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December 31, 2009
Vibin’ About the Virus
When it comes to HIV/AIDS, talk is anything but cheap. Matter of fact, more conversation is what’s needed, many experts say, to better understand and help defeat this deadly virus, which is on the rise among American young people of all races.
Officials: New Zealand TV Condom Ad “Inoffensive”
A television advertisement by the New Zealand AIDS Foundation was found to be “inoffensive” by the country’s Advertising Standards Authority, stuff.co.nz reports. The authority chairman said the ad carries an important health message. (Watch video.)
December 30, 2009
Carmelita Austin, Santa Cruz, CA - Bob Hitt, Fall River, MA
POZ speaks with Carmelita Austin, director of the African-American Health Group at the Walnut Avenue Women's Center in Santa Cruz, California, and Bob Hitt, director of Project Aware at Stanley Street Treatment and Resources (SSTAR) in Fall River, Massachusetts, at the 2009 United States Conference on AIDS in San Francisco.
December 29, 2009
WNBA’s Candice Wiggins hosts Angelwish Holiday Giving Spree
WNBA star Candice Wiggins hosted the annual Angelwish Holiday Giving Spree on December 22 at the Scholastic Store in New York City.
December 23, 2009
'Crazy' for the Holidays
Depending on how you slice and dice the numbers, up to 15 million people in the United States will experience major depression each year. Forty million people suffer from some degree of serious anxiety, and I’ve got 10 million bipolar brothers and sisters. I’m definitely not unique.
December 21, 2009
Bridging the ADAP Gap
Flowers Heritage Foundation Executive Director Gregory Edwards talks about the Bridge the Gap program, which assists people on AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) waiting lists. (Watch video.)
Petra Berrios - New York, NY
Petra Berrios, a longtime HIV/AIDS activist, talks with POZ at the 2009 United States Conference on AIDS in San Francisco. She appeared on the POZ cover in October 2001.
December 18, 2009
World AIDS Day Symposium at Columbia University
The International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs (ICAP) held a symposium titled "HIV Scale-Up and Global Health Systems" on World AIDS Day 2009. (Watch video.)
POZ Podium: A Few Things That Are Certain
On Thursday, December 17, the White House held its first-ever meeting on homelessness and AIDS. Advocates, people living with HIV/AIDS, researchers and government officials from the Obama Administration and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development discussed the intersection of housing and the AIDS crisis. Housing Works president and CEO Charles King delivered these remarks.
December 16, 2009
HIV/AIDS Education in Prison
Pam Goodrich of Community Health Action of Staten Island and Muhammad Ahmad, an inmate at Arthur Kill Correctional Facility, talk about HIV/AIDS education in prison. (Watch video.)
December 15, 2009
Tributes: Dennis deLeon Mourned
The HIV/AIDS community reacts to the death of Dennis deLeon, president of the Latino Commission on AIDS.
Treatment for Everyone With HIV?
New guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommend starting HIV meds even earlier than before—but the updates are not without controversy.
Regan Hofmann at Arthur Kill
POZ Editor-in-Chief Regan Hofmann speaks with prisoners at the Arthur Kill Correctional Facility in Staten Island, NY, at their 2009 World AIDS Day event. (Watch video.)
Oriol Gutierrez at Arthur Kill
POZ Deputy Editor Oriol Gutierrez speaks with prisoners at the Arthur Kill Correctional Facility in Staten Island, NY, at their 2009 World AIDS Day event. (Watch video.) 
Laura Whitehorn at Arthur Kill
POZ Senior Editor Laura Whitehorn speaks with prisoners at the Arthur Kill Correctional Facility in Staten Island, NY, at their 2009 World AIDS Day event. (Watch video.) 
December 14, 2009
World AIDS Day at Arthur Kill Correctional Facility
The Arthur Kill Correctional Facility in Staten Island, NY, held its 2009 World AIDS Day event on December 2. Speakers at the event included POZ Editor-in-Chief Regan Hofmann, POZ Deputy Editor Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr. and POZ Senior Editor Laura Whitehorn. (Watch video.)
Tributes: Remembering Dennis deLeon
Dennis deLeon, longtime AIDS activist and president of the Latino Commission on AIDS, died December 14, 2009. POZ founder Sean Strub remembers his friend.
