ON THE PERSONAL SIDE
Brandon Lacy Campos: Pozitively Struggling
"I have been trying to do some serious work integrating HIV and acceptance of it into who I am," writes blogger Brandon Lacy Campos. "But translating these thoughts, experiences and feelings into daily actions is sometimes very hard to do." In his latest entry, Brandon writes about the challenges of making his HIV status a part of his everyday life.
Latino Positivo: Activist's Film Highlights Lives of Hispanic Immigrants With HIV
An HIV-positive, gay Latino who emigrated to Canada in 1984, Samuel López learned early in life about how tragedy can ravage a community. The son of a Baptist minister, López grew up in 1970s El Salvador, a country on the verge of civil war. Lopez's film Nuestras Caras, Nuestras Historias, puts a human face to the HIV-positive Latino immigrants in Canada and the struggles they face. The Positive Side reports.
Sculpting HIV: Positive Artist Makes Haunting "Ghost Houses"
Daniel Goldstein is an HIV-positive sculptor who creates artistic "ghost houses" -- towering memorials made of moving parts that celebrate the lives of friends he's lost to HIV/AIDS. "It's meditative, it's therapeutic," Goldstein says. "It's also nice to wake up in the morning and know exactly what I'm going to do."
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Kirk (From Washington, D.C.) on "A Bitter Pill"
(Comment posted Sept. 7)
"I have to admit, I am baffled at how so many people who test positive today (read: after 1996) react as if their lives-in-earnest are over. Sure, finding out that you have HIV is life-changing. It's understood that no one really *wants* to have a chronic health problem. But the current therapy is keeping most HIV+ people alive and healthy, and giving them strong reason to be optimistic that they will live to see the day when HIV is rendered harmless."
Read the rest of Kirk's comment and join the discussion on this article!
HIV TREATMENT & HEALTH ISSUES
"Quad" Pill Continues to Impress in Clinical Trial; Cobicistat Moves Forward in Battle With Norvir
The "quad" -- a once-daily, four-drug combination pill -- continues to sail relatively smooth waters on its route through the HIV drug development process. Newly released study info shows the drug has similar effectiveness and safety to Atripla (efavirenz/tenofovir/FTC) -- and that the new booster drug included in the "quad" pill may prove a useful alternative to Norvir (ritonavir).
HIV Antiretrovirals in Development: The New Kids
It's been more than two years since a gaggle of new HIV medications was approved, bringing fresh hope for more effective first-line options and the treatment of drug-resistant HIV. But as some of those meds start to show their wrinkles, what new options may lie ahead? In this article from GMHC Treatment Issues, Michael P. Modzelewski, Pharm.D., takes us through some of the more promising HIV meds currently in development.
Even Among Long-Term HIV Nonprogressors, Some Signs of Heightened Cardiovascular Risk Exist, U.S. Study Finds
Cardiovascular risk may be slightly higher even among HIV-positive people whose immune systems are able to keep HIV at bay without the help of antiretrovirals, according to a new study. The findings appear to lend additional weight to arguments that regardless of whether a person is on HIV treatment, HIV does indeed play its own role in cardiovascular risk.
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If you'll be in New York City next week, we hope you'll join us for a screening of an important HIV-related documentary -- and a chance to meet some of the people behind TheBody.com!
The Other City, a stark, honest and brutal-yet-inspiring film about HIV/AIDS in U.S. inner cities, will be showing at the Clearview Chelsea Cinema for one week, from Sept. 17 through Sept. 23. Following the 7 p.m. Sept. 23 screening, TheBody.com will host a Q & A panel discussion with experts and leaders in the HIV/AIDS community. We hope you'll join us!
If you're in Chicago, Los Angeles or Washington, D.C., The Other City will be coming to your city this month as well! Visit the film's official site for more info, and read our interview with the filmmakers to learn more about the documentary.
HIV NEWS & VIEWS
HIV, Ignorance and Bigotry Take Center Stage During Iowa State Senate Race
What began as an HIV awareness campaign in Iowa has turned into a nasty public argument featuring a gay state senator, his Republican opponent and a conservative radio host. Unfortunately, it's also only the latest example of how pervasive ignorance about HIV and homophobia remains in U.S. society.
"The Perfect Storm": The U.S.'s HIV Health Funding Crisis
It sometimes feels like funding for HIV/AIDS has always been hard to find. But with over 3,000 people now on AIDS Drug Assistance Program waiting lists in the U.S., the money situation has grown especially dire. Paul Kawata of the National Minority AIDS Council takes a look at how we got into the current crisis -- and what we can do to get through it.
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What Does It Mean to Live With HIV in the U.S.?
Whether you're positive or negative, we're all affected by HIV. On Sept. 21, take a snapshot of a moment from your everyday life and send it to our content partners at Positively Aware. Selected photos will appear in a special section of the Positively Aware World AIDS Day issue.
It's all part of our community's ongoing effort to wipe out the stigma of living with HIV. Break out your cameras (or mobile phones) on Sept. 21 and join the effort! Click here for more info on how to take part.
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Condoms vs. Barebacking: The Choice of a Lifetime
"How do you interest gay men in condoms when so many have already opted for sero-sorting, barebacking, and risk reduction techniques?" asks Mark S. King. In his latest video blog, Mark sits down with HIV prevention experts -- as well as the original bareback poster boy Tony Valenzuela -- to talk about some of the thorniest issues involving gay men, sex and HIV prevention today.
Why Do Women Sometimes Put Themselves At Risk for HIV?
"I think it's a low self-esteem issue. Some people just don't care," says Shakeela, explaining her take on why some women put themselves at risk for HIV. Shakeela is a participant in the Project WISH vaccine trial, run by a clinic that serves women in high-risk areas of Chicago. In this article from Positively Aware, she and other women talk candidly about their own experiences with HIV risk.
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