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September 2012



Healing the Hurt
by Rita Rubin
A recent epidemic of attacks on women, transgender women and people with HIV exposes a link as toxic as the virus itself: Trauma not only fuels HIV, it also makes living with it harder. But HIV-positive women and their allies in the realms of science, medicine and social justice are ready to fight back—with programs, education and lifesaving advocacy.

Hot on the Trail
by Beth Schwartzapfel
AIDS activists are experts at bird-dogging, following political candidates and peppering them with questions about their positions on HIV/AIDS. In the upcoming presidential election—where one candidate threatens to eviscerate federal support for health care and the other advocates protecting it—activists wonder: Should we release the hounds?

From the Editor

The Not-So-Weaker Sex
by Regan Hofmann
The relationship between trauma and HIV is well established.


Letters- September 2012


The Accidental Historian
by Reed Vreeland
Jim Hubbard speaks about his new documentary United in Anger: A History of ACT UP.

What You Need to Know

Not So Sacred Bonds of Marriage
by Lauren Tuck
Many young women dream about walking down the aisle at their wedding—they imagine the floral arrangements, the dress, the venue.

Mo Money, Mo Health
by Lauren Tuck
Typically, bribery is a form of persuasion used by people outside the law. But recently, the tactic was employed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Poverty Lab to secure health for generations to come.

Easing the Pain of Adult Male Circumcision?
by Lauren Tuck
Despite its many challenges, voluntary adult male circumcision has become a successful and well-documented tool of HIV prevention in the developing world.

Fifty Shades of HIV?
by Lauren Tuck
The highly erotic Fifty Shades trilogy explores the relationship between wealthy businessman Christian Grey and his young lover Anastasia Steele. 

Digital Disease Detector
by Lauren Tuck
Allergy, cold and flu seasons are upon us, and an innovative way to stay healthy is to use Sickweather.

We Hear You

There's No Place Like Home
by Reed Vreeland
On July 3, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first in-home rapid HIV test.

POZ Survey Says

Take Good Care
by Cristina González
One out of every five Americans living with HIV don’t know their status, and for all who do, being diagnosed is merely the first step on the long road to leading a healthy life. 

What Matters to You

Clarifying HIV Heart Disease Risk
by Laura Whitehorn
Recent reports suggest that compared with their negative peers, people who have HIV also have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. 

Overturning the Gay Blood Ban
by Cristina González
Men who have had sex with men at any time since 1977 are banned from donating blood in the United States.

Treatment News

Generic Drugs in the U.S.?
by Laura Whitehorn
Antiretroviral HIV meds cost as much as $25,000 a year in the United States, but only hundreds of dollars in the developing world. 

Is He or Isn’t He Cured? Real Answers to the Case of the Berlin Patient
by Laura Whitehorn
The short answer: Yes, Timothy Brown, otherwise known as "the Berlin Patient," remains cured of HIV. 

More Safer Sex
by Laura Whitehorn
Despite efforts to promote sex education and condom use, HIV rates are not declining. 

Common Sense Rules the Court
by Laura Whitehorn
In June, a New York appeals court overturned the conviction of an HIV-positive man for assaulting a police officer using “a dangerous weapon,” a.k.a. his saliva.

GMHC Treatment Issues September 2012
Adenovirus-based vaccines against HIV: A look at how the immune system could be trained to combat HIV

Comfort Zone

Making Cents of Health Insurance
by Cristina González
In late June, the U.S. Supreme Court largely upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, which will require most Americans to purchase health insurance or pay a penalty.

POZ Heroes

Midnight Cowboy
by Lauren Tuck
In 2007 after 10 years of injection drug use and professional sex work, Richard Holcomb tested positive for HIV. 


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