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AIDS Free Generation
By Brian Ledford
September 11, 2014

There has been a lot of talk recently about how we can create an HIV/AIDS free generation. Many of us bloggers, activists, and health care providers would like to see this happen and I believe it can be achieved, but it is going to take a lot of hard work on everyone's part to make this dream a reality.

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ADAP Advocacy Association Launches Directory
By Candace Y.A. Montague
September 8, 2014

Healthcare of this generation is all about giving the patients the power to choose instead of waiting to be assigned. ADAP Advocacy Association launched a brand new ADAP Directory in an effort to help patients get access to information and resources so that they can keep on living healthy, productive lives. Brandon Macsata, CEO of the ADAP Advocacy Association, says this directory gives the patients control. "The ADAP Directory puts patients in the driver's seat by linking them to the relevant information about all 56 ADAPs, as well as useful resources and tools."

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One Night
By Jermaine Wright
September 8, 2014

One night of pleasure led to years of pain to follow. One night of hot sex in that Motel 6 in Maryland. That one time that I took those shots, and let my clothes fly all over. That one night I put on a show! Two other people sat in the double-bed room of that motel, watching my boyfriend and I give them their life.

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A Past Eviction: New Ways for My HIV Diagnosis to Kick Our Asses
By Brooke Davidoff
September 8, 2014

Sometimes change finds you on its own. We went camping for Myles' fourth birthday in July just like last year, he gets to pick what we do and he LOVES to camp. So we packed up the dog, and headed to a lake in the mountains for a few nights.

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Joan Rivers: HIV Activist and Comedy Roast Videos
By Justin B. Terry-Smith
September 5, 2014

Joan Rivers died on September 4, 2014, at the age of 81. Many of you do not know that Joan Rivers wasn't just a comedian, but she was an HIV/AIDS activist.  She would distribute food to HIV/AIDS patients in the NYC area for a non-profit called God's Love We Deliver. When Rivers won The Celebrity Apprentice in 2009, her prize money bought 56,000 meals, since then it's grown to other cities such as Detroit, Chicago and San Francisco.

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Open That Closet Door Fashion Show 2014
By Justin B. Terry-Smith
September 4, 2014

On August 16, 2014, NovaSalud Inc. put on a beautiful fashion show at the O street Mansion in northwest D.C. Clothing designed by Juan Jose Saenz-Ferreyros Peruvian Fashion Designer and Owner of Ferreyros Couture Company Photography by Chris Zarconi Photography and Jose Dimas C M. All models have been affected in some shape or form by HIV/AIDS. The fashion show was meant to fight against the stigma of HIV. I participated in the fashion show and mini-doc and I really appreciate all that NovaSalud does and continues to do in the community. Fellow HIV/AIDS activist Rod McCoy and Patrick Ingram were models as well. I hope to work with NovaSalud again.

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Celebration of Life LGBTQ Film Project (Video)
By Justin B. Terry-Smith
September 2, 2014

This was very artistic and keep in mind the video has some nudity in it.

This is a film by the bossacima project which took place in the Bossa Lounge in the Adams Morgan section of Washington DC. The project was made to showcase and celebrate all walks of life in the LGBTQ community. It was my first and I believe it was 2005 in which this was made. It was an amazing project to work with Daniel Cima, Rachid Abdallah and videographer Susana Travieso.

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I'm Positive, I'm on Treatment, I'm Undetectable, So Get Off My Case!
By Dave R.
September 2, 2014

Okay, look out folks, senior citizen out of control and about to rant!

To quote any queen on the Drag Race, I'm sick of being treated as a pariah (which the Oxford English Dictionary defines as: "a term of reproach or abuse: a worthless or contemptible person; a wretch, a cur."), officially!

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The Grief That Keeps on Giving: Thoughts on HIV, Loss, and an Opportunity to Heal
By David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.
August 25, 2014

I first heard the news that Malaysian Airlines flight 17 had been shot out of the sky at a stopover in Sydney, en route to the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne. I stared at the television in disbelief as the initial (and incorrect) coverage reported that as many as 100 conference delegates had been onboard. I felt numb even as the number of attendees on board dropped over the next few days to fifty and then, finally, to six, among them one of the world's leading HIV researchers from the Netherlands and an official of the World Health Organization.

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1 Hour 30 Seconds: The Countdown to Thirty
By Antron Reshaud Olukayode
August 18, 2014

NEW MESSAGE! Showed up on my screen. It was Ralph confirming our birthday eve rendezvous.

"See you around ten?" he texted. I agreed and expressed excitement. I was turning 30 and feeling the change. This is such a blessing to make it ten years strong of HIV and see another year, another chapter of life. On top of having Ralph on top of me.

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