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Looking for a quick and easy way to stay up to date on the latest posts from all of our incredible bloggers? We've overhauled our Blog Central home page so that it's now much easier to browse through recent additions and get to know each of our bloggers better. New blog entries are posted almost every day, so stop by often and check out the latest contributions!

Mark S. King Mark S. King: Donna Summer, Coming Out, and How AIDS Changed It All
"The villain wasn't simply the disease in those darkest of days. It was ignorance, and the judgment that rose up from social conservatives who saw Godly retribution in the horrific deaths of our friends. And so, when Donna Summer became a born-again Christian ... her gay audience viewed her with immediate suspicion."

Rae Lewis-Thornton Rae Lewis-Thornton: It's My 50th Birthday! (Video)
Long-term HIV survivor and diva extraordinaire Rae Lewis-Thornton celebrated her 50th year on the planet this week -- a milestone that, when she was diagnosed with HIV 27 years ago, she never imagined she could reach.

Thomas DeLorenzo Thomas DeLorenzo: The Cured "Berlin Patient" -- Man or Superman?
"[T]he Berlin Patient lives in all of us. It is in the very quiet moments, the moments when we tell our doctors that no, we don't want to try another drug for fear of what it will do to our bodies, but yet we somehow find the strength to give it a chance."

Bernard Jackson Bernard Jackson: How Did I Get Here? (New Blogger)
Bernard Jackson is a long-term HIV survivor and an HIV prevention/education specialist working with youth in Northern Virginia. He shares wise and unique perspectives on love, laughter, work and many other aspects of life, in hopes of helping readers to see things a little differently.

dear hiv

letter writers"In 1999 you came into my life and knocked me off the top of my game. You have never let me recover. You have never let me forget. ... Whenever I feel I have gotten you under control, you introduce the next round of physical/emotional/financial hell. It is a miracle I am still here. But. I AM STILL HERE. You have not won.." -- Matthew Cope

Read all of Matthew's 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!


 Herpes and HIV: A Match Most Definitely Not Made in Heaven
"[T]he doctors think that there is a part of my immune system that was so damaged from my early days of AIDS that now I just can't fight herpes off," long-term HIV survivor Rae Lewis-Thornton writes. "They consider this an AIDS-related infection because if I didn't have AIDS, I wouldn't have such aggressive herpes."

inmate You Have the Right to HIV Treatment in Jail or Prison
"Inmates of jails and prisons have a constitutional right to health care, including treatment for HIV disease," writes Joseph Bick, M.D., in this Positively Aware article. "Only by knowing [your] HIV status can [you] get the care [you need] to get healthy and stay that way."

Barbara McGovern, M.D. Incivek Rash Reports: What HIV/Hepatitis C-Coinfected People Need to Know
"If your doctor has suggested Incivek [telaprevir] for HCV therapy, you need to be aware that you could develop a rash (which may or may not come with itchiness)," Barbara McGovern, M.D., warns.

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Visual AIDS: Art from HIV-Positive Artists

Image from the May 2012 Visual AIDS gallery Detail from:
"Jungle Pussy," 1979
Gregory Maskwa

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.


calendar New at Post Your HIV-Related Events and Community Happenings!
Are you hosting an HIV-related event in your community and want to spread the word? Use our brand-new "HIV Events and Community Happenings" bulletin board, which will become our go-to spot for posting and browsing upcoming goings-on.

dollar bill San Francisco Mayor to Restore All HIV/AIDS Funds
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has announced he will use city funds to restore more than $6 million in federal HIV/AIDS cuts to the city. San Francisco faced Ryan White reductions of about $4.6 million in fiscal year 2012-13 and CDC cuts of around $3.1 million, causing concern among city officials and service providers.

New York City Road to AIDS 2012: The State of HIV/AIDS in New York City
Participants in a "town hall" style meeting in New York City marked the city's successes battling the HIV/AIDS epidemic while acknowledging its shortcomings -- and raising questions about whether other parts of the country would catch up with the times. Black AIDS Institute reports.

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Bill (From New York) on "Bernie Sanders Bill Funds Global AIDS Drugs by Patent Buyout"

"The problem is [we've] got cartels. What we are dealing with are insurance/big pharma cartels which are even more powerful than a senator. You could go outside the U.S. and buy the same drug for much cheaper."

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Robert Murayama, M.D. HIV Frontlines: Addressing the Needs of the API Community in New York City
Robert Murayama, M.D., shares some important facts about HIV/AIDS among Asians & Pacific Islanders that you may not know. He also explains the unique, critical role that his HIV health center plays in serving the New York API community.

Marvelyn Brown Marvelyn Brown's Marvelous Connections
Listen in to POZ I AM Radio's recent interview with Marvelyn Brown, a 27-year-old woman from Tennessee who is one of the most visible faces of HIV among African-American women.

Sarah Audelo To Reignite the Urgency of HIV/AIDS Activism, Get Young People Involved
"I've never known a time without HIV and AIDS," writes Sarah Aduelo. "The more I learn where we used to be as a country, the more I feel like my generation's mission in this fight is to get the country back to that sense of urgency that was so prevalent in the '80s and '90s."

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Infected by My Boyfriend, and Completely Lost
(A recent post from the "I Just Tested Positive" board)

"I am 20 years old [and] just found out I was HIV positive from my boyfriend [of] three years. I was so devastated and shocked when I found out, because we [were] actually talking about having a child and getting married, so we had unprotected sex, cuz I felt like I could trust him. ... I had a future ahead of me, I am in college for nursing, and just feel like I have no hope of living any longer. My heart is broken, and it's gonna be hard to trust again. My family doesn't know yet and I don't know how to tell them. ... I really need someone to talk to about this."

 -- jasmine20

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Charles Stephens Watching Vaccine Development From the Best Seat in the House
"I have a front-row seat to the HIV scientific revolution," writes Charles Stephens for AIDS United. Stephens shares his experiences as co-chair of the Emory University Hope Clinic Community Advisory Board, one of the sites involved in an HIV vaccine study.

HIV News CDC Urges All Boomers Be Tested for Hepatitis C
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend all adults born between 1945 and 1965 get tested for hepatitis C (HCV), believing this demographic makes up more than 75 percent of those currently living with the virus.

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