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July / August 2014


Defying Discrimination
by Casey Halter
The legal tools to fight back are within your reach.

See You In Court
by Casey Halter
Tips on Filing an HIV Discrimination Lawsuit

Time After Time
by Casey Halter
Since AIDS was discovered in 1981, HIV discrimination has been part of its history, as illustrated by these milestones.

Stemming Stigma
by Rod McCullom
Each of us can help fight the flames of negative and unfair beliefs about HIV.

POZ HIV Drug Chart
Antiretroviral (ARV) options abound for both those who are new to HIV treatment and those who are experienced.

From the Editor

Strong Enough
by Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.
HIV stigma—and the discrimination that often results from those negative and unfair beliefs—challenges all of us living with the virus to find the strength to live our lives with dignity and hope.


Letters-July/August 2014


Accelerating Action
by Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.
The former AIDSmeds editor-in-chief finds a new role as HIV project director of the Treatment Action Group.

POZ Planet

Past and Present Tense
by Trenton Straube
Historian Martin Duberman, author of Hold Tight Gently, explains why we should never forget AIDS pioneers Michael Callen and Essex Hemphill.

Finger-Pointing in Russia
by Trenton Straube
Russian lawmakers do not have their fingers on the pulse of HIV prevention. 

Summer Schoolin'
by Trenton Straube
“Sharpies” and CFAR undergrads study AIDS research.

The House That Frankie Built
by Trenton Straube
The “Godfather of House Music” Frankie Knuckles died March 31 at age 59 of diabetes complications, but his legacy will live on beyond the dance floor.

The Numbers
by Trenton Straube
In May, the always-in-fashion Joan Rivers helped prepare the 15 millionth meal for God's Love We Deliver

Lead by Example
by Trenton Straube
Carl Sciortino helms AIDS Action of Massachusetts.

Mother Knows Best
by Trenton Straube
Ryan Lewis’s HIV-positive mom wants to build 30 health centers.

Fighting Stigma by Telling Stories
by Trenton Straube
The goal of the website 'My Status is NOT a Secret'  is to reduce stigma by humanizing the HIV experience.


Close to Zero
by Aundaray Guess
An edited excerpt from a post by POZ blogger Aundaray Guess titled "Coming Back From Zero" on his early struggles with HIV treatment adherence, his current effective regimen and his adherence advice for others.

Care and Treatment

Hep C Cure Rates are the Same for Those With HIV
by Benjamin Ryan
Treatment for hepatitis C virus (HCV) is in the midst of a stunning revolution.

Second Baby Possibly Cured of HIV
by Benjamin Ryan
A second baby born with HIV has no detectable evidence of the virus following an aggressive antiretroviral (ARV) treatment regimen given shortly after birth.

On the Horizon: Long-Acting ARVs
by Benjamin Ryan
Promising research suggests that long-acting antiretrovirals (ARVs) that allow for dosing every one to two months may become a reality.

Risk of Transmitting When Undetectable May Be Zero
by Benjamin Ryan
Two years into a second major study examining the chances of transmitting HIV with an undetectable viral load, there have been no transmissions between either gay or heterosexual mixed-HIV status partners.

More Gays Test for HIV; More Take HIV Meds
by Benjamin Ryan
An increasing number of men who have sex with men (MSM) are taking HIV tests, and more of those living with HIV are taking antiretrovirals (ARVs). 

Research Notes

Prevention: Woman Controls HIV Naturally
by Benjamin Ryan
Scientists have discovered a 33-year-old woman, diagnosed with HIV at age 19 and lupus at 27, who has developed powerful antibodies that may have controlled her virus.

Treatment: TasP’s Success in British Columbia
by Benjamin Ryan
British Columbia offers solid, real-world evidence that the treatment-as-prevention strategy (TasP) can successfully fight the HIV epidemic.

Cure: No Virus After Early Start on ARVs
by Benjamin Ryan
A man who contracted HIV perhaps 10 days before starting a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) regimen and who then received full antiretroviral (ARV) treatment an estimated 18 days after infection shows no sign of the virus a year later. 

Concerns: Dormant Cells Foil Cure Research
by Benjamin Ryan
A laboratory at Johns Hopkins University has thus far failed in its recent quest to use cancer drugs known as HDAC inhibitors to significantly reverse the latent state of HIV-infected immune cells that are a component of the viral reservoir. 

SeroZero by GMHC

Mandatory Mail Order Pharmacies: A Bitter Pill to Swallow
by Janet Weinberg and Letitia James
Countless New Yorkers with life-threatening and chronic conditions are being required by the health insurance industry to use mail order pharmacies. 

Releasing Health: I was Afraid I was Going to Die in the Cell
by Alan Perez
In 1990 I was arrested for marijuana possession. I believe I was HIV positive at the time because I was getting sick, but I was not officially diagnosed until 2001. 

Excerpts from 'Fenced In: HIV/AIDS in the US Criminal Justice System'
by Elizabeth Lovinger
There are approximately 2.2 million people in jail or prison in the United States. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, about 1.5% of all inmates in state and federal prisons have HIV or AIDS.

GMHC Action Center Interview: A Report from AIDSWatch 2014
by Sarah Glasser
At the end of April 2014, GMHC Action Center members and staff participated in AIDSWatch 2014, the nation's largest annual HIV-focused grassroots advocacy event in Washington, D.C.

POZ Survey Says

Staying On Track
by Jennifer Morton
Adherence—taking your medication as scheduled—is essential to treating HIV. 

POZ Heroes

Catherine's House
by Casey Halter
When Catherine Wyatt-Morley, a married mother of three from Tennessee, was diagnosed with HIV in 1994, she remembers facing debilitating stigma from almost everyone in her life.


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