HIV News & Views, August 26, 2010
August 26, 2010
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fogcityjohn "Living Still, in My Memory": Fogcityjohn's Tribute to His Best Friend
"I recently marked ... the second anniversary of the death of one of the dearest friends I've ever had -- my friend R," writes fogcityjohn. In this moving blog entry, he pays tribute to R's life. "R didn't die from HIV. ... Although [he] was HIV-negative, the virus shaped much of the last three decades of his life."

Sherri Beachfront Lewis Rescuing Romeo: Sherri Beachfront Lewis on Loving Her Pet
"For many of us, especially in the HIV and LGBT communities, our pets are our children, members of our family," writes performer and blogger Sherri Beachfront Lewis. This summer, Sherri had a scare with her beloved family member, a rescued dog named Romeo, who was attacked by a pit bull.

Scott Simpson Scott Simpson: As Ironman Louisville Looms, a Grueling Race at the Gay Games
"My body was sending the hugest 'lay down!' signals I've experienced in quite some time," writes blogger Scott Simpson. "But I kept telling myself that 'bronze is just ahead, keep digging, Buttercup.'" As he enters the final phase of his training for Ironman Louisville on Aug. 29, Scott provides a brutal, blow-by-blow recap of his recent quest to win a triathlon medal at the 2010 Gay Games.

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Kirk (From Texas) on "A 'Negative' Outlook: Dr. Steve Natterstad Shares Secrets to a Successful Magnetic Relationship"
(Comment posted Aug. 19)

"Thanks for the interview. I recently broke up with my negative partner over trust issues. My heart is still sad but as I read your story I smiled almost the entire time. I still have hope and while I live my life, single, I celebrate you guys and the love you have. I admire your honesty and your advice."

Read the rest of Kirk's comment and join the discussion on this article!


 Two Cancer Drugs May Have HIV-Fighting Ability, Lab Tests Find
Using a mixture of two anti-cancer drugs that are already approved in the U.S., it may be possible to force HIV to "mutate itself to death," according to University of Minnesota researchers. The research to date has only been done in lab tests, so years of study lie ahead. But the discovery nonetheless may provide an exciting new path forward for HIV treatment.

Tai Chi The Healing Power of Tai Chi
Many people roll their eyes at so-called "Eastern" approaches to therapy. But that doesn't mean we should turn our backs on forms of therapy that may complement the HIV-fighting effects of antiretrovirals. Take tai chi, for instance: An age-old Chinese martial art, it appears to have transformed the lives of some people living with HIV. Black AIDS Institute reports.

 Encouraging Results Reported for Hepatitis C Drug in Late-Stage Development
There's promising news from the hepatitis C virus (HCV) drug development pipeline. In late-stage clinical trials, people who took boceprevir, an experimental protease inhibitor, in addition to standard treatment (pegylated interferon plus ribavirin) had higher success rates than people who received standard treatment alone.

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Why Has My Newly Diagnosed Friend Turned His Back on Me?
(A recent post from the "Living With HIV" board)

"My best friend of 5 years was diagnosed two weeks ago. Upon him being diagnosed I dropped everything and became his support system. I remembered what it was like when I was diagnosed and had NO ONE and didn't want anyone, especially someone I care about to go through the same thing.

"By burying myself in his most recent drama (along with so much more that isn't relatable here) it helped me finally accept my own diagnoses from five years ago. But now, I have been kicked to the curb and am no longer needed. He has turned to other friends who have no experience in this disease. ... My attempt to save someone from a hurt that I experienced has only led to another type of pain that I wouldn't wish upon someone else. A truly vicious circle."

-- nibbler

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 German Pop Star Found Guilty for HIV Transmission, but Gets No Jail Time
After a two-week trial, a German court has found Nadja Benaissa, a member of the pop group No Angels, guilty of causing bodily harm to an ex-boyfriend for having unprotected sex with him, not disclosing that she had HIV, and ultimately infecting him with the virus. She received a two-year suspended sentence. The trial raised a myriad of issues about HIV criminalization, including the fairness of placing the burden of HIV prevention on those who are positive.

 Long-Term HIV Survivor Discovers the Power of Twitter
Rae Lewis-Thornton, a 48-year-old woman who was diagnosed with HIV in 1986, was reluctant to start using Twitter. But 2,000-plus followers and 20,000 tweets later, she's changed her tune. "I'm reminding you on a daily basis that AIDS is real," she says. "I want you to see the life -- the good, the bad and the ugly."

Naina Khanna Breaking Down the U.S. National HIV/AIDS Strategy
Thirty years into the pandemic, the U.S. finally has a national strategy to fight HIV/AIDS inside its borders. At this summer's XVIII International AIDS Conference, caught up with Naina Khanna, coordinator for the U.S. Positive Women's Network, for her take on what's promising and what's missing from the strategy.

 Michigan Lifts Ban on HIV-Positive Inmates Serving Food; Tensions Rise on South Carolina Prison Segregation
The Michigan Department of Corrections has announced it's putting an end to an 11-year-long ban on HIV-positive inmates holding food-service jobs. The new rules state that HIV-positive inmates can indeed serve food to others -- a job that is among the highest-paid and most-coveted among state prisoners. Meanwhile, a skirmish is deepening between the federal government and South Carolina, one of just two U.S. states that still segregates prisoners with HIV.

man writing in Torah Jewish Responses to HIV/AIDS: A Mitzvah
Jewish tradition holds a deep respect for social justice and the value of individual human worth. But has the Jewish community fallen short in its response to HIV/AIDS? "As much as there is a history of neglect, of negligence, and of silence among Jewish communities," writes Alana Krivo-Kaufman in Achieve, "there is also a history of organizing, of action, of caretaking, and of advocacy."

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man writing The HIV Testing Debate: Is Written Consent Good or Evil?
More HIV testing is hugely important: Nearly a quarter of a million people in the U.S. are believed to have HIV and not even know it. But there's disagreement over whether people should be required to sign a consent form before being tested for HIV, or whether there should be a much looser approach to testing consent. Tracie Gardner and Daryl J. Cochrane, M.P.A., discuss both sides of this issue in Achieve.

 HIV in the U.S.: Where Is the Epidemic Headed?
HIV has already claimed the lives of more than half a million people in the U.S. And despite all we know about how the virus is transmitted and how it can be prevented, more than 50,000 people in this country become HIV positive every year. If things keep going as they are, what is the U.S. epidemic likely to look like in another 10 years? What effect could small changes in the way we approach HIV prevention have on those estimates? Recent research tried to provide some answers.


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