POZ April/May 2023

POZ April/May 2023

In every issue of POZ, you’ll find the latest health news, personal stories and much more.

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HIV Advocacy on Tik Tok

A new generation is using the social media sensation to promote sexual health.

Ward 86 at 40

The San Francisco HIV clinic has pioneered innovations that have been adopted worldwide.

Editor’s Letter

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Only the Young

In this issue, topics include Tik Tok, getting young people tested and serving those most in need.


Entrance to Columbia University’s Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

Prioritizing Equality

Ensuring underserved populations have access to long-acting injectable HIV treatment.

POZ Planet

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PEPFAR Turns 20

The U.S. global AIDS program has saved 25 million lives.

Democratic  Rep. John Ray Clemmons, Republican  Gov. Bill Lee

Tennessee Rejects Money to Prevent HIV

Experts worry that the move is political and that other states may do the same.

No HIV From Hepatitis Vaccine

Conspiracy theories surface again about how Magic Johnson contracted HIV.

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Scuba Trips Not Part of HIV Research

A former college professor must pay back $375,000.

Beyoncé at the 2023 Grammys

Beyoncé Thanks Her Uncle Lost to AIDS

The singer spoke at the 2023 Grammy Awards.

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The Next Doctor’s Office?

The smartphone as a diagnostic tool is a work in progress.

Kalvin & Eunice Marshall

Two Voices

Eunice Marshall and her husband, Kalvin, share information about HIV to dispel stigma.

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Everyday – April/May 2023

These dates represent milestones in the HIV epidemic. Visit to learn more about the history of HIV and AIDS.


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Punch Down

POZ contributing writer Shawn Decker spells out what he believes “Saturday Night Live” got wrong.

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It’s All Connected

POZ contributing writer Mark S. King urges anyone interested in learning more about HIV criminalization to attend.


New York City Council Member Pierina Sanchez (bottom, far right) joined advocates at City Hall

Black HIV And AIDS Advocacy

A roundup of recent events honoring National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and Black History Month.

Care & Treatment

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HIV Mortality Declines, But Disparities Persist

Researchers analyzed all-cause mortality and premature death among more than 6,500 people with HIV

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Women Are Missing From HIV Trials

Researchers with the Food and Drug Administration looked at women’s participation in Phase III antiretroviral therapy trials since 2010.

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Truvada PrEP Is Safe for Kidneys

Jean-Michel Molina, MD, with the French ANRS-PREVENIR Study Group assessed the impact of different PrEP dosing regimens on kidney function.

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Latinos With HIV Report Stigma and Discrimination

Up to 78% of those who experienced stigma had concerns about disclosure.

Research Notes

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Prevention: HIV Vaccine Fails

The news adds to a long string of disappointments in HIV vaccine research.


Treatment: Twice-Yearly

The most common side effect was mild to moderate injection site reactions.

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Cure: HIV in the Brain

Findings suggest that HIV cure strategies may need to reach latent virus in the brain as well as in T cells in the blood and lymph system.

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Concerns: Pot and Adherence

Many people with HIV use marijuana to improve appetite, manage pain or relieve depression or anxiety.


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If left untreated, syphilis can lead to severe health problems and even death.

Nutrition & Fitness

Mushroom & Egg Toast

Mushroom & Egg Toast

So easy and so very good.

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Slow Down and Enjoy Your Food

Give your stomach time to tell your brain it’s full.


Brenda Emily

Coming Out of Silence

Unlike most people under 30 with HIV, Brenda Emily contracted it not via sex but in the womb.


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Take our Survey on HIV-Related Stigma

POZ wants to know how stigma has affected you.

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POZ April/May 2023 Digital Edition

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