HIV News & Views, October 13, 2011
October 13, 2011
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ON THE PERSONAL SIDE

Jermaine Wright Jermaine Wright: How My Baby Girl Was Conceived -- After My HIV Diagnosis
"We rarely hear about men conceiving while HIV positive," Jermaine Wright observes in his latest video blog. Yet Wright's fourth daughter was born in August; she's the first child he fathered since being diagnosed with HIV. In this entry, Wright walks readers through the nerve-wracking -- and less than perfect -- steps he took while he and his partner conceived their baby (both mom and daughter stayed negative).


Rae Lewis-Thornton Rae Lewis-Thornton: I Once Prepared to Die Young; Now I Prepare for Menopause
"I remember when I first started speaking I would go to high schools and ask the freshman to stand, and I'd say, 'By the time you graduate I'll be dead,'" Rae Lewis-Thornton remembers. "But a funny thing happened on the way to death: I lived!" Now, Rae's facing another "change of life," one she never thought she'd live to see: menopause.


Kaleo  Kaleo: HIV in Hawaii (Video)
Kaleo, an eighth-generation native Hawaiian, has been living with HIV since 1989. In this video interview, he shares his views on how Hawaiian culture deals with HIV and homosexuality. It's one of three new interviews with HIVers featured in our latest collection of videos from The Positive Project.


Ellisya Ellisya: My Early Years -- and Why I Am Sharing Them
Every person's tale is uniquely their own. Blogger and HIV/AIDS activist Ellisya recounts poignant memories from her childhood growing up in Malaysia. This raw story of survival follows her from grade school to young motherhood, before she learned that she and her daughter were HIV positive.


Connect With Others

How Should I Mark My One-Year HIV Anniversary?
(A recent post from the "Living With HIV" board)

"The day I found out I am HIV positive is coming up in a few days. It will mark year one. The year has been marked with eventful highs and lows. To be honest, I don't know how I should feel about it. I know I feel a little anxious. Which is silly in a way that a particular day is any more important than another. ... How do you all mark or don't mark the day? I am thinking about doing something special just for me, to add a positive note to the day instead of marking the bad -- or should I just treat it with the same regard I do any other day?"

 -- kicker

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HIV TREATMENT & HEALTH ISSUES

question marks 10 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Begin HIV Treatment
An HIV diagnosis comes with its very own set of questions to ask yourself and decisions to make. Among the biggest is: When should you start treatment? It's a Russian nesting doll of a decision, with many other questions tucked inside. HIV/AIDS advocate Heidi Nass guides us through the most important ones.


Nelson Vergel What Can We Do Now to Speed Up HIV Cure Research? (Video)
"I came to the realization that we needed a video that would wake people up to the challenges ahead of us to get to a cure for HIV that is accessible and practical," advocate Nelson Vergel writes. So Vergel did just that: He traveled around the country interviewing key players in the HIV community as part of a documentary he's directing on the cure. Here he shares a preview of his work.


Arlene Martínez You're Young, You're Latino, You've Got HIV. Where Do You Go for Help?
"Once they learn their diagnosis, one of our biggest problems is getting them to adhere to the medication," says Arlene Martínez, youth transitional case manager at AltaMed Health Services in East Los Angeles. Martínez discusses the challenges HIV-positive young Latinos face in taking all their meds, and the huge obstacles that can prevent undocumented youths from accessing HIV care services in general.


throat HPV Spurs New Cases of Mouth and Throat Cancer in the U.S.
In the HIV community, we know human papillomavirus (HPV) mainly as the chief culprit behind rising rates of anal cancer in both men and women. But a recent U.S. study finds that HPV's dangers extend to the other end as well: The virus is now the leading cause of cancers of the throat, mouth and neck, researchers suggest.


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Visual AIDS: Art from HIV-Positive Artists

Image from the October 2011 Visual AIDS gallery Detail from:
"Seat-Leg Table," 1989
Scott Burton

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.

NEWS & VIEWS

 Inside the Activists' Summit: Empowering Women to Become Leaders in the HIV/AIDS Movement
As we send this newsletter, an important meeting is taking place in Baton Rouge, La., to address the serious lack of input from, and leadership by, women living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. We sat down with some of the central women behind this key gathering to talk about its significance.


Bronx AIDS Services HIV/AIDS Organization Spotlight: Bronx AIDS Services
This year, Bronx AIDS Services in New York celebrated its 25th anniversary. The Bronx is no stranger to the HIV/AIDS epidemic: At the end of 2009, 22,248 of New York City's 108,886 HIV-positive people were living in the Bronx. In this article, we interview Jose Davila, the executive director of Bronx AIDS Services, to go in-depth about the work his organization does.


 HIV-Positive Teacher Files Discrimination Lawsuit Against Chicago School System
An HIV-positive elementary school teacher in Chicago filed a discrimination lawsuit against the city's school district this week. Jumeck Smith claimed that his school's principal denied him accommodations granted by the CPS because of his HIV status. Smith, who is black, also claimed that the principal treated him less favorably than teachers who were not African American.


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Join the Conversation

Rob (From Canada) on "Remembering Robert Frascino, M.D."

Dr. Bob Frascino"I placed his picture in a frame and hang it where I can see him often and remember, gratefully, how he helped me during the most difficult days of my life. I miss him greatly."

Read through more beautiful posts from hundreds of your fellow readers who have paid their respects to Dr. Bob, one of the HIV/AIDS community's most tireless educators and advocates, who passed away on Sept. 17.


HIV/STD TRANSMISSION & EDUCATION

California Gov. Jerry Brown California's Governor Signs Two Bills That Promote Needle Exchange and Harm Reduction
While most states do not support needle exchange programs to reduce HIV and hepatitis infections, Gov. Jerry Brown is moving California in the other direction: He recently signed two bills making clean syringes more accessible, an approach that has been frequently linked to reductions in HIV risk among drug users.


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