March 4, 2010
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Mark King and friends Mark S. King: A Night at Home With the "Real Poz Guys of Atlanta"
Last year, Mark S. King invited viewers of his video blog to a night of brownie eating and intimate talk with a group of his friends, all HIV-positive men. For this week's blog, he turned the cameras on his friends a second time. "I wondered if they would spill their hearts (and their secrets) again," Mark muses. The verdict? Says Mark: "They didn't disappoint me!" (Blog from

Philip D. Philip D. Finds the Perfect HIV-Fighting Team -- a Patient and His Wingman
"One of the first big challenges I faced after receiving my diagnosis was finding a physician I not only trusted but one that I connected with, to head up my new 'team,'" remembers Philip D. He knew he wanted a doctor he could trust, someone who would be a partner and work with him as he dealt with the virus -- someone who wasn't just a doctor, but rather, as Philip describes, a "wingman." (Blog from

Sherri and Kenny Lattimore Sherri Beachfront Lewis: Precious, Oscar Nominees and HIV/AIDS Awareness
Last week, Sherri Beachfront Lewis brought her video camera to the first annual DIVA Awards, which honored the HIV-fighting efforts of people in the entertainment industry. Lee Daniels and Mo'Nique of the Oscar-nominated film Precious were honored for generating HIV/AIDS awareness through the film -- but Daniels' comments at the awards ceremony got Sherri's hackles up. (Blog from

 After 20 Years of Fighting HIV/AIDS, an Advocate Finally Takes Time to Mourn
"[In one month in 1993] I had five funerals, over 30 hospital visits, and I spoke at two memorials," remembers Paul Kawata, executive director of the National Minority AIDS Council. Kawata recently returned from a sabbatical, which he used as a chance to finally mourn the many friends he's lost to HIV/AIDS. But, he writes, "It's going to take time, maybe the rest of my life, to understand ... the enormity of the grief and loss." (Article from National Minority AIDS Council)

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I'm Terrified of Telling My Girlfriend I've Been Diagnosed!
(A recent post from the "I Just Tested Positive" board)

"I just tested positive two days ago and I have a girlfriend that most likely is positive as well. I don't know how to tell her. She will kill herself (she really would). I don't know what to do, I don't know what's going to happen to me. I'm so lost and scared! Anyone want to talk to me?" -- Unlucky2

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 California Underreported HIV Cases, Potentially Costing Millions in Federal Aid, Report Says
California may have missed out on millions of dollars in federal funding for people with HIV. Although experts estimate that as many as 106,000 Californians are living with HIV and have not yet developed AIDS, only 36,000 of those people have been officially counted. An outdated tracking system is being blamed for the thousands of uncounted HIVers. (Article from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

 U.S. Senator Says International AIDS Conference Should Be Canceled
The International AIDS Conference, the world's largest gathering of the global HIV/AIDS community, should be eliminated, says outspoken U.S. Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.). In a letter to the head of the International AIDS Society, Coburn said the money used to pay for the conference could be better spent fighting HIV in other ways. In a response, the society's chief called Coburn's suggestion "foolhardy." (Article from

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"I think for me I had internalized so much homophobia and blamed myself for my status by having 'too much' sex that my self-punishment was to deny that I needed it in a healthy emotional way." -- Biff @ New York City

Fogcityjohn's latest blog entry, "The End of Sex," touches on HIV's effect on his libido, how he discloses his HIV status to sex partners, and the very nature of human intimacy. The shower of honest, thoughtful comments (including Biff's, above) is still ongoing -- and it spans several continents!

 HIV Vaccine Trial Lessons: What Researchers Have Learned From Recent Failure and Success
The past couple of years have been a roller coaster for folks in the HIV vaccine field. There have been devastating failures that made many question the point of continuing vaccine research at all. Yet we've also seen tantalizing signs that a working vaccine may not be such an impossible thing after all. At a recent research meeting, experts discussed the latest studies on these vaccines and explored where to go from here. (From's coverage of CROI 2010)

 HCV Survival in Syringes Affected by Syringe Type, Time and Temperature
A new finding could have huge implications for needle exchange programs and hepatitis C prevention: Researchers have discovered that the hep C virus can survive for up to two months in syringes with detachable needles, but for only up to seven days in syringes with attached needles. They also found that hep C lived longer in refrigerated needles than ones stored at room temperature or warmer. (From's coverage of CROI 2010)

 As HIV/AIDS Awareness Day for Women Approaches, a Call for Black Empowerment
"Every black female can both protect herself from HIV and help create an environment in which other black people can protect themselves," writes Phill Wilson, head of the Black AIDS Institute. "But how can black women do this in a world where they shoulder disproportionate family responsibilities, are often poorer and in worse health than other women, and are frequently abused and disrespected?" (Article from the Black AIDS Institute)

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Activist Central

 Fill Out a Survey on Stigma by March 15 -- HIV-Positive Voices From Developing Nations Needed!

 Tell HHS That Black Women Openly Living With HIV/AIDS Should Be Represented on PACHA

 Action Alert: Tell Congress You Support a Permanent Fix to Ryan White Housing Policy!

 Tell Congress to Finish U.S. Health Care Reform