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October / November 2011



by Regan Hofmann
Thirty years after people first started dying from a then-unknown virus, we face a thrilling tipping point in AIDS history. Leading scientists say the end of the pandemic is possible, maybe even in our lifetime. Now, the question is: How do we seize this moment? Here, we spell out our suggestions for what we need to lay HIV to rest.

From the Editor

Retiring the Ribbon
by Regan Hofmann
The end of AIDS. Doesn’t that have a wonderful ring to it?


Letters- October/November 2011


High-Impact Prevention
by Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.
Kevin Fenton explains a new approach to prevent HIV in the communities most at risk.

What You Need to Know

Health Care Should Be a Human Right—for All
by Cristina González
Two changes to health care (one actual and one proposed) could make it easier for Americans to access lifesaving tools when they’re needed.

Too Few Pharma Companies in the Patent Pool
by Cristina González
Earlier this year, Gilead Sciences became the first manufacturer of HIV meds to join the Medicines Patent Pool Foundation.

Legislation Proposed to End Criminal HIV Laws
by Cristina González
HIV-positive individuals are often presumed guilty and must prove themselves otherwise when it comes to laws that criminalize HIV, but that may change soon. 

AIDS Is Not an "Automatic Death Sentence"
by Cristina González
The law has finally started to catch up with the science—in Canada, at least. 

Geckos Don’t Cure AIDS
by Cristina González
Officials in the Philippines are fighting a growing trend of using geckos (small lizards) to treat AIDS.

We Hear You

The PrEP Debate
by Reed Vreeland
Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is the practice of people at risk for HIV taking daily doses of antiretroviral medication (ARVs) to reduce their chances of contracting the virus. This summer the conversation around PrEP heated up. 

What Matters to You

Getting HIV Care Without Getting Deported
by Benjamin Ryan
Treatment options and help are available for people with HIV—and without immigration papers.

Treatment News

A Peek Into the Pipeline
by Laura Whitehorn
A new entry inhibitor (EI) is in the works. 

Savvy Survival Strategy
by Laura Whitehorn
Researchers with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have found that just being in an HIV clinical trial can enhance your health. 

Going Norvir-Free?
by Laura Whitehorn
To work most effectively, protease inhibitors (PIs) have long relied on a boost from Norvir (ritonavir). 

Cure Watch
by Laura Whitehorn
Recent advances in AIDS research have increased the hope of finding a functional, or therapeutic, cure for HIV.

Listen Up
by Laura Whitehorn
Hearing loss in people with HIV results from age, race and other risk factors, not the virus.

Oh Baby!
by Laura Whitehorn
At a U.N. summit this past June, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation announced its "Global Plan Towards the Elimination of New HIV Infections Among Children by 2015 and Keeping Their Mothers Alive."

Make Some Bones About It
by Laura Whitehorn
A study by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) found that, while some HIV meds can play a role in the disproportionately high incidence of bone fractures among people with HIV, the greater culprit is a mix of other risk factors including race, age, smoking, low weight, hepatitis C and diabetes.

Comfort Zone

Waiting to Inhale
by Cristina González
Every day, all day, in and out. It’s so natural, you do it in your sleep. 

POZ Heroes

Defying Gravity
by Lauren Tuck
Orbit Clanton, co-founder of Perceptions for People with Disabilities, was diagnosed with GRID in 1982. (Watch video.)


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