POZ January-February 2023

POZ January-February 2023

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

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Rae Lewis-Thornton

Breaking the Cycle of Trauma

In this excerpt, long-term survivor and activist Rae Lewis-Thornton shares why she decided to tell her HIV story.

Monkeypox protest at AIDS 2022

Monkeypox and HIV

Mpox cases have declined dramatically, but people living with HIV remain at greater risk.

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POZ HIV and AIDS Awareness Days

Display this poster as a reminder of upcoming awareness days, and use the hashtags shown to promote them on social media.

Editor’s Letter

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Day By Day

For many of us who are HIV positive, trauma is a fact of life.


Masked Asian man show wooden sign with wording "Long Covid"

Long Covid Justice

A new organization addresses the needs of people living with HIV and long COVID.

POZ Planet

Venton Jones

Venton Jones Goes to Austin

The Dallas HIV advocate won his race for Texas Congress.

Matt  Dorsey

Matt Dorsey Wins in San Francisco

He is the first person with HIV elected to the Board of Supervisors.

Masen Davis

Meet the New Head of FCAA

Masen Davis is the executive director of Funders Concerned About AIDS.

Angela Lansbury

R.I.P. AIDS Advocate Angela Lansbury

The beloved star of TV, film and stage died at age 96.

dog tags with red ribbon

Allowing People With HIV to Enlist

Lambda Legal seeks an end to a “discriminatory” policy.

Leslie Jordan

R.I.P. Leslie Jordan, Beloved Actor and Covid Instagram Star

In addition to Will & Grace, his legacy includes HIV advocacy.

Tracy L. Johnson, Jr.

You Are Valued

Tracy L. Johnson Jr. wants to let others know they are important.

HIV is Not a Crime Awareness Day logo

Everyday – January/February 2023

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


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Many Thanks

In a blog post titled “Thank You,” NMAC executive director Paul Kawata expresses his gratitude for the over 3,000 people.

The Right Call

In a blog post titled “Five Takeaways From the 2022 U.S. Conference on HIV/AIDS,” POZ contributing writer Mark S. King shares his thoughts


First-time USCHA attendees from Somos Familia Valle

USCHA 2022

Puerto Rican HIV advocates with their presence, sharing knowledge, resources and, for the first time in years, in-person smiles and hugs.


sick man lying down in bed and holding head

Fighting Fatigue

Determining the causes of fatigue is the first step toward treating or managing it.

Nutrition & Fitness

Chicken & Shrimp Jambalaya

A healthier, tasty twist on a classic Louisiana comfort food

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Make Every Day a Fitness Day

Try these four tips to incorporate exercise into your regular activities.

Care & Treatment

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Long-Term Benefits of Early HIV Treatment

The trial enrolled more than 4,600 previously untreated people who entered the trial with a CD4 count above 500.

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Improving HIV Care for Black Gay Men

Increased engagement in care added 1.4 life-years for Black men and 1.0 life-years for white men.

Black nurse comforts older woman

Older People With HIV Have Suboptimal Health

More than half of people living with HIV in the United States are now 50 or older.

blue pills white bottle PrEP

Women Are Aware of PrEP, but Few Are Using It

Less than 1 in 10 survey respondents were currently using PrEP.

Research Notes

two forms of PrEP and needle

Prevention: Hep C and PrEP

HIV and hepatitis C virus share some of the same transmission routes.


Treatment: Promising Antibody

Treatment was generally safe and well tolerated.

scientist looks through microscope

Cure: CAR-T for Cure

A trial is recruiting adults on antiretroviral therapy who have had an undetectable viral load for at least a year.

illustration figure and liver

Concerns: Fatty Liver Disease

The buildup of fat in the liver can lead to fibrosis, cirrhosis and liver cancer.


David (Jax) Kelly

Compassion is Key

David “Jax” Kelly has been an HIV activist for decades.

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