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Ed Perlmutter

Ed Perlmutter was diagnosed with HIV in July 2006, and has been receiving HIV therapy through a National Institutes of Health (NIH) study since September 2006. He lives with his partner in an old farmhouse on the city limits of Boston, in the woods, amongst critters and varmints and dozens of varieties of dahlias. When he is not raising awareness as an accidental activist, he is a graduate student in health communication at Emerson College and works as a textbook publishing consultant.

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Giving Back Through Research: A Blog Entry by Ed Perlmutter Img
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Giving Back Through Research: A Blog Entry by Ed Perlmutter

"While I may be a drop in the clinical trials study bucket, the blood and other data collected from me is now helping to analyze myriad data as people with HIV age," writes Perlmutter.

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My Shifting Seat on the HIV Merry-Go-Round: A Blog Entry by Ed Perlmutter Img
Personal Stories

My Shifting Seat on the HIV Merry-Go-Round: A Blog Entry by Ed Perlmutter

"I liken those first days on meds to a Holy War against the virus, thousands of sophisticated and trained pharmaceutical soldiers at battle with millions of copies of the virus. It was exhausting work ... and wars are not always won or lost in a few ...

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Routine Opt-Out HIV Testing in 2011: The Road to Civility Is Paved With Forgiveness -- A Blog Entry by Ed Perlmutter Img
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Routine Opt-Out HIV Testing in 2011: The Road to Civility Is Paved With Forgiveness -- A Blog Entry by Ed Perlmutter

There have been few dull moments in Ed Perlmutter's first year as an "accidental activist" for routine opt-out HIV testing. Here, he colorfully recaps the progress and obstacles that the cause faced in 2010, and reaffirms the importance of this fight...

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When I'm Right, I'm Right: A Blog Entry by Ed Perlmutter

"I can't believe no one offered me an HIV test." This became my mantra the summer of 2006, recanted time and again, along with anecdotes from the medical odyssey that began early January 2005 with what I thought were irritable bowel-like symptoms. My...

By Ed Perlmutter