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Laura Engle

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HIV and Older Adults

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The scene: A cruise ship, chartered for seven days by a New York social club. Valentino and Ysis are attractive people in late middle age, both widowed. They are dancing cheek to cheek and whispering into each other's ears.

Valentino: "Y...

By Laura Engle for Body Positive
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Putting It All on the Table

Having HIV or AIDS is never easy. First, of course, there is the disease itself -- falling T-cell counts, opportunistic infections, feeling lousy. Then there are the meds, with their enormous expense and often debilitating side effects. The virus br...

By Laura Engle for Body Positive
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A Link in the Chain: Test, Link Care -- A Community Partnership

Roughly sixty people are seated around tables in a meeting room at the Family Life and Conference Center in Harlem. It is early June, and they are listening intently as Reggie Miller, who is the Director of Education and Outreach at Harlem Congregati...

By Laura Engle for Body Positive
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Growing Up Positive

ILLUSTRATIONS BY ELTON TUCKER Of all life's passages, adolescence may very well be the most difficult.

The physical changes alone are overwhelming -- menstruation, inopportune erections, zits. Body image suddenly becomes important, and everyone want...

By Laura Engle for Body Positive
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The PWAC Legacy

As the staff, volunteers, and program participants of the People With AIDS Coalition of New York join Body Positive, they bring with them a long tradition of helping people with HIV help themselves, a legacy of empowerment.

AIDS Candlelight March, N...

By Laura Engle for Body Positive
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Family Album

kid's drawing of a family It wasn't so long ago -- in some circles, it's still the case today -- that "family" was defined in strictly biological or legal terms, and the idea that "blood is thicker than water" was supposed to tell us whom we should l...

By Laura Engle for Body Positive
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State Senator Tom Duane

I, Thomas K. Duane, do solemnly swear or affirm that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of New York, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of the office of Senator, according to the best o...

By Laura Engle for Body Positive
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It Oughtta Be a Crime?

Nushawn Williams. It's the name most often invoked to justify legislative efforts aimed at punishing people with HIV for the spread of the virus.

Nushawn Williams is the young man who allegedly had unsafe sex with at least 48 women and girls in upst...

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Traditional Healing in a Modern Epidemic

Many medical treatment origins are rooted deep in cultural healing traditions from many geographic areas. It has been common in conventional medicine to minimize the value of its founders -- traditional healer practitioners. Today, at least in Uganda...

By Laura Engle for Body Positive
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When HIV Is Kid Stuff

image Living with HIV and AIDS is tough on anyone. The endless rounds of doctors' visits, the medications and their side effects, the uncertainty -- all take their toll on even the most well-informed and well-adjusted adults. How much harder, then, f...

By Laura Engle for Body Positive