December 30, 2009
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ON THE PERSONAL SIDE

Scott Simpson HIV and Me: Survival of the Fittest
"I started thinking about the whole 'struggle for existence/survival of the fittest' thing," writes HIV-positive speaker and triathlete Scott Simpson, "and how the HIV/AIDS pandemic is part of that struggle in our world. And in me. As evidenced by another bout of night sweats like you wouldn't believe." (Blog from TheBody.com)


Justin B. Smith Tiger Woods and HIV: It's Time for a Public Test
"Tiger Woods has his own life, and we shouldn't judge him on what he does in his private life, as long as he has not hurt anyone or himself. But he has," writes HIV-positive blogger Justin B. Smith. "What I feel has to be done now is Woods needs to get an HIV test and tell the public the results." (Blog from TheBody.com)


 Thanks to the Web, Remembering Loved Ones Lost to HIV
A growing number of Web sites are being used to help people memorialize those they have lost to HIV/AIDS, and to share their stories with the world. Even Facebook has become a part of the trend. (Article from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)


Strange But True: Vote Now for the Oddest Posts of the Year
You have just one more week to cast your vote for the most bizarre HIV-related question asked in our "Ask the Experts" forums this year! From farts to zits to disgruntled airport security workers, you'll be amazed at just how far-out some folks can get in their paranoia over a possible HIV exposure.
HIV TREATMENT & HEALTH ISSUES

 HIV/AIDS Trainers Offer Tips to Help Providers Better Serve Older Adults
Why can't people over 50 get the HIV information they need from HIV organizations or older-adult care providers? In this illuminating article, HIV/AIDS educators share the experiences and tips they gathered while training these two groups of providers on issues of aging and HIV in the U.S. (Article from ACRIA and GMHC)

HIV/AIDS news sources, research meetings and even some mainstream publications have increasingly paid attention to the needs and concerns of HIVers as they get older. TheBody.com maintains a diverse listing of articles -- from personal stories to the latest research -- relating to aging and HIV/AIDS.


 Transgender Health and HIV
If you're a transgender person living with HIV, can your hormone treatments potentially interact with your HIV meds? What other issues should you and your doctor keep in mind as you coordinate your health care? This overview provides some answers, and also explores HIV risks for HIV-negative transgender people. (Article from San Francisco AIDS Foundation)


 Medical Marijuana and HIV: The Basics
The U.S. government announced a major change in federal policy earlier this year regarding medical marijuana: The feds said they would no longer arrest anybody who uses or provides medical marijuana in states where it's been legalized. That makes now as good a time as any to recap the potential benefits of medical marijuana for people living with HIV. (Article from AIDS InfoNet)

For more information and news regarding the use of medical marijuana, as well as the legal issues surrounding it in the U.S., be sure to check out our trove of articles.


Connect With Others
In the Closet, and Terrifyingly Alone, in Rural America
(A recent post from the "Living With HIV" board)

"I am very new to this HIV thing. I tested positive about six months ago. I am hitting rock bottom now, not sure if it is because of the holidays or what. I am from Indiana and have nobody to talk to about this. ... I never thought there could be anything harder than dealing with being a closeted gay guy in rural America, but I have found something: being a closeted gay guy in rural America and dealing with HIV. I am scared to death." -- Wrangler39

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HIV IN THE NEWS

 White House Holds Key Meeting on Women and HIV/AIDS
It was all about women and HIV/AIDS at a historic White House meeting this month. Advocates, researchers, women living with HIV and other experts (including the U.S. surgeon general) gathered to speak on the wide range of women-specific issues -- from pregnancy planning to prison reform -- that they feel should be addressed in the U.S.'s first national HIV/AIDS strategy. (Press release from Positive Women's Network USA)


HIV TRANSMISSION

 HIV Risk and Sexual Violence May Go Hand-in-Hand in Prisons
Sexual violence in U.S. prisons can put many inmates at risk for HIV -- especially since prisoners rarely have access to condoms, lube or post-exposure prophylaxis. This overview shines a light on the harsh realities of prison sexual violence and provides advice for survivors of attacks. (Article from Test Positive Aware Network)






Activist Central

 Arrests of HIV-Positive People Continue; CDC Must Act! Sign On!


 Support Concrete and Specific HIV Prevention Measures in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy!