HIV News & Views, March 29, 2012
March 29, 2012
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Khafre Abif Khafre Abif: Dear HIV
"There have been many continuous struggles that I had to face and overcome. After I told on you, I didn't have to face those struggles alone. I recognized that you thrive, live and have power in fear and isolation."

Rae Lewis-Thornton Rae Lewis-Thornton: Celebration of Life
"I never thought that I would live to see 50 years old, but by the grace of God, in just under three months I will celebrate my 50th birthday. ... With AIDS, there's no middle ground: You decide how long you want to live, or how soon you want to die."

Reggie Smith Reggie Smith: Love Times Love (New Blogger)
"As a heterosexual man of color living with AIDS and hep C, I am aware of the level of homophobia that exists in my community. I DO NOT subscribe to those fears in any way, and will continue to spread love and information in an attempt to dispel those fears, while promoting healing."

Elizabeth Lombino Elizabeth Lombino: The Invisible Lives of Homeless LGBTQ Youth
"Imagine being a young person and being kicked out of your home for being 'different.' Imagine finding a shred of hope in a welcoming shelter. ... Then imagine feeling in danger of this hope and shelter being taken away. ... To feel you have no other choice but to risk your health and safety just for a meal or a place to sleep."

'poetry month @ submit your work!

quillRemember last year's Poetry Month at Well, it's that time again! From now through the end of April, we'll be accepting and posting submissions of poetry about living with, or being affected by, HIV/AIDS. Anything you write is fair game. Pieces can be literal or abstract, serious or funny, short or long (but hopefully not too long), whatever you want. Select poems will be highlighted on our site throughout the month of April!

Please e-mail your poems to with the subject line "Poetry: [Title of Your Piece]." Be sure to specify what name or alias you'd like to use, as well as any details about yourself that you feel comfortable letting readers know -- your age, the city you live in, your gender, etc. Please note that if we post something you send us, it can be Googled, so be sure to think through what kind of information you want to provide.

If you'd rather send us a poem without having to use e-mail, use our feedback page. You can leave out any contact information, but please write "POETRY" at the top of the form so we can spot it easily.


HIV news All HIVers Should Be on Meds, Updated U.S. HIV Treatment Guidelines Say
The official "rules of the road" on antiretroviral therapy in the U.S. have just been revised. Changes include new guidance on HIV and aging, a rundown of HIV drug costs, and a call for all people with HIV to start meds, regardless of CD4 count.

research slide Life Expectancy Increases for North Americans Living With HIV
A 20-year-old, HIV-infected individual on treatment who is living in the U.S. or Canada can reasonably expect to live into his or her early 70s, which is slightly lower than the U.S. general average of 78 years, according to a recent study. However, there were notable differences in average life expectancy depending on several key factors. (On

Dr. Michael Horberg The Impact of Missed Doctor's Visits on Your Health (Video)
It may seem like common sense that seeing an HIV health care provider regularly is good for our health. But that doesn't stop many of us from skipping appointments. As Michael Horberg, M.D., explains, recent research sought to determine exactly how important regular health care is for people with HIV -- and how much of a risk missed appointments are to someone's health. (On

Treatment Action Group Summary of HIV Cure Research Presented at CROI 2012
"The major message that emerged from data presentations on cure-related research was that a one-two punch may be needed to address HIV reservoirs," Richard Jefferys of Treatment Action Group reports. In this summary, he recaps new developments on both fronts. (On

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Hendrien (From Namibia) on "It's Friday ... and I Still Have HIV"

"I got on treatment for the sake of myself and my baby. ... I eventually stopped my treatment the whole of last year. I then decided to put an end to my denial, that's when I started my medication again two months ago. ... I am so full of life ahead and I want to live for as long as I can. ... I still struggle with side effects like nausea. But I think I am managing it, slowly but surely."

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Mississippi protester Mississippi May Lose $5 Million in Ryan White Funds
"If the Mississippi legislature fails to find $2.5 million for its Ryan White contribution for its 2013 budget, it could stand to lose more than one-third of its federal Ryan White contribution," reports Kenyon Farrow for Housing Works. "This could have a devastating impact on the services provided for people with HIV."

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Visual AIDS: Art from HIV-Positive Artists

Image from the March 2012 Visual AIDS gallery Detail from:
"Fish," 1998
Freddy Borges Borges

Visit the March 2012 Visual AIDS Web Gallery to view our latest collection of art by HIV-positive artists! This month's gallery, "From Arches to Earrings," is curated by Glynnis McDaris and Julia Trotta.


Zac Efron An Open Letter to Zac Efron: "Get'cha Head in the Game" and Be a Safer Sex Advocate
"Instead of awkwardly laughing about condoms, [Zac Efron] could be an awesome advocate for their use," our site manager Becky Allen writes. "Ours is a culture that is really, seriously, ridiculously uncomfortable with sex. ... And do you know who we, as a culture, value and listen to? Young, attractive, famous guys."

Long Island Association for AIDS Care HIV/AIDS Organization Spotlight: Long Island Association for AIDS Care
Can traditional services geared toward Americans with HIV survive in today's economic reality? More and more, we're learning that the answer is often "no." In this interview, Gail Barouh, Ph.D., who heads the venerable Long Island Association for AIDS Care, explains how her organization strives to stay afloat on rough seas.

Melanie Paul Surviving Addiction, an Advocate Finds Her Voice
"Melanie Paul is a bright, professional and committed Supportive Housing Program Coordinator for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago," Gregory Trotter writes. "But her path getting to today has been more tortured and precipitous than any Himalayan trek, taking her to the thin edge of death repeatedly."

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