POZ February-March 2004

POZ February-March 2004

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

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Daring to Declare

When should you tell your new Valentine you’re positive? With some Beyoncé in the background? Over a light lunch?

Inside the Issue

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Old Drugs, New Tricks

Wanna give your meds more bite against HIV and less toxic bark? Three of yesterday’s treatment no-no’s may be just what the doctor orders

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How helped Alaska’s Clarence and Chad break the ice


Disclosure isn’t always a choice

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You’d think the Internet was invented to help a few horny people with very specific interests get their rocks off.

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Go, Girl!

Lanessa Riobe, 16, of Kissimmee, Florida, in the Halloween costume that got her suspended from Osceola High School.

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South African experts argue that growing up parentless will not push Africa’s 12 million AIDS orphans into crime, militias or sex work...

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Tribute: Greg Smith

Pride and Prejudice 1962-2003

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Service With a Smile

Mountains Beyond Mountains, Pulitzer-winner Tracy Kidder’s biography of Paul Farmer, doesn’t merely educate—it motivates.

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Karma Chameleon

He’s the most interesting pioneer you’ve never heard of. Philip Glass adored him; David Byrne and Allen Ginsberg collaborated with him.

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That ’80s Show

The ACT UP Oral History Project video collection, by Sarah Schulman and Jim Hubbard, reminisces about the heyday of the AIDS Coalition...

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Criminal Neglect

On January 25, 2003, a frigid day inside Limestone Correctional Facility in Capshaw, Alabama, large pieces of ceiling fell from overhead...

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Circumcision and genital mutilation have been snipped from Ethiopia’s Gonder region.

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Comic Relief

Cardinal Sin: The Vatican earns no A’s in science—it condemned Galileo until 1992 for saying the Earth circled the Sun.

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In Memoriam

As many HIVers triumphantly leap into 2004, we also mourn the loss—in one week—of three long-term survivor AIDS activists and one esteemed...

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The Great Depression

POZ founder Sean Strub fell into one. Here’s how he climbed out.

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Street-drug use and not knowing you’re positive are closely linked to having PCP pneumonia, says a small Chicago study.

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Norvir up by 400%

Boosting price, not potency

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Guidelines Re-revised

Last July, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) issued a revised set of guidelines for HIV treatment.

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Genital Hospital

Penises and vaginas can spread plenty of joy—and STDS, among HIVers in particular.

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Immune Up

Your CD4s were way low, so you’ve started HIV meds, and everything is coming up roses (viral load’s down, CD4s are up).

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Do Single HIVers Die Faster?

A recent report would have you believe that when it comes to affairs of the HAART this Valentine’s Day, single HIVers face killer loneliness

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More than 50 percent

...of HIVers switch or ditch their HIV combo in the first year due to side effects--mostly gastrointestinal ills like nausea and diarrhea.

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Growing Up Positive

George Johnson, MD, directs the Pediatric HIV Clinic at the Medical University of South Carolina, but many of his patients aren’t babies.

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Gum Up

Sometimes my mouth is so dry—I assume it’s from my meds—that my lips almost stick

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Quick Study: Vitamins & Minerals

In a Thai study, HIVers with CD4 counts under 200 (and not on HIV meds) who took a high-selenium supplement (0.4mg a day plus many other...

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Editor’s Letter

On World AIDS Day more condoms pass hands than on any other day of the year.

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I’ve just read the October 2003 Publisher’s Letter, and I sympathize with Brad Peebles’ worries.

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Unhappy Meal

An HIVer boycotts Big Macs after his bout with McDiscrimination


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