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Health Care is a Human Right
by Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.
The 30/30 Project seeks to bring affordable access to those most in need.

Midlife Virus
by Tim Murphy
Older people newly diagnosed with HIV can stay resilient.

Nothing Without Us
by Casey Halter
A new documentary explores the role of women in the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

From the Editor

Time After Time
by Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.
Every birthday is a chance for me to give thanks to the universe for still being alive.


Letters-September 2014


Strategic Planning
by Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.
People with HIV/AIDS have a new yet experienced ally at the New York City Human Resources Administration.

POZ Planet

Disco Realness
by Trenton Straube
A new musical channels the life of dance legend Sylvester.

One Fabulous Life (A Brief Bio)
by Trenton Straube

One Virus, Two Memoirs, Endless Insights
by Trenton Straube
Young-adult books thrive on fast-paced narratives and crisp, clear writing. Paige Rawl’s riveting memoir, Positive, delivers the goods and much, much more. 

Three Wins in Iowa Against HIV Criminalization
by Trenton Straube
More than 170 people representing 27 states attended the nation’s first HIV Is Not a Crime conference, held this summer in Grinnell, Iowa.

BOOM!ing in the Bronx
by Trenton Straube
Business isn’t the only thing expanding after two HIV and harm reduction services join forces.

CDC Starts Talking With Gay Men
by Trenton Straube
Men who have sex with men (MSM) account for two-thirds of new HIV cases each year, despite comprising only 2 percent of the U.S. population.

NYPD Changes Condom Policy
by Trenton Straube
The New York City Police Department announced it would no longer confiscate condoms as evidence in cases involving prostitution.

Hip-hop, Hoops & HIV
by Trenton Straube
When Dakota Basinger got kicked out of a local basketball game because of his HIV, he made the news. That’s only part of his story.

POZ Stories: Kecia Johnson
by Trenton Straube
Kecia Johnson clearly remembers the events leading up to her HIV diagnosis.


Lost History
by Cecilia Aldarondo
Cecilia Aldarondo excavates the forgotten past of her uncle, his long-lost partner and AIDS in the documentary Memories of a Penitent Heart.

Care and Treatment

Coral Reefs Yield Anti-HIV Proteins
by Benjamin Ryan
Researchers have uncovered a new class of proteins, found in coral reefs, that can block HIV from entering immune cells.

CDC Gives Props to PrEP
by Benjamin Ryan
By issuing new guidelines for the use of Truvada (emtricitabine/tenofovir) as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) threw its full support behind the new tool in the HIV prevention arsenal.

Cobicistat Challenge to Norvir (Ritonavir)
by Benjamin Ryan
A series of applications submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in April have Gilead Sciences' cobicistat poised to possibly nudge aside Norvir (ritonavir) as a "boosting agent" that raises the blood levels of two specific antiretrovirals (ARVs).

The Lowdown on Low Vitamin D
by Benjamin Ryan
There is an apparent link between low vitamin D levels and a raised risk of both HIV disease progression and virologic failure among people who are beginning antiretroviral (ARV) treatment.

Cooked Up Claims About Soy Sauce
by Benjamin Ryan
Soy sauce has become the latest supermarket item to contain the answer to HIV, according to a savory smorgasbord of erroneous reporting in the popular press.

Research Notes

Prevention: Take the Fight to Hard-Hit Streets
by Benjamin Ryan
In a new study examining how geographics affect the HIV epidemic, researchers created detailed maps of hard-hit minority neighborhoods in New York and Philadelphia.

Treatment: More Reasons To Start Treatment Early
by Benjamin Ryan
Starting HIV treatment before CD4 cells drop too low reduces the risk of AIDS and HIV-related illnesses, according to the same large study, called HPTN 052, that proved early treatment cuts transmission risk by 96 percent.

Cure: Transplant Drugs May Reduce HIV Reservoir
by Benjamin Ryan
Immunosuppressant drugs used to prevent rejection of transplanted organs may combat the HIV reservoir, the presence of which thwarts attempts to cure HIV with standard antiretrovirals (ARVs).

Concerns: Virus in Semen of 'Undetectable' Men
by Benjamin Ryan
Even when a man's blood viral load is undetectable, he may have intermittently detectable levels of HIV in his semen.

POZ Survey Says

State of Mind
by Jennifer Morton
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), nearly one in five American adults experienced a diagnosable mental illness in 2012.

POZ Heroes

Let's Kick ASS
by Casey Halter
Tez Anderson, a 55-year-old San Franciscan living with HIV since at least 1983, has been an AIDS activist for decades, including rallying in ACT UP Golden Gate in the 1990s.


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