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April / May 2013


Recovering Your Life
by Tim Murphy
Substance abuse fuels HIV rates—and is prevalent among people with HIV—but it can be overcome.

Navigating Treatment as Prevention
by Trenton Straube
People with HIV who take antiretrovirals may lower their chance of spreading the virus by 96 percent. Or is it 26 (or even 100)? 

From the Editor

High Hopes
by Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.
The ultimate hope most of us living with HIV wish for is a cure, of course, and an end to the pandemic. Until then, most of us are seeking as normal a life as possible.


Letters-April/May 2013


Positive Support
by Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.
Under new leadership, AIDS United strengthens its grant making, advocacy and policy work nationwide.

POZ Planet

Return to Sender
by Trenton Straube
Anthem Blue Cross sued for requiring HIV clients to order meds through the mail.

Old-School Kicks
by Trenton Straube
Reebok gives Keith Haring’s artwork new soul.

My Bloody Valentine
by Trenton Straube
This artsy, celeb-studded campaign tackles an icky HIV stigma.

Talk of the Town
by Trenton Straube
Rebooting Iowa's Siouxland AIDS Coalition.

Safe Sex 3.0
by Trenton Straube
In May 1983, a groundbreaking booklet introduced a controversial idea to gay men: condoms.

Bar None
by Trenton Straube
A judge rules that Alabama prisons must stop segregating HIV-positive inmates. That leaves only one state with this practice on the books.

Coming Attractions
by Trenton Straube
Four HIV-related documentaries made it to this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Look for them on a big screen—or a small screen—near you. 


What Would You Do?
by Lora René Tucker
In the piece “What Would King Do?” Lora René Tucker pays tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. and wonders what role he’d play if he were alive. 

Care and Treatment

The Heart of Cardiovascular Risks
by Benjamin Ryan
People with HIV suffer from high rates of cardiovascular disease (CVD), but the virus appears less to blame than the same risk factors that affect the general population.

E-Reminders Help Patient Outcomes
by Benjamin Ryan
Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital HIV Clinic improved the health of HIV patients by creating an enhanced system of electronic alerts that updated their physicians about their health status. 

HIV Docs Slow on Early Treatment
by Benjamin Ryan
A poll of 165 health care providers in Washington, DC, and the Bronx, New York, found that 95 percent “strongly agreed” or “agreed” that early use of antiretrovirals (ARVs) can lower HIV transmission.

TasP in the Real World
by Benjamin Ryan
The HPTN 052 study found that successful antiretroviral (ARV) use can reduce the likelihood of HIV transmission among heterosexual serodiscordant couples by 96 percent.

An Almost Normal Life Expectancy?
by Benjamin Ryan
According to a U.K. study, people with HIV are likely to live long lives, similar with having other diseases which are well-controlled.

Research Notes

Prevention: Spinning Beyond Latex and Gels
by Benjamin Ryan
Scientists have developed an electrically spun cloth that can create both a chemical and a physical barrier against sperm and HIV.

Treatment: Fulyzaq Approved for Diarrhea Relief
by Benjamin Ryan
The FDA has approved Fulyzaq (crofelemer), the first drug to relieve symptoms of the diarrhea that is a side effect of antiretrovirals (ARVs).

Cure: Embryo Survival Gene to Control HIV
by Benjamin Ryan
Researchers have been investigating a newly discovered gene, which may one day be manipulated to fight chronic infections such as HIV, hepatitis B and tuberculosis (TB).

Concerns: HIV-Positive Smokers Lose More Years
by Benjamin Ryan
A new study has found that HIV-positive smokers with a well-controlled virus lose far more years off their life expectancy to cigarettes than to HIV.

POZ Survey Says

Facing Discrimination
by Jennifer Morton
When discrimination takes place, it’s important to know your rights and to stand up for yourself (or others) whenever possible.

POZ Heroes

Not Lost in Translation
by Trenton Straube
Devarah "Dee" Borrego was diagnosed with HIV a few weeks after her 21st birthday. That was in 2005.


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