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My HIV Anniversary Date, With a Changed Perspective
By Lynda Arnold
March 23, 2017

April 7, 2017, marks 24 years living with HIV. This year feels different. I acknowledge the virus that has literally been with me now for half my life, and there are so many times I wonder what my life would be without it. Yet, I feel almost numb to its presence. I'm taking my meds daily, and that's a feat for me because I take a shitload of meds. I almost got into a new gene study, but my drug regimen actually made me ineligible in the end. That bummed me out, but I am in the anchor study for treatment and prevention of anal cancer so that's new for me on the medical front! I have multi-drug resistant HIV and lots of inflammation cardiac, gastrointestinal, nervous system, etc., but hey, bottom line, news flash LOL: I'm still here! I'm so grateful for the life I have, and for the love that surrounds me, and my faith that centers me.

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Hello, From a Voice That Won't Be Silenced
By Art Jackson
March 22, 2017

Hello World, and my new family at TheBody.com. As I embark upon this new and exciting journey, I would love to share a little about myself, why I am sharing my views with TheBody.com and its viewers and my hope to add a new voice for those not heard in this fight.

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The Irony of Aging: The HIV/AIDS Seniors Conference
By Mark S. King
March 22, 2017

Thirty-two years ago this month, I received a phone call from a nurse at my doctor's office telling me that I had tested HIV positive. We didn't schedule a follow-up visit or begin a treatment plan, because there wasn't a single medication approved for the virus, which had only been identified the previous year.

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If I Am Undetectable I Can't Transmit the HIV Virus
By Maria T. Mejia
March 21, 2017

I want you all to see the lack of education that is out there! This is why it is important to show our faces and come out of the dark! This is a human condition that is 100 percent preventable and, as I explained in the video below, if a person living with HIV takes their medications and becomes undetectable and stays undetectable for more than 6 months, WE CAN'T TRANSMIT THE HIV VIRUS. Just because our activist circles and allies know about HIV does not mean that people know about this condition that has so much stigma! We need to be visible and we need to reach main stream media.

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32 Years Ago Today, Everything Changed
By Mark S. King
March 15, 2017

Thirty-two years ago today, a friend called me. He worked as a nurse in a doctor's office and had administered the brand-new HIV antibody test to me after hours, all very hush-hush. There were no treatments for the new virus, only fear and mortality. And my friend told me I was HIV positive.

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Take Action: Demand That Congress Stand Up for Immigrants

February 27, 2017

Issue: Despite assertions from the Administration that deportation efforts are focused on "violent criminals," a memo released last week from Department of Homeland Security (DHS) makes clear that detention and deportation efforts may target any undocumented immigrants. The same memo enlists local police to serve as part of the immigration enforcement apparatus. Such orders from the Administration create more opportunities for law enforcement to target and harass people based on race, language, and appearance . Data shows that immigrants are actually less likely to commit serious crimes than those born in the U.S. Yet, ICE raids have already taken place in at least six states and have rounded up over 600 undocumented immigrants, at least a quarter of whom do not have any felony convictions. We need Congress to step up to oppose these actions and to protect immigrants from harmful stereotypes, mass deportation, discrimination and harassment.

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That Time 37 Years Ago I Won a Car on The Price Is Right
By Mark S. King
February 24, 2017


When I was nineteen years old, I vacationed to Los Angeles and won a car on The Price is Right.

In the following years, if I really liked you and wanted to impress you -- or give you a small, wacky glimpse of my life -- then at some juncture I'd say "So hey, have you ever been to Los Angeles?" Or, "Did I ever tell you about the car?"

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What If I Told You the Project Inform Staff Was Hilarious?
By Mark S. King
February 22, 2017

Throughout the earliest years of the HIV/AIDS crisis, I deeply admired the fierce intellect of the late Martin Delaney, the researcher and advocate who, among many other historic accomplishments, founded Project Inform, the HIV treatment advocacy group with intimate ties to the community.

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Advocating at AIDSWatch Georgia 2017
By Shyronn Jones
February 21, 2017

What motivated me to attend AIDSWatch in Georgia was my preparedness and passion to educate representatives about the important issues at stake for people living with HIV/AIDS in Georgia and in the United States, related to policy and funding priorities. I have accumulated a huge fortune of data from PWN-USA, Georgia Equality, The Georgia HIV Advocacy Network, NHeLP and a host of other organizations that raised my ability to advocate in an effective and successful way.

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Hard to Say Who's to Blame for 'Patient Zero'?
By Aless Piper
February 21, 2017

In the diagram, he is represented by a black circle -- black, for Kaposi sarcoma. Unlike the others, there is no city or state accompanying this information; in fact, the "0" is actually an "O" meant to represent "outside California" or "outside of the U.S.," and his placement at the center of the diagram is arbitrary. Two years later, the "0" and its placement in the diagram would take on all-new, sinister significance as "Patient Zero" in Randy Shilts' book, And the Band Played On: People, Politics and the AIDS Epidemic. "0," or Shilts' preferred term, "Patient Zero" was Gaëtan Dugas.

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