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Unanticipated Consequences of AIDS Survival

"Through looking back at HIV/AIDS, a context is made for our survivor history, including an understanding of the issues, the intensity and a vivid perspective that many did not witness, or may not recognize," Matt Sharp writes.

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Navigating the ACA: One Man's Journey

How has one person living with HIV for 26 years navigated the ACA?

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AIDS Activism: Fight Back! End AIDS!

Approaching the long line of cars at the Tijuana border, Jim Corti was not afraid, even though his trunk was packed with boxes of medications from Mexican pharmacies. As he reached the checkpoint he hoped he would be waved through once again.

He was...

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Understanding the Puzzle That Is Our Immune System

Our immune system has taken thousands of years to evolve into the disease-fighting machine it is now, but sometimes things just don’t go according to plan. In this article for Positively Aware, Matt Sharp looks at the "insidious" way HIV uses the b...

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Get Sharp: Quest for a Cure

You're Not Getting Any Younger "A cure is possible." These words are scrawled in red on a grease board in my office at Project Inform to remind me and anyone else who walks by that a cure for AIDS is not entirely out of the question. There was a time...

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Life Savers

I was recently honored to retell the history of AIDS activism for a workshop at the Food and Drug Administration in Rockville, Maryland. I spoke on a patient representative panel about how AIDS activists "got in the door" at the FDA, eventually spe...

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The Papilloma Chronicles

Photo © by Russell McGonagle

1981 -- Los Angeles

The first sign that I was infected with human papilloma virus (HPV). I discovered several little bumps on my anus that turned out to be warts or anal chondyloma caused by HPV, a sexually transmitted ...

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The Price of Surviving HIV

This past January, the New York Times published a front page story about the downside of living longer with HIV. Despite the fact that people with HIV are living longer, the story described survival issues and other health complications that are pred...

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Personal Stories

Half Century: Turning Fifty Hasn't Detracted From Surviving AIDS

Matt Sharp

My fiftieth birthday came and went with no particular symphonic fanfare or 4th of July fireworks that one expects when they reach the half-century mark. Besides the mood of my day being tainted by George Bush's creepy sixtieth birthday th...

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Resisting Resistance: A Long-Term Survivor's Search for a Regimen That Works

In a little over four months I will turn fifty. When I was diagnosed with HIV in 1988 I never dreamed I'd reach forty. I've survived a long battle with HIV, and it has not been easy. It's taken a concentrated and impassioned effort to gain every piec...