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Features

The POZ Army: How We End AIDS Together
by Regan Hofmann
This summer, thanks to a rare confluence of events, the HIV/AIDS community will have an extraordinary opportunity to help save the lives of tens of millions of people living with the virus. In preparation, we want you to join the POZ Army. We are preparing for the final battle in the war on AIDS—the surge for the cure.

Criminal Injustice
by Sean Strub with Profiles as Told to Cristina González
HIV criminalization laws do little to stem the epidemic or protect public health. Instead, they often backfire and discourage people from being tested. Here, three courageous advocates share their stories of HIV criminalization and their crusade for health, welfare and justice.

From the Editor

Reignite the Fight
by Regan Hofmann
When exactly did those of us living with HIV stop fighting for our lives? 

Feedback

Letters- June 2012

The POZ Q+A

Uncommon Threads
by Regan Hofmann
Julie Rhoad leverages the power of the AIDS Memorial Quilt to usher in a new era of AIDS advocacy. (Watch video.)


What You Need to Know

A Graduate Degree in Condoms
by Lauren Tuck
Not surprisingly, the banana method—you know the one used in sex education classes to teach students how to properly put on a condom—is not working. 

The Normal Heart on Tour
by Lauren Tuck
Following its Tony Award-winning Broadway debut in 2011, The Normal Heart, a semiautobiographical 1985 play by Larry Kramer, founder of ACT UP and Gay Men’s Health Crisis, is coming to a stage near you. 

A Bang for Your Buck
by Lauren Tuck
Teenage women are less likely to use condoms if their primary source of spending money comes from their boyfriends.

The Odds May Not Be in Your Favor if You Don’t Know Your Status
by Lauren Tuck
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there are 1.2 million people with HIV in the United States and that there are about 56,300 new HIV cases each year.

Further Adventures in the Origin of AIDS
by Lauren Tuck
Mystery of where AIDS came from solved? Not so fast.

We Hear You

POZ Survey Says

What Will You Do to End AIDS?
by Cristina González
We asked you what you’d be willing to do to end the epidemic, and your responses are below.

What Matters to You

The Implementation of the Affordable Care Act
by Cristina González
In March, the Supreme Court heard six hours of testimony regarding the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), a.k.a. health care reform. 

Treatment News

Chasing the Cure
by Laura Whitehorn
Crowds flooded the "pathways toward a cure" session at the 19th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Seattle in March, requiring three overflow rooms.

More Black Women Die From AIDS
by Laura Whitehorn
In the United States, HIV-positive black women are twice as likely as their white counterparts to die of AIDS.

Can HIV-Positive People Get the Shingles Vax?
by Laura Whitehorn
Since 2006, a vaccination has been available for shingles, the painful skin and nerve damage caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster, a herpes virus). 

Drop Condoms on the Red Carpet, Not in Criminal Court
by Laura Whitehorn
We applauded when actor Zac Efron let a condom fall out of his pocket onto the red carpet at the premiere of his movie Dr. Seuss' The Lorax in February.

GMHC Treatment Issues June 2012
The State of ADAP: Improvements and stresses continue 

Comfort Zone

Mobile Health
by Cristina González
Keeping track of the intricacies of your health can sometimes feel like a full-time jo

POZ Heroes

The Artist
by Jennifer Morton
When Avram Finkelstein decided to organize a small group of friends to talk about issues relating to HIV after his boyfriend died of AIDS, he never imagined it would lead to the creation of the most iconic slogan of the AIDS movement. 

 


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