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Mother Plus Child Minus HIV
by Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.
Diagnosed with HIV in 2004, Luz de Jesus Roman knows all too well that HIV disproportionately affects Latinas. Having recently given birth to a healthy HIV-negative baby girl, Luz also knows that motherhood is a real option for HIV-positive women.

Keeping AIDS at Bay in Cuba
by Bill Strubbe and Karen Wald
Cuba boasts the lowest rates of HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean—if not the world. Should the credit go to the country’s early, internationally condemned policies aimed at stemming the spread of the disease? And what’s in store for this island nation now that its borders may reopen to Americans?

Breathe Easy
by James Learned
Clear the air and learn to cope with lung disease (a common companion of HIV).

Shelf Life
We regularly discard spoiled food from the fridge, but many of us rarely check the expiration date on the tubes of antibiotic cream and bottles of cough syrup in the medicine chest—or on the boxes of tea crowding the cupboard. 

Our Positive Bodies, Ourselves
by Kat Noel

Med Alert

Breathe Easy
by James Learned
 Clear the air and learn to cope with lung disease (a common companion of HIV).

Red Eye?
Many people with HIV rate medical marijuana more effective than OTC medications for neuropathy, diarrhea, anxiety and depression according to a multicountry study  produced by nurses. However, these caregivers caution that the euphoria produced by marijuana could have skewed the survey.

I’ve been living with HIV since 1992, and two years ago a new HIV combo unsettled my stomach. But I found a sure cure for my uncomfortable diarrhea: frozen strawberries (fresh ones don’t work for me). I microwave them right out of the freezer and add them to my oatmeal each morning (did I mention that I’m also trying to lower my triglycerides?). 

You Said It
Gardasil, the FDA-approved vaccine for young women to prevent some cancer-producing strains of human papillomavirus (HPV), was recently found safe and effective in men. Although many adults already have HPV, some HIV-positive men have long wanted Gardasil in hopes of preventing anal and penile cancer. Here’s what some of you told us:

Two Therapies for Belly Fat
Two experimental therapies may ease a big HIV-related bellyache: excess deep belly fat or visceral adipose tissue (VAT), a form of lipodystrophy. 

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Our Cup of Tea

Aquamid—A New Facial Filler

Filling in Your Life’s Outline
by LaToya Johnson
Body mapping promotes healing from the outside in.

Lost in Translation
by Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.
As the incidence of HIV/AIDS increases in the Latino community, why isn’t media coverage keeping pace?

The Giving Tree
by James Wortman
Helping Asians and Pacific Islanders turn over a new leaf with HIV

Don’t Believe the Hype
by Kat Noel
POZ busts some dangerous myths about HIV.

Tea Time
by Trenton Straube
Southern black gay men recount their life histories—including HIV.

by LaToya Johnson
New DVD empowers young people to do something about HIV

Unsetting the Mind
by Jesse Cameron Alick
 A friend challenges Jesse Cameron Alick with honesty.

Your Feedback-September 2009

Editor's Letter-September 2009
by Regan Hofmann
When i first came to POZ three and a half years ago, I was asked on national TV whether I’d consider having a child. I said, “Yes.”

Curtains Up
by James Wortman

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