April/May #187 : High Hopes - by Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.

POZ - Health, Life and HIV
Subscribe to:
POZ magazine
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
 

Features

Recovering Your Life

Navigating Treatment as Prevention

From the Editor

High Hopes

Feedback

Letters-April/May 2013

The POZ Q+A

Positive Support

POZ Planet

Return to Sender

Old-School Kicks

My Bloody Valentine

Talk of the Town

Safe Sex 3.0

Bar None

Coming Attractions

Voices

What Would You Do?

Care and Treatment

The Heart of Cardiovascular Risks

E-Reminders Help Patient Outcomes

HIV Docs Slow on Early Treatment

TasP in the Real World

An Almost Normal Life Expectancy?

Research Notes

Prevention: Spinning Beyond Latex and Gels

Treatment: Fulyzaq Approved for Diarrhea Relief

Cure: Embryo Survival Gene to Control HIV

Concerns: HIV-Positive Smokers Lose More Years

POZ Survey Says

Facing Discrimination

POZ Heroes

Not Lost in Translation

   
Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle

Shingles

Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV


email print

April / May 2013

High Hopes

by Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.

Oriol GutierrezI’m a believer in the phrase “hope springs eternal.” How else can we explain the perseverance of people in recovery? Or people with HIV/AIDS who, despite living in a world filled with stigma and other obstacles, find a way to live their lives with dignity and optimism?

Jamar Rogers is an excellent example. The semifinalist from season 2 of The Voice has earned admiration from his fans not only for his singing talent but also for his integrity. After Rogers disclosed on the show that he has HIV, he could have chosen to stop there. But he didn’t. Through interviews and public service announcements, he has embraced his role as an openly HIV-positive celebrity.

As influential as HIV has been in his life, Rogers also has been forthright in sharing his substance abuse struggles. Substance abuse fuels HIV rates and is prevalent among people with HIV, but it can be overcome. Click here to read more on how Rogers, Lynn Morrow, Michael Weber and other people living with the virus have found the road to recovery.

The ultimate hope most of us living with HIV wish for is a cure, of course, and an end to the pandemic. Until then, most of us are seeking as normal a life as possible and a slowing of the spread of the disease in our own bodies and around the world.

Even if the cure were here tomorrow, the pandemic will never truly end until new HIV cases are effectively prevented. And vice versa. That’s why prevention research goes hand in hand with cure research.

Unfortunately, both areas of research are many years from yielding results that could be implemented widely, except for maybe one idea: treatment as prevention (TasP).

Data from HPTN 052, a major ongoing study, shows that people with HIV who take antiretrovirals may lower their chance of spreading the virus by 96 percent. However, a recent Chinese study put that number at 26 percent. And, depending on how you look at the data, many advocates and researchers would argue that the HPTN 052 data actually puts that number at 100 percent.

Navigating TasP isn’t easy, but we take you step by step in our feature story. Understanding the ethical and practical hurdles, as well as the potential benefits on a personal and population level, will be worth the trip.

Another trip worth taking is reading our Q&A with Michael Kaplan, the new president and CEO of AIDS United. The group is the result of the merger in 2011 of The National AIDS Fund and AIDS Action. Kaplan shares his hopes for the future grant making, policy and advocacy work of the organization. Let’s hope he succeeds.

Search: Jamar Rogers, The Voices, HIV, AIDS, HIV positive celebrities

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]

Facebook Twitter Google+ MySpace YouTube Tumblr Flickr Instagram
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
POZ on Twitter

Ask POZ Pharmacist

Talk to Us
Poll
Are you buying holiday gifts that raise HIV/AIDS awareness?
Yes
No

Survey
Smoke Signals

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.