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April / May 2012



Meet the Parents
by Reed Vreeland
During the late 1980s, a group of New York mothers, fathers and friends—mobilized by the shock and grief of a loved one’s HIV infection and the inadequacy of existing treatment options—became AIDS advocates. They established Concerned Parents for AIDS Research, an all-volunteer group that continues to raise millions of dollars to advance HIV research today. 

HIV Care on the Front Line
by Benjamin Ryan
Despite the advent of lifesaving treatment that also controls the spread of HIV/AIDS, 30 years into the AIDS epidemic, almost 1 million Americans living with the virus remain untreated for HIV. For years, the prevailing wisdom has been that the barriers to linking people to care—and keeping them engaged in it—were too great to solve the problem. But a handful of warriors on the front line show that we can indeed keep more people alive while slowing the spread of AIDS.

From the Editor

How to Survive a Plague
by Regan Hofmann
Just in time for Mother's Day, this issue is a tribute to many remarkable moms (and others who provide motherly-like love in our battle for survival). 


Letters- April/May 2012


Battling Back
by Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.
David France’s new film about the history of AIDS treatment activism lit up the Sundance Film Festival—and hopes to inspire a new generation of HIV activists.

What You Need to Know

Happily Ever After: Same-Sex Marriage Protects Gay Health
by Cristina González
Proof that the road to marriage leads to good health: A Columbia University study found that in states where same-sex marriage is legal, gay men lead healthier lives and spend less on health care.

Red Cross Sees Red After Millions in Fines
by Cristina González
In January the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) fined the American Red Cross, the biggest U.S. supplier of donated blood, almost $10 million for allegedly failing to abide by blood safety rules.

Advocates Seek an End to HIV Criminalization
by Cristina González
A coalition of advocacy groups is throwing support behind a bill introduced by U.S. Representative Barbara Lee (D--Calif.) to review and repeal criminal laws that target HIV-positive people.

July May Be the First Annual National HIV Awareness Month
by Cristina González
Each October, it seems the whole word turns pink to raise awareness for breast cancer.

Tune In: HIV/AIDS Makes a Star-Studded Comeback
by Cristina González
Have you noticed the surge of HIV/AIDS references on reality TV lately?

We Hear You

AIDS on the Political Stage
by Reed Vreeland
This year's U.S. presidential race has already had its share of political gaffes. 

POZ Survey Says

Your Opinions on AIDS 2012
by Jennifer Morton
This July the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) is coming to Washington, DC. 

What Matters to You

Legalizing Syringe Exchange
by Cristina González
On December 16, 2009, President Obama signed into law an end to the 21-year ban on federally funded syringe-exchange programs. 

Treatment News

Is the World Prepped for PrEP?
by Laura Whitehorn
Oral PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, is when HIV-negative people take a daily dose of HIV meds to reduce their chance of contracting HIV sexually.

Mixing HIV and Anti-Seizure Drugs Safely
by Laura Whitehorn
Roughly 55 percent of people with HIV/AIDS globally may need to take anti-seizure drugs.

A Spinal Remedy for HIV-Related Neuropathy?
by Laura Whitehorn
Here’s some stimulating news for people with HIV-related peripheral neuropathy (PN).

Depression Affects More HIV-Positive Women Than Men
by Laura Whitehorn
A new study has revealed that 18 percent of women living with HIV experience depression, compared with 14 percent of men. 

HIV Treatment as Prevention
by Laura Whitehorn
The British HIV Association has released new draft guidelines on prescribing antiretroviral drugs to HIV-positive people.

An Aspirin a Day Might Keep Cervical Cancer at Bay
by Laura Whitehorn
An ordinary household drug might help prevent cervical cancer in women living with HIV and HPV (human papillomavirus, a primary cause of the cancer)—especially in developing nations. 

Comfort Zone

Spring Cleaning
by Cristina González
’Tis the season for renewal, from the green peeking out from under gray snow to the flower buds bursting to bloom.

POZ Heroes

Chicken Soup for the Soul
by Lauren Tuck
Nathaniel Pier was a private physician who treated people living with AIDS in New York City during the epidemic’s initial outbreak in the early 1980s.


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