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July / August 2013


Magnetic Attraction
by Casey Halter and Shanita Ealey
Three long-term couples share everything—except HIV.

A Shred of Understanding
by Helen Cornman
An essay by Helen Cornman—an HIV-negative public health advocate with more than 20 years in the fight against AIDS—on why providers must transcend empathy.

Hold Your Horses
by Trenton Straube
Can barebacking be safer sex?

From the Editor

Accentuate the Positive
by Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.
Our goals for this issue are to applaud their efforts and to explore the various meanings of “negative” for people with HIV.


Letters-July/August 2013
Outrage over Tyler Perry’s latest movie Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor prompted several op-eds on POZ.com.


Pride and Policy
by Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.
Ernest Hopkins, an HIV-negative advocate in the fight against AIDS, shares his concerns for people with HIV.

POZ Planet

Say What?—Alicia Keys
by Trenton Straube
Grammy winner Alicia Keys explains why she's helping launch "Empowered," a campaign to change the way U.S. women think about HIV.

Greetings from Ptown
by Trenton Straube
Cape Cod’s AIDS services group marks 30 years.

PACHA Covers Trans Issues
by Trenton Straube
As much as 69 percent of the U.S. transgender population is HIV positive, with transgender women and people of color bearing “an extremely heavy burden.”

Making Headlines
by Trenton Straube
“Patient Zero” cooked up to sell 1987 AIDS book.

Latest Developments
by Trenton Straube
Greenwich Village to get an AIDS memorial.

Not Another Gay Sex Disease
by Trenton Straube
Deadly meningitis outbreak strikes MSM in NYC and LA.

Future Lovers
by Trenton Straube
A quest to reinvent the condom, perhaps with bacon flavor.

On a Roll
by Trenton Straube
An Italian awareness campaign launches in the ladies’ room.


Yours in the Struggle
by Paul Kawata
POZ blogger Paul Kawata is the HIV-negative executive director of the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC). In this edited excerpt from his blog post titled "Remembering NAPWA," he looks back at early advocates of the fight.

Care and Treatment

The Quest to Cure Another Baby
by Benjamin Ryan
After a 2-year-old child from Mississippi was functionally cured of HIV after an atypically aggressive antiretroviral (ARV) treatment shortly after birth, scientists involved in the case are seeking to prove that it was not just a one-off.

Viral Suppression Without Drugs?
by Benjamin Ryan
Fourteen French people who started treatment within two months of contracting HIV have all kept their virus under control after stopping antiretroviral (ARV) therapy.

The Genetic Fusion Inhibitor
by Benjamin Ryan
Two new studies of gene therapies that operate like the fusion inhibitor class of antiretrovirals further the hopes that scientists may develop ways to control HIV without drugs.

New Retention Guidelines Urge Partnerships
by Benjamin Ryan
A major roadblock against widespread viral suppression in the HIV population is the fact that many who test positive drop out of care.

Mapping Viral and Immune Coevolution
by Benjamin Ryan
For the first time, scientists have mapped the coevolution of HIV and the corresponding immune response in a single person, which has provided vital clues that may help vaccine development.

Research Notes

Prevention: PrEP May Be Cost-Effective
by Benjamin Ryan
Preventing HIV transmission by giving antiretrovirals to people at high risk of contracting the virus, known as pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, may be cost-effective in some settings.

Treatement: Can Bees Sting Away HIV?
by Benjamin Ryan
Tiny particles, or nanoparticles, embedded with a toxin called melittin that’s found in bee venom can destroy HIV while leaving surrounding cells unharmed, according to study.

Cure: HDAC Inhibitors May Fight HIV Reservoir
by Benjamin Ryan
Scientists at Merck Research Laboratories are looking into a potential way to bring resting HIV out of latency—a necessary step in ultimately eradicating the virus from the body.

Concerns: Hep C Transmission Among Gay Men
by Benjamin Ryan
Sexual transmission of hep C among heterosexuals is rare (it’s mostly transmitted through needle sharing), but repeated studies have shown that men who have sex with men are at risk of infection through sex.

POZ Survey Says

Accentuate the Negative
by Jennifer Morton
In 2012, the World Health Organization estimated that globally as many as half of all HIV-positive people in long-term relationships have HIV-negative partners.

POZ Heroes

Chemical Crusader
by Kate Ferguson
As a retired pharmaceutical chemist, Long, who is HIV negative, was able to provide the activists and AIDS community with much-needed information about clinical trials and potential treatment drugs.


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