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How Jimmy Kimmel's Story About His Son Relates to HIV Health Care
By Aaron Laxton
May 3, 2017

This week Jimmy Kimmel announced on his show Jimmy Kimmel Live regarding the birth of his newborn son and a rare heart condition that would ultimately require his son, Billy Kimmel, to have open-heart surgery. If you were like me, you found yourself being drawn into his story and wanting the best for Jimmy, his son and the entire family. Huge shout out to Jimmy for sharing this painful and scary moment; thank you for sharing this piece of your life with us. As of right now, more than 4.5 million people have viewed this heartfelt message on YouTube. Jimmy uses his story to highlight the brokenness of our healthcare system. This, however, is not a new fact. In the video, Jimmy jokes, "First they check your wallet and then they check your pulse."

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A Second Chance at Death
By Mark S. King
May 2, 2017

We all know how this ends.

Despite the avalanche of articles on aging with HIV or advice about how to avoid long-term side effects or even news of progress toward a cure, nothing will change the inevitable. None of us will get out of this alive.

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Character Lessons I Learned While Imprisoned for HIV Criminalization
By Tim Hinkhouse
May 1, 2017

I want to share with you that I have officially been HIV positive for 27 years. I am pretty proud of that. On March 7, it was 23 years since I went to trial to fight my HIV criminalization charges in court. I'll never forget that day and the humiliation that I felt after being crucified in the media because I was an HIV-positive man having unprotected sexual intercourse with consenting adult women.

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Making Progress in Losing Weight, Knowing the Reward Will Be Feeling Better Overall
By Tim Hinkhouse
April 28, 2017

This morning I had a doctor's appointment at 8:00 a.m. to find out the results of my ultrasound. About 7:50 a.m., I leave my unit to get to medical on time for my appointment. I get down there, and the place is full of people waiting to see health professionals. I'm thinking that I'll be there all morning waiting around to be seen.

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Colorado HIV Advocacy Day: Success!
By Barb Cardell
April 25, 2017

Colorado Advocacy Day was a huge success on April 21.

We had 25 people participate in our two day training early in April, some who traveled more than 400 miles to join us.

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No Matter What Gender You Choose to Be, We Can All Stand up and Fight for Human Rights
By Tim Hinkhouse
April 24, 2017

Hello there readers: I was listening to the local rock station this past week, enjoying classic rock music. There was a break in the music, and this was said: "President Trump wants to hire an elite group of people to fight violent criminals. I don't think anyone has told the president that the Avengers are not real!" As you might be able to tell by reading my blog, I am a liberal all the way.

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Sean McKenna: Life With AIDS Isn't So Damn 'Fabulous'
By Mark S. King
April 21, 2017

Last December I attended the most moving, transcendent World AIDS Day program I have witnessed in years. That's not saying much, of course. These evenings are usually well-meaning but maudlin, featuring tearful eulogies while we hold up candles that drip on our fingers and we revisit personal losses that I put to rest a long time ago. Okay, clearly I have issues with grief.

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Med Side Effects: Thinking About How HIV Affects Us Physically
By Tim Hinkhouse
April 20, 2017

Hello there readers: I don't know for sure what all the side effects are of my new once-a-day HIV pill Genvoya [elvitegravir/cobicistat/emtricitabine/tenofovir alafenamide] are, but since I've been taking it I have been having all kinds of issues. On Feb. 15, I had an ultrasound on my abdomen because I've been experiencing symptoms of what I think are gallstones. I have been having pain in my lower right abdomen, nausea, vomiting, fever and chills. I've been told that I'm pale in color when the pain is the most extreme. Fortunately, I am taken seriously by nursing staff compared with the other inmates that "cry wolf" to get attention.

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Support Nushawn Williams, Detained and Denied HIV Meds in Civil Confinement
By Davina Conner
April 12, 2017

First degree assault, predator, class B felon, sex offender, a threat to society, poisoning someone with a disruptive substance, assault and battery with intent to kill, unlawful use of a harmful device: all these terms come into play when a person diagnosed with HIV is talked about in the judicial system.

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Shame and Stigma: Standing Strong in the Face of AIDS
By Harold R. "Scottie" Scott
April 10, 2017

I have been living with HIV/AIDS for nearly 27 years. I tested positive at a time, and in a rural area of Tennessee, where no one dared to let others know that they were infected.

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