April/May #195 : Editor’s Note - by Jason Cianciotto

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Hot & Bothered

Against All Odds

From the Editor

Sexual Healing


Letters-April/May 2014


Dangerous Writing

POZ Planet

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Antigay Laws Raise HIV Concerns

Does Love Protect Against HIV?

A Military HIV Milestone

Redefining Sex at the CDC


The Last One

Care and Treatment

AIDS Caused by 'Cellular Suicide'

Condomless Sex Rises Among Gay Men

New Hep C Drug Sovaldi Approved for Coinfected Use

The PrEP Report

FDA OKs Switch to Complera

HIV Specific Poison May Complement Antiretrovirals

Research Notes

Prevention: Teens Take Risks, Still Don’t Test

Treatment: Near-Normal Life Expectancy

Cure: Dashed Hopes for Viral Remission

Concerns: Fast-Progressing HIV Strain

SeroZero by GMHC

Editor’s Note

I’m Still Here, Thank God

Research Roundup: Women Over Age 50 and HIV

Releasing Health: Reintegration and Me

What’s Really New About the HIV Epidemic and Young Black Men?

POZ Heroes

Drawing Out the Details

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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April / May 2014

Editor’s Note

by Jason Cianciotto

GMHC Welcome to the inaugural issue of SeroZero, a new quarterly insert in POZ magazine produced by the Public Policy team at Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC). “SeroZero” refers to our goal to prevent new infections (seroconversion) and ensure that people living with HIV achieve optimal health and viral suppression. Building from the best of Treatment Issues, our previous insert, SeroZero will feature information about prevention and a variety of public policy issues affecting people living with HIV across the country. It will also feature inspiring stories from members of GMHC’s Action Center, which empowers people living with HIV/AIDS to advocate for their needs.

In this issue we open with a powerful personal testimony from Sharon Vail, a long-time Action Center member living with AIDS since 1999. Approximately 20% of all new HIV infections occur in women and, like Sharon, many who fought through the early days of the epidemic are now over age 50. In the first of a regular column titled “Research Roundup,” GMHC Community Coordinator Sarah Glasser walks us through recent research on women over 50 living with HIV and finds that there is a great need for more information about their needs and experiences.

In “Releasing Health,” another regular column, Ronald Regins shares how his experience at the intersection of HIV and the criminal justice system inspired his passion to help formerly incarcerated people living with HIV reintegrate and reconnect with society. Ron was recently honored as one of the POZ 100 in 2013 and he co-chairs the GMHC Action Center Prison Health Think Tank.

We close with Demetrius Thomas, GMHC Policy Associate, asking, “What’s really new about the HIV epidemic and young Black MSM?” Demetrius responds to the notion that Black men who have sex with men (MSM) are the “new face of HIV” and shares GMHC’s focus on the disproportionate affect of HIV on young Black MSM. As Demetrius shares, we will never reach sero zero unless we address the socio-economic disparities, stigma, and discrimination driving the epidemic.

Jason Cianciotto is the Director of Public Policy at GMHC.

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