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B. Osten B. Osten: Forget-Me-Not
"I have to admit, throughout my life I had more than my fair share of bad memories, and five years ago I would have gladly given them up to dementia. Today, I realize to lose even one of them would be losing a part of me."

Thomas DeLorenzo Thomas DeLorenzo: Fight On and Fight Loud
"I am about to complete my first year of law school, a hurdle I thought almost unachievable a few years back. ... Congratulations to all of us, for getting through another day, and being here to fight the fight."

Elizabeth Lombino Elizabeth Lombino: Addiction Treatment and Las Vegas, Perfect Together?!
"Vegas represents (with casino credit, show girls, and glitter) what most people think and feel about addiction. ... Vegas is where denial was born and now thrives. Leave your secrets in the desert. No one will know."

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Am I the Only Guy Who Can't Keep It Up?
(A recent post from the "Living With HIV" board)

I recently started meds and was wondering if anyone else noticed any difference in the erectile region. Normally ... I would get hard at a gust of wind [but] since starting Atripla ... I can't maintain. ... Has anyone else experienced this? I am only 34; I have never had an issue til the meds. Just don't want to be off base if I have to ask my doc for some chemical help and get me a peep lifter."

 -- jtpa

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Dr. Scott G. Kitchen Human Stem Cells Can Be Programmed to Find and Kill HIV, Researchers Say
"[A] team of UCLA researchers has now demonstrated that [genetically engineered human stem] cells can actually attack HIV-infected cells in a living organism," the UCLA AIDS Institute reports. (On

coping with mental health African Americans Less Likely to Adhere to HAART; Untreated Depression May Be a Factor
Fewer than 30 percent of African Americans living with HIV had "optimal" adherence in a recent study, compared to 40 percent of HIVers of other races and ethnicities. Meanwhile, depression was found to be much more common among African Americans.

sleeping sheep Insomnia and Daytime Sleepiness Not More Likely Among HIVers, Study Suggests
Insomnia rates among those living with HIV and on treatment in the U.S. are no higher than the general population, despite sleep disturbances being a common complaint among HIVers, according to a study from the U.S. military. (On

HIV News Stable Housing, Basic Necessities More Critical to Health Than HIV Meds, Study Finds
We focus on how important it is to have access to HIV meds and take doses on time, and rightly so. But is that really the most important part of a person's immediate physical and mental health? Not according to a new U.S. study.

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Visual AIDS: Art from HIV-Positive Artists

Image from the May 2012 Visual AIDS gallery Detail from:
"Friends," 2000
Enrico Filippi

Visit the May 2012 Visual AIDS Web Gallery to view our latest collection of art by HIV-positive artists! This month's gallery, "Jungle Pussy," is curated by Yeni Mao.


Burger King Did Burger King Fire One of Its Managers Because He Is HIV Positive?
Christopher Peña, a Burger King employee for seven years, and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund filed a lawsuit against the fast food chain claiming that Peña was illegally fired because he is HIV positive.

AIDS Memorial Quilt Virtually Stitching the AIDS Memorial Quilt
The 91,000-name AIDS Memorial Quilt, the largest public art display of its kind, is being digitized so that it can be viewed in its entirety. Images of the quilt's 47,000 panels have been "sewn" together virtually using a program called Microsoft Surface.

global treatment World Behind on Pledge to Reduce HIV Infections and Improve Treatment, UN Report Says
The world is failing to meet the pledge to improve HIV treatment access and reduce the number of people newly infected with HIV across the globe, but particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, according to a new United Nations report.

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"Stigma" on "'Dear Dave ...': The Virus Writes Back!"

"Sometimes, I think that HIV as a virus gets too much attention, and I get jealous. ... If the virus ever is relegated to just a routine 'chronic disease,' I'm proud to say that I'll still be wreaking havoc until it's cured. That's kinda my thing. I did it with [syphilis]. I did it with HBV. I bet y'all thought leprosy was a blast, huh? I was just a rookie with that one. Just wait'll you see what I can do with a little PR in the information age!"

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Jamar Rogers Jamar Rogers Talks About Life After His Elimination (Audio)
Last week marked the end of the road on The Voice for Jamar Rogers, an HIV-positive New Yorker who captured viewers' hearts with emotional performances and his stirring story of redemption. He talked with POZ I AM Radio a few days after leaving the reality talent show.

Moms With HIV Moms With HIV Reveal the Highs and Lows of Motherhood (Slideshow)
In honor of Mother's Day this Sunday, we asked mothers who are living with HIV/AIDS: What are the greatest joys and the greatest challenges of being a mom? See what each had to say, and add your own perspective!

Kat Griffith Under the Medicaid Microscope: Fighting for Assistance
Without Medicaid, Kat Griffith would never be able to afford her HIV treatment. But even though it keeps her alive, renewing her Medicaid authorization each year is a stunningly miserable experience.

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A Video From Aaron Laxton"In the first few months, HIV, we had good days and we had bad days, but you never were far from my thoughts. I found support from friends and others who were well acquainted with you, and slowly life returned to normal. Wow. 'Normal.' That's not the correct term. Alive. I'm -- I'm alive." -- Aaron Laxton

Watch Aaron's video letter to HIV, and browse through many more of our readers' submissions to the "Write a Letter to HIV" campaign started by blogger Justin B. Terry-Smith!


Larry Bryant and Ingrid Floyd How to Get Heterosexual Black Men Involved in HIV Prevention, Part 2
We continue our in-depth roundtable discussion by talking with a panel of experts about how U.S. society (and the HIV community) can help straight black guys want to use condoms more, be more willing to openly talk about HIV, and value themselves and their health more highly.

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