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Boston Strong -- 1 Year Later

The first person living with what used to be called "full-blown AIDS" to run the Boston Marathon, Stephen Kovacev, tells of running it one year after the Boston bombing tragedy.

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Living With HIV, Surviving the Boston Marathon Attack and Running the NYC Marathon: A Blog Entry by Stephen Kovacev

Nov. 3, 2013: It was dark when I left for the buses and when morning broke to an overcast sky, the wind gusts from the north made it bitterly cold. So what was I doing standing here trying to stay warm at the foot of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge on S...

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Boston Marathon Attack: An HIV Survivor's Perspective

"As we crossed Boylston Street, I looked down toward the finish line. It was surreal. It looked like a war zone," writes Stephen Kovacev, a longtime HIV survivor who runs the Boston Marathon yearly as a means of spiritual and physical survival.

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Handling Depression and Having Pride After an HIV Diagnosis

Richard Cordova, a 33-year-old gay man from Chicago, was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in 2002 -- which did not surprise him, since he had been living a life of hard partying, heavy drug use and unprotected sex at the time. He came across an opportunity fo...

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How I -- and Team4HIVHope -- Got to the Race Across America: A Blog Entry by Steven Berveling

I write this on the eve of getting on a plane from Sydney to LA, to do the final preparations for our Team4HIVHope. The Race Across America, starting on June 18, 2011. The Race will take about 7 days, non-stop (day and night). We climb approximately ...

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Cry Me an Ocean (in the Desert): A Blog Entry by Philip D.

When I say that I've cried more in the past two and a half years than I have in the rest of my life combined, I'm not really exaggerating. Since my diagnosis, it seems almost anything can get me going. Though a funny thing happened on the way to th...

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Marathon Man

Jim Pickett

On October 10, in exactly two weeks, I will run 26.2 miles in the Chicago Marathon.

I began training for this day in April, via the AIDS Marathon Training Program. This program, which exists in Washington, DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco...

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Pickett Fences: Fatty Acid

There was that unmistakable sound of horror swaddled in pity, a blend served with equal parts condescension and hope for a better tomorrow. A sort of gasp, and then a silence as full as a fat baby's diapers.

I have heard this sound before.

I was ta...

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Living With Yoga and HIV

Healing, health, healthy, and wholeness have become words of transformation. The meaning of these words seemed warped after testing HIV positive back in my mid-20s in 1993. In the many months of numbness immediately following my test results, I ass...

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Practicing Pedal Power

Up until the fall of 1996, the amount of bike-riding Gregg Gour had done in his life had probably added up to about 10 miles.

Since then, Gour has ridden well over 2,000 miles to fight AIDS -- and the 5'8" 40-year-old weighing 173 pounds has the leg...