HIV News & Views, November 3, 2011
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Mark S. King Mark S. King: Walking Through Emotional Crisis (Video)
"This is a rather personal blog video, there's no doubt about that. I'm even a little apprehensive because it doesn't offer the usual helpful tips or the 'entertainment value' of my other videos," Mark S. King writes. We disagree: In this entry exploring his recent breakup, Mark talks with therapist David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W. -- and the result is a hugely important resource for anyone coping with pain and loss.

Paul Gallegos Paul Gallegos and The Intersection Project
Paul Gallegos, a 42-year-old, HIV-positive father of five, goes under the spotlight on POZIAM Radio with blogger Robert Breining. In this interview, listen to the personal story behind Gallegos's mission to get the word out about HIV prevention, and learn about his HIV awareness brainchild, The Intersection Project.

Aless Piper Aless Piper: Notes for a Young Activist
Aless Piper has a message for teenagers and young adults who may be considering a dip into HIV/AIDS activism: "What I want you to know most of all is we are out there. It's not easy, and sometimes it takes a really long time to 'get better,' but we need you. We need your passion, we need your voice, we need your ideas."

report card A Schoolteacher Reflects on His HIV-Positive Status
Kevin Maloney devotes a recent blog entry to sharing personal reflections from Michael Sebastian, a poz schoolteacher in New York City. "I write this piece knowing that I am joined by many colleagues who are currently teaching around the U.S., and the world, as an HIV poz individual," Sebastian begins. "I give my students the best I can; they get all of me for that day, week and year. I teach like my hair is on fire."

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A Day in the Life With HIV
Back on Sept. 21, Positively Aware asked people living with or affected by HIV to snap a photo of themselves at some point during the day and send it in with a caption. More than 120 people across the U.S. responded -- and now you can see the result in a newly launched online gallery!

"The goal of this online exhibition is to help remove the stigma of HIV by shining a light on everyday people coping with the virus, and to advance a community of understanding, care and support," said Jeff Berry, editor of Positively Aware.


Eva Hansen 28 Years of Balancing HIV, Treatment and Travel (Video)
"If there's a plane leaving, I want to be on it!" longtime HIV survivor Eva Hansen says. She's talking about one of her favorite hobbies: travel! In the latest edition of our "A Day in the Life" video series on HIV treatment adherence, Eva shares why she adores traveling -- and what she's learned about trotting the globe with HIV meds in tow.

David Fawcett "Supersized Alcopops": The Dangers of Excessive Alcohol Consumption for People Living With HIV
"While the popularity of various illegal substances rises and falls, alcohol consistently remains the granddaddy of recreational drugs," David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., writes. In this blog entry, he offers an overview of exactly why too much booze poses a particularly high health risk for people with HIV.

 In the Pipeline: Treating HIV With a Patch Instead of Pills
Preliminary research suggests that HIV drugs could be delivered via a transdermal patch. While the method has yet to be tested on animals and humans, this is promising news, especially for those with adherence difficulties.

... Or is it? Paul Sax, M.D., explains why he's skeptical that this patch, if it ever sees the light of day, will truly help people who already have problems taking all of their HIV meds.

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Visual AIDS: Art from HIV-Positive Artists

Image from the November 2011 Visual AIDS gallery Detail from:
"Gas Mask," 1983
John Lesnick

Visit the November 2011 Visual AIDS Web Gallery to view our latest collection of art by HIV-positive artists! This month's gallery, entitled "i am anyone," is curated by Anthony Allen.


ACT UP Harvard Chronicles the Early Days of AIDS Activism With Help From the ACT UP Oral History Project
Since 2001, the ACT UP Oral History Project has aimed to preserve the legacy of ACT UP New York, a storied HIV/AIDS advocacy group. The Harvard College Library, in an effort to keep ACT UP's memory alive and diversify the school's holdings, recently acquired the interviews and hopes to help complete the collection.

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Magic Johnson 20 Years of Magic: How One Man's HIV Disclosure Inspired Others
On Nov. 7, 1991, Earvin "Magic" Johnson, the Los Angeles Lakers basketball superstar, announced in a televised press conference that he is HIV positive. To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Magic's HIV disclosure, we reached out to the HIV community to see how Magic has impacted their own work, lives and perceptions of the HIV epidemic in the U.S.

Lisa Fitzpatrick, M.D. I Am Tired of Watching Them Cry: Facing the Emotional Burden of HIV Stigma
HIV physician Lisa Fitzpatrick, M.D., M.P.H., has all too often watched her patients break down into tears when she asks them who else knows about their status. "They are crying because whether they have been infected with HIV for one year or 20, they are suffering with their burden in silence," she writes. "We can stop these tears."

bullhorn Southern Women HIV/AIDS Leaders Speak Back to Their Communities
In October, a powerful group of women living with or affected by HIV/AIDS came together for the C2EA Women's HIV/AIDS Advocacy and Leadership Summit in Baton Rouge, La., to build their skills as leaders in the HIV/AIDS movement. We asked these dynamic women: "What message would you want to share with your community about HIV/AIDS?"

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Ronnie (From West Palm Beach, Fla.) on "Fame and HIV: 10 of History's Biggest HIV-Positive Celebrities"

"It's sad that people recognize and relate more to cancer than HIV/AIDS. All these pink ribbons everywhere, but what credit do we receive? It's like, 'shame on you.' I personally think a lot more actors are positive but are hiding under fear. Money doesn't grow on trees, and once you're out it's over. Sad we live in 2011 and still [look] down on this illness."

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Keep It 100 New Harlem Campaign Shines Light on Straight Black Men and HIV
It's hard to deny the lack of programs aimed at informing straight men about their risks of contracting HIV. Iris House, a New York-based organization founded to help women living with HIV/AIDS and their families, is bringing heterosexual men into the conversation about the epidemic by launching the "Keep it 100" campaign.

young couple Panel of American Doctors Urge for HIV Testing to Start at 16
Even though U.S. health officials urge doctors to regularly test all people for HIV between the ages of 13 and 64, the approach still has not quite caught on. Now the American Academy of Pediatrics is trying to help: It recently revised its recommendations to urge HIV testing for teenagers if they live in an area with an HIV prevalence rate higher than .1 percent.

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