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Dance Your Ass Off!

Taking your meds is a great first step, but if you want a healthy life with HIV, you need to get up and dance to better health!

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Navigating an HMO: How I Became My Doctor's Free Continuing Medical Education Provider

I recently lost my position as Editor of the HIV Services Directory that TPAN published for 15 years, basically due to Bush's cuts. I was blessed and found another job during January 2005, as manager at one of the Rapid HIV Testing Programs for Acc...

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My Kind of Life: Daddy Dearest on the Down Low

I am going to support a man living on the down low. As hard as it was for me to try to understand as I matured, and as hard as it is for me still to play along with it to this day. As hard as I struggled in therapy over it. I have come to respect a...

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My Kind of Life: Peripheral Neuropathy

I had PN (peripheral neuropathy) for about three years, and with hindsight I can say that it was one of the complications of HIV and its medications that held me deep in depression for a very long time. PN is caused by damage to the nerves that ser...

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HIV/AIDS 101: The Three- and Four-Letter Acronyms

We have been living with bacteria and viruses since before homo became erectus. In fact, some bacteria are healthy and necessary for us to survive, like the ones that live in our stomachs and lower intestines that are helpful to our daily living.

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My Kind of Life: I Was a Viread Guinea Pig

Clinical trials are necessary, but who wants to be a guinea pig? Who wants to take a new chemical formulation that has only been tried on rats and monkeys? I'm far from a rat, despite what some people have said. And while I'm just a few genes away ...

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My Kind of Life: Not Just Another Healthy Drink

Sometimes the wheel is reinvented and it rolls better. There is a nutritional drink on the market that has redefined the very essence of its nature. Redefined because it is made for the HIV-impacted community and others living with chronic diseases...

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My Kind of Life: I Love My Androgel

What I really love about my Androgel I can't write about in a family magazine, but my editor demanded to know. Alright, when I have leftover Androgel at the end of the month, I rub it on myself and my partner and we go into a frenzy. We have a grea...

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My Kind of Life: Crystal Death-Amphetamine

How do I tell my best friend that I can no longer tolerate him? How do I tell him that he is such a mess that he scares me because he reminds me of my own messy days? How do I tell him that he is slowly going mad? How do I tell him that I cannot wa...

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A Lad and His Dog

You may be aware of the studies showing that people who own pets have a better chance of living healthier lives. In many studies researchers have found blood pressure levels of pet lovers to be lower than "pet-less" people, as well as many other in...