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September 2011



All Grown Up With HIV
by Cristina González
Thirty years into the epidemic, a new crop of kids faces adulthood—with HIV. From babies born with the virus to teens who acquired it behaviorally, members of this new generation struggle to navigate survival while making their way through the world. The stories of these four brave young people are examples for how to succeed in spite of HIV. They also serve as cautionary tales, reminding us of the price we pay for not teaching our children well. Let lessons be learned. 

Facing the Future of HIV Care
by Benjamin Ryan
As the nation’s health care system reels from the economic meltdown and 
the uncertainty of upcoming reforms (including those in the Affordable 
Care Act, scheduled to take full effect in 2014) and possible cuts to Medicaid and Medicare, many people with HIV are wondering about the future health of HIV care in America. But the changing—and fiscally challenged—landscape has produced some new models that point the way to a place of improved care for more people living with HIV.

From the Editor

The Facts of Life
by Regan Hofmann
The two camps of American youth growing up with HIV today represent, alternately, a victory and an abject failure of public health.


Letters- September 2011


Going the Distance
by Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.
David Ernesto Munar keeps the AIDS Foundation of Chicago running at a brisk pace—when he’s not running marathons to raise funds to fight AIDS.

What You Need to Know

The First Lady (Finally) Mentions HIV/AIDS
by Cristina González
We love the POTUS and FLOTUS (President of the United States and First Lady of the United States) for getting tested for HIV publicly in Kenya during his presidential campaign. 

15M by 2015
by Cristina González
World political and health leaders gathered in June at the United Nations for 
a special session of the General Assembly focusing on HIV/AIDS. 

Health Care for People With HIV in Grave Danger
by Cristina González
We’ve been saying for months that the current AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) crisis is but the tip of the iceberg. 

Dame Elizabeth Taylor’s Jewels to Be Sold at Christie’s
by Cristina González
The dazzling treasure chest of the late Dame Elizabeth Taylor, lifelong friend of people with HIV and powerful AIDS activist, will go on the block at Christie’s auction house in New York City

Having Sex With Albino People Does Not Prevent or Cure AIDS
by Cristina González
Did we really just write that? Yes, we did.

India-EU Trade Deal Could Put Millions With HIV at Risk
by Cristina González
Michel Sidibe, executive director of UNAIDS, says that about 86 percent of people with HIV/AIDS around the globe who are on treatment are taking generic ARVs made in India.

We Hear You

Judicial Prejudice and HIV
During the past several years, we’ve seen a disturbing trend in the frequency and severity of legal cases that criminalize people with HIV.

What Matters to You

Finding True Love With HIV
by Tim Murphy
Achieving a happy relationship can be easier than you think—despite the obstacles presented by HIV.

Treatment News

Test-Tube Babies
by Laura Whitehorn
Researchers have been experimenting with HIV drugs lately—not to lower viral loads (we already know how to do that), but for other health benefits.

More Access to Medicaid for People With HIV
by Laura Whitehorn
A policy change made recently by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) allows states to tap into resources of more than 1,000 Medicaid projects supporting people living with HIV.

Help for Prisoners
by Laura Whitehorn
If you’re reading this issue of POZ in a jail or prison cell, or if you 
have a friend or family member doing time, there’s a free newsletter for you.

FDA Approves a New HIV Drug
by Laura Whitehorn
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Edurant (rilpivirine), a new non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI).

They’re Putting Viagra in Condoms???
by Laura Whitehorn
Technically, no. But a new line of condoms is being lined with a Viagra-like gel to increase blood flow and banish erectile dysfunction.

By the Numbers

GMHC Treatment Issues September 2011
ARVs as prevention: Great promise and the questions that remain

Comfort Zone

Life, in Harmony
by Cristina González
The song that pushes you to the finish line. The rhythm that has you strutting down the street. The tune that helps you remember. The one that makes you forget. 

POZ Heroes

Kid Wonder
by Lauren Tuck
Jordan Mitzel was born in the spring of 1998. Addicted to crack and diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome and HIV, he was abandoned by his birth mother.


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