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October / November 2013


¡El SIDA Sí Da!
by David Duran
Translated: AIDS Does Happen! This old Spanish-language HIV awareness slogan remains as relevant as ever for Latinos.

Cut to Fit
by Benjamin Ryan
Major studies support circumcision as prevention in Africa but a small yet vocal group argues the science is flawed. Can circumcision lower U.S. HIV rates?

From the Editor

Rie y Llora
by Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.
The HIV/AIDS epidemic among Latinos is disproportionate, but there are reasons to worry it may get worse. Are Latinos the next wave of the epidemic?


Letters-October/November 2013
The article "Magnetic Attraction"  profiled three long-term couples in which one partner is living with HIV while the other is not.


Unidos Podemos
by Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.
The Latino Commission on AIDS raises awareness of HIV and provides education on the virus nationwide.

POZ Planet

Thank You, Sean Sasser
by Trenton Straube
Partner of Real World star Pedro Zamora dies at 44.

On the March
by Trenton Straube
Two prevention tactics—PEP and PrEP—see on-the-ground action.

Get Lucky
by Trenton Straube
Illinois Lottery game funds state’s HIV fight.

Friend Request
by Trenton Straube
Meet the new face of HIV awareness.

Then There Were None
by Trenton Straube
South Carolina ends HIV segregation in prison.

Why Should Gay and Bi Latino Men Get Tested?
A new campaign asks Latino men who have sex with men (MSM) their reason for getting an HIV test.

Say What? Zombie Edition
by Trenton Straube
"Zombies, their uprising and our anticipated armed struggle against the undead horde is a metaphor for plague--specifically, AIDS."


Obamacare is Here
by David Ernesto Munar
An edited excerpt from David Ernesto Munar's POZ blog post "ObamaCare Is Here--But Is It Working for People With HIV?"

Care and Treatment

Reduced Dose of Sustiva Succeeds
by Benjamin Ryan
Sustiva (efavirenz) is both safe and no less effective at fighting HIV when the standard dose is reduced by a third.

New Ways to Beat Gonorrhea
by Benjamin Ryan
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have announced that two new antibiotic regimens are highly effective at treating gonorrhea.

Lower Bone Density Linked to Number of ARV Regimens
by Benjamin Ryan
The greater the number of times people with HIV have switched their antiretroviral (ARV) drug regimens, the more likely they are to have lower bone mineral density (BMD).

No Detectable HIV in Two Men After Stem Cell Transplants
by Benjamin Ryan
Super sensitive tests have not been able to detect any virus in two HIV-positive men after each received reduced-intensity chemotherapy followed by stem cell transplants to treat lymphoma.

WHO Revises Treatment Guidelines
by Benjamin Ryan
The World Health Organization (WHO) has revised its treatment guidelines to recommend people living with the virus begin antiretrovirals (ARVs) when their CD4s hit 500 or below, as opposed to the previous benchmark of 350.

Research Notes

Prevention: HIV Test May Help Improve Vaccines
by Benjamin Ryan
A new, more sensitive HIV test uses microspheres to capture antibodies indicating infection.

Treatment: Normal Mortality Risk if Undetectable?
by Benjamin Ryan
HIV-positive people with a CD4 count of at least 500 and a fully suppressed viral load as a result of antiretroviral treatment appear to have no increased risk of death when compared with their HIV-negative peers.

Cure: Cord Blood Transplant Aftermath
by Benjamin Ryan
Twelve-year-old Eric Blue, who had both HIV and acute lymphoblastic leukemia, died in July after undergoing the first-ever attempt to cure both diseases with a cord blood transplant.

Concerns: Early Treatment in Developing World
by Benjamin Ryan
The World Health Organization recently recommended beginning HIV treatment once CD4s hit 500 or below, but researchers from Johns Hopkins University have raised doubts of both the feasibility and the ethics of such a treatment expansion.

POZ Heroes

A Test of Kindness
by Casey Halter
Maria Mejia was 18 years old when she found out she was HIV positive in 1991. She had just entered a job-training program in Kentucky, which provided free HIV testing.


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