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Living With HIV -- and Everything Else

Recently, a 55-year-old gay man announced to his dinner companions, "Well, I hear that having HIV is now just about taking one pill a day. I can do that, so I'm going to stop using condoms."

As anyone living with HIV knows, managing this disease is ...

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Anal Cancer

Personal Perspective -- The Good Patient: Fighting Anal Cancer

Five years ago, at age 50, my doctor suggested I get an anal Pap smear. "What's that?" I asked. She told me it was a test for precancerous lesions caused by HPV (human papillomavirus), and that any gay man with HIV should have one done on a regular b...

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Personal Stories

Personal Perspective: Staying in the Game, Despite the Odds

I never lived the perfect life my family wanted. I always had bigger visions for myself even if they didn't agree with me. And over the years I've dealt with all the madness that life has put in front of me.

When I was a teenager my brother found ou...

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Personal Stories

Fighting for South Africa

I first began hearing about AIDS in 1997. I'd finished my nursing training in 1990 and I was never taught anything about HIV. It was whispered about, but we were told it wouldn't affect us because it was only with gay people and drug users. We though...

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Anti-HIV Criminalization Bill Introduced

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) has introduced an unprecedented piece of legislation that could put an end to laws that impose cruel and unfair penalties on HIV-positive people in the U.S.

The bill, called the REPEAL HIV Discrimination Act, calls f...

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Prosecuting HIV: Take the Test and Risk Arrest?

Imagine meeting someone online, having a nice chat, and then deciding to hook up. You have HIV, but you're adherent to your meds and have had an undetectable viral load for years. You and your sexual partner use a condom. Sometime later, the partner ...

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Incarcerated People

HIV and HCV in U.S. Prisons: Debunking the Myths

Prisoners in the U.S. are much more likely to be living with HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) than the general public. Though this may not be surprising, there is a widespread false belief that most inmates living with HIV and HCV were infected while ...

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News

Since When Are Condoms Illegal?

Men who have sex with men (MSM) and sex workers are among the most vulnerable to HIV. To combat this, prevention programs have focused on encouraging condom use to help prevent transmission. Prisoners need them, since the reality of prison life often...

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Personal Stories

Personal Perspective: Freed From Prison, But Not Free

I am one of the 216,600 people who are sexually abused each year in prisons, jails, youth facilities, and immigration detention. In the fall of 2008, I went to prison in California for attempted armed robbery. I had been in prison before so I thought...

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Incarcerated People

Editorial: The Prison Rape Elimination Act

Many may turn the other cheek, or even feel the act justified, but there is nothing acceptable about prison rape. Prison rape in the U.S. corrections system is a serious issue that places victims of the assault at great risk of contracting sexually t...