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December 2012



The POZ 100-Accelerating the End of AIDS

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The POZ 100-Cure All Glossary
A glossary of need-to-know cure terminology

Love is the Cure
by Sir Elton John
When it comes to the fight against HIV, the founder of the Elton John AIDS Foundation believes we need allies, not enemies.

From the Editor

More Than a Feeling
by Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.
As an openly HIV-positive gay Latino, I know how difficult it can be to come out and to live your life with dignity and hope.


Letters-December 2012


Towards an HIV Cure
by Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.
Researcher and clinician Steven G. Deeks, MD, explains the cure science and gives us reasons for hope.

POZ Planet

A Very Big Kiki
by Trenton Straube
Vogueing is still in fashion—and so is HIV prevention. Both shared the runway at the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) annual House of Latex Ball.

Russians Deploy 'Google Bombs'
by Trenton Straube
When the Russian Ministry of Health failed to procure HIV meds for its citizens, Alexandra Volgina “Google bombed” the ministry. 

Home Alone
by Trenton Straube
Over-the-counter HIV tests: helpful or harmful?

Say What-Paris Hilton
by Trenton Straube

Back to School
by Trenton Straube
A roundup of sexual education in the news.

What's a Buyers' Club? Matthew Knows.
by Trenton Straube
Matthew McConaughey has morphed from studly stripper to scary skinny to play real-life Texan Ron Woodroof, the rebellious figure who started The Dallas Buyer’s Club (also the film’s title) and who died of AIDS in 1992.

iPad Video Game to Teach HIV Prevention Skills
by Trenton Straube
What’s new in Elm City?


Tried and True
The support of family and friends is indispensable for all of us, but it’s especially so for people with HIV/AIDS, who often deal with rejection, stigma and discrimination.

Care and Treatment

One a Day to Keep Heart Attacks Away?
by Tim Horn
Aspirin. It’s inexpensive, widely available and may reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes among people living with HIV, but it’s not being used by many of those who might benefit, according to two new studies. 

One Form to Rule Them All
by Tim Horn
For uninsured HIV-positive people with low incomes, applying for free or discounted HIV meds just got a little bit easier.

Stribild is Here
by Tim Horn
Formerly known as the Quad, the single-tablet regimen Stribild was approved in late August and landed on pharmacy shelves soon thereafter. 

by Tim Horn
Hypogonadism, or low T, is common in men with the virus and can cause problems like fatigue, depression and bone loss.

Nature's Little Helpers
by Tim Horn
A group of plant chemicals is being eyed by Johns Hopkins University (JHU) researchers for its ability to protect brain function in people living with HIV.

GMHC Treatment Issues December 2012
Redefining EAPs for Patients with MDR-HIV

Research Notes

Prevention: Selzentry Is PrEP Contender
by Tim Horn
Is Selzentry (maraviroc) the next best pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, for HIV-negative individuals looking to avoid contracting the virus?

Treatment: Dolutegravir Shows Promise
by Tim Horn
Dolutegravir, the once-daily integrase inhibitor that doesn’t require boosting, continues to leave a trail of encouraging news on its path to approval.

Cure: Curious Cohort on Early Treatment
by Tim Horn
A group of HIV-positive French individuals—14 at last count—may be yet another piece of the cure puzzle.

Concerns: Fewer Comebacks From Heart Attacks
by Tim Horn
HIV-positive people who experience a heart attack and require hospitalization are more likely to die, compared with those not living with the virus, say the sobering results of a U.S. data analysis.

POZ Survey Says

Healthy Technology
by Jennifer Morton
Mobile and digital information technology can help health care providers and patients in many ways.

POZ Heroes

Breaking Bad Cycles
by Trenton Straube


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