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September 2013


Older and Wiser
by Tim Murphy
People who have lived with HIV/AIDS for 25 years or more are battle-scarred and full of survival savvy.

Mandating Mail-Order Pharmacies
by Rita Rubin
People with HIV/AIDS increasingly face mixed-up meds, delayed deliveries, spoiled shipments and privacy concerns.

From the Editor

Touch of Gray
by Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.
When I was diagnosed with HIV in 1992 at the age of 22, I expected to die before 30. Gray hairs, and all that go with them, were things I never thought I would live to see.


Letters-September 2013
In the essay "The Sound of Stigma," Mark S. King reflects on why stigma persists among gay men.


Committed to the Fight
by Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.
As a longtime leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS, Paul Kawata wants to be here for the end of the epidemic.

POZ Planet

Lost Worlds
by Trenton Straube
Two gorgeous art books revisit a pre-AIDS Fire Island.

We the LGBTHIV...
by Trenton Straube
Gay groups pledge to fight the virus.

Testing the Limits
by Trenton Straube
A youth group gives HIV test results to teens in public.

Say What-Dan Savage
by Trenton Straube
Dan Savage, sex advice columnist and cofounder of the "It Gets Better" campaign, offers an opinion on PrEP and PEP.

Check Them Out
by Trenton Straube
These stories recount life in the presence of HIV.

Try the Power of Bareback and Body
by Trenton Straube
If you think you’ve been hearing the phrase bareback—slang for condomless anal sex—during TV commercial breaks, you’re not going crazy.

Burden of Proof
by Trenton Straube
San Francisco’s law enforcement agencies will no longer use possession of condoms as physical evidence when prosecuting sex workers

Citizen Scientists
by Trenton Straube
With the Kinsey Reporter app, you can document each time you partake in some hanky-panky or witness someone else getting frisky in public.


Light and Darkness
by Rae Lewis-Thornton
Rae Lewis-Thornton is an African-American jewelry designer who has lived with HIV for more than two decades. In this edited excerpt from her blog post, she deals with HIV a bead at a time.

Care and Treatment

GMHC Treatment Issues September 2013
Untangling the Intersection of HIV & Trauma: Why It Matters and What We Can Do

Caring Docs Retain Patients
by Benjamin Ryan
Clinicians who boast better interpersonal skills are more likely to keep their HIV patients retained in care.

Breaking the Blood-Brain Barrier
by Benjamin Ryan
Researchers have had early success with a method that might one day thwart the powerful blood-brain barrier and effectively deliver antiretrovirals (ARVs) to the brain.

HIV Capsid Structure Defined
by Benjamin Ryan
Scientists have identified the precise atomic structure of the HIV capsid, which is the container of genes the virus inserts into human immune cells.

Found: Those Lost to Follow-up
by Benjamin Ryan
New York City caseworkers successfully linked half of those who had been categorized as "lost to follow-up" between 2008 and 2010.

Combo of Two HIV Drugs Can Control Hep B
by Benjamin Ryan
The HIV antiretrovirals Viread (tenofovir) and Emtriva (emtricitabine), which are typically combined as Truvada, can suppress hepatitis B virus (HBV) in three-quarters of those with "immune-tolerant" infection.

Research Notes

Prevention: Repurposing Vaginal Gel for Rectal Use
by Benjamin Ryan
A reformulated vaginal microbicide gel, originally designed to prevent HIV transmission in women, has proved safe and well-tolerated in HIV-negative men and women using it rectally.

Treatment: Pot--the Next HIV Drug?
by Benjamin Ryan
Synthetic anti-inflammatory compounds derived from cannabinoids, the primary active ingredient in marijuana, appear to show potential to fight HIV. 

Cure: Misleading Reports Say Cure Is Near
by Benjamin Ryan
After The Telegraph ran an April 27 article titled "Scientists on brink of HIV cure," word shot through numerous news outlets around the globe and ran rampant through social media that the virus's days were numbered.

Concerns: Another Vaccine Trial Shuts Down
by Benjamin Ryan
A major trial has closed down after the experimental vaccine failed both to prevent HIV transmission and to reduce viral load in those who contracted the virus

POZ Survey Says

Ourselves, Growing Older
by Jennifer Morton
Let’s face it—we’re all growing older. But thanks to advances in treatment, people with HIV are living longer than ever.

POZ Heroes

Musical Missionary
by Shanita Ealey
Reverend Charles Grindle works as the director of music and choir for two Unitarian Universalist churches in southern Maine. He’s also a poet, runner, fundraiser, cancer survivor, educational speaker--and a gay man living with HIV.


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