POZ April-May 2016

POZ April-May 2016

In every issue, you’ll find the hottest topics of interest to our readers along with cutting-edge health information.

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Anthony Romano

After Party: Why Does Crystal Meth Still Attract Gay Men?

Why does crystal meth still attract gay men?

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Out of the Blue: Depression Is Often a Silent Partner to HIV

Depression is often a silent partner to HIV.

From the Editor

Oriol R. Gutierrez

Higher Love

Depression is often a silent partner to HIV. For most of us living with the virus, depression shows up after we test positive.


Aundaray Guess’s dogs, Hope and  Parker

Letters-April/May 2016

Feedback on the loss of pets, Black Lives Matter, and dating and disclosure


AIDS Action Commitee Carl Sciortino

Taking Action: Exploring the AIDS Action Committee

The AIDS Action Committee takes the lead in writing a blueprint to end the epidemic in Massachusetts.

POZ Planet

Online Injectors

A syringe exchange program with the CORNER Project in NYC meets today’s younger drug users where they hang out.

Maria Mejia

This Activist Wants to Take on Bill Maher

AIDS activist Maria Mejia was so outraged by HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher, she started a petition.

portrait of Robert Mapplethorpe

HBO Looks at Mapplethorpe

This April, you can see the man behind the camera and the controversy when HBO airs Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures.

Liz Taylor’s Grand Legacy

In March, The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation presented the annual AIDSWatch in Washington, DC.

A (RED) Decade

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the (RED) organization, founded by rock star Bono and Bobby Shriver.

Greater Than AIDS Dr. Demetre Daskalakis and Dr. David Malebranche

Spreading the Word on PrEP

A roundup of new promotions for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).


Daniel Pintauro speaking at a podium

My Meth Weekend

POZ blogger Daniel Pintauro received the 2016 New Generation Arts & Activism Award from the Desert AIDS Project in Palm Springs, California.

Aundaray Guess' two dogs Hope and Parker on a jetty

Finding Hope

In a post titled “Losing Hope,” POZ blogger Aundaray Guess reflects on the unconditional love from his two dogs, Hope and Parker.

POZ Survey Says

Are You Prepared?

Everyone should make a plan for what to do in case of an emergency, but it’s especially important for people who are living with HIV.

Care and Treatment

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FDA OKs Merck’s Hep C Treatment

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Merck’s once-daily fixed-dose combination tablet Zepatier (grazoprevir/elbasvir)

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ViiV Buys BMS Pipeline Drugs

ViiV Healthcare recently acquired Bristol-Myers Squibb’s (BMS) portfolio of HIV antiretrovirals (ARVs) in the pipeline.


HIV and Lung Cancer Risk

Much of the raised risk of lung cancer among the HIV population can be explained by individuals’ history with AIDS-related pneumonia.

Vitamin D Capsules on wooden spoon

Low Vitamin D May slow CD4 Recovery

Having low vitamin D may compromise immune recovery among people with HIV after they start antiretroviral (ARV) treatment.

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Test and Treat, Plus PrEP Could Slash New HIV Cases

Screening for HIV and treating those who test positive, as well as providing Truvada as PrEP could greatly reduce new infections among MSM,

Research Notes

Prevention: A Slowing Epidemic

The U.S. HIV diagnosis rate fell by 19 percent during the past decade (while HIV testing rates held steady or increased in key populations).

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Treatment: Antibody Infusion

A single infusion of an HIV antibody called VRC01 suppresses the virus in people not taking antiretrovirals (ARVs).

cocktail with ice

Cure: Alcoholism Drug

The anti-alcoholism drug Antabuse (disulfiram) apparently prompts the activation of cells latently infected with HIV.

condom in jeans pocket

Concerns: Failing Sex Ed

American schools are largely failing to provide young people with comprehensive sexual education, according to a recent CDC report.

POZ Heroes

Allan Clear

Making Voices Count

Allan Clear left Harm Reduction Coalition to become the New York State Health Department’s director of drug user health.


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