HIV News & Views, January 12, 2012
January 12, 2012
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Loreen Willenberg Loreen Willenberg: Remembering a Tireless Advocate
"We have lost one of our champions, at a time when more of them are needed, not less," writes Loreen Willenberg. In this entry, Loreen shares how she met Bonnie Goldman, our former editorial director who passed away two weeks ago, and how that meeting shaped Loreen's future as an HIV-positive woman, elite HIV controller and AIDS activist.

Loreen's heartfelt blog entry is just one of many tributes that have been shared by people across the HIV/AIDS community since we announced Bonnie's passing last week. Please visit Bonnie's memorial page to see many more commemorations, and to share your own thoughts.

David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W. David Fawcett: Creating Your Own Vision for a New Year
Have your New Year's resolutions already fallen by the wayside? Therapist David Fawcett has a solution: Instead of promising (and failing) to become a new person, look at who you already are -- and what you could do better. "Once we have this important information," Fawcett writes, "it can be converted into a vision, a very real idea of how one's life might look and feel if certain changes were made."

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River Huston (From the U.S. Virgin Islands) on "In Memoriam: Bonnie Goldman"

"Through most of the time I have been positive, I have lived where there were no services for people with HIV. When you live with HIV, at least for me, it is so important to have a place to get straightforward information, a place to express feelings and hear how other people are surviving and thriving. Bonnie made that place and it has been invaluable. Through the 14 years that I had known Bonnie, she was always so supportive and enthusiastic in her support of any of my ideas. ... I don't think she had any idea how many people she helped cope, deal, learn and understand HIV."

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Paul Sax In Early HIV Infection, Little Reason to Delay Therapy
Paul Sax, M.D., sees recently published study results as yet another reason why people should start HIV treatment as soon as they're diagnosed, even if they've only recently been infected.

Barbara McGovern Looking Forward to a Bright New Year in HIV/HCV Treatment
HIV/hepatitis physician Barbara McGovern, M.D., who answers questions about coinfection in our "Ask the Experts" forums, shares an optimistic look of what the future holds for the treatment of people coinfected with HIV and hepatitis C.

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Will I Ever Meet Another Man?
(A recent post from the "Living With HIV" board)

"I was diagnosed with HIV in 2008 and have been on antiretrovirals since then. I am glad that I have never been hospitalized or had any complications, except for when I was started on antibiotics prior to commencing treatment. I am now going through a divorce and have been wondering if I would ever meet another man, because I am a family-oriented person. It is the stigma attached to HIV that worries me a lot."

 -- amblessed

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 Will a Michigan Court Force an HIV-Positive Man to Take His Medication?
A few weeks ago, the media was buzzing with sensationalized reports about a Michigan man who walked into a police station and confessed to attempting to infect hundreds of people with HIV either by unprotected sex or sharing needles. Now, a new controversy in this story has reared its head.

Elton John Elton John to Write Book on the AIDS Epidemic
Award-winning musician and longtime HIV/AIDS activist Sir Elton John has announced that he will release a personal memoir this year. The book, Love Is the Cure: Ending the Global AIDS Epidemic, will be on store shelves this July.

Volunteer Positive  International HIV-Positive Volunteer Group Takes Historic First Step in Thailand
"Ten international volunteers will make history this January 2012, as they become the inaugural team of people living with HIV to serve openly as international volunteers," reports Volunteer Positive, which is organizing the effort.

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Visual AIDS: Art from HIV-Positive Artists

Image from the January 2012 Visual AIDS gallery Detail from:
"Untitled (Map)," 1990
David Wojnarowicz

Visit the January 2012 Visual AIDS Web Gallery to view our latest collection of art by HIV-positive artists! This month's gallery, entitled "If You Didn't Laugh, You'd Cry," is curated by Stuart Sandford.


young people Only 1 in 5 Teens in the US Gets Tested for HIV
It's no secret that testing young people for HIV can be difficult. Just how difficult? By looking at data compiled from more than 7,500 sexually active teens across the U.S., researchers found that in 2009, about one in five of them had ever been tested for HIV.

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