HIV News & Views, June 24, 2010
June 24, 2010
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Vanessa Johnson, J.D. Disclosure 101: Preparing Yourself to Tell Others
It's normal to think about HIV in a very insular way: how it impacts you, what you are going to do about it. But when it comes to disclosure, it's important to see things with a broader view. "There is a good chance that the person you are disclosing to may need more support at that moment than you do," explains Vanessa Johnson, J.D., executive vice president of the National Association of People With AIDS.

Joe Ohmer and Keith Green Word on the Street: How Some Gay Men With HIV Broke the News
For many gay men who have gone through the process of coming out as gay, telling others they're HIV positive is like coming out all over again. Read stories and tips from HIV-positive gay men who've grappled with the question: "How do you decide when to share with others that you're HIV positive?"

These perspectives from gay men with HIV make up just one small part of our newly launched HIV/AIDS Resource Center for Gay Men. Check out the center now for tons of information, advice, first-person stories and in-depth discussions on HIV-related issues that impact the gay community.

Brooke Davidoff Brooke Davidoff: Stronger Than a Virus
"Miraculously, I was placed directly into the box labeled ACCEPTANCE," muses Brooke Davidoff on her response to finding out she had HIV. "My husband was misfiled into the FREAK OUT bin." In her latest blog entry, Brooke, a newly married expectant mom, shares how she and her husband dealt with her diagnosis this past January.

fogcityjohn Fogcityjohn: Marching Toward the Meaning of Pride
LGBT Pride Month in the U.S. culminates this weekend with marches throughout the country, including major cities such as Chicago, New York and San Francisco. Some might think of them as lame, cliched or overwrought, but for our blogger fogcityjohn, one march in particular changed his perception of what it meant to be gay. "No longer did I feel isolated, atomized, and separated from my LGBT brothers and sisters," he recalls. "For that day, we were one."

Want to attend a Pride march or another event as LGBT Pride Month draws to a close? Check out our event listing, and browse through our entire feature section for a huge array of personal stories, perspectives and opportunities to share your thoughts (and photos).

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Meet Mark S. King (Kind Of)

Mark S. King

Wednesday, June 30, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Mark S. King (of "My Fabulous Life" fame) will be the featured speaker on an online "Webinar" seminar, hosted by Wellsphere, a partner of "Meaning, if any of my video blogs have ever made you want to talk, argue or scream back to me, this is your chance," Mark writes. "It's an interactive experience!" You don't need a Web cam to participate. Click here to find out how to take part!


 Gary Bell: The Rocky Road Toward a Cure for HIV
Curing HIV has proven extremely difficult, due to the way that HIV adapts to and hides itself within a person's body. But, as Gary Bell explains in his latest blog entry, researchers believe they're getting closer to coaxing HIV out of those hiding spots, which may help them eliminate it from a person's body once and for all.

 Hepatitis: Is Your Doctor in the Dark?
Many people with HIV are also infected with hepatitis A, B or C, viruses that can cause serious liver damage over time. But many physicians don't screen their patients for hepatitis (or vaccinate people for hepatitis B) nearly as often as they should -- making it all the more important you educate yourself. This overview from Black AIDS Institute can help get you started.

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Connect With Others

Are My Children Really Better Off Without Me?
(A recent post from the "Living With HIV" board)

"I am a 26-year-old woman. I have been positive for three years. I have a wonderful fiancé and two children who are negative. But other than case workers and doctors, the only person who knows my status is my mother. However, she makes me feel like it is my fault that I got infected. She avoids it every time I talk about it, and when I tell her I want to get involved in the community she flips out. I don't know how to deal anymore. She has me believing my children would be better off if I were not here. I've been so depressed recently, I stopped taking my meds. After having great labs for all three years, they are now going downhill and I feel like I don't care. I am scared. Please, I need to talk to someone who knows what it's like to deal with this. Someone help me."

-- hedreanna1983

Respond to hedreanna1983'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!)


 U.S. National HIV/AIDS Strategy Release Is Imminent
Finally, the release of the U.S.'s first-ever national HIV/AIDS strategy is almost upon us. "We're no longer talking months; we're talking weeks," said U.S. Office of National AIDS Policy director Jeffrey Crowley in a recent conference call with community members.

 United Nations Agency Passes Standard to Protect HIV-Positive Employees From Discrimination
A new International Labor Organization standard states that "no workers should be required to take an HIV test or disclose their HIV status," and that workers "should enjoy protection of their privacy, including confidentiality related to HIV and AIDS."

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 Newly Approved HIV Test Spots Antigens as Well as Antibodies
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new HIV test that appears capable of detecting HIV infection earlier than standard antibody tests. It's the first approved HIV test that can not only detect HIV antibodies (similar to ELISA, OraQuick and Western Blot tests), but can also detect a specific protein on the surface of HIV itself.

 Expert FAQ on HIV Testing
Our experts answer dozens of questions about HIV testing every month in's "Ask the Experts" forums. We've taken the most important, current answers and compiled them in this frequently asked questions (FAQ) page.

Take the Test, Take Control U.S. HIV Testing Day is June 27: Get the Word Out!
National HIV Testing Day in the U.S. is one of few days in the year when widespread attention is briefly focused on HIV/AIDS within the country's borders. Take advantage of the opportunity to educate others about HIV, attend events and put up posters, and encourage others to get tested! Browse our collection of resources and articles to learn how you can have an impact.

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Activist Central

 NMAC Asks for Your Help Ending S.B. 1070; Promoting Comprehensive Federal Immigration Reform

 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