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Health Food Shopping on a Budget

It can be tough to make ends meet, especially if you are immune-compromised with HIV or face other illnesses. Being on HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA) or disability benefits hardly stretches to the allotted time, so how can those who most n...

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Enhancing Your Immune System the Natural Way ... With Food

When I found out I was HIV-positive, suddenly the words "immune system" took on a new sense of relevance and urgency in my life. I decided right away on a path of natural means to keep my immune system strong. I did some research and decided that a...

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Personal Stories

No Protection: A Prisoner's True Story

It's difficult enough for me to imagine being in jail: most of my images stem from old gangster movies in which the wardens are cruel to everyone, the tough guys are mean to the more innocent inmates, and everything is grey. With the onset of the t...

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Meals Programs in NYC

In HIV and other illnesses as well, nothing can take the place of eating properly. Candy bars and vitamin pills are not meal replacements even when they are packaged together. Despite the cutbacks to HIV/AIDS meal programs, it is still possible to pu...

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Help! My Parents Think I'm in Love With Ricky Martin! ... But I'm Not Living "La Vida Loca"

I want my parents to leave me alone and stop bugging me. I'm not into drugs and I don't run with gangs. I'm basically a loner, keeping to myself at school and staying in my room at night. My father is giving me a hard time since I'm a 16-year-old g...

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Mistakes ... I'm sure we've all made a few, some more than others.

Mistakes ... are sometimes hard to recognize

Mistakes ... can hurt and cause a lifetime of pain.

You see, I recognize the seriousness of my mistakes.

I sit behind these bars onc...

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How Do I Look: An EduTainment/DocuFeature Film

The forthcoming feature film "How Do I Look" was created by artistic activist Wolfgang Busch to empower the "Ballroom community," which is known to many from Madonna's video for the song "Vogue" and from the movie "Paris Is Burning." The Ballroom c...

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My Brothers (The Gonzaga Group)

Art by Carlos N. Molina

The time had come at last when I knew I had come to rest in the arms of my brothers. Finally I could lay back and not fall.

When I wanted to stand, I didn't have to try. Phantom arms gently held me up and I knew no one could...

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Substance Use

All That Glitters: The Ups and Downs of Methamphetamine

What sparkles, feels like fine sand, and makes you "trip the night fantastic?" Speculate no more. It's New York's latest party: favor crystal meth, also nicknamed tina, crank, chalk, chandelier, ice, quartz and redneck cocaine. About five years ago...

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Body Positive Volunteer Programs

What Is the Volunteer Program?

Body Positive is a peer-based agency. This means that many of our programs and services are run by people who are living with or directly affected by HIV/AIDS, people who understand the situation first-hand. Body Posit...