HIV News & Views, June 17, 2010
June 17, 2010
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Brandon Lacy Campos Brandon Lacy Campos: Dealing With the Judgment of Others
"Since my failure to disclose ... and the emotional fallout, I have felt relatively good about my life and how I have taken steps to ensure that I do not repeat the experience," writes Brandon Lacy Campos in his latest blog entry. "I have gotten to a place of acceptance if not comfort of what went down. And then, in one fell swoop, I let one person rip all that down."

And if you're intrigued by the first part of Brandon's story above, be sure to read his follow-up post.

Jeff Berry Dual Stigma: HIV and Depression
"Depression can often be overlooked by health care professionals, as many have not been trained to look for the signs of depression, let alone treat it," writes Jeff Berry of Test Positive Aware Network. Berry explains how important it is that those of us who are depressed recognize the signs, admit we need help and seek out proper care.

Sherri Beachfront Lewis Sherri Beachfront Lewis: "Living Out Loud" Through 25 Years of Pride
"How far have we traveled from the late '70s of sexy short shorts, shag hair and mustached men, drag impersonators, Stonewall and the early days of AIDS?" muses Sherri Beachfront Lewis. In June, Sherri's usually busy with events and performances on the Los Angeles Pride circuit. This year she took a break from center stage to reflect on Pride since the dawn of the epidemic -- and her last 25 years spent clean, sober and "living out loud" with HIV.

Sherri's latest blog entry is part of our special feature section. If you haven't checked it out yet, get with the program!

Justin B. Terry-Smith Justin B. Terry-Smith: My Journey to Self-Esteem
"Developing a sense of my own self-worth hasn't been easy. And becoming infected with HIV is part of the price I've paid for not having it earlier," admits Justin B. Terry-Smith. In his latest blog entry, Justin walks us down his own Memory Lane, as we see how homophobic incidents from his younger years helped shaped his life -- and how he's found new confidence as an HIV-positive gay adult.

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Staying Positive About Being Positive
(A recent post from the "I Just Tested Positive" board)

"I tested positive for HIV on June 8. I took it surprisingly well. I consider myself educated on the subject and looked at it as a new chapter in my life. But now I am so upset I couldn't even get up to go to work this morning, called in sick. I guess I was in shock or just didn't really have the time to really process all that has changed so quickly. There's a lot floating around in my head right now, but I've calmed down a bit.

"My anxiety this morning came from many places. I was two weeks away from moving out of the United States for a new job, but have to postpone the move until I see the infectious disease specialist. I got all the changes finalized yesterday, and I think that's when it hit me that this is real and it's going to be a part of me for the remainder of my life. I talked with a friend of mine who I didn't know was positive until today. He informed me that he'd been living with it for 25 years and is happy and healthy.

"So for those that feel your world is coming to an end, it's not. Life will change slightly, but you can still do everything you want to. I am still taking my new job, just a little later than expected. It's all working out."

-- engmoto

Respond to engmoto's post now or start your own discussion! (If you're not already registered to post on our bulletin boards, all you need is an e-mail address; click here to get started!)


 Keep Restrictions on Gay Blood Donors, U.S. Advisory Panel Recommends
The U.S.'s current ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men should remain on the books, a federal advisory panel has decided. However, the panel admitted that the policy was flawed, and offered new recommendations that could at least make the rules more lenient.

 ADAP Waiting Lists Near Record Length -- But That's Only Part of the Story
In the last three and a half months, we've seen a doubling (to 1,431) of the number of people in the U.S. who are on a waiting list to get into an AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), which help low-income HIVers pay for their medications. But that's only the most visible sign of a critical funding problem with ADAPs; many people with HIV have seen their drug coverage cut short in other ways as well.

 Faith-Based Organizations and HIV/AIDS: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
While HIV and religion may seem like strange bedfellows, more and more faith-based organizations around the world are taking on the HIV/AIDS pandemic. This article from the HIV/AIDS magazine Achieve examines the importance of these groups' efforts, how effective their work has been, and what they can do to have an even greater impact.

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Check Out the Latest Additions to Our LGBT Pride Month Feature:

Mark S. King

<< The Gay Pride PSA That Never Aired

What does Gay Pride mean to Mark S. King? In his latest video, Mark offers his various takes on how to answer this question. What he comes up with is, as he puts it, "a little humor, a pinch of honesty, and a punch in the gut."

Dab Garner

The History of Pride From a 29-Year HIV Survivor >>

"I think it is important we remember the past, and continuing Pride today is an important part of that," writes Dab Garner. "When we let our guard down and forget the past, our present and our future suffer."


 Sex and the Poz Gay Man
Being positive doesn't mean being celibate. Derek Thachzuk of Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange discusses why it's essential for gay men with HIV to not only have safe and satisfying sex, but to have a good attitude about it too. In this piece, he talks about disclosure, viral load and transmission risk, and dealing with potential poz-phobic partners.

 Silence Isn't Golden: Why Caribbean Americans Must Speak Out About HIV
"I learned from watching my mother ... not only the importance of hard work and dedication, but also the importance of family and community," writes Dr. Garth Graham about the need to address HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean-American community. As we were reminded on June 8 (Caribbean-American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day), Caribbean Americans may only make up a small chunk of the U.S. population, but they are highly affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.


 Eight Years and $10 Billion Later, 5.7 Million Lives Saved, Global Fund Says
Some 5.7 million lives have been saved since 2002 because of the Global Fund's efforts in treating HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, the organization announced this month. Since mid-2009, the Global Fund says the number of people receiving antiretroviral therapy in resource-poor countries increased 22 percent, to 2.8 million.

More Headlines on HIV/AIDS in Resource-Poor Countries:

Activist Central

 Public Comment Period Now Open: Issue Brief on LGBT Marginalization as a Social Driver of HIV in the United States

 Action Alert: Help Homeless AIDS Activist Get Into Housing Today

 Action Alert: Urge Your Senator to Support an Extension of Critical Medicaid Funding

 China: Release Activist on Medical Parole

 Women Living With HIV: Take a Survey on Sexual and Reproductive Health Services