HIV News & Views, March 17, 2011
March 17, 2011
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Raymond Jackson Raymond Jackson: This Positive Life Video Series
Raymond was born with HIV, but was not aware of his status until he was 12. At the age of 4, he suffered a stroke that left him paraplegic. And as if his life was not difficult enough for someone so young, he had to cope with his mother's death and struggle with his sexuality as a gay young man. Raymond talks about his incredible journey and what he does to combat HIV stigma and educate others.

Southern AIDS Living Quilt Introducing the Southern AIDS Living Quilt!
The Southern AIDS Living Quilt illustrates the growing impact of HIV on women in the South, particularly women of color. In each video testimonial, women living with HIV share their personal stories about being diagnosed, the stigma they encounter and the importance of getting tested.

Sarah and Carmen Anthony Sacco Meet Our New Bloggers Sarah and Carmen Anthony Sacco!
When Sarah was diagnosed in 2003, at age 23, she believed that she was "damaged goods." At that same time, Carmen Anthony was slowly regaining life after being given an AIDS diagnosis in 2000. Certainly neither one was expecting to find love at an HIV support group, but they did -- with one another. The rest is history -- and a brand-new blog on

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gurlzone (From New York) on "The Honest Truth About Trust ..."

"Half of the many people I have tested positive thought they were in a monogamous relationship until they became HIV positive. I listen to girls, women and gay men who tell me that their decision not to use condoms was a demonstration of their trust and love for their partner and their willingness to commit to an exclusive relationship. I am weary of hearing public health propaganda about how 'mutual monogamy,' marriage, commitment, fidelity and love should protect people against HIV. Marriage is no protection against HIV."

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HIV NEWS & VIEWS logo Introducing's (Almost) Daily News Digest may be a big Web site, but we can't cover every single piece of HIV/AIDS news out there. Fortunately, we're not the only ones on the Internet reporting on noteworthy HIV-related developments. In this new feature, Kellee Terrell, our news editor, provides capsule summaries of recent headlines in HIV/AIDS that may otherwise slip through the cracks.

Candace Y. A. Montague Homes for Hope: Building Housing for People Living With HIV
In this third entry of blogger Candace Y.A. Montague's "If You Lived Here" series, meet Veronica Jenkins, M.D., an ordinary doctor from the Southeast, whose passion for helping her HIV-positive patients grew into Homes for Hope. Jenkins shares the ups and downs of starting her own organization that provides emergency and transitional housing for people living with HIV.

 Indecent Proposals: How Three Medicaid Reforms Could Harm Low-Income HIVers
Recently, the New York State Medicaid Redesign Team submitted 79 proposals to repair and restructure its program. While Housing Works supports a majority of the proposals that will most likely impact low-income people living with HIV, it does oppose a few proposals that could lead to less access to quality dental care and higher co-pay costs for families.

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Met a Great Guy, But Don't Think I Have Time for a Relationship
(A recent post from the "Gay Men" board)

"I am a formerly married man, came out, divorced and diagnosed HIV positive last July. My life has become an intense juggling act with obligations to my ex-wife, three kids and 24-hour job. Managing my HIV seems to be the easiest thing to do, funny to say. But I am very lonely and find my life stalled. I met a great guy, who is also positive, and I just don't think I have the time to devote to a relationship. I really need some advice."

 -- njpozdad

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Dr. Bob The Search for the Cure Heats Up! Part Three: What's Going On?
"In the search for a cure we often take two steps forward and then one step back," cautions Bob Frascino, M.D., in his final entry of a three-part blog series. "However, we are now certain that we are stepping on the correct path." Now that he's shared why he believes the search for an HIV cure has been reinvigorated, he outlines the actions being taken in the HIV research, activism and funding communities to move us in that direction.

 Kevin Maloney: A Coinfection Story
While almost a quarter of all people living with HIV are estimated to also be living with hepatitis C, we often don't hear stories about their lives and treatment experiences. Blogger Robert Breining breaks that trend by sharing this video blog from Kevin Maloney, an advocate who was dually diagnosed in March 2010. Watch Kevin open up about his drug use, his eventual diagnosis and experiences living with both HIV and hep C.

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 Community Viral Load: A New Way to Measure Our Progress
"Having an undetectable viral load is one important measure of quality HIV care," writes Ronald Valdiserri, M.D., M.P.H. In hopes of ensuring that all communities have undetectable viral loads and fewer new HIV infections, Valdiserri discusses how researchers and health advocates are using a new strategy: measuring the community viral load (CVL) as a means of knowing which particular neighborhoods need better access to meds.

 Some Important Questions to Ask About PrEP
Since the results of the iPrEx clinical trials were released last November, it seems like pre-exposure prophaylaxis (PrEP) has been on everyone's mind. The HIV Prevention Justice Alliance recently hosted a PrEP-centric webinar conversation between HIV researchers and activists, discussing vital questions such as how the community can ensure that PrEP becomes an integral part of HIV prevention.

 How We Can Make HIV Prevention Programs More Effective in the U.S.
Last month at the 18th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI), Jonathan Mermin, MD, of the CDC gave a presentation addressing how the U.S. should move forward with its HIV prevention interventions. In this video, Mermin discusses what approaches work and what needs to be done in order to achieve the goals set by the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.

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Body PRO bloggers When HIV Health Professionals Blog ... Introducing HIV Care Today!
How does a nurse practitioner who specializes in aging apply that training to the HIV/AIDS field? How are clinicians integrating PrEP into their practices? What are the health benefits of optimism, and how can providers encourage this attitude in clients? Seasoned professionals explore these and other everyday challenges of their jobs in HIV Care Today--a brand-new-multi-author blog tailored for providers across the spectrum of HIV care.

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 Action Alert: Join the Fight to Support the Affordable Care Act and Reject Repeal Efforts

 Sign on, Sign Up, Speak Out: Save Prevention Access

 Organizations: Call on US to Heed UN Words on Sex Worker Rights

 Congress: Ask for $$$ Estimate on the Nat'l AIDS Strategy!

 Activist Alert: Sign on to Demand Freedom for Chinese AIDS Activist

 House Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood: Sign a Letter to Congress to Save Critical Services!