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Aaron Laxton
My HIV Journey


8 Ways to Fight Poverty to End HIV
April 8, 2016

If we are serious about ending the HIV/AIDS pandemic, then it is time that we look at the whole picture. Each of us are the sum of everything that makes us who we are. HIV is merely one tiny piece of the lives that consumers have to deal with. For some it is a tiny piece, while for others it is a gigantic piece that is all-consuming. While we are focusing on prevention strategies, we must also turn our eyes towards the whole person -- and this should include more education and robust strategies to end poverty, not only for those of us living with HIV/AIDS, but also for those at risk of acquiring HIV.

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Panic Over HIV Infection While on PrEP Is Not Necessary
February 26, 2016

Social media has been abuzz today, with people sharing the news that a gay man who was taking Truvada as PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) has contracted a drug-resistant strain of HIV. I can only imagine that this is the news that Michael Weinstein has been wringing his troll-ish hands in gleeful anticipation since 2012. There is only one small problem that people are failing to recognize -- this is not surprising.

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Considering Gender When Exploring HIV-Trauma Therapy Interventions
January 21, 2016

Living with HIV can be traumatic on multiple levels. For each person it can be extremely different and the treatments must be adapted to each situation and case.

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Falling Short: Where Charlie Sheen's Interview With Dr. Oz Didn't Hit the Mark
January 13, 2016

This week Charlie Sheen sat down with everyone's favorite television physician, Dr. Oz. As Charlie spoke with Dr. Oz, I jotted down notes. I found as the interview progressed there was a recurrent theme: "Charlie is sharing his truth however that truth is not everyone's truth."

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Charlie Sheen's Disclosure Brings Exploitation of HIV-Positive People to Light
November 18, 2015

Right now is the moment for the light to shine on thousands of people living with HIV/AIDS who have been killed, bullied, tortured and more, simply for being HIV-positive.

Charlie Sheen, an A-list celebrity, was bullied into disclosing his status.

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Charlie Sheen Has the Right to Privacy
November 16, 2015

Today the media and tabloids are circling around Charlie Sheen reporting that they are going to disclose information about his health. It is my belief that every person has the right to privacy when it comes to their own health information, HIV or otherwise.

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An Open Letter to Danny Pintauro
October 7, 2015

I am going to share with you a lesson which I had to learn the hard way. When in the public eye, whether by choice or circumstance, be mindful of your actions and statements because you can easily derail the work of others before you.

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Day 2 of Michael Johnson Trial: Opening Statement and Initial Testimony
May 12, 2015

Jurors today heard opening statements from the prosecuting attorney. The State alleges that Johnson exposed 2 to HIV without their knowledge and that they subsequently became infected. The State also alleges that Johnson attempted to expose or exposed 4 others without telling them that he was HIV positive.

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Day 1 of Michael Johnson Trial: Jury Selection
May 12, 2015

Greetings everyone!

I am providing a summary in an effort to keep everyone in the loop. Jury selection kicked off around 9:45 a.m. on Monday, May 11. There were 51 prospects in the jury pool. Half men, half women. One African American female and the rest were white.

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Is Michael Johnson's Life a Black Life That Matters?
May 1, 2015

Fresh off of the heels of civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri in response to the death of Michael Brown, Jr., the nation was left with the question of whether black lives matter. Institutional systems such as local government law-enforcement education and so forth had proven that black lives did not matter as much as white lives. Unfortunately more young men of color have lost their lives senselessly at the hands of law-enforcement over the last several weeks. As we speak, Baltimore is experiencing civil unrest as their response to the death of Freddy Gray is beyond palpable; the demand for justice is being heard.

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