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Project Disclosure: Mondo Guerra Announces He Is HIV Positive
By Kellee Terrell
October 6, 2010

"This print is also just symbolism for who I am now," Mondo Guerra, a Project Runway contestant, explains during deliberations. "It's just very, very personal and it tells a story."

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My Thoughts on the United States Conference on AIDS: Confessions of an HIV News Editor
By Kellee Terrell
September 28, 2010

It's funny that even though I have been writing about HIV/AIDS since 2006, this year's United States Conference on AIDS (USCA) was my first opportunity to attend any type of HIV/AIDS conference -- ever.

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U.S. Senate Nominee Christine O'Donnell on HIV Funding: Less Is More
By Warren Tong
September 23, 2010

Whether you're political or not, you can't help but raise your eyebrows at some of the things Republican U.S. Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell has said, whether it's with respect to her campaign against masturbation or dabbling in witchcraft. Last week, a C-SPAN video surfaced of her in 1997, talking about government funding for HIV. She says, "A lot of the money that we're spending goes to things we know will not prevent AIDS, but indeed continue to spread the disease, when a lot of our money goes to distribute condoms in high schools, when a lot of our money goes to distributing material that is literally pornographic." Which sounds like she's saying that using condoms spreads HIV.

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Who's Gonna Stand Up to AIDS in America?
By Kellee Terrell
September 22, 2010

Nearly two weeks ago, television networks joined forces to raise awareness and money for cancer -- and to no surprise, America paid attention. Stand Up to Cancer clocked in a record 18.3 million viewers and raised a whopping $80 million. And while I watched dozens of celebrities talk about the importance of finding a cure, a thought hit me.

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HIV/AIDS: A New First Impression
By Myles Helfand
September 20, 2010

I wonder where we'd be right now if those first few cases of AIDS had been found in straight white guys. If the disease hadn't been initially referred to as "gay cancer" or GRID (gay-related immunodeficiency disease). If HIV/AIDS hadn't been associated from the start with lifestyle, rather than biology.

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FDA Decision on Egrifta (Tesamorelin) Delayed Until Fall
By Myles Helfand
August 3, 2010

It's been more than a month since a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel unanimously recommended approval of Egrifta (tesamorelin). That recommendation appeared to put Egrifta firmly on track to become the first approved treatment for lipohypertrophy (unusual fat gain) in people with HIV.

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TMC278 (Rilpivirine) Stands Up to Efavirenz in Battle of First-Line NNRTIs; FDA Approval May Be Drawing Near
By Myles Helfand
July 28, 2010

The NNRTI efavirenz (EFV, Sustiva, Stocrin) is one of the most popular first-line HIV medications, but its risk of associated neurological side effects sometimes leaves people seeking other options. An NNRTI in late-stage development, TMC278 (rilpivirine), appears firmly set on offering treatment-naive people a viable alternative.

It's too soon to predict whether TMC278 will succeed in that goal. But research presented at AIDS 2010 appears to support this young upstart's progress toward U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval, perhaps within the next several months.

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July ADAP Update: State and Federal Programs Get an A for Effort, but Waiting Lists Keep Growing
By Becky Allen
July 28, 2010

For what feels like the first time in months, there's good news about U.S. AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) waiting lists.

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Where HIV Care Is a Rare and Precious Thing, 4,000 May Be About to Lose It
By Myles Helfand
July 21, 2010

One of the 30,000 people here in Vienna for AIDS 2010 is Svetlana Antoniak. She is a short, round woman with curly, shoulder-length hair. At first glance she seems jovial but motherly, a person who loves life but knows her responsibilities. At closer inspection, though, it's clear that the vivid gleam in her eyes is offset by a face that has become drawn from exhaustion and worry. Antoniak looks soulworn.

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Confessions of a Conference Newbie
By Becky Allen
July 21, 2010

AIDS 2010 has brought me a couple of incredible firsts: It's my first AIDS conference, and it's my first time traveling abroad. Either of those things on its own would be overwhelming, but "overwhelming" doesn't quite cover it. My coworkers had told me all about it, and I can remember being amazed by just their descriptions of the conference two years ago, so I'd braced myself. I thought I was prepared.

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