May #144 : Mailbox-May 2008

POZ - Health, Life and HIV
Subscribe to:
POZ magazine
E-newsletters
Join POZ: Facebook MySpace Twitter Pinterest
Tumblr Google+ Flickr MySpace
POZ Personals
Sign In / Join
Username:
Password:

Back to home » Archives » POZ Magazine issues




Table of Contents
 

HIV: Behind the Music

Taking Care of Business




Not by Meds Alone

No Viral Load=No Transmission?

The Stand

Staphing Up

Mixology

Heads of the Class

Heartburn Hotel

Protein Shakers

Mercury Rising

Britain: Hep C Rings Twice

Pill-Taking Tip

Cardio Risk Raiser

Cholesterol Downer




What's a Girl to Do?

Runaway Hit

The Mother of All HIV Tests

Lights! Camera! Bareback Action!

Prom Night Prep

Apply as Directed

Strong-arming HIV

Healing Fields

Jargon: DWI

Keeping Up With the Joneses

Melrose Place 2.0

Silence=Meth

Rock Out

Ladies First




Editor's Letter-May 2008

Mailbox-May 2008



 
Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle

Shingles

Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV


Scroll down to comment on this story.


email print

May 2008


Mailbox-May 2008

We Are Family

I’ve just finished reading Suzan Stirling’s article “A Stirling Example” [Jan/Feb 2008], about her and her three children all disclosing their HIV-positive status together. Stirling writes that she “truly [believes] that something good will come” from telling her story. Believe me, many good things have come from
it already.

She has single-handedly renewed my commitment to and faith in people living with HIV. I’m an HIV-positive person who works with HIV treatment specialists and caregivers. I made a promise, a long time ago, that I would dedicate the rest of my career to improving the lives of people living with HIV and AIDS. Thanks for sharing and strengthening my resolve to keep my promise.
J.R.F.
Memphis

Thanks for “A Stirling Example.” I have faced some extreme and danger-ridden paths across this planet, but this family—now, that is one brave bunch! Hats off to them.
Name Withheld

Being gay, black and HIV positive are real challenges I face since being diagnosed in 2007. Thank God for two good friends and my negative partner. But [the Stirlings’] story gives me hope that one day I can tell my family [about] the pain I am going through.
S.C.
Toronto

I struggle daily with maintaining optimism. [The Stirlings’] story touched me deeply—it has given me an added dose of hope. In a world where even doctors buy into [AIDS] stigma, [we] need to hear more stories like [theirs] and maybe, just maybe, change will come. God bless.
N.W.
Miami

Kudos to Ms. Stirling and her three children for coming out about their HIV status. I have been HIV positive since December of 1987 and [since] then, I have been running from myself and my responsibilities by going in and out of jail for the past 20 years.

This story has [given] me a gigantic boost. It is through reading about this young lady and her children that I can see a life for myself. Continue to run stories that inspire those of us who live in silence.
Phillip Duke Gray
Stiles Unit, Beaumont, TX

Teen Angel

I found your story “Fifteen Candles,” by Noah Murphy [Jan/Feb 2008, about a 15-year-old dealing with HIV in high school], very inspiring, and I am amazed at the insight of someone “only 15.” I’m 55, and while I am fortunate to be HIV negative, someone I love is not as fortunate. He was diagnosed with HIV in January 2005, and I know his outlook regarding his future weighs heavy on his thoughts. Perhaps your story and attitude will give him inspirational hope as well.
Karen Michael
Davenport, IA

Power To The People

Regarding Jessie Torrisi’s “Growing Pains,” Jan/Feb 2008, about young HIV-positive AIDS activists: It’s amazing to see the courage youth are expressing in an increasingly passive society. We need leaders like these to make the stories heard, and most important, demonstrate the power of the human voice!
Name Withheld

I [am] thankful for these young people who have [such] great courage. I, too, am HIV positive, and I love life. The infection has become a blessing to me [because it made me] foster [self-love] since I had so much self-hatred.
Kirk Johnson
Dallas


Scroll down to comment on this story.



Name:

(will display; 2-50 characters)

Email:

(will NOT display)

City:

(will display; optional)

Comment (500 characters left):

(Note: The POZ team reviews all comments before they are posted. Please do not include either ":" or "@" in your comment. The opinions expressed by people providing comments are theirs alone. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Smart + Strong, which is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by people providing comments.)

Comments require captcha.
Please enter this number for verification:

| Posting Rules



Show comments (0 total)

 
[Go to top]

Join POZ Facebook Twitter Google+ MySpace YouTube Tumblr Flickr
Quick Links
Current Issue

HIV Testing
Safer Sex
Find a Date
Newly Diagnosed
HIV 101
Disclosing Your Status
Starting Treatment
Help Paying for Meds
Search for the Cure
POZ Stories
POZ Opinion
POZ Exclusives
Read the Blogs
Visit the Forums
Job Listings
Events Calendar


    adorableone
    New York
    New York


    newlife202
    JOLIET
    Illinois


    usuallyhappy
    Palm Springs
    California


    Fergie911
    Chicago
    Illinois
Click here to join POZ Personals!
Ask POZ Pharmacist

Talk to Us
Poll
Survey
Pop Watch

more surveys
Contact Us
We welcome your comments!
[ about Smart + Strong | about POZ | POZ advisory board | partner links | advertising policy | advertise/contact us | site map]
© 2014 Smart + Strong. All Rights Reserved. Terms of use and Your privacy.
Smart + Strong® is a registered trademark of CDM Publishing, LLC.