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The First Generation to Age With HIV: Taking a Look at Long-Term Survival
By Sherri Beachfront Lewis
June 23, 2016

June 5 marked 35 years since AIDS was first identified in 1981. It is now HIV Long- Term Survivors Awareness Day. A long time ago, I tried to think positive about living positive by putting my headphones on, listening to Louise Hay and her soothing v …

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Justin's 10-Year Anniversary of Living With HIV (Video)
By Justin B. Terry-Smith
June 21, 2016

It has been 10 years since I was diagnosed with HIV. I've changed HIV medications twice, and my body seems to like the latest one far better than the other two regimens I was on. I seem to have dealt rather well with things that have come along with being infected with HIV. Physically I didn't expect to get Rosacea, but I'm keeping it under control by trying to avoid things that I really like to eat and drink. I did break out in hives on my arms one time, and it was intolerable to the point where I was screaming in pain, but that went away when I took an anti-inflammatory.

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Grieving Orlando

June 16, 2016

We are heartbroken by the recent tragedy at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida which killed 49 people, the majority of whom were Latinx and other LGBTQ people of color.

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This is More Than the Orlando Shooting
By Aaron Laxton
June 13, 2016

Today, I feel sad. I feel blah and numb. Today, I question all of the strides which we have moved us forward. As an older LGBT community member, I remember a time when it was not okay to be gay. It wasn't acceptable to hold hands or kiss in public. I also remember outing myself under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" in order to stand up with other soldiers who were being discharged from the military simply for being gay.

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Suffering in Silence: Why the HIV Community Can No Longer Ignore Mental Health
By Josh Middleton
June 8, 2016

The reality is that the HIV community is in the middle of a mental health crisis, the stakes could never be higher and our lives are on the line. We are focusing on the exterior rather than the interior and quantity over quality. Our tunnel vision has blinded us to the serious situation in which we find ourselves.

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There's More Room in a Broken Heart
By Mark S. King
June 7, 2016

When Will Armstrong emerges from heart surgery in just a few days, he will have weeks of hospitalization ahead. He will also have expensive new hardware in his chest and a devoted animal waiting anxiously at home.

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We Call Ourselves HIV Long-Term Survivors
By Matt Ebert
June 5, 2016

Every year on June 5, we remember those who died, and we celebrate those who are still living with HIV/AIDS. We call ourselves Long-Term Survivors. It is hard to translate this feeling in real time, with so much else going on in the world. To many, it feels like HIV/AIDS is over, but we know otherwise. We know that people are still getting HIV, and many are showing up in clinics and hospitals all across the world with full blown AIDS. We know it's not over, whether the world has moved on or moved over us, we are still here, and we are here for the duration.

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Surviving Life Itself: Reflections of a Longtime Survivor
By Mark S. King
June 5, 2016

"I know someone who died," she says in the hushed tone reserved for tales of mortality. Her friend looks up from his phone. "He was a good friend of my brother," she goes on. "He was killed in a motorcycle accident a few months ago. It was just awful." As her friend offers words of comfort, my own thoughts produce a rueful smile and a nagging question.

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Checking Privilege at 'HIV Is Not a Crime' 2016
By Mark S. King
June 2, 2016

The issues of race, gender and privilege crackled through the recent HIV Is Not a Crime (II) conference like a live wire, throwing sparks at every turn. From the main stage to the hallways, attendees called out white classism, the utter failure of the criminal justice system (unless its purpose is solely to imprison black men), and what it truly means to be an ally of marginalized communities.

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Facing HIV Prejudice and Stigma on the Job as a Prison Barber
By Tim Hinkhouse
May 31, 2016

As I've mentioned, I am a barber at this prison and have been for 2-1/2 years. I have been cutting hair for about 20 years now altogether. I am open about my HIV status, and there are folks whose minds are closed to being educated about how it is transmitted. They just avoid my professional skills and getting a decent haircut. That's fine with me.

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