Bob Leahy: No Longer Turning a Blind Eye to Smoking
"There, I've said it. Stop reading, unfriend me. Call me a bore. ... I'm joining the painfully thin ranks of those who say our community's lack of action has to be addressed. Simply put, we need to put smoking cessation programs front and center."
Rae Lewis-Thornton: Dating the Right Reverend
"I left the Right Reverend's little town all in love, but what I didn't know was a freight train was gonna hit my ass. I should have followed my first mind. I knew in my heart of hearts that this s*** didn't feel right. I knew it, but I didn't want to be alone, especially with HIV."
Dave R.: Viral Politics, or How They'll Spin You Into Sin
"I've always suspected that in general, politicians and religious leaders are the most powerful enemies of people with HIV. ... People living with HIV are ... dependent for their security, peace of mind and medical treatment on the games that their leaders are going to play."
Candace Y.A. Montague: Trauma, Mental Health and HIV
"It's fitting to empower a woman to stand up to abuse and leave a dangerous man alone. However, what happens when the abuser moves on to harm and intimidate someone else? The dreaded cycle repeats and the virus continues to spread."
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"Where bridges should be open, you build roadblocks. Where music should be inspiring, you bring noise. Where love should be free, you bind us with fear. I am just one of many dedicated to fighting this battle you started." -- Dave Watt
Read all of Dave'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!
HIV TREATMENT & HEALTH ISSUES
New Data on the Cured "Berlin Patient": Interpret With Caution
Recent cell samples taken from "Berlin Patient" Timothy Brown -- the only person to date who's been effectively cured of HIV -- appear to have found extremely low levels of HIV genetic material. However, this doesn't necessarily mean Brown is still infected.
Me and My HIV Horse-Sized Pill Before Bed (Video)
Aaron Laxton, an avid video blogger living in St. Louis, Mo., was diagnosed with HIV in June 2011. In this brief video, he talks about his nightly HIV med-taking ritual, and offers a message for HIV-negative people who might not consider the virus a big deal: "It's not as simple as just taking one pill."
Treatment Adherence Increases With Text Message Reminders, Pilot Study Finds
Text message reminders can improve adherence to oral medications taken for chronic diseases, according to a U.S. study published last month. This was reportedly the first large-scale study in the U.S. to examine the impact of text message reminders on adherence.
Talking to Your Health Care Provider About HIV Treatment Adherence Issues
Having a strong relationship with your health care team is critical if you want your HIV treatment to be successful. We share some important tips on how to make sure you and your doctors, nurses or other health care providers are on the same page.
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"Untitled (From the Series of 101 Nudes)," 1990
Visit the June 2012 Visual AIDS Web Gallery to view our latest collection of art by HIV-positive artists! This month's gallery, "Maybe I'm heading into another change. I hope so," is curated by Matthias Herrmann.
HIV NEWS & POLICY
AIDS Memorial Quilt to Be Displayed on National Mall in D.C.
"This summer, as the global HIV and AIDS community gathers in Washington, D.C., for AIDS 2012, the AIDS Memorial Quilt will make a rare return to the international stage," AIDSinfo reports.
Brazil's Universal HIV Treatment Program May Be in Jeopardy, Experts Say
Brazil has long been hailed as a model of how resource-poor countries can successfully fight HIV/AIDS. But as the costs of keeping HIV-positive citizens on treatment keeps rising (thanks to fewer people dying), advocates fear that the price may become too high for the Brazilian government to maintain.
India to Host Parallel Conference for Those Who Can't Attend International AIDS Conference in U.S.
Although the U.S. has loosened its visa requirements to make it easier for people with HIV to visit for next month's International AIDS Conference, many people -- including sex workers -- will still be unable to attend. One major organization representing sex workers hopes to fill that gap.
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What Do You Have Next for Me, Lord?
(A recent post from the "Living With HIV" board)
"I never have broke down and cried in church before, but this Sunday gone, something happened. ... When I got back to my post where I was standing, my eyes started to fill up with tears, and I felt something -- but I didn't know what it was. Somehow I played it off by dancing to the music that the choir was singing at that time. ... Whatever the lord was doing, I already have gave him my soul and my whole body, and so he is the one in control of what I do now since I was diagnosed in 2010 with this HIV. ... I am waiting on him to see what's his next move for me."
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OPINIONS & PERSPECTIVES
Government Funding Complicates Efforts to Provide Education and Services, Latino HIV/AIDS Organization Head Says
"You try to do creative work with government money, and somebody's just waiting ... for you to use the wrong word, the wrong expression, so that they can come after you to defund you," says Heriberto Sanchez-Soto, who heads up Hispanic AIDS Forum in New York City.
Reflections of a Semi-Centurion
"Those of us oldies who are still doing this work know that [the 1980s] were the worst of times, and yet in some ways, the best of times," recalls Maura Riordan of AIDS United. "As traumatic as the early days of the epidemic were, today we are faced with more complex and persistent challenges."
Previewing AIDS 2012: Governing Committee Member Naina Khanna
Naina Khanna is the director of policy and community organizing for the Positive Women's Network USA. She's also a woman of color responsible for helping coordinate the upcoming International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C.
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Ted (From Louisville, Ky.) on "Getting Past the Gay Marriage Issue to What Really Matters"
"We can't do more than one thing at a time? There are many in the LGBT community who aren't poz, and they donate to LGBT organizations to do many things, but also for their right to marry. How can we dictate that all their focus should exclusively be on our needs?"
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HIV/STD TRANSMISSION & EDUCATION
FDA Delays Decision on Use of Truvada to Prevent HIV Infection
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is delaying by three months a decision on whether to approve Truvada to prevent HIV infection. The drug's maker says the FDA needs time to review a new plan to limit Truvada's risks to HIV-negative people.
HIV Superinfection May Be More Common Than Previously Thought, Study Finds
HIV superinfection, when a person with HIV could acquire a second, new strain of HIV, may occur as often as initial HIV infection in the general population in Uganda, the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases reports.
Africa Faces Growing Call to Shift HIV Prevention Model From "ABC" to "SAVE"
The "ABC" (abstain, be faithful, use condoms) approach to HIV prevention is being criticized in parts of Africa as ineffective, Christian Science Monitor reports. Several countries have instead adopted "SAVE" (safer practices, access to Treatment, voluntary counseling and testing, empowerment).
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