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Kicking ASS: Long-Term Survivors of HIV/AIDS Take Control of Their Destiny

    Kicking ASS: Long-Term Survivors of HIV/AIDS Take Control of Their Destiny (Credit: Duane Cramer)
    Duane Cramer
    'When I started talking to friends and began reading reactions to [Spencer] Cox's death, I realized I was not alone, and it all became very real.' -- Tez Anderson (Credit: Duane Cramer)
    "When I started talking to friends and began reading reactions to [Spencer] Cox's death, I realized I was not alone, and it all became very real." -- Tez AndersonDuane Cramer
    Taking Control: When they saw that long-term survivors were in need of help, Tez Anderson (left) and Matt Sharp responded by forming a group. (Credit: Duane Cramer)
    Taking Control: When they saw that long-term survivors were in need of help, Tez Anderson (left) and Matt Sharp responded by forming a group.Duane Cramer
    'We knew we had touched a nerve when so many people showed up to the initial town hall meeting, and people all over the country started contacting us.' -- Matt Sharp (Credit: Duane Cramer)
    "We knew we had touched a nerve when so many people showed up to the initial town hall meeting, and people all over the country started contacting us." -- Matt SharpDuane Cramer
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