HIV News & Views, January 20, 2011
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Maria T. Mejia Meet Maria T. Mejia: Showing My Face, Fighting Stigma
"You will tell the family you have another disease." That's what Maria T. Mejia's mother said to her when Maria tested HIV positive at age 18, and that's just what Maria did -- until, after almost 20 years of silence, this Miami, Fla., resident made the decision to start speaking out. In her brand-new blog, she'll be opening up about dealing with health concerns, finding love with her female partner, and sharing how she battles stigma.

ScotCharles ScotCharles: Managing Neurological Issues While Enjoying the Trip of a Lifetime
"Sometimes you have to take the plunge with a calculated risk," ScotCharles writes. And so it is that he sets the stage for his three-week trip to Egypt -- a journey during which, just like any other day, he'll carry his spectrum of AIDS-related neurological issues along with him. ScotCharles details how he'll manage each complication so he can better enjoy a journey he's dreamed all his life of taking.

Year in Review

Year in Review

What were the most important HIV-related stories of 2010, and what noteworthy moments failed to get their due? takes stock of 2010 in "HIV/AIDS Year in Review: Looking Back on 2010 (and Ahead to 2011)." This series of exclusive articles includes:


 New Nebraska Bill Proposes Increased Penalties for Spitting on Cops if You're Living With HIV or Hepatitis; Media Fails in Its Reporting
Even though HIV and hepatitis C are not spread through the transference of saliva, that scientifically proven fact didn't stop Nebraska State Senator Mike Gloor. On Jan. 10, Gloor proposed a bill that would make spitting on a police officer a misdemeanor in his state, but for someone living with HIV or hep C, the punishment could be much more severe. But what may be just as dangerous as the bill itself is the way the media has reported on it.

 U.S. Cable News Tackles HIV and (GASP!) Just About Succeeds
"When I read that CNN's Anderson Cooper was hosting a news special about the AIDS epidemic in America, I wasn't too excited about it," our news editor Kellee Terrell deadpans. But despite her misgivings, she was impressed by what she saw. (She gives it a "B" overall.) Kellee recaps what was done well and what could have been done better during the special, which aired on Jan. 14.

 233 Added to U.S. ADAP Waiting Lists in Past Week; Total Reaches 5,387 Nationwide
The latest "ADAP Watch" report reveals that the downward spiral continues with U.S. AIDS Drug Assistance Program waiting lists: More than 200 people have been added to lists just within the past week, bringing the total to 5,387 across 10 states as of Jan. 13.

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hiv & me

booklet cover We've just finished revising our highly regarded booklet:

"HIV & Me: An African American's Guide to Living With HIV"

The revised booklet includes updated personal stories and treatment information, and is meant to provide newly diagnosed African Americans with some of the basic information they need as they cope with their HIV status.

Check out the full guide online or download a PDF version, which you can print out and use as a reference or distribute to people who might find it helpful.


Mark S. King Mark S. King and Sean Strub Present: Five Things About HIV They're Not Telling Gay Men
"Why can't you throw gay men a bone?" That plea was uttered by video blogger Mark S. King almost 20 years ago, as he pleaded with public health officials for HIV prevention campaigns geared toward gay men. Two decades later, he still feels these campaigns are off the mark (no pun intended). In his latest video blog, Mark invites longtime activist Sean Strub into his home to talk out these points and more -- while squeezing in a few pingpong sets.

Candace Y. A. Montague A Night in Washington, D.C.'s Red Light District (Part One)
In part one of this three-part series, blogger Candace Y.A. Montague takes readers on a journey as she follows HIPS (Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive), an organization that distributes safer-sex tools to sex workers in Washington, D.C.'s red light district. Montague describes her experiences riding in the van with HIP staff and volunteers as they provide HIV testing and pass out condoms, lube and dental dams.

 In Russia, Failures Upon Failures Explain a Worsening HIV Epidemic
Russia's HIV/AIDS epidemic "has defied worldwide trends, expanding more rapidly year by year than almost anywhere else," The New York Times reports. The article explains how Russia has become "one of the world's low points in the effort to fight the spread of HIV," in large part due to the government's failure to reach out to injection drug users and sex workers.

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Activist Central

 Transgender Health: Submit an Abstract by Jan. 31 for the National Summit in April

 Urge Your Elected Officials to Defend the Affordable Care Act

 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