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March 2012



The Right to Give Life
by Rita Rubin
People with HIV can receive organ transplants, which they need at rates higher than their negative peers. If a positive person wants to donate an organ, though, it’s another story: Federal law forbids HIV-positive people from donating organs—even to other positive people. While the HIV community and health care professionals are fighting to lift the ban, one couple shows why it is high time to change this outdated law.

The House That Love Built
by Reed Vreeland
Joseph’s House was founded in 1990 as a refuge for homeless men with HIV. Today it is one of the many places across the United States where people with AIDS end their days. A poignant look inside this Washington, DC, hospice—and the healing it provides.

From the Editor

Life and Death
by Regan Hofmann
If my doctor had told me I'd live to see the 30th anniversary of AIDS, when I was diagnosed 15 years ago, I wouldn't have believed him.


Letters- March 2012


Speaking of Sex...
by Regan Hofmann
Photographer and director James Houston wants to educate teens—and their parents—about sexual health.

What You Need to Know

Gay Rights Go Global
by Cristina González
Finally, something we want to spread around the world: tolerance. 

Join POZ on the Road to Washington
by Cristina González
This summer, the XIX International AIDS Conference (IAC) is coming to our nation’s capital, and POZ, an official media partner of the conference, will bring you inside the conference and to all the key events during the week.

Hershey's Bittersweet
by Cristina González
Lately, Hershey's chocolate is leaving a sour taste in our mouths. 

HIV Isn't Bioterrorism
by Cristina González
Case dismissed: Daniel Allen, an HIV-positive man from Michigan who became the first person in the state to be charged with HIV-related bioterrorism, has been set free after reaching the end of his 11-month probation.

General Hospital Says Goodbye to HIV-Positive Character
by Cristina González
Oh the tangled webs they weave: the tortured soul, the police commissioner's niece, the forbidden love. The sparks! The passion! The...HIV! 

We Hear You

Legalize It
by Reed Vreeland
For decades, marijuana has been legally—and illegally—smoked, ingested and vaporized to treat the symptoms and side effects of HIV/AIDS and its treatment.

What Matters to You

Helping to Find a Cure for AIDS
by Bill Strubbe
Participating in clinical trials can bolster your health—and that of the whole community.

Treatment News

Bill Clinton Proposes Generic Pricing for HIV Meds in the U.S.
by Laura Whitehorn
On December 1, 2011, World AIDS Day, former President Bill Clinton made a bold proposition to help save the lives of more Americans with HIV. 

Rituxan Boosts Lymphoma Survival Rates
by Laura Whitehorn
For HIV-positive people who develop non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) including the drug Rituxan (rituximab) with the standard chemotherapy treatment significantly increases their chances of survival.

Microsoft Joins the Hunt for an HIV Vaccine
by Laura Whitehorn
Using email spam filter programs, Microsoft researchers are helping seek an HIV vaccine. 

What You Should Know About HIV and Hepatitis
by Laura Whitehorn
Two new protease inhibitors (PIs) for hep C are showing promise in people who also have HIV. 

40% of Americans With HIV Are Older Than 50
by Laura Whitehorn
That’s the current estimate.

Misuse of Neti Pots Can Be Deadly
by Laura Whitehorn
During 2011, two people in Louisiana died of brain infections after using unboiled tap water instead of sterile water in their neti pots.

GMHC Treatment Issues March 2012
A Year of Highs and Lows in PrEP: Breaking down the data and decisions from 2011

Comfort Zone

Easing the Winter Woes
by Cristina González
Brrr, baby, it’s cold outside.

POZ Heroes

Best in Show
by Lauren Tuck
Fred is a Yorkshire terrier who was born in October 2010. 


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