Rev. Andrena Ingram: "I Yam What I Yam," Our Newest Blogger Says
"I am a mother of three (all fine). I am a widow. I am in recovery 23 years and living with the virus for just as long. I am a survivor of sexual and domestic violence. ... What will my blog center around? Of course, my passion is combating stigma and shame and guilt."
Justin B. Terry-Smith: HIV Criminalization Hits Home
"We as Marylanders should be focused on prevention and education, and not criminalization. ... The real enemy is HIV. How do you expect people to disclose their status if they will be tried and convicted for it? ... This bill could jail an HIV-positive person for having protected sex with anyone."
River Huston: Bonus Rounds
"I have been calling this time of my life the 'bonus rounds,' and they are. ... Some people called it blessed. I just feel it is a privilege to not just be alive, but have found some happiness and contentment in my life."
Today Is My One-Year Anniversary!
(A recent post from the "I Just Tested Positive" board)
"I am posting this here to hopefully reassure people who have just been diagnosed that life is still good and not to despair. Thanks to the ARV/HAART medications that we currently have, life is far from over, and you can use this diagnosis to strengthen your resolve to achieve your dreams and focus on happiness. ...
"Since my diagnosis, I have improved myself in many ways that I may never have. I have become a better partner, a better father, and a better citizen of this world, realizing more clearly that we are all here to help one another and that we all need each other. I have met so many amazing people who live with this virus and so many people who have devoted their lives to the eradication of it. It has been truly inspiring and has given me new faith in humanity and what we as humans are capable of."
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HIV IN THE NEWS
The New Black Market: Selling HIV Meds for Cash
In Washington Heights, a Manhattan neighborhood, officials are seeing an increasing number of HIV-positive individuals selling their meds. This growing trend of trading health for much-needed cash isn't new, but it illuminates how a crippling economy and disproportionate poverty impact people living with HIV.
Safety vs. Intrusion: Reactions to Law Requiring Condoms in Porn
On Jan. 17, the Los Angeles City Council gave final approval to a measure requiring performers to wear condoms in adult films. Though the law has considerable support (including within the HIV community), not everybody backs it -- particularly the workers whom the ordinance is meant to protect.
South Africa's Population Would Be 4.4 Million More If Not for AIDS, Data Show
Without HIV/AIDS-related deaths, the population of South Africa would be at 55 million today, instead of 50.6 million, according to the South African Institute of Race Relations. The institute predicts that by 2040, South Africa's population will be 24 million below what it would have been without HIV.
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Marc Paige (From Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) on "Maryland Bill Proposes to Make HIV Transmission 'Attempt' a Felony; State Senator Speaks"
"Rape is the only time that HIV should enter into the discussion of punishment. If the sex is between consenting adults, there are inherent risks. The risks can be greatly reduced with condoms, but there is no crime if STDs are passed during consensual sex."
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OPINIONS & PERSPECTIVES
Faces of HIV Traveling Exhibit Gets Floridians Up Close and Personal
A new HIV/AIDS awareness campaign in Florida doesn't go the typical route of television PSAs and bus ads. Instead, Faces of HIV features a traveling art exhibit that consists of photos and written daily journals that convey the real-life stories of people living with HIV.
2011 Year in Review: 10 Stories That Affected HIV/AIDS in Black America
Last year marked some huge milestones in HIV prevention and treatment research -- but not a huge improvement in the U.S. epidemic, especially among African Americans. The Black AIDS Institute takes a look back at its predictions for 2011, and summarizes how each one actually turned out.
Felipe, Niamah and Jon: Highlighted Videos from The Positive Project
This month, we share three new videos featuring frank, honest, first-person stories from people in the U.S. living with HIV. They come to you thanks to our partnership with The Positive Project, an organization dedicated to fighting stigma and educating people about HIV.
HIV/STD TRANSMISSION & EDUCATION
Study Estimates HIV Is Transmitted During 1 in 900 Acts of Unprotected Heterosexual Sex
A person living with HIV will transmit the virus, on average, once out of every 900 acts of unprotected heterosexual sex. At least, this is the estimate based on a newly published study of mixed-status couples in Africa.
HIV Risk Behavior Is on Downswing in U.S., Report Finds
Approximately 10 percent of U.S. men and 8 percent of U.S. women said they had engaged in at least one HIV risk behavior, a large U.S. survey found -- down from 13 percent of men and 11 percent of women in a similar survey conducted in 2002.
U.S. Southerners Face Higher Risk of HIV/AIDS, Report Suggests
Duke University researchers found that the Deep South sees 35 percent of all new U.S. infections, though it makes up just 22 percent of the country's population. Eight of the 10 states with the highest death rates from HIV are in the region.
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