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January / February 2011

 

Till Death Do Us Part
by Isabell Zipfel
How marriage puts women in India—and around the world—at risk of contracting HIV

Southern Discomfort
by Carl Gaines and Illustration by Asaf Hanuka
Extreme poverty, government funding shortfalls, natural disasters, immigration issues, language barriers and lack of transportation all fan the flames of the HIV/AIDS epidemic raging in the South. But it is stigma and discrimination—rooted in conservative attitudes and religious beliefs—that really ignite the fire. A look at what we must overcome if we don’t want HIV/AIDS rates in the Southern United States to rival those in South Africa—and why people living with the virus are a large part of the solution.

Crash-Test Smarties
by Mark Leydorf
Even though many people have controlled their HIV for years, some can still hit detours like cancer or hepatitis. But with the right support, they don’t run off the road.

We Hear You
For people with HIV/AIDS, shifts in health care regulations can be life changing—even potentially life threatening. When news breaks, we in the community  often disagree about what it will mean to our health and security. Sometimes, the debate reaches a fever pitch. Here’s a current high-decibel example:


And We Quote
"Evangelism...underlies most of the politics against needle exchange. To give someone a needle or methadone is seen as giving up on the idea that they can be 'saved,' and as a moral failure... The moral reality of leaving drug users to die of HIV because you refuse to adjust this vision of redemption...goes unexamined."

Adherence Counts
When it comes to taking HIV meds, POZ readers are a disciplined bunch. That’s good: Missing doses can lead to drug resistance. 

Cure Watch
HDAC Inhibitors

Losing Face Filler
by Tim Murphy
Medicare coverage of Sculptra and Radiesse fizzles.

Savvy Survivor
by Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.
Eric Sawyer is the first recipient of the AIDS activism award given by Housing Works, an organization he cofounded in 1994. In 2011, he marks 30 years of surviving HIV while fighting for the lives of others. He shares his story of survival, thoughts on his current role at UNAIDS and a look at his future.

Higher Education
by Willette Francis
A new federal initiative funds sex ed that works. 

Prison Breaks
by Trenton Straube
New research looks at HIV behind bars. 

Viewer Discretion Advised
by Lauren Tuck
Teens having lots of sex on television is hardly a new phenomenon.      

Spotlight: Teen Sex
by Lauren Tuck
A new film features teens talking about sex.

Aiding Black Power
by Cristina Gonzalez
Training black leaders to become HIV/AIDS advocates

Pozarazzi
Fashionistas, designers and actresses, oh my! In November, Housing Works and the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) turned into fashion houses as they held their annual fund-raising events.

Heartland Hero
by Willette Francis
Josh Conrade grew up believing in helping those in need, so it was no surprise that he joined the fight against HIV/AIDS.

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