HIV News & Views, October 6, 2011
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Just Diagnosed? Recently Diagnosed With HIV? Latino/a Community Members Share Their Advice
Dealing with an HIV diagnosis on top of life's other challenges may seem too daunting a task to face. Many people in the Latino/a community face HIV with strength, though, so if you're struggling with your diagnosis, you don't have to do it alone. Read on for a sampling of wisdom from many Latinos living with or affected by HIV throughout the U.S.

This article is also available in Spanish.

Rae Lewis-Thornton Rae Lewis-Thornton: Seriously?!?
The Web is a treasure trove of information and support -- as well as a breeding ground for lies, deceit and cruelty. In this two-part blog entry, Rae Lewis-Thornton writes about people on Twitter who spread HIV stigma and misinformation, and what happened when she confronted some of the young men behind it.

The Brawner Family My Son: My Positive Influence
Loved ones can often be the inspiration HIV-positive people need to continue on -- and to remember to take their meds. William Brawner explores the strength he receives from watching his young son growing up, and the determination he feels to continue being a part of his life.

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Chuck (From Los Angeles) on "Dating With HIV: My Experience and Thoughts"

"I had dealt with my own feelings of shame and fear surrounding HIV, and the more I was open about my status the more empowered I was and the less power it had over me. ... Self-acceptance of your double status is an inside job. I got over my fear of HIV (I started before I sero-converted) by volunteering for an AIDS service organization and learning as much as I could about HIV. IMO, if you leave acceptance to external sources, you also leave yourself open to internalizing the external rejection because of your diagonses."

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Orie Video: First-Person Stories About People Starting HIV Treatment
In this special collection of videos from the Positive Project, seven HIVers sit in front of the camera to talk candidly about what went into each of their decisions to start HIV meds, from health complications to doctor advice to participating in a clinical trial.

stethoscope How to Talk to Your Health Care Provider About Keeping Up With Your HIV Meds
When it comes to good adherence, one of the most important pieces of the puzzle is having a strong relationship with your health care team. Here we share some important tips on how to make sure you and your doctor, nurse or other health care professional are on the same page.

Brooke Davidoff Paying for Health Care: The Paradox of Making Too Little and Too Much Money
"One income for three people with no financial assistance is NOT so easy," blogger Brooke Davidoff writes. "My meds are what keep me undetectable. Money is what keeps me from sometimes getting my meds." In this blog entry, Brooke writes about the financial burden of obtaining HIV treatment for herself while supporting her family, and the sometimes vicious rules that can affect aid eligibility.

Bethsheba Johnson On Where Are the HIV Treatment Guidelines for People Over 50?
"We know that with all of this drama and older age there is an increased risk of AIDS-related and non-AIDS-related death," writes Bethsheba Johnson, G.N.P.-B.C, in our HIV Care Today blog on "So why is it that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has not specifically addressed or recommended treatment for those older adults at any CD4 count?"

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Difficult Treatment Choices for an HIV-Positive American Living Abroad
(A recent post from the "I Just Tested Positive" board)

"My brother was just diagnosed three days ago. He is an American citizen living abroad in the Middle East. We are trying to decide where he should go for treatment, India or the U.S. At the moment, all he knows is that he has HIV and he is terrified. He doesn't understand anything about it. I had to explain to him the basics and calm him down. Obviously, this is overwhelming for both of us and we are trying to determine what is the best next step that he should take. Will he have access in India to the same medication that he would get in the States? Will it be less expensive? How will access to care be in general?"


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NEWS & VIEWS HIV and the Workplace: Know Your Rights
Do you still worry that you might be discriminated against because of your HIV status? The U.S. Justice Department has compiled resources online aimed at helping HIV-positive citizens fight discrimination in school or the workplace. Read this summary of the new section of the American with Disabilities Act website, which outlines your rights and answers questions about them.

Insite Vancouver Drug Injection Clinic Can Stay Open, Canadian Supreme Court Rules
Ever since Insite, the first-ever safe injection drug site in Canada, opened its doors in Vancouver in 2003, Canada's conservative leadership has tried to shut it down despite overwhelming scientific and community support. But thanks to a landmark decision handed down from Canada's Supreme Court last week, Insite will stay open.

Dionne Warwick Dionne Warwick Challenges Bill Clinton to Focus HIV/AIDS Efforts on the U.S.
At a town hall meeting about HIV/AIDS held in Harlem last week, singer and longtime HIV/AIDS advocate Dionne Warwick had a request for former U.S. President Bill Clinton: Do more HIV/AIDS work here in the U.S. During the meeting, she said, "[Clinton] has done an enormous amount of work outside of the country. ... I will confront President Clinton and ask why."

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Visual AIDS: Art from HIV-Positive Artists

Image from the October 2011 Visual AIDS gallery Detail from:
"William and His Silhouette (Martha's Vineyard)," 1993
Eric Rhein

Visit the October 2011 Visual AIDS Web Gallery to view our latest collection of art by HIV-positive artists! This month's gallery, entitled "Stereopsis," is curated by Andrew Blackley.


 Nearly Half of African-American Youth Feel Pressure to Have Sex
A recent study found that black youths in the U.S. frequently feel pressure to go further sexually than they're comfortable with. And that pressure usually didn't come from their partners: The surveyed youths said that society and the media were much more often the source of the feeling that they were supposed to have sex.

 Use of Injectable Hormone Contraceptive May Double Risk of Contracting, Transmitting HIV, Study Shows
Mainstream media was abuzz this week as a major medical journal published the results of a study that had been presented at the International AIDS Society conference earlier this year. The study appears to show that a form of birth control commonly used in parts of Africa was associated with an increased risk of HIV -- but questions about the reliability of the results remain.

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