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The Sound of Stigma
by Mark S. King
An essay by Mark S. King—an AIDS advocate, an author and a blogger living with HIV since 1985—on why HIV stigma among gay men persists.

Artful Warriors
by Mark Leydorf
Visual AIDS fought early major battles against the virus with its “Day Without Art” and the red ribbon. Twenty-five years later, it continues to arm HIV-positive artists.

From the Editor

We Are Family
by Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.
I'll never forget how accepted I felt seeing all the rainbow flags waving at my first LGBT pride parade.


Letters-June 2013


Out of the Shadows
by Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.
Paul Semugoma, MD, an openly gay physician from Uganda, advocates for LGBT and HIV/AIDS issues.

POZ Planet

Beyond the Pale
by Trenton Straube
John Grant sings of HIV and Ernest Borgnine.

Koch vs. Koop
by Trenton Straube
Two legacies reveal opposite responses to the epidemic.

The New 'Normal'
by Trenton Straube
Celebs sign up for an HBO movie of Larry Kramer's AIDS play.

Fountain of Youth
by Trenton Straube
Chicago's Center for Gender, Sexuality and HIV Prevention is movin' on up.

National HIV Coming Out Day?
by Trenton Straube
Michael Kaplan, the CEO and president of AIDS United, proposed a National HIV Coming Out Day "to create a movement of people living with HIV that changes the national discourse."

To Be Continued
by Trenton Straube
AIDS documentary How to Survive a Plague might return as an ABC miniseries.

In the Beginning
by Trenton Straube
New-York Historical Society looks at the epidemic's first five years.

by Trenton Straube
The AIDS group files for bankruptcy.


Immigration Status
by Iván Espinoza-Madrigal
An edited excerpt of Iván Espinoza-Madrigal's op-ed  titled "LGBT and HIV Equality Is at the Heart of Immigration Reform."

Care and Treatment

GMHC Treatment Issues June 2013
Next steps for PrEP: Getting a proven prevention option to the people who need it

Generics Save Money but May Come With Risks
by Benjamin Ryan
As first-line HIV meds lose their patents, the U.S. health care system stands to save nearly $1 billion a year by switching to generic drugs.

TasP Movement Gains Momentum
by Benjamin Ryan
Research is suggesting with increasing clarity and certainty that successful antiretroviral (ARV) treatment is a highly effective means of preventing HIV.

PIs in First Trimester Linked to Premature Births
by Benjamin Ryan
Pregnant women who use protease inhibitors (PIs) during their first trimester have a more than 50 percent increased risk of premature delivery.

Child 'Functionally Cured' of HIV?
by Benjamin Ryan
In March, word spread around the globe about what appeared to be the first documented case of an infant “functionally cured” of HIV.

Research Notes

Prevention: New Understanding of Old Vaccine
by Benjamin Ryan
To date, just one HIV vaccine trial has managed to demonstrate only moderate effectiveness.

Treatment: CD4 Tests Needed Only Yearly?
by Benjamin Ryan
If you have an undetectable viral load, getting a CD4 test more than yearly is probably a waste of time, money and any anxiety it may cause.

Cure: Gene Therapy Has HIV in a Bind
by Benjamin Ryan
Stanford scientists have created a new way to manipulate the genes of CD4 cells in order to buffer them against HIV infection.

Concerns: Health Threats Outside of AIDS
by Benjamin Ryan
“Non-AIDS events,” or NAEs, are a significant cause of sickness and death among people with HIV—in particular psychiatric, liver, kidney and cardiovascular conditions, as well as cancer.

POZ Survey Says

The Doctor Is In
by Jennifer Morton
Like any other relationship, the one between you and your doctor is ideally based on openness and good communication.

POZ Heroes

by Trenton Straube
When Ross Hayduk reached the summit of Mount Katahdin in Maine, he became the first HIV-positive man to hike 2,084 miles of the Appalachian Trail in less than six months.


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