Rae Lewis-Thornton: Facing the Ugly
"I've come to realize that you can't run from mean-spirited people. ... You can't always control how much of your physical space they take up, but your spirit and your mind belongs to you. Stop letting people take up space in your head and heart when they ain't paying rent."
Candace Y.A. Montague: The Normal Heart's Stunning Debut in Washington, D.C.
"It is the best play I have ever seen. But what makes this play so relevant to this column and to the International AIDS Conference is that the obstacles that blocked progress 30 years ago are still blocking progress today."
B. Osten: Along Came a Spider
"This week I got back the results of my blood test. I was beside myself. ... One of my meds had become resistant to the virus. ... I realized that danger is ever present and all around us. But, with those with HIV it's also inside us."
It's Time for My First Dating Disclosure, and I'm Scared; Help?
(A recent post from the "Relationships and Dating" board)
"I'm a guy. Out of the blue, I met a guy with whom I really connected. It went farther than I planned and lots of kissing was involved. Lots. No risky behavior, although there was fondling and near-nude cuddling. I have not disclosed and am so scared. Even though I haven't put him at risk I'm afraid he will freak out. I honestly tried to resist any interaction, but he was very forward and didn't take no for an answer. Advice?"
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HIV TREATMENT & HEALTH ISSUES
A Day in the Life: Two Longtime HIV Survivors Share Love and Treatment Support (Video)
"There's days that she's my rock," says Efrain of his wife, Petra. She says the same about him; the couple met in 2004 and married soon after. Like anyone living with HIV, both have days when they're sick of taking HIV meds. They share tips they use to get through rough patches.
"Quad" Drug Looks Good, According to Recently Published Studies
A potential new once-daily HIV treatment known as the Quad is as safe and effective as traditional combination therapies, according to two clinical trials reported in the Lancet. A U.S. Food and Drug Administration decision on approval for the drug is expected by August.
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Visit the July 2012 Visual AIDS Web Gallery to view our latest collection of art by HIV-positive artists! This month's gallery, "Overnight Wave (For Arthur)," is curated by Rick Herron.
HIV NEWS & POLICY
Three Important Ways Obamacare Helps People With HIV/AIDS
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act last week reignited a vicious debate about whether or not the law is good for America. HIV/AIDS advocate Candace Y.A. Montague explains why she feels the law's existence is unquestionably good for people living with HIV.
Global Commission Paints War on Drugs as Fueling HIV Pandemic
The Global Commission on Drug Policy has released a report that brands the war on drugs as misguided and dangerous, Housing Works reports. The commission outlines how anti-drug efforts have failed to reduce the global drug supply while they have simultaneously caused an increase in global HIV rates.
Pleas Grow to End Transplant Ban Between HIV-Positive People
At a congressional briefing last week, HIV and transplant experts in the U.S. joined people living with HIV in calling for legislation that would allow HIV-positive people to donate organs to other HIV-positive people.
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HIV/AIDS organizations across the U.S. have expressed what it means to them -- and to the HIV community as a whole -- that President Obama's signature health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), will continue to exist. Here's a sampling of what some major community groups had to say.
HIV Medicine Association: "The ACA corrects the injustices of our current health system, which often denies health insurance coverage to those who need it the most."
Black AIDS Institute: "The ACA represents arguably the most important single reform in the history of the AIDS epidemic to link Americans to the HIV services they need and deserve."
HealthHIV: "We must now take decisive action to ensure the full-spectrum needs of people living with HIV are met."
Housing Works: "The ruling will help link hundreds of thousands of Americans with HIV to the care they need and put the country on track to an AIDS free generation."
Project Inform: "Although 26 states entered the lawsuit to challenge the constitutionality of the penalty, there are also many pressures that could make it hard for those states to refuse the expansion."
For additional community reactions on the ACA and other issues related to health care reform in the U.S., browse our archive of articles!
OPINIONS & PERSPECTIVES
This Positive Life: Richard Cordova (Video)
Richard Cordova, a 33-year-old gay man from Chicago, was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in 2002 -- which did not surprise him, since he had been living a life of hard partying, heavy drug use and unprotected sex. He came across an opportunity for a clean break and ran away with it -- literally.
Through the Lens of Community: Trans Inclusion in Women's and LGBT Organizations
LGBT and women's community organizations should ideally be safe spaces for trans people who come seeking services. However, the experiences of many trans individuals and advocates show that, even within community organizations, this has historically not always been the case.
Piecing the Puzzle Together: Public Perceptions of HIV/AIDS
Positively Aware asked activists, advocates and medical providers for their take on the state of HIV/AIDS knowledge in the U.S., and the level of comfort Americans have with people who are living with HIV/AIDS.
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Johan (From Maryland) on "The Stupid Question: 'Are You Clean?'"
"We are discriminated within a society because we are gay, and continue to discriminate among ourselves for being dirty, or unworthy. Aren't we all already at some point considered unworthy? Then we project and place unworthiness onto other people. How sad. When will we learn?"
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HIV/STD TRANSMISSION & EDUCATION
First In-Home, Rapid HIV Antibody Test Approved for Use in U.S.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration just placed its official stamp of approval on the OraQuick In-Home HIV Test, a rapid oral test that Americans will be able to buy over the counter, and then read the results in their home. It's the first completely self-administered HIV test approved in the U.S.
CDC Says Birth Control Doesn't Raise Women's Risk of Contracting HIV
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has publicly stated that there is no proven link between a woman's use of hormonal contraceptives, such as the birth control pill or Depo-Provera, and her risk of contracting HIV.
Opportunities to Increase HIV Testing as More Payers Cover Costs
"There are more opportunities than ever for HIV testing to be paid for by third-party payers, and with implementation of the Affordable Care Act, there will be even more in the very near future," The AIDS Institute writes.
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