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From the Editor

On the Road to DC
by Regan Hofmann
This World AIDS Day, it is time to rethink everything you thought about HIV.


Letters- December 2011


That's What Friends Are For
by Kate Ferguson
Dionne Warwick reprises her role as an AIDS activist.

What You Need to Know

Promoting Safer Sex Through Occupy Wall Street?
by Cristina González
A new poll of more than 6,000 young people from 26 countries shows that more teens are having unprotected sex. 

Condoms Could Soon Be Legally Distributed in U.S. Prisons
by Cristina González
Did you know that it’s forbidden to distribute condoms in federal correctional facilities?

California Authorizes Syringes Without Prescriptions
by Cristina González
Pharmacies in California can now sell clean syringes to adults without a prescription, thus helping prevent diseases spread through injection drug use.

Reinterpreting the Red Ribbon
by Cristina González
Designer Kenneth Cole has partnered with MTV's Staying Alive Foundation and amfAR to reinterpret the iconic red ribbon and launch a new celebrity campaign called "Come Together."

Bipartisan Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus Launched
by Cristina González
U.S. Representatives Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) are the three cochairs of the newly launched Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus.

Med Students Are Poorly Trained on LGBT Health
by Cristina González
Future doctors aren’t learning much about the unique health needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) patients.

Cracking Down on Fake AIDS Cures
by Cristina González
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has accused Immunosyn Corp., the makers of a “cure-all HIV drug” made from goat’s blood, of swindling $20 million from investors while hiding the fact the Food and Drug Administration had twice stopped human trials of the drug.

We Hear You

Tainted Blood Policy
by Reed Vreeland
Regulations instituted in 1983 by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) currently prohibit any man who has had male sexual contact since 1977 from donating blood in the United States.

What Matters to You

Taking Back Our Lives
by Mark Leydorf
How people living with HIV—at high risk of suicide—vanquish thoughts of death.

Treatment News

Can HIV Save Lives?
by Laura Whitehorn
Sounds wacky, doesn’t it?

A New Way to Kill Viruses
by Laura Whitehorn
A new discovery called DRACO aims to KO viruses. 

Emergency Rooms Could Do Better at HIV Testing
by Laura Whitehorn
Emergency rooms, where many people without health insurance go when they’re sick, offer a prime opportunity to identify undiagnosed cases of HIV. 

Stop Brain Drain
by Laura Whitehorn
Problem: To treat HIV-related neurological problems (such as cognitive disorder, dementia and opportunistic infections), doctors need to get drugs into the brain.

Statin Drugs Reduce HIV Death Rates
by Laura Whitehorn
Many people who take HIV meds also need to take meds called statins to control their cholesterol levels.

Hepatitis C: More Common Than We Knew
by Laura Whitehorn
It’s estimated there are about 4 million hepatitis C cases in the United States.

GMHC Treatment Issues December 2011

Comfort Zone

Artfully Yours
by Cristina González
Are you seeing red? Or is your lighthearted mood calling for glitter and feathers?

POZ Heroes

The Princess Diary
by Lauren Tuck
Michelle Anderson was crowned Ms. Plus America in July 2011, making the Duncanville, Texas, resident the first known HIV-positive woman to win a national pageant title.


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