December 11, 2009
Pastor Rick Warren Speaks Out Against Antigay Ugandan Law
In response to recent speculation he supports a proposed Ugandan bill to further criminalize homosexuality in the East African country, Pastor Rick Warren, founder of the Evangelical Saddleback Church in California—who has been heavily involved in Ugandan religion and politics—has issued a letter and video statement to Ugandan church leaders calling the bill “unjust, extreme and un-Christian toward homosexuals.” (Watch video.)
December 09, 2009
HIV/AIDS Community Discussion in New York City
The Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) sponsored an HIV/AIDS Community Discussion at Columbia University in New York City on December 4. (Watch video.)
December 08, 2009
BET's Wrap It Up Campaign World AIDS Day Event
Street Wize Foundation's "Safe in the Streetz" was on hand to support BET's Wrap It Up Campaign World AIDS Day Event held at The Duke Ellington School For the Arts. (Watch video.)
Getting Involved in Advocacy
National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) Executive Director Paul Kawata on how to get involved in advocacy. (Watch video.)
POZ Podium: No, We Can’t: Barack Obama’s New Global AIDS Strategy
Gregg Gonsalves is a longtime AIDS activist and has worked for the Treatment Action Group, Gay Men’s Health Crisis and the AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa. He is currently a board member of the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition and a student at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. On World AIDS Day, December 1, he spoke at a symposium titled “HIV Scale-up and Global Health Systems,” hosted by Columbia University’s International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs in New York City. These are his remarks.
December 07, 2009
World AIDS Day at God's Love We Deliver
The MAC AIDS Fund volunteers at God's Love We Deliver for World AIDS Day 2009. (Watch video.)
24-Hour AIDS Vigil on World AIDS Day
The Housing Works 24-hour AIDS vigil in City Hall Park in New York City on World AIDS Day 2009. (Watch video.)
Light for Rights on World AIDS Day
Light for Rights at Washington Square Park in New York City on World AIDS Day 2009. (Watch video.)
December 03, 2009
NYC Activists Interrupt Mayor Bloomberg’s World AIDS Day Breakfast
Dozens of activists from New York City AIDS service organization Housing Works rallied outside Gracie Mansion on World AIDS Day, calling on Mayor Michael Bloomberg to provide more affordable housing to low-income HIV-positive New Yorkers, Chelsea Now reports. (Watch video.)
Debra Fraser-Howze: Using Corporate Communications to Battle HIV/AIDS
After receiving a National Medical Association award for her work fighting HIV/AIDS in the African-American community, Debra Fraser-Howze speaks about today’s challenges (misinformation), priorities (testing) and promises (over-the-counter HIV tests) in fighting the virus.

December 02, 2009
Alicia Keys and Jay-Z Perform at World AIDS Day Charity Concert in NYC
R&B songstress Alicia Keys spoke out about the impact of AIDS in Africa and raised funds for her charity, Keep a Child Alive, at her World AIDS Day concert in New York City’s Times Square, MTV News reports. The concert also featured an appearance by rap superstar Jay-Z. (Watch video.)
December 01, 2009
How Stigma Kills
Why AIDS stigma is as deadly as the virus itself. (Watch video.)
Our Best Shot
The key to developing an effective preventive and therapeutic vaccine lies, in part, in advocating for increased spending on vaccine research. POZ editor-in-chief Regan Hofmann talks with Seth Berkley, MD, president, CEO and founder of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), about what we need to find a vaccine. (Watch video.)
NYC YouTube Campaign Encourages HIV/AIDS Discussion
On World AIDS Day, December 1, the New York City Council—in partnership with local AIDS service organizations—launched “I Talk Because...,” an Internet-based HIV/AIDS awareness campaign that invites people to film and upload YouTube testimonials on why it’s so important to talk about HIV with people in their lives. (Watch video.)
POZ Podium: Playing Possum on World AIDS Day
World AIDS Day, marked December 1 each year, always elicits the full spectrum of my emotions. On the one hand, it is a day to mark the tragedies caused by a pandemic that has stricken people on every continent for nearly 30 years. On the other, it is an occasion to celebrate the successes that have been made in treatment and its delivery, awareness, prevention and survival. 
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