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Alive2 Alive2: The Knowledge I Didn't Want (New Blogger)
Though he once thought HIV could never touch him, this poz, married father of four has spent his time since his diagnosis learning all he can about living with HIV, raising a family and taking care of his health. He's been sharing his stories for years on our bulletin boards under the screen name Alive2.

Bob Leahy and pets Bob Leahy: Heavy Petting
"Many people living with HIV have written about the importance of the pets in their life. ... Exactly how does that support work, though? And are some pets better at it than others?"

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This Is What I Have, Not Who I Am
(A recent post from the "Living With HIV" board)

"I had stopped going out, doing much of anything but staying at home. And why? I have no real reason other than I have HIV. But today, after teaching a class, I suddenly realized there is no reason for me not to live. Get out, have fun. I have HIV; I am not HIV. No one gets infected if I go out. No more isolation and thinking about what I have lost, because I haven't lost anything except what I gave away, and I did that, not HIV. I am taking back my life."

 -- cmcoleman

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model of shattered virus Broad-Spectrum Antivirals: The Future of HIV Treatment?
Could a single drug be used to treat a variety of viruses -- potentially all viruses, including HIV? At least three novel approaches are being worked on to create such a drug, also known as a broad-spectrum antiviral.

Rx Approval U.S. FDA Panel Recommends HIV "Quad" Drug for Approval
A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel last week recommended approval of the four-drug "Quad" pill for first-line HIV treatment. However, the panel warned about the potential for kidney problems, and expressed concern about the lack of women in the drug's clinical trials.

Viread A Kinder, Gentler Viread?
Early study results show a good deal of promise for GS 7340, a new form of Viread (tenofovir), Project Inform reports. The drug may cause fewer side effects and even appears to control HIV better. (On

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keeping up with your hiv meds

pillboxNobody wants his or her HIV treatment to stop working. And it's easy for someone to tell you, "Just take all your meds, and you'll be fine." But the challenge of taking antiretroviral therapy every single day, and the obstacles that life throws in your way, can make adherence a lot tougher in real life than it might seem on paper.

This is why we've created our Resource Center on Keeping Up With Your HIV Meds. It features:

In addition, our new resource center contains loads of information and advice that will help ensure your dance with HIV treatment is as flawless as possible.


Sen. Bernie Sanders U.S. Senator Proposes Buying Out HIV Drug Patents to Reduce Costs
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has introduced a bill to create a fund stocked with $3 billion per year that would be used to buy out HIV drug patents, then place those patents in the public domain.

Kellee Terrell Women Should Make Themselves "Less Attractive" to Curb HIV Infections, Zimbabwean Politician Says
Kellee Terrell writes about the most recent example of HIV/AIDS ignorance in politics: a Zimbabwean senator who believes that curbing HIV rates in his country isn't about better access to medication, condom use or testing, but rather about having women shave their heads and make other efforts to appear unattractive to men.

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"Q" (From San Francisco, Calif.) on "Access to Stable Housing and Other Basic Necessities Huge Factor for People Living With HIV/AIDS"

"I became infected just after I became unemployed. I did get medical care and eventually medication through a public program, which is great, but always felt I was on my own in terms of housing and food assistance. ... I consider myself lucky to have survived off the savings I had, but it was a close call. I feel that even if I were on the verge of becoming homeless without food, I would have hidden it from my family and friends and would not know what to do."

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Bernard Jackson This Positive Life: An Interview With Bernard Jackson (Audio/Transcript)
"It's been a very enlightening diagnosis, as well as one that, at first, was a very discouraging one," says Bernard Jackson. He's come a long way since 1999, when his wife passed away in the hospital mere weeks after testing HIV positive.

Robert Vazquez-Pacheco Race, ACT UP and Why Older HIV/AIDS Leaders Need to Pass the Torch
Robert Vazquez-Pacheco, former member of the world-changing HIV/AIDS advocacy group ACT UP, discusses the organization's biggest achievements, the historic race and class tensions between its members, and the need for older leaders in the HIV/AIDS movement to encourage and mentor younger leaders.

Jeff Graham From a Leather Jacket to a Suit Jacket: Still an HIV Activist
How does a longtime HIV/AIDS activist maintain his will to fight? Jeff Graham, a 20-year veteran with a dozen arrests to his name, explains why, "after a quarter century, I still feel the urgency."

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Visual AIDS: Art from HIV-Positive Artists

Image from the May 2012 Visual AIDS gallery Detail from:
"Watches 10.00 (Collaboration with Maxine Henryson)," 1993
Hunter Reynolds

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.


HIV News Community Unrest in Wake of FDA Panel Recommendation to Approve Truvada for HIV Prevention
Late last week, an expert advisory panel recommended that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approve Truvada for pre-exposure prophylaxis, also known as PrEP -- but its recommendation wasn't universal, and the HIV/AIDS community remains deeply divided over the issue.

 First-Ever Rapid, Oral, Home-Based HIV Test Recommended for FDA Approval
Compared to the Truvada-for-PrEP vote, this one was a breeze: A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel unanimously recommended for approval what would become the first rapid HIV test that people can administer to themselves in their homes.

HIV-Positive Prisoners Federal Cuts Take More Than $1 Million From HIV Prevention and Education Programs in Massachusetts County Jails
Federal cuts have sharply reduced Massachusetts' HIV prevention budget, forcing the state to reduce HIV services in county jails, which are seen as a unique venue for intercepting people who are at risk and who otherwise might not access HIV services.

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