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April / May 2014


Hot & Bothered
by Benjamin Ryan
Stuck between science and politics, sex ed struggles to break free. 

Against All Odds
by Trenton Straube
Playing the HIV numbers game is less--and more--risky than you think.

From the Editor

Sexual Healing
by Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.
Although sex ed is stuck between science and politics, educators and advocates across the country are struggling to break it free. 


Letters-April/May 2014
In the op-ed 'Desert Migration' (January 8, 2014), Daniel F. Cardone shared why he focused on aging with HIV/AIDS in Palm Springs, California, as the topic for his new documentary.


Dangerous Writing
by Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.
Renowned author Tom Spanbauer returns with a novel about HIV/AIDS, aging with the virus and falling in love.

POZ Planet

Desires to Connect
by Trenton Straube
Richard Renaldi photographs strangers who touch.

Porn’s Disappearing Condom Trick!
by Trenton Straube
Falcon Studios has used digital technology to erase condoms from its gay film California Dreamin'.

Antigay Laws Raise HIV Concerns
by Trenton Straube
A lineup of the latest international culprits

Does Love Protect Against HIV?
by Trenton Straube
As much as two-thirds of HIV transmissions take place in the context of relationships.

A Military HIV Milestone
by Trenton Straube
The U.S congress is taking action to address HIV criminalization in the context of the military. 

Redefining Sex at the CDC
by Trenton Straube
Spurred by an open letter from advocates, the CDC agreed to no longer use the term 'unprotected sex' when it means 'sex without condoms.'


The Last One
The director of 'The Last One: The Story of the AIDS Memorial Quilt' writes about why she made the film.

Care and Treatment

AIDS Caused by 'Cellular Suicide'
by Benjamin Ryan
For the first time, scientists have shed light on the precise, step-by-step process by which untreated HIV causes AIDS.

Condomless Sex Rises Among Gay Men
by Benjamin Ryan
Between 2005 and 2011, the rate of men who have sex with men who reported having anal sex without a condom in the past year increased by 19 percent.

New Hep C Drug Sovaldi Approved for Coinfected Use
by Benjamin Ryan
The FDA approved Sovaldi among people coinfected with hep C and HIV.

The PrEP Report
by Benjamin Ryan
Prescribing Truvada to HIV-negative people as PrEP enjoys widespread support from infectious disease doctors--in theory, but not in practice.

FDA OKs Switch to Complera
by Benjamin Ryan
The FDA has approved the use of the triple-combo antiretroviral Complera for HIV+ adults who switch from a stable regimen.

HIV Specific Poison May Complement Antiretrovirals
by Benjamin Ryan
A study conducted in mice has shown that a toxin engineered to target HIV can eliminate infected immune cells.

Research Notes

Prevention: Teens Take Risks, Still Don’t Test
by Benjamin Ryan
High schoolers in the Bronx, New York, who have risky sex and maintain a detailed knowledge of HIV are not more inclined to get tested for the virus.

Treatment: Near-Normal Life Expectancy
by Benjamin Ryan
Life expectancy for young people taking HIV therapy has soared to nearly normal levels. 

Cure: Dashed Hopes for Viral Remission
by Benjamin Ryan
Two HIV+ men who displayed no signs of the virus for extended periods off ARVs following chemotherapy and stem cell transplants both experienced a viral rebound.

Concerns: Fast-Progressing HIV Strain
by Benjamin Ryan
Scientists have discovered a strain of HIV in West Africa that progresses to AIDS in about five years.

SeroZero by GMHC

Editor’s Note
by Jason Cianciotto
SeroZero will feature information about prevention and a variety of public policy issues affecting people living with HIV across the country.

I’m Still Here, Thank God
by Sharon Delores Vail
Sharon Delores Vail shares her story of survival after her HIV diagnosis.

Research Roundup: Women Over Age 50 and HIV
by Sarah Glasser
Women over 50 living with HIV are a particularly under-researched demographic. 

Releasing Health: Reintegration and Me
by Ronald Regins
Sometimes it was easier to remain in prison because HIV to me was a prison for 'bottom feeders' and society’s predators.

What’s Really New About the HIV Epidemic and Young Black Men?
by Demetrius T. Thomas
Since the impact of HIV/AIDS on MSM of color became above the fold, front-page news, some have incorrectly labeled Black MSM 'the new face of the epidemic.'

POZ Heroes

Drawing Out the Details
by Casey Halter
Since college, Sapna Mysoor has devoted her life’s work to promoting sexual health and HIV/AIDS awareness among Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities.


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