HIV News & Views, November 17, 2011
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David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W. "Let Them Die"? The Dangers of Losing Compassion
"It seems now that large (and growing) segments of our society have come to view basic compassion, the emotional capacity to experience another's pain, as a character defect, yet it is an essential element of what makes us human," therapist and long-term HIV survivor David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., writes. In this blog entry, he talks about intolerance, stigma and its ramifications for people with HIV.

Betsy Yung Robert Breining: Betsy Yung's Story Highlights the Dangers of HIV Stereotypes (Audio)
"Hindsight being what it is, she realized that she had numerous warning signs over the previous few years: shingles, thrush, [ulcerative colitis] and swollen glands," says Robert Breining of Betsy Yung, who he recently interviewed on POZIAM Radio. "None of her doctors ever even suggested that she get tested. After all, she didn't fit the 'at risk' demographic at all."

Justin B. Terry-Smith Justin B. Terry-Smith Asks, "What if Your Food Server Was HIV Positive?" (Video)
In this episode of his video blog, Justin B. Terry-Smith takes his camera around town, asking folks on the street what they would do if they found out their food server or waiter was HIV positive. Watch their reactions -- and get an update from Justin on HIV/AIDS and employment rights.

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My Story: A Dream Derailed and a New Lesson to Learn
(A recent post from the "I Just Tested Positive" board)

"Some moments in your life are your choice, giving you the chance to make your path. Other moments are chosen for you, giving you what I would like to call a challenge. Every challenge has its purpose. It will define you as a person and determine who you are as an individual.

"My challenge came at an unexpected moment. A moment where I had just succeeded due to my determination. Where I just got to my dream and lost it from underneath. It was one that made me learn that success, disappointment, and adaptation are what these moments really are."

 -- amaguy

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Maria T. Mejia Maria T. Mejia: Treatment of Fat Loss (Lipoatrophy) in the Face
"Many people feel very depressed because they lose fat in their face and become stigmatized by it," Maria T. Mejia writes. "Although medication is better today than it was 20 years ago, I use Sculptra to prevent fat loss in my face." In this blog entry featuring a six-part video, Maria takes you along as she receives her Sculptra injections.

Kevin Maloney Kevin Maloney: Making Sense of My HIV Labs, 19 Months After My Diagnosis
"I wanted to share with you my latest HIV labs in hopes of familiarizing those newly infected with HIV to the kind of tests that may be performed at your checkup every 3 to 6 months," Kevin Maloney writes. "I'll also explain some tests, and point you in the direction of resources to help you interpret your results."

immune system Understanding the Puzzle That Is the Immune System
The human immune system has taken thousands of years to evolve into the disease-fighting machine it is now, but sometimes things just don't go according to plan. In this article for Positively Aware, Matt Sharp looks at the "insidious" way HIV uses the body's own defenses against it.

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Trish Steen (From Kansas City, Mo.) on "Will This Generation's Magic Johnson Please Stand Up?"

"Seems to me that over the years of this virus we have mistakenly excluded certain populations from prevention messages, which is now biting us all in the ass. Had the message in the 1980s been to target ALL HUMAN BEINGS, we wouldn't be dealing with stigma today. ... I am a white, heterosexual woman and HIV+ since 1989. Where was the message that I could be at risk?"

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camera U.S. Congress Members Watch Debut of Documentary on African-American Women With HIV
A new documentary about HIV/AIDS highlighting the lives of African-American women recently debuted at a Congressional briefing, Candace Y.A. Montague reports. "The documentary featured black women from different parts of the country giving their perspectives about HIV. The women shared their personal stories about living with the virus as well as the challenges and victories they have experienced along their journey."

Nathaly Rubio-Torio HIV Prevention in Latino Faith Communities: Counting the Big Wins in an Uphill Battle
The topic of HIV prevention is a controversial one in many faith communities, and the local churches in the New York City Borough of Queens are no different. "We go to 10 churches in order to recruit one or two," explains Nathaly Rubio-Torio, co-founder and executive director of Voces Latinas. "But getting that one or two is a huge step."

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Visual AIDS: Art from HIV-Positive Artists

Image from the November 2011 Visual AIDS gallery Detail from:
"Self-Portrait (My Pentax)," c. 2006
Humberto Moreno

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.


Rae Lewis-Thornton Gay or Straight: What's the Problem With Condoms?
Rae-Lewis Thornton doesn't get it: Why won't people use condoms? "If I didn't have HIV, a man couldn't look at my vagina without a condom," she writes. "Everyone thinks there's a quick fix to the problem other than the right fix, a condom. Younger gay men think it's older gay men, or they think [HIV is] inevitable, when actually it's preventable. Women are no different, they just have a different rationale."

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