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January / February 2013



Heart to Heart
by Trenton Straube
Three HIV-positive couples share their inspiring love stories.

Myths of Black MSM
by Tomika Anderson
True: HIV is on the rise among young African-American men who have sex with men.
False: Promiscuity is to blame. Studies presented at the XIX International AIDS Conference shed more light on the facts.

From the Editor

Sowing the Seeds of Love
by Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.
Inviolata Mmbwavi inspires me. As a girl, Inviolata helped plant a tree in Kenya as part of its Green Belt Movement. 


Letters-January/February 2013


Standing Against Stigma
by Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.
Kenyan HIV/AIDS activist Inviolata Mmbwavi fights for social justice and the right to dignity.

POZ Planet

Storm Troopers
by Trenton Straube
Recoveries and reflections after Hurricane Sandy

Say What-Fran Lebowitz
by Trenton Straube

Oh No Canada
by Trenton Straube
The Supreme Court requires more HIV disclosure

Signs of the Times
by Trenton Straube
Two AIDS groups in the South move into new, and more visible, homes.

For Your Consideration...
by Trenton Straube
'Tis the season for cinematic spectacle and red-carpet awards. Don't overlook these recent documentaries about everyday heroes of the AIDS epidemic.

Climb Every Mountain
by Trenton Straube
The hills are alive with much more than the sound of music.

Grindr IQ
Are guys who use hookup apps dumb about HIV?

Care and Treatment

Using Condoms As Directed
by Benjamin Ryan
The good news: Condoms can reduce the risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

English Lessons
by Benjamin Ryan
HIV meds are now free to all residents of England, courtesy of the National Health Service. 

Comprehensive Care Is Possible
by Benjamin Ryan
An inner-city HIV clinic in Baltimore has proved that a robust and dynamic health care practice can produce astonishing results even among the highest-risk populations.

HIV, Meds and Booze
by Benjamin Ryan
Alcohol itself doesn't have a detrimental effect on CD4 cell counts for people taking antiretroviral (ARV) therapy, a recent study concludes.

Research Notes

Cure: HDAC Inhibitors May Need Combos
by Benjamin Ryan
Scientists have achieved a proof-of-concept that cancer drugs known as histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors can flush HIV out of the long-elusive reservoirs where it hides out, latent, even during antiretroviral therapy.

Prevention: Revisiting HIV in Semen
by Benjamin Ryan
You’ve probably heard of the groundbreaking HPTN 052 study showing that a fully suppressed viral load slashed HIV transmission rates by 96 percent among heterosexual couples, but a recent French study might complicate things.

Treatment: New Fusion Inhibitor, Integrase Inhibitor
by Benjamin Ryan
The 2012 Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy in San Francisco brought promising news of new, long-acting antiretrovirals to benefit people with drug-resistant strains of HIV.

POZ Survey Says

Full Disclosure
by Jennifer Morton
Deciding to tell someone you have HIV can be a difficult and daunting decision regardless of whether you just tested positive or have been living with the virus for decades.

POZ Heroes

Minister of HIV
by Trenton Straube
When Andrena Ingram applied to attend seminary, a bishop asked her what gifts she brought to the church.


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