HIV News & Views, October 7, 2010
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Rev. Kevin E. Taylor Rev. Kevin E. Taylor: Black, Gay and Loving God
"So many Black gay men have been beaten down by homophobia, discrimination, the church or HIV that they feel as if they are 'broken' and disconnected from their church or spirituality," says Rev. Kevin E. Taylor. In this article from the Black AIDS Institute, Taylor, a black gay minister, offers advice to other black gay men on how to love themselves while also loving God.

Michelle Lopez This Positive Life: An Interview With Michelle Lopez
"The secret to my survival is that I want to live," says HIV/AIDS advocate, mother, domestic abuse survivor and long-term HIVer Michelle Lopez in the latest episode of our This Positive Life podcast series. "We have got to start loving us, no matter what: HIV, gay, black, lesbian, Latino. You know, we are somebody."

Ibrahim Ibrahim: In Arabic, "HIV" Is Misspelled "AL-AIDS"
"I wish I could be less terrified that they might find out that I have THE DISEASE, THE CURSE, THE AL-AIDS, because in fact I don't have that," writes Arab-American blogger Ibrahim in his latest blog entry. "All I have is a tiny virus that is unfortunately becoming stronger than my whole Middle Eastern community."

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World AIDS Day 2010 Video PSA ContestIf you had the chance to create your own World AIDS Day HIV awareness public service announcement (PSA), what would you say? What message would you want to get across?

Here's your chance to do just that -- and to win some cool prizes in the process! announces our World AIDS Day 2010 Video PSA Contest. Read the rules and submit your video by Nov. 10 for a chance to change the way we talk about HIV -- and a chance to win an iPad or a Flip video camera!


 Light at the End of the Tunnel? Renewed Hope in the Search for a Cure
"Finding a cure for HIV is one of the 'holy grails' of medical research," writes Bob Huff for Positively Aware. "Even as progress in treating HIV has leapt forward, and while AIDS vaccine research remains a high research priority, the search for a cure has received little attention. But hopes for a cure are on the rise."

When to start? Why Doesn't Anyone Really Know When to Start HIV Treatment?
If you ask a dozen experts, "When is the best time to start HIV treatment?" you might get a dozen different answers. In this article from Positively Aware, David Wohl, M.D., explains why -- even with so much recent research on the subject -- "when to start" is still such a hard question to answer.

 Women and Anemia: The Basics
Anemia is a common condition in HIV-positive people, especially women. It can cause feelings of fatigue, lower your quality of life and increase the risk of making HIV disease worse. This fact sheet from The Well Project provides a rundown of some of the key causes of anemia, as well as some options for how to treat it.

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Remembering My Mom
(A recent post from the "My Loved One Has HIV/AIDS" board)

My mother passed away from AIDS in 2000, my senior year in high school. I remember finding out that she was HIV positive when I was in seventh grade. ... I remember being in class and bursting out into tears because I feared for my mom's life. We went on through life having countless arguments because she would get discouraged and depressed and would stop taking meds. I was so hard on her because of this. I didn't spend a lot of time with her because I didn't want to see her like that. How selfish of me. ... I thank God that before my mom passed, we were able to tell each other how much we loved each other and how sorry we were.

-- Tbaby

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 Project Disclosure: Mondo Guerra Announces He Is HIV Positive
Mondo Guerra is the front-runner to win the current season of the popular reality program Project Runway. In last week's episode, he also came out -- for the first time in public -- as HIV positive. "Given the visibility, popularity and influence that reality television has ... it could do wonders for breaking down stigma and showing the many different faces of HIV," writes's news editor Kellee Terrell.

 U.S. Announces It Will Share Rights to Some HIV Meds in Global Patent Pool
The U.S. National Institutes of Health announced it will throw some of its HIV drug patents into a worldwide pool designed to make HIV medications dramatically cheaper for resource-poor areas of the world. The government's patent on Prezista (darunavir) is the first to enter the pool, although other steps are necessary before it can be produced generically.

 Donors Pledge Nearly $12 Billion for Global Fund, Missing Lowest Funding Target
A worldwide gathering of donors has pledged $11.7 billion over three years for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Although the new pledges represent a 20 percent jump over the 2008-2010 period, they actually fall below the lowest amount the Global Fund says it needs to sustain its fight against HIV/AIDS.

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 In Wake of LGBT Suicides, New Anti-Homophobia Campaign Launches in New York
Gay Men's Health Crisis has relaunched its well-received anti-homophobia campaign "I Love My Boo." The campaign includes posters depicting young black and Latino couples proudly kissing, hugging and holding hands. These affirming images couldn't have come at a better time: Not only are HIV rates among young gay men on the rise, but the U.S. has seen five LBGT teen suicides triggered by anti-gay bullying in the past three weeks.

Brandon Lacy Campos Brandon Lacy Campos: Human Need vs. Condoms in the HIV Prevention Talk
Blogger Brandon Lacy Campos is tired of seeing the same old, unrealistic approaches to HIV prevention and sex education. "Why don't we look at new HIV prevention models that focus on a whole-person, healthy view of sex that includes risk reduction and strategies for how, when and under what circumstances to have unprotected sex?" he asks in his latest entry.

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Activist Central

 Women With HIV Deserve Abortion Coverage: Tell the White House!

 Join a Facebook and Twitter Campaign to Fight NY Gov. Paterson's Rent Cap Veto!

 NIAID to Host Public Meeting on Future HIV/AIDS Research Networks

 Action Alert: Say NO to Abstinence-Only Sex Education

 President Obama: Address the ADAP Crisis!

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