! I hated myself! There are really no pics of my past. I am not a single particle of that girl anymore ... she suffered! She was in pain! She would hide her body and her face ... she felt ugly and worthless!!! She believed what she was told ... SHE WAS A NOTHING AND NEVER WOULD AMOUNT TO ANYTHING! She was just lost and hurting, and that hard image was just an armor so no one would hurt her or get close to her. This was me, Maria Teresa Mejia. I was a little worm that became a butterfly and now I am flying high. Love and light.

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Money Can't Buy You Time, but HIV Makes Life More Precious
By Reggie Smith
March 3, 2014

Have you ever been faced with your own mortality? When I was at the end of active addiction to heroin, I thought I wanted to die and wanted time to stop. When I was diagnosed with AIDS, I thought I was going to die and didn't want time to end. In either case, life was being measured in time.

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