HIV News & Views, May 20, 2010
May 20, 2010
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Pride Means... Grab a camera, make a sign, and be a part of's celebration of LGBT Pride Month!

Your challenge: Send us a photo in which you're holding (or sitting next to, or standing on top of, or ... you get the idea) a homemade sign telling us what Pride means to you. You can either follow our template (seen to the right) or make your own sign. We'll post photos in's upcoming Pride 2010 section throughout June. Click here to find out how to take part!


Mark S. King and his doctor Finding "Mr. Right, With a Medical License": Mark S. King on Choosing a New HIV Doc
How do you find an HIV doctor who really knows his or her stuff, but who also wants you to be a partner in your health care? Mark S. King had a great HIV doc for years, but moving to Florida left him in the market for a new physician. In his latest video blog, Mark asks his outgoing doc for advice on choosing someone new, and shares six easy-to-follow tips that he immediately puts to the test.

ScotCharles ScotCharles: "Bravery Is Fleeting; Courage Is Planted in the Soul"
"As I battle AIDS, I think often of my dad and his gifts to me," writes ScotCharles in his most recent blog entry, a tribute to the lessons he learned from his father's life. "My father was a great man who fought in [World War II], Korea and Vietnam. ... My dad's bravery and courage have taught me to choose life rather than death over the 30 years I have had HIV."

 ABC's Brothers & Sisters Tackles HIV/AIDS Among the Over-50 Crowd
In the season finale of ABC's Sunday night drama, Brothers & Sisters, 70-something Uncle Saul tested positive for HIV. That moment marked the first time in five years that a central character in a prime-time U.S. TV show has had HIV. In our "The Viral Truth" blog,'s Kellee Terrell writes about the episode, the need for network TV to tackle HIV, and the importance of highlighting issues like HIV/AIDS among older people.

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New to the Boards and Getting My Life on Track
(A recent post from the "Living With HIV" board)

"My name is Rob and tonight is my first time on the site. I was diagnosed about two years ago, and I'm doing well. I'm 37 going on to 38 in November. Recently (a few months) I joined a gym and started a strictly healthy diet and feel great because of it!!! I also am a recovering heroin addict, among many other drugs. Still have an overwhelming urge to party (not shooting up), just having fun! I also suffer from bipolar. I don't really have any friends (since I kicked dope) and I am looking forward to meeting new people (guys& girls). I currently live in South Florida (Lake Worth). So if anyone wants to chat just send me a message!" -- american72

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  HIV Activists Arrested During Protest of Obama's Health Policy
Eight activists were arrested last week when 500 HIV/AIDS protesters marched through (and lay down in) the streets of New York City. They demanded that Obama fulfill his campaign promises to increase spending on the global AIDS fight, and they criticized a policy emphasizing international health problems other than HIV.

 No Mortgages for the HIV Positive?
If you have HIV and want to take out a mortgage loan, you are legally protected against discrimination based on your status. However, creditors can still find ways to disqualify potential homeowners if they have a serious medical condition, such as HIV. Tamara E. Holmes offers tips and advice on how to protect your rights.

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Phill Wilson Phill Wilson on the African-American Epidemic: "We Are Going to Have to Be the Ones to End It"
"If there was ever a crisis worthy of community-wide response, this is it," writes Phill Wilson, president and CEO of the Black AIDS Institute. In this editorial, he looks at the complex web of reasons why the HIV/AIDS epidemic continues among African Americans -- including the vicious cycle of stigma: "Whenever I say, 'AIDS is a Black disease,' I get a flurry of angry emails from Black people who feel that I'm further stigmatizing our community."

 New Documentary Shines Light on HIV Among Black Youths
African Americans ages 11 to 25 account for a stunning 65 percent of new HIV infections in the U.S., according to the Black AIDS Institute. So why aren't we talking about it more? A new documentary, Why Us? Left Behind and Dying, tries to answer that question. The film is narrated by Tamira Noble, who was a concerned -- but uninformed -- high-school student when the film project started. In this interview, she talks about taking part in the film and what she learned about HIV/AIDS in the process.

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