HIV News & Views, September 2, 2010
September 2, 2010
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Brandon Lacy Campos Brandon Lacy Campos: "Use Your Words Wisely"
"Over the last few years, I have heard time and time and time again the phrase/question/query, 'Are you HIV?'" writes Brandon Lacy Campos in his most recent blog entry. "I am not HIV. I am HIV positive. Do I need to repeat myself?"

Deacon Jae Quinlan Deacon Jae Quinlan: Love Lifted Me!
"When I was sick, someone was right there to nurse me back to health. When I was broke and had trouble paying my bills, God made sure someone from my community knew and helped handle that too," writes Deacon Jae Quinlan. Quinlan, an HIV-positive lesbian and a recovering crack addict, discusses how her church family's love and acceptance saved her life.

Richard Cordova III Richard Cordova III Wants More Than Just a "Full and Active Life"
"[L]ife choices such as drug addiction (cigarettes and alcohol are included in that) and the behaviors that surround them can be overcome," writes our newest blogger Richard Cordova III. He should know: He can't even remember the date he was diagnosed with HIV eight years ago because he was so high on crystal meth. Now Richard competes in marathons and teaches others living with HIV/AIDS how to lead healthier lives.

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Hilly (From France) on "German Pop Star Found Guilty for HIV Transmission, but Gets No Jail Time"
(Comment posted Aug. 27)

"I'm glad that finally the responsibility of BOTH partners gets mentioned in an article. Although Ms. Benaissa has behaved irresponsibly, it would have also been up to her partner to protect himself. He obviously has neither used condoms, nor talked to her about HIV prior to having sex with her. Both of which he could and should have done, had he been acting responsibly."

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Joel Gallant, M.D., and Fred Schaich Wrapping Up New HIV Treatment Research: Joel Gallant, M.D., at AIDS 2010
What were the most important studies on HIV treatment presented at this summer's XVIII International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2010)? In this video interview, our new content partner IFARA sits down with top HIV clinician/researcher Joel Gallant, M.D., to catch up on the major findings.

 U.S.'s First Medical Marijuana TV Commercial Airs in California
The first-ever television commercial in the U.S. advertising medical marijuana aired during the morning news this week on a FOX affiliate in Sacramento, Calif. "It is a matter of record within the medical community that medical marijuana can have positive results in ... increasing appetites among [people living with] AIDS," said the affiliate's acting general manager.

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My Partner's Refusing HIV Treatment. How Can I Do Nothing?
(A recent post from the "My Loved One Has HIV/AIDS" board)

"I am HIV+ (on meds and now undetectable). My partner of two years has AIDS and has refused any form of treatment. I knew this getting into the relationship and we continued to fall in love. I'm head over heels for him and have a future plan for us but he does not share this. He claims to have two years at most before the disease takes his life. He has already expressed his final wishes with me and trusts that I will follow his wants of no medical intervention. ...

"I love him with all my heart but how can I now sit here and do nothing while he allows himself to give up and make me watch? I don't want to leave him or lose him. ... I don't know what to do at this point."

-- mylifeisnow

Respond to mylifeisnow's post now or start your own discussion!

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Mark S. King and Sean Strub Mark S. King: Does HIV + Sex = Criminal?
Should people be required by law to disclose their HIV status before sex? In his latest video blog, Mark S. King wades through the murky waters of HIV criminalization with long-term HIV survivor and prominent HIV/AIDS activist Sean Strub.

 New York State Makes Routine HIV Testing the Law
As of Sept. 1, health care professionals throughout New York are now required by law to offer voluntary HIV testing to all of their patients who are between 13 and 64 years old. Oral consent is all that's needed for people to receive a rapid HIV test. Additional new rules tackle HIV education for people getting tested, as well as connecting those who test positive to care and support.

 Forced Sterilizations of Some HIV-Positive Women in Africa Exposed
Modern medicine has made it possible for many HIV-positive women to give birth to HIV-negative babies. However, health care workers in numerous African countries have been accused of performing sterilizations on HIV-positive women without their consent.

 At Washington, D.C., Mayoral Forum, Candidates Show Little Urgency on HIV/AIDS
Washington, D.C., has the highest rate of HIV in the country. With a mayoral election fast approaching, a recent forum asked the candidates about their plans to curb the epidemic. Current mayor Adrian Fenty didn't even show up, while other candidates' answers revealed that none seem to have a real plan to combat HIV/AIDS in D.C.

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