HIV News & Views, December 15, 2011
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Mark and Family Mark S. King: The "My Fabulous Disease" Holiday Spectacular! (Video)
Mark S. King has had many ups and downs in his life, but he knows how lucky he is to have a supportive family. "For far too many, the difficulty in disclosing our status -- or the result of doing so -- has distanced them from the people they need most during times of challenge," he says. In this very special (and hilarious) video, meet more of the King tribe as they share the holiday season together.

Rae Lewis-Thornton Rae Lewis-Thornton: Everyone Has a Purpose!
"Early in my life, I knew Social Justice work was what I was supposed to do. I had a well laid-out plan and the overachiever in me didn't miss one beat, or so I thought," Rae Lewis-Thornton recalls. "But when I made a transition to AIDS almost 20 years ago, the bottom fell out of my world as I knew it." goes social

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Throughout December, we'll bring you a diverse series of exclusive articles and interviews that looks back over the past year in HIV/AIDS, and ahead to what 2012 may hold in store for our community.

Dr. Bob Strangest but Truest Posts in's "Ask the Experts" Forums -- the "Best of Dr. Bob" Edition
Each year, we scour our "Ask the Experts" forums and ask you to vote on 10 posts we feel are the "best of the worst" -- some of the oddest questions we've seen people ask about HIV that year. Bob Frascino, M.D., ("Dr. Bob"), who passed away in September, was a master at responding to these questions. To honor his intelligent, rambunctious, compassionate spirit, our "Strangest but Truest" collection this year is a tribute to him. Check out the nominees and vote!

spotlight HIV/AIDS Community Spotlight: People Who Made a Difference in 2011
We take a close-up look at some of the HIV/AIDS organizations and advocates who led the way this year in the constant battle to ensure equal rights, greater access to services and fair treatment for people living with (or at high risk for) HIV/AIDS.

Ed Perlmutter Massachusetts HIV Testing Policy in 2012: Six Degrees of C. Everett Koop
"If so many can occupy Wall Street, why can't one single soul chain himself to the golden dome of the Massachusetts State House?" laments "accidental activist" Ed Perlmutter. "I'll even chain myself sideways and stay put until the legislature sees fit to pass a smart HIV testing bill."

Teniecka Drake 2011: Grateful and Thankful
With her signature sweetness and optimism, Teniecka Drake reviews her hopes for 2012 and reminds readers: "Whether we live with a condition or not, we all have something to be grateful and thankful for."

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Lillibeth Gonzalez Lillibeth Gonzalez: Step by Step on a Difficult Road
"Before starting HIV treatment, my T cells were 868 and I was in great shape, but I was angry at myself for trusting my husband and not wearing protection," remembers Lillibeth Gonzalez. "I thought I was going to die. ... I started to hang out and drink. I didn't keep a good health regimen. That was the most ignorant decision I ever made." In this interview, Lillibeth Gonzalez explains how she brought herself back from the brink.

 Study Finds That Long-Term Use of HIV Drugs Doesn't Increase Non-AIDS Death Risk
Ever since HAART came about in the mid '90s, the life expectancy among people living with HIV/AIDS has increased significantly. But the success of antiretroviral treatment has not come without some serious questions about the overall safety of taking these medications long-term. A recent study might help quell some of those fears.

Robert Darrow A Day in the Life: Robert Darrow on Taking His Meds and Living His Dreams (Video)
Robert Darrow is one busy guy: He runs a community theater and remains deeply involved with the HIV/AIDS service organization he cofounded more than two decades ago. After living with HIV for 26 years, how does he balance an insane schedule with the need to stay up on his meds? In this video, he tells his story and shares several tips on adherence.

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Anne (From Stuttgart, Germany) "This Pozitive Life"

"I still feel I am unlovable. I am untouchable. I am unworthy of love. And since I keep my HIV status as a secret for the past 15 years I don't know if I want to be loved, touched and worth love. 'Cause I am afraid I do not know how to deal with this anymore. ... I know I cannot keep the cake and eat it at the same time. But for right now, I am keeping the cake."

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UNAIDS Report HIV-Positive Detroit Man Faces Massive Discrimination by Employer: The James White Story
"At least once a day, I hear a piece of news that makes my blood boil and sends me into a nearly apoplectic rage," Brandon Lacy Campos writes. "Rarely do I have a personal connection to the story. Today, I do, and the story is so horrific that I am committed to supporting justice. No one attacks my community and gets to walk away from their acts of violence."

Candace Y.A. Montague D.C. Students Get a Taste of Shuga
"Love. Sex. Money. Friendships. Lies. Regrets. Drama. These are the ingredients of Shuga. And it's an addictive mix," Candace Y.A. Montague reports. "MTV International and BET joined forces to host a live bi-coastal broadcast of the drama series Shuga," which follows the lives of nine young people in Nairobi, Kenya, as they navigate issues around HIV/AIDS in very different ways.

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Chris Jones Disclosure: From a Son to His Father
"I remember the day I disclosed my status to my Dad, a little over a year ago," Chris Jones recalls. "I traveled from New York City to Tennessee with a mission in mind: to tell him that I was positive. We were having dinner at a restaurant, black man-to-black man, minister-to-minister, father-to-son, and I was deeply afraid."

The Graying of AIDS  The Need to Address the Graying of AIDS
"By 2015 over half of all people living with HIV in the U.S. will be over 50," Katja Heinemann and Naomi Schegloff note. "We are creating a web-based educational campaign based on older adults' experiences living with HIV. Documentary photography portraits, oral histories and videos are situated in a larger public health context on the project's website:"

Ken Howard Interview With HIV-Positive Author of Self-Empowerment Book (Audio)
Ken Howard, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., is an HIV-positive cancer survivor -- and he's also the author of Self-Empowerment: Have the Life You Want! In this POZIAM Radio interview, Howard talks with host Robert Breining about closing the gap between how life is and how you would like it to be.

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Visual AIDS: Art from HIV-Positive Artists

Image from the December 2011 Visual AIDS gallery Detail from:
"Danseur," 1999
Pete Wyman

Visit the December 2011 Visual AIDS Web Gallery to view our latest collection of art by HIV-positive artists! This month's gallery, entitled "The Sword of Damocles," is curated by Patrick Webb.


Ernesto Dominguez Ernesto Dominguez: Reaching Young Latinos in Oregon With HIV Prevention Messages
While Oregon's HIV/AIDS rate is very low, if you look closer, rates among men of color are increasing. "We're seeing younger [men who have sex with men] of color that are HIV positive here in Portland, especially Latino youth," peer educator Ernesto Dominguez says. Dominguez talks to us about reaching undocumented workers, the stigma of being gay and how he uses the Internet to reach youth.

This interview is also available in Spanish.

 "Your Body Is a Temple": Study Says Black Churches Have Key to HIV Prevention Among Gay Men
"Black churches struggle with homophobia? Not so surprising," writes Kenyon Farrow for Housing Works. "What is more surprising is that, according to new research out of Columbia University, black churches already have existing health outreach strategies that could be of enormous use in HIV prevention [among gay men]. ... Now, we're talking!"

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