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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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Going to USCA Was My Form of Self-Care
By Maria T. Mejia
September 18, 2018

People were surprised to see me there!

More than a conference, it is a family reunion and place to network and learn, but most importantly uplift each other.

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Five Takeaways From the 2018 United States Conference on AIDS
By Mark S. King
September 12, 2018

The 2018 United States Conference on AIDS (USCA), the HIV advocacy, education and networking behemoth produced by the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC), is the benevolent and wealthy grandfather of the HIV conference scene. We adore him sincerely, we marvel at his station in the world and the fortitude that got him there, and we tread carefully. And sometimes, to our delight or to our chagrin, Grandpa does the damnedest things.

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Amazed by How Far Science Has Advanced in the Treatment and Prevention of HIV
By Tim Hinkhouse
August 14, 2018

Hello there readers: Recently I was watching my 13-inch flat screen television, and I was absolutely floored by what I saw. I now know that pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) has come along way because I saw a commercial for Truvada (FTC/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate). That literally made me tear up because of how far science has made advances in HIV research to now be making commercials about HIV prevention.

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Support for My Clemency Application, Update of Oregon HIV Criminalization Laws
By Tim Hinkhouse
August 10, 2018

Hello there readers: If you have been following my blog regularly, then you know that I have been in prison for more than two decades for non-disclosure of my HIV status, which got me a long sentence. I have been in awe of how much things have changed over the years. States like California have made non-disclosure, unprotected sexual intercourse, and even HIV transmission no longer a felony that can land someone in prison for decades. The charge is now a misdemeanor and punishable by county jail time.

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Important HIV Cure Survey -- Calling All Women Living With HIV in the U.S. to Participate!
By Maria T. Mejia
June 29, 2018

I made this video to discuss the importance of women living with HIV to participate in research that affects our lives. In order for women to receive care and treatment that works for us -- our bodies and our lives -- we need to make our voices and needs heard. Women are often under-represented in HIV research and always working to get a "seat at the table." One way we can improve this is by taking surveys such as this one -- which is to find out what we would be willing (or not willing) to do in order to participate in HIV cure research. Many HIV cure studies so far have only had men participating, and it is important that women let researchers know our thoughts and needs as well! It would be a disaster if millions of dollars were poured into an HIV cure study only to find out no or very few women would be willing to take part in it! This survey was designed by allies of The Well Project and reviewed by women living with and affected by HIV to ensure it's accessible to our community.

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