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Empowering Entrepreneurs
by Casey Halter
How an HIV intervention grew into a microenterprise.

Building Better Barriers
by Rita Rubin
What’s in a name? When it comes to condoms, a lot.

From the Editor

Justify My Love
by Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.
The women highlighted in this issue of POZ are wonderful role models. 


Letters-March 2014
In "Positive Networks" (December 2013), a group of HIV-positive advocates discussed the topic of networks and the value they can have in our communities.


Southern Star
by Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.
AIDS Alabama provides HIV/AIDS services across the state and advocacy throughout the entire South.

POZ Planet

Renewed Hope For Organ Transplants
by Trenton Straube
People with HIV and coexisting medical conditions have a higher need of organ transplants, but those who do receive transplants often thrive.

Stigma Index Launches in United States
by Trenton Straube
The U.S. People Living with HIV (PLHIV) Stigma Index will help quantify discrimination, prejudice and stigma faced by HIV-positive individuals.

Say What? Greek Edition
by Trenton Straube
In a report on health inequality in Europe, the World Health Organization erroneously reported that a significant number of Greeks were purposefully contracting HIV to get government benefits.

POZ Stories: Blane Oborny
by Trenton Straube
Blane Oborny's HIV diagnosis set off a chain of life-changing decisions. 

About That $615,000 Banksy?
by Trenton Straube
The winning bid of the infamous Banksy painting found in a Housing Works thrift shop fell through. 

R.I.P. Nelson Mandela
by Trenton Straube
South Africa’s first black president, Nelson Mandela, died December 5 at age 95.

Fight Club
by Trenton Straube
A hard-hitting campaign aims to KO HIV ignorance among youth.

Wonder Women
by Trenton Straube
Choose your own adventure in HIV education!

Get Real: Focus on Female HIV Prevention
by Trenton Straube
In its latest yearly report, Research & Reality, AVAC focuses on prevention for women.


Tables Turned
An edited excerpt from Shaan Michael Wade's blog post “Tables Turned: HIV and the Other Side of Stigma” on his friend disclosing he has HIV.

Care and Treatment

HIV, Not ARVs, Linked to Hardened Arteries
by Benjamin Ryan
Researchers have found that, among nonsmokers, HIV itself is linked to a person's elevated risk of atherosclerosis, a precursor to heart attack and stroke.

Early Treatment Is Likely Heart Healthy
by Benjamin Ryan
Two studies show that maintaining a high CD4 count may lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and death among people with HIV. 

New Care Guidelines: Focus Beyond HIV
by Benjamin Ryan
Preventative care, including screening for high cholesterol, diabetes and osteoporosis, should move toward center stage, according to the HIVMA.

Vaginal Ring Prevents HIV and Pregnancy
by Benjamin Ryan
The future of both HIV and pregnancy prevention among women may be in an intravaginal ring that appears to boast three months of staying power.

A Ballooning Reservoir
by Benjamin Ryan
The viral reservoir that is the main reason why attempts to cure HIV with ARVs fall flat, may be 60 times larger than scientists once conceived.

Research Notes

Prevention: Breast Milk Protein May Protect Babies
by Benjamin Ryan
Scientists have identified a protein in breast milk that may be a key reason why most HIV-positive mothers don’t transmit the virus to their babies through breast-feeding.

Treatment: Long-Acting ARVs for Low Adherers
by Benjamin Ryan
The current crop of long-acting antiretrovirals (ARVs) in development could increase the life spans of people with HIV.

Cure: Baby in Remission 18 Months Off ARVs
by Benjamin Ryan
The famed baby born to an HIV-positive mother in Mississippi, who appeared to have been functionally cured of the virus remains in viral remission.

Concerns: Tests Miss Milder Mental Impairment
by Benjamin Ryan
The current screening tools used to detect neurocognitive impairment among people with HIV often let milder cases fall through the cracks.

POZ Heroes

Beyond the Boundary
by Casey Halter
Jessica Whitbread started pushing back against HIV stigma by creating an underwear dance party where people are encouraged to explore safer sex and think about gender norms.


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