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2018: The Year of Lessons and by Far the Hardest Year of My Existence
By Maria T. Mejia
December 27, 2018

2018 started OK, although I never expected it to be so so hard, and I never thought that I would ever be this strong ... but I am. I realized this being alone now and dealing with things on my own and not taking the easy route out! We are maybe 6 days away from Christmas and I cannot wait to go visit my mother in Colombia in January, and to go visit my father's ashes :( Yes! My father passed this year! Many know the turbulent relationship I had with my father whom I forgave and love endlessly. I am glad I forgave him many years ago and I have my conscience clear and made him happy his last 15 years.

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Worried About Disclosing Your HIV Status During the Holidays? Here's My Advice
By Tim Hinkhouse
December 21, 2018

Happy holidays! I want to wish every one of my HIV-positive brothers and sisters a blessed and safe holiday season. This is the time of year when our family and friends can make time for us from their busy schedules to exchange pleasantries and gifts with us. I just wanted to remind you to keep humility in your hearts, even if someone won't share kind words with you or they give you a gift that isn't what you had wanted. (Make sure you kept the receipt!)

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Living With HIV and Taking Care of Your Health in Prison
By Tim Hinkhouse
November 28, 2018

Here it is, another November, but this one has meant something very special to me. Why is that, you ask? Besides the mid-term elections in which Washington, D.C., got swept by a blue wave, the State of Oregon had its gubernatorial race again, and Governor Kate Brown won a second term. And since Oregon limits governors to two consecutive terms, she can do whatever she wants without fear of repercussions from her constituents. Right now, my focus is the hope that she will grant me the clemency that I asked her for. I have sent her documents talking about the decriminalization of the HIV virus, including how California changed their laws surrounding HIV.

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A Short Film for World AIDS Day Has Arrived. Watch It Right Now.
By Mark S. King
November 16, 2018

Stop what you're doing. An exhilarating new short film produced especially for people living with HIV (PLHIV) is about to grab your heart and make you stand up and cheer.

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The History of HIV/AIDS in One Astonishing Poem
By Mark S. King
November 14, 2018

The team behind the 20th Anniversary Community Summit, being held in Atlanta this weekend and sponsored by ViiV Healthcare, knew how to open the event today on exactly the right foot. The first words attendees heard were the poetry of Mary Bowman, delivered by the award-winning spoken word artist herself.

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Thirty Years Later, AIDS Activists Who 'Seized Control' Discuss Their Legacy
By Mark S. King
October 22, 2018

The AIDS activists who regularly stormed the homes, offices and even churches of the powerful beginning in the late 1980s weren't the only ones who were scared for their lives.

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Why My Ex and Best Friend Li and I Broke Up After 10 Years Together and Married Legally
By Maria T. Mejia
October 16, 2018

This is a blog about our immigration nightmare and what we have been suffering in silence since 2008.

Where do I start this very hard blog to write? I guess from the beginning.

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How HIV Activists Helped Create the Jeff Flake Elevator Moment
By Mark S. King
October 12, 2018

Very little happens by accident. The most iconic moments in HIV/AIDS activism -- the appearance of the early SILENCE=DEATH meme, the footage of AIDS activist Peter Staley being peeled from a building during a protest, the photos of Sen. Jesse Helms' home wrapped in an enormous condom -- were the product of weeks of careful planning and design.

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Reflecting on Life and HIV Outside Prison Pending My Hoped-for Release
By Tim Hinkhouse
October 1, 2018

As I am writing this, we are less than 60 days out till the Oregon elections and Governor Kate Brown gets re-elected or not. As we get closer to November, the reality is starting to get to me about the real possibility of being a free man once again after multiple decades of being in prison. I have been making contact with folks that could steer me in the right direction upon release for various resources.

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AIDS2020 Will Welcome All the Right People to the USA. What a Travesty.
By Mark S. King
September 27, 2018

It is every bit as absurd as it sounds. The International AIDS Society (IAS) plans to hold their global AIDS2020 conference in San Francisco -- an insanely expensive and privileged city located in a country that has become dangerously inhospitable to the very populations the IAS claims to serve.

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