HIV News & Views, February 23, 2012
February 23, 2012
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Khafre Abif Khafre Abif: Community or Chaos -- Roland Martin, Rampant Homophobia and HIV Risk
"Homophobia represents a threat to public health in black America. The bullying, rejection and resulting low self-esteem and depression continues to fuel the epidemics of drug abuse and HIV in our community. There's no point in giving HIV prevention tools to someone who doesn't believe his or her life matters."

blood test Rev. Andrena Ingram: I Get Tested Too!
"I can't believe how many years I have been doing this. I got tested once for HIV, and now I still get my blood tested every three months to see what the virus is doing in my body. ... The next visit, it is always stressful to sit in Lizzy's office and wait for her to read off my numbers."

Kevin Maloney Kevin Maloney: For Those Who Love and Have Loved
"You know that one box we all have with pictures, notes, etc. from our exes? Every couple years or so you'll open that box, because you remember how happy you were at that moment in time, and you need to read the notes to reassure yourself ... that you are still loveable and deserve love again."

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How Can I Get My Dad to Start the HIV Treatment He Needs?
(A recent post from the "My Loved One Has HIV/AIDS" board)

"My dad was recently diagnosed with AIDS. He and my mom (who is negative) did tell myself and my siblings. We have all been supportive and have let him know that we are always there for him. He is very depressed and was supposed to start treatment two weeks ago and declined treatment. I am worried he is giving up and don't know what to do to help. I love him so much and he is so progressed that the docs say he only has a year at most if he doesn't start treatment. I know it is his choice, but am so, so broken hearted. What more can we be doing as his family to help him?"

 -- lovingdaughter

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Brooke Davidoff A Day in the Life: Brooke Davidoff on Stopping Meds for Financial Reasons (Video)
"Why should I have to choose between groceries and my medication?" Brooke Davidoff asks. Brooke started taking HIV meds to protect her son while she was pregnant, but now she's in a position that all too many HIVers share: She can no longer afford to stay on treatment vital to her own health.

brain Good News About HIV and the Aging Brain
Despite how long HIV has been around, it's remained uncertain exactly how (and why) it affects the brain. As CATIE reports, recent research on HIV and the brain has led some experts in the field to wonder whether HIV-related brain deterioration can be held off indefinitely with effective HAART.

health food Outsmarting HIV With Healthy Eating
There's more to staying healthy when you're HIV positive than just taking your meds. In this Positively Aware article, expert Nelson Vergel talks about some basic nutritional steps you can take to improve metabolism, body shape and quality of life.

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Visual AIDS: Art from HIV-Positive Artists

Image from the February 2012 Visual AIDS gallery Detail from:
"Aluminum Foil #3," 1985
Jimmy DeSana

Visit the February 2012 Visual AIDS Web Gallery to view our latest collection of art by HIV-positive artists! This month's gallery, "This Belongs to Us," is curated by Richard Haines.


prison Advocates Push for HIV Criminalization Reform in the Heartland
Advocates are fighting back against an Iowa HIV criminalization law that could result in a prison term of up to 25 years and a lifetime label of "sex offender." Even if they are on HIV meds and have an undetectable viral load, people can be found guilty if they have consensual sex without disclosing their HIV status.

The Announcement ESPN Announces New Documentary About the Day Magic Johnson Disclosed His HIV Status
ESPN Films and NBA Entertainment announced the upcoming debut of the documentary The Announcement. The film will take viewers back to Nov. 7, 1991, the day that basketball great Earvin "Magic" Johnson disclosed to the world that he is HIV positive.

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Sue Saltmarsh (From Chicago, Ill.) on "The Health Cost Crisis? Who Cares?!"

"Right now, there's a disturbing amount of 'spin' about the sea changes supposedly coming from PPACA (the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act) being generated by respected AIDS organizations at the same time that Republicans in Congress and state legislatures are doing their best to repeal, dismantle, or prevent funding it. We need to wake up and get real. That 2014 expansion of Medicaid to "cover everybody" is never going to happen. And even if it happened the way it's supposed to, 23 million people would be left with no access to health care."

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Dee Borrego Sexual Rights of HIV-Positive Transwomen
"I'm puzzled by the question of what the sexual rights of HIV-positive transgender women are," Dee Borrego writes in this article from U.S. Positive Women's Network. "Just because transwomen don't fit into culturally predefined standards for male or female expression or behavior doesn't mean that we lose the right to have an independent sexual identity."

Ingrid Floyd How Does Poverty Fuel the African-American HIV Epidemic?
"People who live in poverty are more concerned with food and housing than condom negotiation and safe sex behaviors," writes Ingrid Floyd, the executive director of the HIV organization Iris House in New York City. "Let's be real, if I can't afford my next meal or next month's rent, do you think I'm going to make a big deal about using condoms?"

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pregnancy HIV and Pregnancy: Health Information for Patients
AIDSinfo recently updated its in-depth series of fact sheets and important information for HIV-positive women who are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant. The series focuses on preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission and the safety of various HIV meds for the expectant mother and her child.

computer sleuthing Six Tips for Sizing Up Web Health Sources
"On the Web we have access to more health information than we could ever use," Lauren Plews writes. "So how do we know we have the best information and that we can trust it?" In this checklist from the HIV organization CATIE, Plews outlines six key questions to ask yourself when assessing health information on the Internet.

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