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Dear JK Rowling: Being a Werewolf Is Not Like Having HIV Img
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Dear JK Rowling: Being a Werewolf Is Not Like Having HIV

Becoming a werewolf turns this Harry Potter character into an uncontrollable killer who needs to be isolated. Now JK Rowling says it's a metaphor for HIV. Not the best way to combat stigma, writes Becky Allen.

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Charlie Sheen Deserves Your Scorn, but Not Because He Has HIV

"I get that it's tempting, when bad things happen to a bad person, to revel in the schadenfreude," writes Becky Allen, TheBody.com's site director. "But this isn't comeuppance or just desserts -- and sorry folks, the contracting-HIV-from-tiger-blood ...

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Endure, Remember, Forgive: A Blog Entry by Becky Allen

"There is no good way to watch your parent die. There is nothing that makes it comfortable or easy."

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Having the Awkward Conversation: A Blog Entry by Becky Allen

"I was taught in my high school health class that you should always ask about STDs before having sex with someone, but no one ever really explained what that conversation might sound like."

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On Grief, and Connecting to a Community: A Blog Entry by Becky Allen

"Last winter, my mother had a sudden, massive seizure -- followed, in short order, by brain surgery, a stroke and an eventual diagnosis of brain cancer."

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AIDS 2012 Twitter Buzz: Winding Down and Looking Forward

Twitter rolls on even as AIDS 2012 winds down. Today's highlights include more discussions of prevention and criminalization, as well as the future of the conference -- and the future of HIV.

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AIDS 2012 Twitter Buzz: The Dog Days of the Conference

As we pass the halfway point of AIDS 2012, exhaustion has started to set in. But the tweeting continues, with topics from prevention, criminalization and gender, plus living with HIV while aging -- or while young.

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AIDS Is Older Than I Am: Musings From Generation Y

"My generation grew up with HIV. We were among the first kids who learned about it in the classroom," writes Becky Allen, TheBody.com's site manager. But "just because HIV has been with us for as long as we remember doesn't mean we're at ease with it...

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Annie Lennox: Singing Out Against HIV

Annie Lennox speaking at AIDS 2008

After you've won four Grammys, eight BRIT Awards, put out multiple platinum and gold albums and even won an Oscar for your music, what's left to do?

For Annie Lennox, the answer is become an HIV advocate.

Inspire...