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Transfusion of Grace
By Rev. Andrena Ingram
July 28, 2015

This led to a perfect "why do you ask that question(?) moment." I am not saying that folks have not contracted HIV through a transfusion, because it was commonplace, until organizations/institutions began tightening up on checking blood supplies.

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Is Marriage a Finish Line or a Torture Device for Same-Gender Loving Singles?
By Antron Reshaud Olukayode
July 28, 2015

I'm overlooking Atlanta as my heart types the words bubbling to come forth. I've finally gotten here, in the place of not desiring love as much as I used to. I ran after so many people for so long trying to keep them around when in reality I wasn't as much as a second thought. From Corey telling me I was the one and then reneging the next day (will explain in a later flashback blog) to bad date after bad date and mediocre sex, I've grown extremely overit.com. Lately this marriage business has been a hot topic being that I'm observing various scenarios surrounding it. From my brother Quenton marrying his long term partner Alfonce (CONGRATS TO THEM BOTH!! I LOVE YOU) to dealing with it head on when the question was posed "AM I READY TO COMMIT?" to a friend of a friend cheating on his husband with another friend of my friend who are mutual friends (I hope that made sense) after being married only since February. It's scary, annoying, redundant and somewhat unnecessary all at once. I could be speaking from my slightly cynical views due to too many bad endings and cliffhangers in my own story or it could stem from the ten years of experiences inhabiting among the shady paunchy and basic, tiresome internet hookups, "no fat no fem policies" and bylaws, bad advertising of solaces and misleading social brochures.

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You Can Live With HIV, But What Happens When You Do?
By Reggie Smith
July 23, 2015

I found out that I was HIV positive when my wife and I were tested when we became pregnant with our youngest son. We had been having unprotected sex for four years, in spite of my history with IV drug use. I had been blessed to be clean and sober for the four years we were together prior to our getting pregnant, but denial prevented us from believing that I could possibly be positive. I was elated when my wife's test came back negative. Through God's grace, she remains HIV negative. I thought her diagnosis was a good sign for her and our child, and possibly me too, but my luck was not as good. My test revealed that I was HIV positive.

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Time ... for Another Baby?
By Brooke Davidoff
July 23, 2015

We are always in a rush, we go to bed too late and we have to wake up too early; we snooze to get an extra five minutes of sleep before work. We make quick easy meals after work so we have more time to spend with our kids at the end of the day. We rush around like chickens with our heads cut off to juggle laundry, cleaning the house, the car, the yard.

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I Have HIV, but I'm Not HIV Positive Part 2
By Brian Ledford
July 17, 2015

My past post "Yes, I Have HIV but I Am Not HIV Positive" has received a lot of mixed emotions and reactions.

Many people supported what I was writing about while others not so much.

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Yes, I Have HIV but I Am Not HIV Positive
By Brian Ledford
June 30, 2015

While having a discussion with Kevin from Rise Up to HIV and a few other online advocates at the recent conference I attended, something was brought up to me that I think is a very valid point. The topic was brought up by someone who is not living with HIV and it is something I had never really thought about before but it struck a cord with me on a personal level.

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5 Reasons to Take the HIV Test Right Now
By Mark S. King
June 29, 2015

Sometimes it's helpful to get back to basics, and there is no more basic, effective tool to fight the HIV epidemic than to encourage testing. How long has it been for you, my friend? Here are five important facts about HIV testing that I hope will convince you to get busy and get tested -- again.

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The Visual AIDS Web Gallery: Proud to Be Positive
By Mark S. King
June 15, 2015

June is Pride Month in the LGBT community, and I was honored to be asked by Visual AIDS to curate a "Web Gallery" on the topic. Immediately, I considered a question that I had once posed to readers of my blog.

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Checking In
By Phil Gill
June 12, 2015

Welcome back, everyone. It's been a while since I've last posted, so I thought I'd check in with you all. I'm doing great as far as my PrEP experience is going. There have been zero side effects to report and I just cannot express how much more at ease life seems to be without that ever present fear of infection hovering over my life. I have my first post-PrEP HIV test coming up in a few weeks, but I feel it will be the least stressful test I have ever had.

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Changing the Message
By Phil Gill
June 12, 2015

Hey everyone, thanks once again for reading Let's Talk About PrEP. Thought I'd do a little check-in. Seems like it's been a while since I've written. Not too much on the home front to report. I got my prescription refilled, which worked a lot easier than I expected it to. Really, I didn't have to do anything. The medication was shipped to my doctor's office with no action required on my part. I have to say that it was an unexpected, pleasant surprise when I got a call saying my medication was in. Other than that, I'm still feeling great, and I'll be honest, my sex life is healthier and happier than I think it's ever been. It's amazing the great burden that is lifted once you know that protection is in place and the peace of mind that PrEP has brought to both my partner and me.

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