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Child, Alive
by Kellee Terrell
A visit from Keep a Child Alive’s cofounder Leigh Blake took Noah Mushimiyimana from his small village in Rwanda to the bright lights of American Idol. Together, Mushimiyimana and Blake show that living with HIV doesn’t have to stop you from reaching for the stars.

In the Eye of the Beholder
by Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.
Photographer Kristen Ashburn has documented AIDS in Africa since 2000. Nominated for an Emmy in 2007 for her Bloodline project, she shows how AIDS continues to affect children in her new book, I Am Because We Are. The book is a companion to a 2008 documentary of the same name narrated by Madonna.

Troubled Minds
by Suzanne Bopp
A Staten Island HIV services program uses combo therapy for mental health as well as the virus.

Be a Brainiac
by Laura Whitehorn
HIV can cause cognitive problems. With help from Scott Letendre, MD, of the University of California in San Diego, we offer these tips for fighting brain drain:

Family Planning
by Laura Whitehorn
If you’re a woman living with HIV/AIDS and you want to have a baby, we hope you know that HIV meds now reduce the risk of transmitting HIV during pregnancy and childbirth to less than 2 percent. But you might worry about whether the meds you take to suppress HIV—and prevent transmission—could cause your infant to develop birth defects. 

The Heart of the Matter
by Laura Whitehorn
If you take the HIV med abacavir (found in Ziagen, Epzicom and Trizivir) and you’ve seen the news reports linking the drug to a heightened risk of heart attack, we have a reminder for you: Even with the increased risk, the actual danger of heart attack remains low. 

Med Alert
by Laura Whitehorn

Hep C
by Laura Whitehorn
Cutting difficult HEP C treatment down to size

by Laura Whitehorn
The proper level of HIV meds in your blood makes the difference between the success or failure of a combo, and it lowers your odds of experiencing worse than normal side effects from a drug. But measuring drug levels (therapeutic drug monitoring/TDM) is controversial, expensive and hard to get. Many people living with HIV/AIDS would welcome research for and access to TDM to help them individualize their HIV treatment. Now, a new method for evaluating med levels in your blood may be on the way: testing hair samples.

Kombucha Tea to...Gila Monster Spit?
by Mark de Solla Price
In the early days of AIDS, my friends and I searched desperately for treatments. We tried some pretty weird stuff, like Japanese kombucha mushroom tea. Then HIV meds appeared (and worked), and I grew accustomed to taking more traditional treatments in pills and shots. 

Cool Veggies, Hot Flavors
Eat healthy this summer—without breaking a sweat.

Hand to Mouth
by David Evans
The drug companies offer financial savings to those who struggle to pay for their antiretrovirals.

Bar Resistance
by Paul Wright
Getting your HIV meds on time while doing time

Provide and Conquer
by Edwin Bernard
Can we treat our way out of the epidemic? Edwin J. Bernard looks at the promise—and price—of treatment as prevention.

Good Habits
by Trenton Straube
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence has been blessing us for three decades.

Summer Musts!
by LaToya Johnson
A short list of what to do this summer

Breaking Barriers
by Kat Noel
Author sheds light on female prisoners fighting back. 

POZ readers sound off on HIV criminalization

Maybe Baby
by Shawn Decker
Shawn Decker and his wife rethink a childless future.

Editor's Letter-July/August 2009
by Regan Hofmann
Gods, Guns or Madge?

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No Child Left Behind
by James Wortman
When he joined the Peace Corps in 2004, Steve Kallaugher did not anticipate that his volunteer HIV/AIDS work in Swaziland would become his calling. But after witnessing how AIDS had made orphans of thousands of children in the tiny, landlocked sub-Saharan African country—which boasts the world’s highest adult HIV prevalence at more than 40 percent—he was stirred to act.


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