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The Odds of Love
By Mark S. King
May 27, 2015

This post will never be as romantic as I would like it to be. And it could never be as romantic as the truth.

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Jumping Through Hoops
By Phil Gill
May 20, 2015

Hey everyone, I hope your new year has started off well! I know mine has. (I mean aside from the frigid temperatures and the several inches of snow St. Louis is experiencing today). So far, aside from the hangover morning I blogged about earlier, I have experienced zero physical side effects while on PrEP. But I wanted to take this snow day and check in and also talk about my process getting my PrEP prescription.

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Holy Hangover, Batman!
By Phil Gill
May 20, 2015

OK, so I admit it, at times I forget that my frat boy, college days are well behind me. I'm not that same boy who would drink Jack Daniels just as easily as water (and did it on a fairly regular basis). But there are nights I still like to go out and have a few drinks and at least reminisce about the glory days at Hugh's Jungle Room (a biker/karaoke bar in Des Moines). Last night was one of those nights. I was out having a drink ... or several drinks ... and enjoying some local drag. I brought my TRUVADA with me since I have begun to take it at 10:30 at night and want to remain consistent with that choice. At 10:30 I took the medication and carried on with the rest of my night, not thinking too much of it since I read every piece of information that came with my medication, and nowhere in any of the information did I see any warning about interaction with alcohol.

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Who Are You? And What Is PrEP?
By Phil Gill
May 20, 2015

Hello everybody and thank you for reading the very first entry in my blog, "Let's Talk About PrEP," a blog chronicling my experiences using Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. Through this blog I plan to cover several topics including: Why I chose to go on PrEP, The process of attaining PrEP, the stigma that goes along with being on PrEP, and my own personal journey as I use PrEP. I also would love for this blog to be a resource for others. I have decided to begin this blog right from the very start of my journey so I can create the most complete picture of the PrEP experience possible.

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Updating the National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Vote for the Recommendations Most Vital to Women With HIV!

May 20, 2015

Can you believe it's been almost FIVE YEARS since the first National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) was released in July 2010?

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Your Current Situation Is Not Your Permanent Destination
By Nolan Hill
May 14, 2015

It's been a while since we've heard from Nolan Hill, who has recently moved to Charlotte, North Carolina and has a new job. He was recently inspired to begin video blogging again for Project Haven.

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Day 2 of Michael Johnson Trial: Opening Statement and Initial Testimony
By Aaron Laxton
May 12, 2015

Jurors today heard opening statements from the prosecuting attorney. The State alleges that Johnson exposed 2 to HIV without their knowledge and that they subsequently became infected. The State also alleges that Johnson attempted to expose or exposed 4 others without telling them that he was HIV positive.

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Day 1 of Michael Johnson Trial: Jury Selection
By Aaron Laxton
May 12, 2015

Greetings everyone!

I am providing a summary in an effort to keep everyone in the loop. Jury selection kicked off around 9:45 a.m. on Monday, May 11. There were 51 prospects in the jury pool. Half men, half women. One African American female and the rest were white.

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PWN-USA Teams With Physicians to Release New Model for Trauma-Informed Care

May 6, 2015

Today, Positive Womens Network -- USA (PWN-USA), a national membership body of women with HIV, is proud to announce the release of a new model for bringing trauma awareness and healing into primary healthcare settings. The conceptual framework, developed in partnership with University of California -- San Francisco (UCSF) clinician-researchers, provides a practical guide to help providers incorporate trauma-informed care into clinical practice.

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Looking Forward to the Next 22!
By Lynda Arnold
May 6, 2015

Last month I celebrated twenty-two years since the day I found out I was HIV positive. My long-term memory is so shot but I do remember a lot of things about that day. It's a date that never goes unmarked by me. It was a cold, rainy afternoon in Lancaster, PA. I was scheduled to work the evening shift at Community Hospital in the ICU as usual. The Employee Health Department had called me the day before and told me to stop by and get my test results from the needle stick injury I had received approximately six months earlier, on Sept 9, 1992. I was undergoing routine post-exposure testing. This was no big deal. Once I cleared this hurdle I would have one more test to go at the year mark. It was that simple.

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