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January / February 2012



Washington Warrior
by Regan Hofmann
Congresswoman Barbara Lee fearlessly leads the charge on Capitol Hill for people with HIV. Tens of millions of lives—including ours—depend on her ability to convince lawmakers to support the fight against AIDS. Having made an effective case for presidential leadership on the issue of ending AIDS, she now needs all the support she can get to rally the rest of Congress to champion the cause. 

Forgotten Sons
by Tomika Anderson
Rates of HIV among young black men who have sex with men continue to skyrocket, leaving people wringing their hands and asking, "What are these men doing?" But the problem is not so much what young black men are doing but rather what is being—and what has been—done to them. And what hasn’t been done for them.

From the Editor

Freedom Fighter
by Regan Hofmann
Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) has been a relentless warrior for people with HIV/AIDS since she first came to Washington, DC, in 1998.


Letters- January/February 2012


A World Free of HIV?
by Regan Hofmann
Michel Sidibé explains how UNAIDS’s new goal of zero new HIV infections, zero HIV-related discrimination and zero deaths from AIDS are all within reach.

What You Need to Know

HIV-Related Discrimination in the Workplace
by Cristina González
In the United States and abroad, a barrage of incidents reveals that HIV 
discrimination in the workplace remains rampant.

White House 'Just Says No' to Legal Pot
by Cristina González
In response to a petition to legalize and regulate marijuana, the White House said there is yet no scientific data to support legalization.

Disclosure May Not Keep You From Jail
by Cristina González
A Minneapolis man was found guilty of transmitting HIV despite informing his partner he was positive.

A Walk in the Park to Remember
by Cristina González
The Queer History Alliance has proposed turning Triangle Park in New York City into an AIDS memorial.

AIDS Traced to 3 Chimp Hunters in Africa
by Cristina González
According to the new book The Origin of AIDS, HIV in humans can be traced back to about 80 chimpanzees in Africa that infected about three bush-meat hunters around 1921. 

How Teens Have Sex
by Cristina González
While many adults prefer to deny it, teens are having sex. 

We Hear You

Lessons in Love
by Reed Vreeland
With Valentine’s Day upon us, we ask: How does the dating game change after an HIV diagnosis?

What Matters to You

Keeping Your Ticker Ticking
by Tim Murphy
For some people, living with HIV can mean working extra hard to have a healthy heart.

Treatment News

Vaginal Gel Blocks HIV—and Herpes
by Laura Whitehorn
A microbicide gel containing the HIV drug tenofovir has been shown to be somewhat of a barrier to HIV.

Hormonal Contraceptive Shots Raise HIV Risk
by Laura Whitehorn
The injectable contraceptive Depo-Provera doesn’t just fail to protect against HIV—it actually raises the risk of giving and getting the virus during vaginal sex.

Struggling With Your Hep C Treatment? Grab a Cup of Joe.
by Laura Whitehorn
Are you coinfected with hepatitis C? If you’re battling daily to keep taking your HIV meds and the drugs for hepatitis C treatment, consider pouring on the coffee. 

Don’t Kid Around With Your Kidneys
by Laura Whitehorn
Do you have HIV? Are you African American? Then tune in to some 
must-see videos all about kidney health at poz.com/kidneys

Geography Trumps Fate
by Laura Whitehorn
Where you live in the United States has everything to do with how well 
you live with—and your odds for surviving—HIV.

Warning: Isentress Rash
by Laura Whitehorn
The FDA has released new, critical information about the integrase inhibitor Isentress (raltegravir).

Comfort Zone

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Hey, Mr. DJ
by Lauren Tuck
James Perigny, also known as DJ Jimmy P, began his disc jockey career in the late '80s, playing house music at some of New York City’s hippest dance clubs such as The Tunnel, The Eagle and The Break.


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