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Universes Collide: Volunteerism, Charlie Sheen and My Depression
By Lynda Arnold
February 1, 2016

The holidays can be difficult times for many. Loss of a loved one, distance from family or friends, illnesses, personal struggles, etc. are all things that make the holiday times trying for many while others bask in the joy and warmth that the seasons of celebration can bring.

For me, this past holiday season continued to have me wrapped in the throws of a gut-wrenching depression.

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On the Passing of Jacques Chambers, HIV Legal Expert
By Myles Helfand
January 29, 2016

Jacques was an unfathomably vast tree of legal knowledge regarding HIV in the U.S. One of his many branches reached directly into, where he volunteered in our "Ask the Experts" forum on workplace and insurance issues since 2012. There, he answered hundreds of questions with empathy, energy and insight -- 928 questions, to be exact, including hundreds from HIV-positive people in immediate need of nuanced legal information and advice. Yet as this beautiful tribute from AIDS Project Los Angeles makes clear, Jacques' role in our forums represented just a small segment of the services he provided to the HIV community throughout a long (but not long enough) career.

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Disease-Free, Clean and What?
By Rev. Andrena Ingram
January 28, 2016

I saw something written on my Facebook timeline that made me shake my head in shame.

I felt a little shame for the statements and shame for the person who wrote it. I thought they were a bit more far along in being supportive of person's living with HIV. The shame I felt morphed into anger. Anger that folks are still using language like this, in 2016.

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Family Ties: We Adopt Our Second Son and Our Other Son Moves Out
By Justin B. Terry-Smith
January 27, 2016

Being HIV positive, I never would have thought I would have any children at all.

My husband, Phil, and I adopted our second son, Tavis, when he was 17. I couldn't mention the adoption before because of legalities. But he is ours, now.

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Charlie Sheen, TV Quacks and Armchair Psychology
By Althea Fung
January 27, 2016

I'm concerned about Charlie Sheen. Like, genuinely concerned. It's not because he disclosed he is HIV positive. It's not because as of late he looks like a character on The Walking Dead. It's not because he went off his antiretrovirals to take an alternative treatment method (well, I am concerned about that, but not as much).

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Fatherhood: My Journey to Having a Family
By Josh Middleton
January 25, 2016

One of the biggest joys and responsibilities of life is bringing another human into this world. It's a surreal experience that can be filled with joy, anxiety, and fear. Finding out your partner is pregnant can bring even the strongest man to his knees in tears, it's an emotional out of body experience. There are so many unknown factors and risks involved to begin with but what happens when you throw HIV into the mix?

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Frankly My Dear ...
By Rev. Andrena Ingram
January 25, 2016

Checking in with my Facebook HIV group and my son asks me, "Do people take issue that you may be spending too much time with HIV stuff?"

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Considering Gender When Exploring HIV-Trauma Therapy Interventions
By Aaron Laxton
January 21, 2016

Living with HIV can be traumatic on multiple levels. For each person it can be extremely different and the treatments must be adapted to each situation and case.

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Reflecting on a Lifetime: How I've Changed Since My Diagnosis
By Tim Hinkhouse
January 19, 2016

I want to thank those of you who emailed me with your words of encouragement and support! Please know that I am grateful that anyone reads my words. My intent is to share my life with you from behind the walls of a place filled with sadness. Hopefully, you will see that not all of us in places like this are bad.

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After Meth, I'm Still the Boss
By Danny Pintauro
January 15, 2016

One of the things I've been doing a lot of recently is reading emails from supporters around the world. I've heard tragic stories of loss and love, courageous stories of survival and encouraging stories of hope and happiness. While I've heard from all types of people, the majority are from men and women living with HIV. We are a community who've been through something life altering and that brings you closer together even from thousands of miles apart.

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