| Leading Ladies
Longtime HIV/AIDS advocates Dawn Averitt Bridge and Mary Fisher discuss why women are particularly vulnerable to the virus.
| Wonder Women
by Laura Whitehorn and Staff
Women are uniquely vulnerable to HIV. Lack of self-esteem, few resources, gender power imbalances, legal and political limitations, societal misperceptions and even basic biology have contributed to the fact that HIV/AIDS is now the No. 1 cause of disease and death among women ages 15 to 44 worldwide. But many women are not taking the assault lying down. On the next pages we feature first-person accounts of seven amazing women who told POZ about how they not only overcome HIV every day, but also help their sisters along the way.
| Crystal Clear
A report in the November 2009 issue of AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses showed that crystal meth makes HIV reproduce faster.
| Go With the Flow
by Suzanne Bopp
We need more info about how HIV affects menstruation and menopause—and positive women can help provide it.
| Going Rogue
Some positive people resort to unorthodox regimens.
| Shifting the Starting Lines
by Laura Whitehorn
Late last year, U.S., European and global HIV treatment guidelines all included new recommendations for when to start HIV meds. The trend is to begin earlier, but specifics vary—and questions remain.
| POZ Q&A: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
by Regan Hofmann
POZ editor-in-chief Regan Hofmann sits down with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) to discuss the state of the epidemic in America and her commitment to HIV/AIDS advocacy.
| Big Talk in the Big Apple
by James Wortman
On World AIDS Day last year, the New York City Council—in cooperation
with local AIDS service organizations—launched “I Talk Because..” a
YouTube-based social networking AIDS awareness campaign.
| Faith in Numbers
by LaToya Johnson
52 simple tips for making a difference in the struggle against AIDS
| Tropic Thunder
by Willette Francis
M·A·C attacks AIDS in the Caribbean
| In Memoriam
by POZ Staff
Dennis deLeon, president of the Latino Commission on AIDS (LCOA), died of heart failure in New York City on December 14, 2009. He was 61. POZ mourns his passing.