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Oops, I Outed Myself
By Brooke Davidoff
March 1, 2016

"Did you know they test for HIV when you are pregnant?" Our neighborhood girlfriend asked last night.

Without hesitation my husband and I said, "Yeah, that's how we knew I had it."

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Get Smart: Social Media Campaign Seeks to Change How We Look at HIV
By Justin B. Terry-Smith
February 29, 2016


I first heard about the HIV Smart campaign on Facebook and was curious about what it means. Social media has become a huge part of HIV campaigns, but this campaign is the first of its kind that I've seen since PrEP.

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Survivor's Guilt/PTSD/Anxiety/Depression
By Maria T. Mejia
February 26, 2016

Where do I start? It is with much sorrow that I am writing this blog ... the memories of my friends that passed from AIDS complications haunt me all the time. It is very hard to express how I feel ... so I will do my best.

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Panic Over HIV Infection While on PrEP Is Not Necessary
By Aaron Laxton
February 26, 2016

Social media has been abuzz today, with people sharing the news that a gay man who was taking Truvada as PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) has contracted a drug-resistant strain of HIV. I can only imagine that this is the news that Michael Weinstein has been wringing his troll-ish hands in gleeful anticipation since 2012. There is only one small problem that people are failing to recognize -- this is not surprising.

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Hamlet Behind Bars: Appreciated for Our Talents, Not Judged for Past Actions
By Tim Hinkhouse
February 26, 2016

Let me tell you about the last three Hamlet plays I've been in. We opened on Saturday, Sept. 12 for people who drive for hours just to see us perform. Not only do these people have to travel from miles away, but the process to get in here is pretty extensive as well. They have to go through the metal detectors, pat downs, ID checks and then walk a long distance to come into the actual prison. The things these generous folks go through to come in to see us is very commendable!

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Man on PrEP Is Infected With HIV
By Justin B. Terry-Smith
February 26, 2016


For the first time, scientists have now seen a case of an individual contracting the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) while being compliant with taking pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) daily. The patient was allegedly infected with a multidrug-resistant strain of HIV. In other words, the strain of HIV acquired by the person who was taking PrEP is resistant to many levels of HIV medications.

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Political Correctness in HIV: Ain't Nobody Got Time for That!
By Althea Fung
February 19, 2016

Free speech is a fundamental right for all Americans. It's right there in the first amendment of the Constitution. But, over time there has been a push by politicians and activists to avoid speech that insults, marginalizes or excludes certain groups. This shift in the way we can talk has led to a debate whether the fires of free speech are being squelched by a rising tide of political correctness.

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A Parent's Love Knows No Bounds: Disclosing to My Parents
By Josh Middleton
February 18, 2016

From a young age, we learn very quickly that no one likes bad news, especially our parents.

We don't want to have to admit fault to something that could make the ones we love made or, worse, hurt. It is in our nature to want to forgo pain or displeasure. We do more to avoid immediate pain than we do to gain pleasure.

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Tuning in to HIV: Altering the HIV Narrative With Vimeo on Demand
By Christian Kiley
February 18, 2016

Like the majority of filmmakers, my pursuit of a bona-fide career in the industry has been fraught with false hope, deafening silence, and occasional victories.

One such victory, in my case, was the decision to create an autobiographical narrative about my life. Specifically, my experience being diagnosed with HIV, and living with it.

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Love Doesn't Just Happen One Day a Year, Celebrate It Every Day
By Tim Hinkhouse
February 11, 2016

Congrats to those of you who have weathered another year with HIV at a time when there are medicines and lots of scientific information to preserve our lives.

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