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Day 8 on Atripla: You Have a Rash on Your What?? (Video)

This video blog is part of the series "My HIV Journey: Videos of My First Months on HIV Meds, and Where I Am Now." Check out a full list of entries in the series.

On Day 7 of my HIV meds (Atripla), I broke out in a rash. The doctor says that it is n...

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Advice for Supporting HIV-Positive Friends (Video)

This video blog is part of the series "My HIV Journey: Videos of My First Months on HIV Meds, and Where I Am Now." Check out a full list of entries in the series.

This video is in response to a viewer asking how to support a friend that is positive ...

The Changing Face of HIV/AIDS Activism: A Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton Img
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The Changing Face of HIV/AIDS Activism: A Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton

"I have been told that the tactics and actions employed by ACT UP no longer serve a purpose. This much is clear: the tactics and actions once employed will again serve as the catalyst for meaningful change, but only if we as a community put the movem...

One HIV-Infected Queer's Response to the State of the Union Address: A Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton Img

One HIV-Infected Queer's Response to the State of the Union Address: A Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton

"During President Obama's State of the Union address, those of us living with HIV waited for a renewed sense of vigor and determination, marking a move toward a CURE for HIV/AIDS. Sadly, in the end, it was a vague phrase that seemed like an ingenuous...

HIV Meds and False Positives on Drug Tests: A Video Blog by Aaron Laxton Img
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HIV Meds and False Positives on Drug Tests: A Video Blog by Aaron Laxton

"Recently I took a drug test and found that I tested positive for THC, or marijuana. After doing some research I discovered that many HIV meds can cause false positives on drug screens."

On a Trip to Memphis: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and My Activism -- A Video Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton Img
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On a Trip to Memphis: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and My Activism -- A Video Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton

"As an activist and advocate, it is always good to take time and rededicate yourself to change. During my recent trip to Memphis, Tenn., I visited the place in which Dr. King was assassinated. I talk [in this video] about what this trip meant to me."...

AIDS, Grief and Loss: Pain of Being Alive -- A Video Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton Img
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AIDS, Grief and Loss: Pain of Being Alive -- A Video Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton

This is a video aimed at addressing the loss that many long-term survivors face. There can be pain associated with the loss as well as with simply still being alive. Do you have these feelings?

A Worthless Foster Kid for Life? A Video Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton Img

A Worthless Foster Kid for Life? A Video Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton

"HIV is only one aspect of who I am. Being a foster child and the associated trauma is something that I struggle with daily. I was taken into care at age 3 and spent over 15 years in the care of people other than my parents."

Day 571: Nausea ... Need I Say More? A Video Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton Img

Day 571: Nausea ... Need I Say More? A Video Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton

So many people think that you are only sick when you first become infected with HIV and that is simply not true. Part of living with HIV can be dealing with nausea related to HIV as well as from the medications we take to control the HIV.

Day 547: Remembering That I Am HIV Infected -- A Video Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton Img
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Day 547: Remembering That I Am HIV Infected -- A Video Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton

"Every now and then something will remind me that I am infected with a virus that, without drug intervention and treatment, would lead to extreme sickness and ultimately death. This is a scary reality and the reason that I share my story with others....