HIV News & Views, May 31, 2012
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Reggie Smith Reggie Smith: Just Don't Want to Be Lonely
"I was diagnosed with AIDS in 1988 when there was little or no hope for a long life, so maybe you can understand why it took me so long to decide to disclose that I was carrying the virus."

Rusti Miller-Hill Rusti Miller-Hill: My Husband, Me and Baby Made Three
"The hardest part of my pregnancy wasn't carrying my baby or watching my body swell to accommodate this precious life growing inside of me. The hardest part of the pregnancy was the stigma and discrimination we felt."

Aless Piper How to Create a Cause-Based Newsfeed on Facebook
"In the same way I've created lists to filter what complete strangers see of my profile ... I've created lists that enable me to isolate my HIV/AIDS-related information to peruse at my leisure. And while I do still miss some things, it's getting better."

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I'm a Single Mother With HIV; Will I Stay That Way?
(A recent post from the "Women" board)

"I found out when I was pregnant. ... My kids are neg. I'm a mother of three now, and I feel that my kids are my gifts from God and my reason to keep living, but yes there are times when I feel that I won't be OK. ... I want to be loved or to just have that special someone in my life. I wanna live, but I don't know how anymore. I feel that I'm going to spend the rest of my life alone."

 -- southernpride34

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cancer cell Study Finds HIV Infection Is an Independent Risk Factor for Lung Cancer
Simply having HIV is an independent risk factor for lung cancer, according to a recent study from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. The researchers found that having HIV increased the risk of developing lung cancer by about 71 percent, though overall lung cancer risk was still low. (On

Paul Sax, M.D. Generic Viramune (Nevirapine) Now Available in U.S.
"Now comes news of the release of several generic formulations of nevirapine [Viramune], an effective but always somewhat overshadowed medication," Paul Sax, M.D., writes. "Since its approval way back when in 1996, there has always been a solid reason to pick something else." (On

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DJ Jimmy P (from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) on "Donna Summer, Coming Out, and How AIDS Changed It All"

"As a DJ, I was immediately asked by others, what made her an icon, or diva, or so great? I reply: While others sung about dancing, get up and boogie, etc., Donna Summer's music was about LOVE: needing it, finding it, holding onto it, losing it. ... May God bless her and I am thankful for her music that set the mileposts of many gay men's lifetimes."

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Deon Haywood Fire Destroys Office of New Orleans-Based HIV Organization; Arson Suspected
In the wee hours of May 25, Deon Haywood received a horrible phone call from her building's landlord. The office of the HIV prevention organization she runs, Women With A Vision (WWAV), had been burned down.

to test or not? Prosecuting HIV: Take the Test -- and Risk Arrest?
"Consenting adults. No intent to harm. Undetectable viral load. A condom was used. No HIV transmission. Twenty-five years in prison. This isn't hypothetical," writes prominent HIV criminalization activist Sean Strub. He provides an overview of U.S. HIV disclosure laws in a recent issue of Positively Aware.

global treatment Trade Officials Fail to Make Progress on Proposals to Improve Access to Generic Medicines
At a meeting convened by the United Nations World Intellectual Property Organization, efforts to help poor countries get easier access to generic medications encountered strong resistance from U.S. trade officials.

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panelists The Future of Female Leadership in the HIV/AIDS Movement
We find ourselves in the midst of serious local and federal budget cuts impacting HIV-positive people, as well as a social and political war being waged on women and reproductive health in the U.S. What better time to talk with a diverse group of female leaders about where we are and where we're headed in terms of female participation in the fight against HIV/AIDS?

Shannon Shannon's Story: Learning to Cope With a Diagnosis (Video)
When Shannon was diagnosed with HIV in 1992, she had no idea she'd ever been at risk. As she shares in this interview with The Positive Project, her first reactions were shock, anger and depression, but she learned how to cope -- for her own sake and for her family's.

Jim Geary Jim Geary: Delicate Courage (Audio)
The author of Delicate Courage, Jim Geary is respected internationally as a grief counselor and trainer on the psychosocial issues of people with HIV/AIDS. He talks with POZ I AM Radio about his life and work.

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Visual AIDS: Art from HIV-Positive Artists

Image from the May 2012 Visual AIDS gallery Detail from:
"Papi Chulo #2," 2003
Gregory Veney

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.


David Clowney's tweet Football Player Tweets HIV Test Results: Over-Share or Encouraging?
Last week, Buffalo Bills wide receiver David Clowney tweeted a picture of his negative HIV test results -- and immediately triggered a firestorm of responses that reminds us just how ugly HIV stigma can be.

Jeannie Wraight Rapid HIV Home Testing Is More Problem Than Solution, Activist Says
Unanimous support from an expert panel isn't enough to overcome AIDS activist Jeannie Wraight's issues with an at-home, rapid HIV test. "Think about what it would have been like to receive the diagnosis at home, without support to assure us that a positive result didn't mean the end of our lives," she writes.

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