POZ December 2020

POZ December 2020

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

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The POZ 100: Celebrating 10 Years of Advocacy

POZ honors the past ten years of the POZ 100

Clockwise from top left: the Reverend Stacey Latimer, Jules Levin, Gerardo Angulo, Jon Benorden, Linda Scruggs and Michael Emanuel Rajner

The 2010 POZ 100: Celebrating AIDS Advocates

The 2010 POZ 100 list was created to uplift those advocates at a crucial time.

From the Kiehl’s Life Ride to the Life Ball, here are a few of the people, things and ideas we loved in 2011.

The 2011 POZ 100: People, Things and Ideas We Love

The year we honored 100 people, things and ideas that helped fight HIV.

Clockwise from bottom left: Robert Siliciano, Paula Cannon, Kevin Frost, David Margolis and Nelly Mugo

The 2012 POZ 100: Accelerating the End of AIDS

This list recognized people who made a significant contribution to speeding up the end of AIDS.

Clockwise from top left: Jeff Allen, Osvaldo Perdomo, Vanessa Johnson and Ruth Royster Fordham

The 2013 POZ 100: Celebrating Unsung Heroes

A tribute to individuals who work tirelessly on the front lines of the epidemic year after year.

Clockwise from bottom left: Lauren Gauthier, Cassie Warren, Carlos Rosario, Paige Rawl, Jacques Agbobly and Christopher Jackson

The 2014 POZ 100: Celebrating Youth Power

This year’s list ushered in a new generation of changemakers and HIV advocates.

From left: Acintia Wright, Silvia Valerio, Bruce Ward and Arthurine Cookie Thompson

The 2015 POZ 100: Celebrating Long-Term Survivors

These advocates persevered in their own personal fight against the virus to show others that it is possible to thrive long term with HIV.

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The 2016 POZ 100: Celebrating the South

This list paid tribute to advocates living and working in the South—the region most impacted by HIV/AIDS.

2017 POZ 100 collage

The 2017 POZ 100: Celebrating Women  

This list spotlighted the work of women advocates—many of which are members of Positive Women’s Network–USA.

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The 2018 POZ 100: Celebrating People 50 and Over

This year’s list included many advocates who are also long-term survivors.

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The 2019 POZ 100: Celebrating Transgender, Gender-nonconforming and Nonbinary advocates

This list recognized the work of TGNCNB advocates both HIV positive and negative.

POZ December 2020 cover

On the Cover

A list of who’s who on this cover of POZ.

HIV Advocates on HIV Advocacy

Past POZ 100 honorees share their advice on activism and empowerment.

Editor’s Letter

Oriol R. Gutierrez

Don’t Stop Me Now

In the wake of COVID-19, we decided to hit the pause button on POZ 100 to take a look back, celebrating 10 years of advocacy.


Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr., Derrick Mapp, Sherri Lewis and Jeff Taylor

Aging at Home

Longtime HIV advocates share their insights on aging with HIV, including managing overall health.

POZ Planet

Mark S. King Birthday invite

You’re Invited!

HIV blogger and activist Mark S. King turns 60 with a digital blowout celebrating all long-term survivors and featuring A-list celebs.

Activists announce the San Francisco Principles.

“Nothing About Us Without Us”

Long-term survivors release a statement detailing their challenges and demands.

“I Can Give You…”

An empowering grassroots U=U campaign

Two pages from  Just a Pill?

Four Comics for You

Visual AIDS commissions a new series about HIV today.

I’ve Got You Under My Skin

The Beat Goes On

Reissues of ’90s Red Hot AIDS benefit albums

New York City Aids Memorial

Everyday – December 2020

These dates represent milestones in the HIV epidemic.


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Donate Now

The nonprofit group AID FOR AIDS makes an urgent plea for donations to its HIV Medicine Recycling Program.

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Positive Yet?

C.M. is an educator and artist living with HIV. They critique the conversation around COVID-19 and the notion of “viral hysteria."


Timothy Ray Brown

R.I.P. Timothy Ray Brown

Timothy Ray Brown was the first man to be cured of HIV. Following his death, he received an outpouring of appreciation on social media.


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Fatty Liver Disease

Fat in the liver can lead to health complications, including cirrhosis and liver cancer.


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Ask POZ – December 2020

Ask POZ is an ongoing section on dedicated to answering general wellness questions.

Care And Treatment

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Statin Study Looks Into Aging With HIV

The REPRIEVE study, which is primarily looking at a statin’s effect on cardiovascular disease, is shedding light on many other mysteries.

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Up-and-Coming Long-Acting Treatment

A new long-acting injectables HIV drug shows promise in monkey study.

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Does Metformin Promote Weight Loss?

The diabetes drug was tied to a decline in body weight during a small study of people with HIV who didn’t have the condition.


HIV’s Ties to Policing, Incarceration

Incarceration and police discrimination are linked to HIV risk in Black gay and bisexual men.

Research Notes

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Prevention: Generic Truvada

The first generic Truvada is now available in the United States.

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Treatment: Weekly Treatment?

MK-8507, a long-acting NNRTI, will be tested in a weekly regimen with islatravir.

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Cure: Natural HIV Cure?

Loreen Willenberg may be the first woman cured of HIV without a bone marrow transplant.

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Concerns: Hep C Elimination

The U.S. is not on track to hit the WHO’S hepatitis C elimination targets.


Anthony Fauci, MD

Experts Matter

Anthony Fauci, MD, leads U.S. efforts against HIV and COVID-19.


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Equal Treatment?

December 2020 Survey

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