ON THE PERSONAL SIDE
Phill Wilson: Are We Doing Enough?
"I've seen a lot over the last 30 years, but today I'm scared -- and not of the virus," Black AIDS Institute CEO Phill Wilson admits in this look back at his long history with HIV. "I'm afraid that we won't do our part. I'm afraid that when people ask us, 'What did you do during the plague years?' that the answer will be, 'Not enough.'"
This Positive Life: An Interview With Oliver W. Martin III
When Oliver W. Martin III was diagnosed with HIV in 1986, he wasn't alone: His younger brother, who was also same-gender-loving, was diagnosed at the same time. For a decade, the two of them told almost no one, including their large but tightly-knit family. But since that time, Oliver has become a staunch advocate for HIV prevention and sex education in faith communities.
Brooke Davidoff: We're All in This Together -- and We Don't Want Any More Members
In Brooke Davidoff's latest blog entry, she shares her latest encouraging lab results, but laments over the astronomical price HIV-positive folks must pay for their health, as well as the disappointment she feels whenever more people test positive: "I feel like I'm locked in a box with all of you. We scream at the passersby who have no idea HIV is lurking, but they cannot hear us."
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Visit the July 2011 Visual AIDS Web Gallery to view our latest collection of art by HIV-positive artists! This month's gallery, entitled "I Don't Have a Clue ...," is curated by Aaron Krach.
HIV NEWS & VIEWS
Mark S. King: Should AIDS Activists and Pharma Just Get Along?
"I'm having an identity crisis," Mark S. King says in his latest video blog entry. "Am I an AIDS activist, ready to question authority and demand high standards of service for those living with HIV/AIDS? Or am I a 'resource' for the pharmaceutical industry, so that they might craft more effective community programs that will lead AIDS patients 'to care'?"
Our Pride. Our Community. Our Movement.
In AIDS activist Tree Alexander's eyes, LGBT equality -- and the equality of any oppressed community -- is not just about achieving basic rights, but about changing the way that society defines that community. "Let's take the time to explore how we have experienced oppression, and ways to free the future of our community and society from this depressive cycle of narrow-minded conditioning," he urges.
New Orleans, La., Gets a "D" for HIV/AIDS Grant Delivery
Six years after Hurricane Katrina, a group of HIV agencies in New Orleans has issued a report card on the city's progress in tackling HIV/AIDS. While the group praised New Orleans for its HIV medical and prevention services, it gave the city a "D" for its untimely disbursement of federal grants.
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PM (From Massachusetts) on "Am I Undatable Because I'm HIV+?"
"At 50 I am still very handsome, fit and very datable with a few exceptions. I have AIDS and my med side effects leave little to no energy to continue the hunt. Really -- why would an HIV-negative person get involved with a positive person (starting out as strangers) if they didn't have to -- and they don't have to, so why?"
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HIV TREATMENT & HEALTH ISSUES
Q&A on Hepatitis C and African Americans With Jonathan McCone, M.D., Victrelis Researcher
The recent approval of Incivek (telaprevir) and Victrelis (boceprevir), two new hepatitis C (HCV) drugs, is especially big news for African Americans. That's due to a genetic quirk, more prevalent among African Americans than Caucasians, that makes people less likely to be cured by hep C treatment. Our news editor Kellee Terrell spoke with Jonathan McCone, M.D., the lead researcher of the African-American cohort in which Victrelis was studied, about this breakthrough drug and the importance of getting screened for HCV.
U.S. Takes Steps to Remove Fraudulent HIV, STD Products From the Market
Two U.S. agencies have "announced a joint effort to remove products from the market that make unproven claims to treat, cure and prevent sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV/AIDS," Miguel Gomez of AIDS.gov reports. "Among the products targeted in the action are Medavir, Herpaflor, Viruxo, C-Cure and Never An Outbreak."
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What Can I Do About Mosquito Bites That Won't Heal?
(A recent post from the "Living With HIV " board)
"I was out in my yard for the 4th of July, and as I was sitting and pounding a few beers, I was virtually eaten alive by mosquitoes. It's usually not a surprise for me to get bit this many times, but this time I had put on some repellent spray right before. ... I still have bites from four weeks ago that look like I was welding without pants on. Any ideas on how to deal with these sores that don't seem to heal? I will talk with my doc next week, but I was looking for some general ideas."
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HIV/STD TRANSMISSION & EDUCATION
Elizabeth Lombino: Breaking the Silence -- Again
"For a variety of reasons (think abstinence-only education) HIV/AIDS has started to become silent again," Elizabeth Lombino writes. "Many youngsters are once again embracing the myths that were prominent in the early years of the epidemic. ... Denial and avoidance are becoming trendy parenting strategies again." In this entry, Lombino urges everyone who is impacted by HIV, no matter how lightly, to renew the push against HIV/AIDS stigma.
Brotherly Love: HIV Rate Skyrockets Among Philadelphia's Black Men Who Have Sex With Men
In a recent report, Philadelphia's AIDS office reported that new cases of HIV among gay and bisexual men rose 29 percent from 2007 through 2009. Since African Americans make up nearly half of Philly's population and HIV rates are higher among African Americans in general, this does not suggest that HIV-fighting efforts are moving infection rates in the right direction in the City of Brotherly Love.
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