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Queen and HIV: One Whole Step Forward
By Chris Lavery
January 7, 2014

About a month ago, a good friend of mine named Doug informed me that he'd be playing bass guitar in an upcoming Queen tribute concert alongside the guitarist Alex Skolnick of (kind of) famed '80s thrash metal band Testament. After frantically assaulting him with questions of how this was possible, what their setlist would be and when I'd "get to hang out with Alex," I set off to mark it down in my calendar, prepared to bulldoze whatever preexisting plans I may have had to make room for this once-in-a-lifetime event. This opportunity.* Sure enough, Dec. 1 was just a blank square, waiting to be filled.

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Hell YES (Today Is Mine)
By Brian Ledford
January 3, 2014

As I told all you fine folks yesterday, I had my first ID appointment of the year today. I was a bit nervous about it due to not really knowing any of my lab results since starting Stribild back in late Sept. I was due for an appointment in Dec but the clinic had to reschedule me and today was the first time they could get me in.

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Hello 2014
By Brian Ledford
January 2, 2014

2014 is finally here and I can not say that I am sad to see 2013 behind me. This past year has been a roller coaster for me but that is all in the past now. I know that every year people make New Years Resolutions and 99% of the time they fail. This year I decided to make no resolutions. Instead I decided to write down my goals for 2014, but I will get back to them in a sec.

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Patrick Ingram's Review of 2013: A Year of Learning and Growing
By Patrick Ingram
January 2, 2014

So, I know many of you have wondered where I've been. Well, after a phenomenal year of amazing events and opportunities that has opened up for PozLifeofPatrick and me. These opportunities would not have happened without others seeing my potential and giving me a chance.

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Spreading Ignorance With Authority
By Rae Lewis-Thornton
December 30, 2013

Last night, as I was busy taking care of my sick baby, I got a tweet that made me want to cuss. At the time, however, my baby girl was the focus. No sooner than I dismissed it from my mind, my girl Dwana, responded to the woman and set her straight in her kind, gentle way. The woman should count her blessings that the first response was from Dwana and not me.

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Holiday Funk
By Brian Ledford
December 29, 2013

I hope all had a very good Christmas and are enjoying some time with family and friends this holiday season. I apologize for being so absent for the past few weeks, but with everything going on I just have not had time to sit down and write or have not felt up to it.

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And What About Dating? Part 2
By Rae Lewis-Thornton
December 28, 2013

Often times the holidays seems to compound the loneliness and isolation of a single person living with HIV. I know for me this has been the case. No doubt dating with a sexually transmitted disease is hard: The having to disclose; having to explain the how I got to this place; The fear of judgement and rejection. The shame with acknowledging your choices and for some even your culpability in your infection; the self loathing that comes with why you chose to trust the very person that infected you, whether it is HIV or herpes.

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A Year in 525,600 Minutes ...
By Aless Piper
December 20, 2013

I've been thinking a lot this year about time, how we measure it (read this fabulous article from Brain Pickings) and how to make the most of 525,600 minutes when things ... aren't exactly going as planned. That's the thing about plans -- they have a habit of going awry. :-) John Lennon said it best: "Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans."

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Quality Over Quantity; Everything Is Temporary
By Reggie Smith
December 20, 2013

When I was a child growing up on the Southside of Jamaica, Queens (SSJQ), I pretty much got along with everybody I came in contact with. It was a rough enough neighborhood, especially looking from the outside in. Being a pretty good athlete helped me to be accepted by my peers. In my heart, I was fearful of confrontation, so I'm glad to not have had to do a lot of fighting.

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Managing Stress Has Set Me Free!
By Lynda Arnold
December 20, 2013

Christmas is my favorite time of the year. I adore the holidays. I love the music, the good will and the happy spirits. I like to plan and deliver the gifts that I give to my children. I participate in toy drives with a loving heart and I always try to remember what the season truly is about.

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