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The Man Who Buried Them Remembers
By Mark S. King
January 12, 2016

When he conducted the funerals, Tom Bonderenko tells me, he always wore his priestly garments and white stole. Even when no one showed up for the graveside service.

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The Activist
By Danny Pintauro
January 11, 2016

I can't pretend to call myself an activist ... yet.

For the past fifteen years, I would say I was one step above "neutral" when it comes to "activism" -- especially when it comes to issues with the LGBTQ community. For many of those years, I was too lost in my life crises (note the plural) to spend much time worrying about the "greater good."

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Everything You Need to Know About Anal Cancer Prevention and Treatment (Video)
By Nelson Vergel
January 8, 2016

In the United States, the rate for anal cancer in the general population is 1 case per 100,000 people; among HIV-negative men who have sex with men the rate increases to 35 cases per 100,000 people.

For HIV-positive gay and bisexual men, the rate is estimated to be between 75 to 115 cases per 100,000 people. It seems to affect those of us who have lived longer with HIV, have had detectable HIV viral load for a few years, have had anal warts (debatable) and/or had lower CD4 cells in our HIV infection.

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16 HIV Advocates to Watch in 2016
By Mark S. King
January 6, 2016

They come from nearly every corner of the world. They are engaged in local communities and on the international scene. They include mothers, artists, a fugitive, a performer, and a drug smuggler. They are speaking out, acting up, and in some cases risking their personal safety and liberty.

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Beyond the Berlin Patient: How Researchers Are Now Trying to Cure More HIV-Positive People (Video)
By Nelson Vergel
January 5, 2016

We are constantly reading headlines about the latest HIV cure. After years of being exposed to these inflamed news reports, we may get desensitized to the fact that there is actually progress being made in that field. Ever since Timothy Brown was proven to be cured, the search for a cure for HIV that is accessible worldwide has intensified. There is more funding now as different research groups compete to get there first. But we have had set backs that have taught us important lessons.

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Moving On
By Jeannie Wraight
December 29, 2015

New Years has a funny effect on us humans. We get all nostalgic, hopeful for the future and emotional. Okay, maybe the Holiday parties with lots of alcohol have something to do with that, but it's also our nature to look back at the year that was, and dream about what the new year will bring. After all, who doesn't want the coming year to rock, so of course we're going to start it off with high hopes.

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A Long December, Part One
By Christian Kiley
December 28, 2015

On Dec. 1, 2015, I was tired-happy. Things were really looking up -- after two years of work, I was finally able to release my web series, Unsure/Positive. Additionally, I had spent the previous four weeks planning an event at the teen center of my (fairly) new workplace, which I'll call Kids' Hangout, Inc. Both were in honor of World AIDS Day.

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I Am
By Sherri Beachfront Lewis
December 24, 2015

It's always a bittersweet time of year with its mash up of war and politics, terrorism -- the new virus that threatens our lives ever changing its madness. Holiday shopping and memories of those here, those lost and new life being born. So we celebrate. Life comes first.

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I Am Reaching Out and Asking for Help
By Tim Hinkhouse
December 23, 2015

Hello there, readers.

Is anyone out there an AIDS activist or advocate? Do you want to be? I am reaching out and asking for help. As you are reading this, on August 31, 2015, I have mailed another application to Oregon Governor Kate Brown for a complete pardon based on everything she can read from & My prison record is a lot better than others', as far as disciplinary history goes. I am not a gang member and I don't get involved in prison drama. There have been changes made in my life for the better in preparation for eventual hopeful release. The days of HIV criminalization and discrimination should be over.

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Oh the Places You'll Go: My DrPH Residency in Puerto Rico
By Justin B. Terry-Smith
December 23, 2015

My husband and I took this opportunity to leave the kids at home and have some much needed vacation time. Honestly when I was diagnosed with HIV I didn't expect to live this long or be in school for a doctoral degree and I have one more year left. My husband has really been my rock and inspiration.

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