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Twenty survivors share their stories

From the Editor

Alive and Kicking
by Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.
POZ magazine was a vital part of my learning to live with the virus. 


Letters-June 2014
"Empowering Entrepreneurs" (March 2014) featured the work and the women of Common Threads. The small-group training session designed to help HIV-positive women face their diagnoses has evolved to include a microenterprise marketplace. 


Survival by Design
by Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.
The first POZ cover guy reflects on the aftermath of his revealing 1994 interview and his life today.

POZ Planet

Meet the New AIDS Poster Child
by Trenton Straube
The imagery in the poster refers to the developing canon of both AIDS art and the history of AIDS activism—and to what gets left out of this canon.

POZ Stories: Byanca Parker
by Trenton Straube
When Byanca Parker was told she was living with HIV, she reacted like most anyone would. "It was scary and confusing," she recalls.

What’s the Diagnosis?
by Trenton Straube
AIDS doc’s memoir takes the pulse of our health care system.

The State of Louisiana
by Trenton Straube
When low-income HIV-positive people in Louisiana tried to use their Ryan White funds to purchase health care, Blue Cross Blue Shield and two other insurers refused to accept the third-party federal payments.

I Have Something to Tell You
by Casey Halter
Adrain Chesser discloses his AIDS diagnosis—and photographs the reactions.

Say What? Egyptian Army Edition
by Trenton Straube
Speaking at a press conference, Major General Ibrahim Abdel-Atti, head of the Cancer Treatment and Screening center, explained that he had a machine that could rid blood of both hepatitis C and HIV.

Preppy Style
by Trenton Straube
HIV prevention gets a controversial fashion makeover.

Law & Order
by Trenton Straube
Advocates from across the country are uniting to take a bite out of HIV criminalization laws.

Positive Leadership
by Trenton Straube
The HIV community gave a collective cheer when President Obama announced that the new director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) would be Douglas M. Brooks, MSW.


The New War
by Peter Staley
HIV-related stigma is worse than ever. Not the external kind, where a society is panicked about the new plague. Today's internal stigma, where a community shuns its own, is seemingly intractable and far more destructive.

Care and Treatment

Seeing the Doctor Is Vital When CD4s Are Low
by Benjamin Ryan
Keeping medical appointments is particularly crucial for HIV-positive people on antiretrovirals who have a low CD4 count.

HIV Rates in Black MSM Linked to STIs and Economics
by Benjamin Ryan
The vastly disproportionate rates of HIV among African-American men who have sex with men are linked to unemployment, lower socioeconomic status and the presence of other sexually transmitted infections.

Inflammatory Marker Linked to Raised Risk of Death
by Benjamin Ryan
Certain "markers" of inflammation in the body are linked to an earlier death among people with HIV,

Big Pharma Plotted to Prop Up South African Drug Patents
by Benjamin Ryan
A leaked email shows that the Innovative Pharmaceuticals Association of South Africa  colluded with the U.S.-based pharmaceutical industry lobbying group PhRMA in an apparently successful plot to derail reforms to South Africa’s liberal patent laws.

Half-baked Headlines Claim that Pot Stops HIV
by Benjamin Ryan
Research that showed that an ingredient in pot alters the disease progression of SIV in the guts of monkeys led to a rash of hyperbolic and highly inaccurate reporting in the popular press.

Research Notes

Prevention: Genetically Tooled Antibodies Fight HIV
by Benjamin Ryan
Engineering immune cells to produce what are known as broadly neutralizing antibodies protects against HIV infection in mice that have immune systems tooled to resemble those of humans.

Treatment: Benefit of Counseling With Computers
by Benjamin Ryan
A computerized counseling program for people with HIV improves treatment adherence and reduces viral load and risky sexual behavior.

Cure: Memory Stem Cells: Reservoir Backbone?
by Benjamin Ryan
Long-living, HIV-infected immune cells that have stem-cell-like properties appear to be a bedrock of the viral reservoir that prevents antiretroviral treatment from clearing the virus. 

Concerns: Youths With HIV Enter Care Late
by Benjamin Ryan
Teens and young adults with HIV often delay entering medical care for the virus until late in the course of their disease.

POZ Survey Says

Have You Been Tested?
by Jennifer Morton
It's important to get tested for the hepatitis C virus and get connected to care. 

POZ Heroes

Flesh and Blood
by Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.
So many of our former cover guys and gals have passed away, as well as many more from within our covers.


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