POZ January-February 2018

POZ January-February 2018

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

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Trans Lives Matter

Fighting erasure and HIV.

Hit That Perfect Beat

French director Robin Campillo takes us behind the scenes of his film BPM (Beats Per Minute), about ACT UP Paris.

How “Silence = Death” Became a Rallying Cry for ACT UP

Read an excerpt from Avram Finkelstein’s new book “After Silence: A History of AIDS Through Its Images.”

2018 HIV/AIDS Awareness Days

Annual awareness days help to educate the general public and specific communities about HIV/AIDS.

Editor’s Letter

Oriol R. Gutierrez

The Power of Equality

Year after year, trans folks lift their voices, especially trans people of color, but the outcomes remain the same.


Walk Unafraid

Both the clients and staff of AIDS Foundation Houston continue to heal in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

POZ Planet

Yes, Sir!

American Leatherman Rod McCoy takes his HIV advocacy “Beyond the Red Ribbon.”

The Lone Star State Gets Two New Clinics

The Care Clinic and Kind Clinic will provide services to people living with HIV.

A Hub of HIV Services Post–Hurricane Harvey

Clients are now returning to the Thomas Street Health Center.

Todrick Hall

Loud & Proud

HIV awareness for young gay and bi men in Black and Latino communities


Everyday – January/February 2017

Here are some important dates in AIDS history.


The Point of It All

Writer, community organizer and long-term survivor Craig Washington wonders how best to remember friends lost to AIDS.

Best Medicine

POZ blogger and long-term survivor Aundaray Guess shares how humor helps him live with HIV and argues that laughter can help you too.



The social media buzz on “Undetectable = Untransmittable.”


Struggling With Stigma

Find out how stigma affects people living with HIV and how some people are working to combat it.

Research Notes

Prevention: NYC PrEP Use

Following national trends, troubling disparities persist, with Black men who have sex with men less likely to receive PrEP than whites.

Treatment: HIV Antibodies

Three antibodies combined into one protected monkeys against a simian version of HIV, opening the door for human trials.

Cure: Ethics

Cure studies typically require a temporary break in HIV treatment, often with little promise of a personal benefit to the participant.

Concerns: Trans Testing

A CDC report found that despite their high overall risk of HIV, transgender individuals get tested only as often as cisgender heterosexuals.

Care and Treatment

The Dollars and Sense of Hitting 2020 Targets

Getting 70 percent of the HIV population virally suppressed by 2020 would prevent a vast number of deaths over two decades.

Shifting Cancer Risks

However, compared with the general population, HIV-positive individuals remain at higher risk for a slew of malignancies.

Smoking Is Like Russian Roulette

Quitting, even at age 40, can drastically lower this risk.

Hep C Boosts Heart Disease Risk

A recent meta-analysis found that the addition of hepatitis C raises a cardiovascular disease risk already elevated by HIV.


Lean On Me

Patricia Shelton is a peer educator in New York City.


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