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Raymond A. Smith

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Organizing for Access: The Agua Buena Human Rights Association

The desperate need for antiretroviral medications in the countries of Africa has received a great deal of attention in the United States in recent months. Under pressure from activists, the Bush Administration last year announced a new $15 billion ...

By Raymond A. Smith for Body Positive
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Global AIDS: The Big Picture

The Vietnam Veterans' Memorial in Washington DC: Memorializing the global population with HIV would require over 76 miles of wall.

Ever since the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, in July 2000, world attention has been riveted o...

By Raymond A. Smith for Body Positive
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Body Positive Book Reading Club

And the Band Played On: Politics, People and the AIDS Epidemic

By Randy Shilts Re-released in April 2000 by St. Martin's Press, New York; 672 pages, $16.95

"The bitter truth was that AIDS did not just happen to America -- it was allowed to hap...

By Raymond A. Smith for Body Positive
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HIV Treatments: A History of Scientific Advance

Bruce T. Volpone, The Child's Shoe, 1995, AZT and leather

The introduction of antiviral medications used in combination is among the most important advances in the history of HIV/AIDS treatment. By using more than one drug at a time, combinatio...

By Michael Shernoff, M.S.W. and Raymond A. Smith for Body Positive
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To Med or Not to Med? Mental Health Aspects of Treatment Decision Making

The proliferation of new medical options for people with HIV comes as a welcome respite. Particularly compared with the earlier days of the epidemic, HIV infection and even clinical AIDS are no longer "death sentences." Yet the very expansion of opt...

By Michael Shernoff, M.S.W. and Raymond A. Smith for Body Positive
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AIDS, Case Definition of

Case definitions are sets of criteria used by public health agencies in the surveillance, or monitoring, of disease syndromes. In the United States, case definitions are established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). One of the ...

By Theresa McGovern and Raymond A. Smith
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Mixed-Status Couples

Mixed-HIV Status Couples: Navigating the Challenges of Everyday Life

Two hours north of Manhattan in a rural area of the Hudson Valley, Cindy Reide and her husband Luis Martinez lead a daily existence similar in most ways to those of their neighbors and friends. "We have a happy life. We have checkbook problems. My ca...

By Raymond A. Smith for Body Positive
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Mixed-Status Couples

Magnetic Marriages: When Positive and Negative Attract

When John Sheridan tested HIV-positive while living in Spain in 1986, his doctors told him he'd be dead in six months. Deciding that medical care would be better in New York, John decided to move back to the city that was still home to Bruce Coleman,...

By Raymond A. Smith for Body Positive