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July / August 2012



How Congress Can Cure AIDS
by Regan Hofmann
America's commitment to the global AIDS fight is unparalleled. No other nation has dedicated greater resources to combat the disease, and other countries regard America's leadership, and largesse, as a bellwether. So this July, when the International AIDS Conference comes to our nation's capital, the eyes of the world will intently watch what happens. In preparation, we offer seven things critical for us to achieve the ultimate goal: the end of AIDS in our lifetimes. 

Rolling in the Deep
by Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.
From slavery to segregation to HIV, the Southern United States sadly has traded one societal ill for another. The documentary Deep South sheds new light on why the region has not overcome its struggle to break free of AIDS.

From the Editor

AIDS Apartheid
by Regan Hofmann
AIDS has an image problem.


Letters- July/August 2012


The Cure Hunter
by Regan Hofmann
Françoise Barré-Sinoussi is renowned for discovering HIV. Now she’s hot on the trail to find a cure for AIDS.

What You Need to Know

Keeping HIV at Bay in Cuba?
by Lauren Tuck
Picture this: A country with white sandy beaches, azure oceans, ecologically diverse forests, nearly 100 percent literacy, universal health care and a 0.0001 percent rate of HIV infection.

Lawsuits Against Two Eateries Are a Whopper of a Story
by Lauren Tuck
Los Angeles restaurant The Ivy is known for its fried chicken, crab cakes, chocolate chip cookies—and a white picket fence that blocks paparazzi from snapping shots of celebrities who frequent the hot spot.

Schools Across the Globe Deserve Dunce Caps for HIV Discrimination
by Lauren Tuck
It’s been 28 years since Ryan White was coldheartedly kicked out of middle school in Indiana for no other reason than his HIV status.

Helping the Playas Play Safe
by Lauren Tuck
As smartphones get more expensive and indispensable, the smartest thing to do is to safeguard them.

We Believe in Magic
by Lauren Tuck
Earvin 'Magic' Johnson’s empire runs the gamut. 

We Hear You

Dealing With Discrimination in the Workplace
by Reed Vreeland
Should you disclose your HIV status to your coworkers?

POZ Survey Says

Do Pills Equal Pleasure?
by Cristina González
Last year, a study called HPTN 052 proved that HIV-positive people who take an effective antiretroviral regimen as prescribed (and as a result have an undetectable viral load for at least six months) can reduce their risk of transmitting the virus to HIV-negative sexual partners by up to 96 percent.

What Matters to You

LGBT Rights
by Cristina González
In May 2012, President Barack Obama became the first U.S. president to announce his support for same-sex marriage.

Treatment News

How Poverty Helps Spread HIV
by Laura Whitehorn
'Poverty is undermining advances in HIV medicine.'

Altering Cells Might Boost HIV Control
by Laura Whitehorn
For the first time, research has shown that engineering stem cells to form HIV-targeting immune cells helps suppress the virus in living tissues

Triple Crown Win for HIV?
by Laura Whitehorn
In May, advisory committees of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended approval of three new ways to test, prevent and treat HIV. 

Trauma Center
by Laura Whitehorn
50% of people living with HIV have suffered trauma or violence in their lives. 

Comfort Zone

Life Support
by Cristina González
Feeling isolated? You are not alone. 

POZ Heroes

An Army of Heroes
The POZ Army is a global, grassroots collective of people fighting for the cure for AIDS—and treatment for all until a cure is found.


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