HIV News & Views, December 9, 2010
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As an action-packed year for the HIV/AIDS community draws to a close, takes stock of 2010 in a new series of articles, "HIV/AIDS Year in Review: Looking Back on 2010 (and Ahead to 2011)." You can read the entire series here; below is a taste of what you'll find there.

calendar Top HIV/AIDS Clinical Developments of 2010
Of the hundreds of studies and other major developments in HIV this year, which are the most likely to change the way HIV is prevented and treated? David Wohl, M.D., takes an in-depth look at the highlights of the past 12 months in one of our most popular annual updates. (This article can get pretty technical, but each story has a "bottom line" section to help explain its importance.)

Mark S. King Mark S. King: My T Cells Could Use a Facelift
"Can I still complain about getting older if I was supposed to be dead 20 years ago?" Mark S. King asks. "That's the dilemma of aging, HIV-positive guys like me. Feeling victorious over AIDS only takes your self-esteem so far; there's no HIV medication to fight wrinkles."

Richard Cordova III Richard Cordova III: Why We Must Be Out and Proud About HIV
"Coming to [a] place of peace and openness has opened my eyes to the reality of what it means for many people living with this disease in 2010," blogger Richard Cordova III writes in our year-in-review series. "With the medications keeping so many of us alive just as long as our negative counterparts, one might think that everything was A-OK. I'm here to tell you that it is not."

 Strangest but Truest Posts of 2010 in's "Ask the Experts" Forums
We scoured our "Ask the Experts" forums and nominated 10 posts we feel are the "best of the worst" of 2010. They're some of the oddest, most nonsensical questions we've seen people ask about HIV this year. Now it's time for you to vote on which of the 10 finalists represents the year's most bizarre post!

Join the Conversation

Stephan (From New York City) on "Let It Be"
(Comment posted Dec. 2)

"Each day brings challenges in terms of facing fears: long-term unemployment, possible loss of home, what happens if I lose my COBRA, will I ever be able to visit my partner in Thailand again. Some days the meditation comes easily and I can observe the fears without attachment, other days staying focused on the breath is all I can manage. But whatever the daily experience turns out to be, the fact that I make time, take the effort to meditate, take a mindful breath before reacting to a fearful thought, reminds that I am becoming a better friend to myself."

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


William Ching William Ching: A Place Called Home
"I have always struggled with disclosure, whether it is with friends, family or potential partners. But I never really paid much attention to whether my HIV status would, or should, have any bearing in renting a room," William Ching writes. He shares his experience looking for a roommate in San Francisco, Calif. -- and describes how he was turned away because of his HIV status.

Ibrahim Ibrahim: Mission Impossible -- Tom Cruise and Sara
"It's relatively safe for me to blog, talk and advocate. But I would like to talk about those heroes who still live in the Middle East, yet are working tirelessly to bring justice to HIV patients. ... They are the heroes of what some see as Mission Impossible." Ibrahim writes about a young, HIV-positive Saudi woman and HIV/AIDS advocate -- and the connection between the Middle East, Tom Cruise and HIV.

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Kim Kardashian Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga and Other Celebrities "Dying" for AIDS
A gaggle of top celebrities recently tried (and largely failed) to use social media to raise $1 million for global HIV/AIDS. "It would have been nice for these same celebrities -- who have so much visibility, popularity and influence -- to focus these efforts on the domestic HIV epidemic," writes our editorial assistant Warren Tong. "One can imagine the impact of having singer Jay Sean remind young people that they are at risk and need to get tested for HIV."
Credit: Markus Klinko & Indrani, styling by GK Reid.

Eric Nelson Don't Lose Another Generation: Reigniting HIV/AIDS Awareness in the U.S.
"AIDS awareness reached its zenith in the '90s, keeping the topic on the national news and in front of people," Eric Nelson, Executive Director of Better Existence with HIV in Chicago, Ill., writes. "Activists fought for quicker access to better drugs and you couldn't turn around without seeing a red ribbon. But over the years that visibility has slowly faded. What happened?"

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Connect With Others

What Can I Expect at My First HIV Specialist Visit?
(A recent post from the "I Just Tested Positive" board)

I just tested positive on Nov. 10. I have not seen a specialist yet. I have an appointment on Dec. 9 and I do not know what to expect. I'm so nervous. I feel fine, like if I were negative. Does anyone have any advice on what to expect? Can someone let me know how they got through their first HIV doc visit? -- will_live2

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person in silhouetteLet's Stop Playing the HIV Transmission Blame Game
"We are encouraged to think about [HIV] prevention and transmission in terms of responsibility. Someone must be at fault. Culturally, we hunt for secret villains," Kirk Grisham writes. In this Black AIDS Institute article, Grisham argues that this mentality distracts us from the bigger picture -- and from having "honest conversations about sex and relationships."

David StupplebeenNews Flash: Asians and Pacific Islanders Have the Lowest HIV Testing Rates
"The epidemic continues to grow while we look the other way," David Stupplebeen writes about Asians and Pacific Islanders (A&PIs) living in the U.S. "The rate of new HIV infections has nearly tripled among young gay and bisexual A&PI men. Worse, one in three A&PIs living with HIV doesn't even know it."

Gerry Christopher JohnsonWhat People Really Want to Know: Not Their HIV Status
"Ever since the recession rocked the economy off of its hinges in 2008, with jobs, savings and employer-provided health insurance going by the wayside, I have met people who barely want to know the status of their 401(k), let alone their health," Gerry Christopher Johnson writes. Johnson offers a sober explanation for how life's realities can deter many from learning their HIV status.

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Activist Central

 Dec. 16: Join a Call and Discussion of HIV Criminalization in the U.S.

 Let 2011 Be a Year of Action! Ask Family and Friends How They'll Join the Fight

 Act Now: No Airtime for Killer AIDS Denialist

 Demand That the CDC Reach Out to Transgender Youth

 Call on Peruvian Authorities for Justice in Murder of HIV/AIDS & Gay Activist