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My Depression, Trauma, HIV and Getting Help
By Maria T. Mejia
December 23, 2015

I have been going through one of the roughest times of my life and I wanted to show the world that it is ok to be a strong woman and ask for help at the same time. Being a part of the Greater Than AIDS campaign for HIV and IPV resurfaced many issues I had that I thought had healed ... but the reality is that I was just glued together ... I had not healed and now I am in intensive therapy for the first time in my life.

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The FDA Kinda Sorta Lifts Its Ban on Blood Donations from Gay Men
By Justin B. Terry-Smith
December 22, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has lifted its ban on blood donations from gay men. The ban has been in place for 32 years.

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Five Things I Learned Aboard the Poz Cruise
By Mark S. King
December 21, 2015

Each year, several hundred people living with HIV -- primarily gay men, with a happy sprinkling of straight women and our supporters -- embark on the HIV Cruise Retreat ("The Poz Cruise") for a week of fun and frolic on the high seas. The event started with a group of HIV positive friends and has grown enormously over more than a dozen years. The week is organized by one travel agent and a team of dedicated volunteers (and that includes me as one of the hosts and MC).

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This Message Is for All HIV-Negative People (Video)
By Maria T. Mejia
December 14, 2015

Charlie Sheen has brought back the passion in me because I realize that I have to continue educating the world! Much ignorance and stigma continues.

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My Superhero!
By Tim Hinkhouse
December 14, 2015

Hello there, readers. Does anyone out there know a superhero? I know several, but not in the traditional sense of out fighting crime, having special powers, wearing a snazzy costume. No, these people I am talking about have saved me from myself and they dress like regular people. You are probably thinking "Oh my God! What nutty things is he talking about now?" Can I ask that you hear me out?

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A Scream of Dismay: Disclosure After Diagnosis
By Josh Middleton
December 11, 2015

It was my first experience dealing with HIV disclosure and it wasn't the ideal situation. I had to tell my ex-girlfriend, who I had broken up with months ago, that I was now HIV positive and she needed to be tested as well.

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Telling My Mother I'm HIV Positive (Video)
By Eric Trujillo
December 10, 2015

Shortly after being diagnosed HIV positive, I disclosed my new HIV status to my mother. Luckily I got the reaction I needed which was that of a supportive parent.

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Fighting HIV Stigma Through Support Groups, Friendship
By Rev. Andrena Ingram
December 9, 2015

Last week many "celebrated" World AIDS Day. I am the sole pastor of a congregation with many challenges, and so I am not able to simply take off. I make time, when I am able.

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A Gift From the World of Music
By Tim Hinkhouse
December 9, 2015

Hello there, readers. At this institution there are family picnics each year where you can just hang out talking with loved ones, eating and enjoying a sense of normalness for a couple of hours and not feeling like you are in prison. This year, thanks to our new assistant superintendent, the inmate house bands will play for the picnics. Last month my band played a picnic after one studio practice and was pretty good. Now we have had three to four practice sessions and we'll be a lot better! I can't wait to get out there and have fun.

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It's About Time That Something Is Done About the High Rates of Incarceration
By Tim Hinkhouse
December 7, 2015

Hello there readers. How many have you been paying attention to the news lately concerning President Obama? I saw that he took a tour of a federal prison. You know that is he the only sitting president to ever do that? How cool is that? He wants criminal justice reform. What shocked me was when Speaker of the House John Boehner said he was on board with this. What? A Republican willing to work with the President?

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