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POZ June 2024

POZ June 2024

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

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Features

Jirair Ratevosian

HIV as the Common Denominator

Public health warrior Jirair Ratevosian continues to fight for people living with the virus.

RuPauls dragrace Q

Kudos for Saying That

RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant Q discusses her HIV disclosure becoming a meme.

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Radiant Activist

A new book shines a light on the life of pop artist Keith Haring.

POZ HIV Prevention Drug Chart 2024

2024 HIV Prevention Drug Chart

This quick reference chart compares antiretroviral options for the prevention of HIV, including adult dosing information.

Editor’s Letter

illustration LGBT+ flags and hands

Defying Gravity

Jirair Ratevosian is a great example to lead our special issue dedicated to Pride, which spotlights LGBTQ-themed stories throughout.

POZ Q & A

Brad Gooch at a New York City book signing event for Radiant

Keith’s World

Author Brad Gooch discusses his new biography of the late artist and activist Keith Haring.

POZ Planet

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Pays Tribute to Brother Lost to AIDS

She spoke at the 2024 GLAAD Media Awards.

David Mixner

R.I.P. David Mixner, Trailblazing Strategist and Activist

He was arrested in one of the first White House AIDS protests.

Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka, Elton John, Tiffany Haddish

Elton John’s Record-Breaking 2024 Oscar Party

The fundraiser raised nearly $11 million to fight HIV.

Robert Guimento

Meet GMHC’s New Interim CEO

Robert Guimento came from NewYork-Presbyterian hospital.

Will Kennedy

My Secret Life No More

Irish advocate Will Kennedy is an out and proud queer man living happily with HIV.

Everyday – June 2024

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

Voices

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Outdated Laws

In a blog post, HIV.gov offers six tips on using a new tool from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Below is an edited excerpt.

Photos projected at the Madonna concert

Open Your Heart

In an opinion piece, one POZ contributing writer shares his thoughts about the emotional AIDS memorials during Madonna’s 2024 NY concert.

Spotlight

Actor Lamman Rucker presented Hydeia with Bounce TV’s 2020 Community Activist Award

R.I.P. Hydeia Broadbent

Born with HIV in 1984, Hydeia was among the first generation of children born with HIV.

Basics

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Medication Adherence

Taking antiretrovirals as directed is a key to successful HIV treatment or PrEP.

Research Notes

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Prevention: Biktarvy PEP

PEP is a monthlong course of antiretrovirals taken within 72 hours after a high-risk exposure.

July Calendar

Treatment: Weekly Pills

One weekly treatment kept HIV suppressed as well as daily pills.

blackl woman and child

Cure: Remission in Kids

Within 48 hours after birth, researchers started combination anti-retroviral treatment in infants who acquired HIV during gestation.

illustration prostate

Concerns: Prostate Cancer

Findings suggest that prostate screening should be a priority for military veterans living with HIV.

Care & Treatment

syringe and vial vaccine

Cabenuva for People With Adherence Challenges

Some people are not able to achieve viral suppression using daily pills.

silohoutte woman taking a pill

How Well Does Oral PrEP Work for Women?

Some studies suggest that women may need to take PrEP more consistently.

San Francisco Bridge

DoxyPEP Reduces STIs in San Francisco

Findings back up evidence from clinical trials showing that doxyPEP can reduce chlamydia and syphilis.

illustration of a heart

Cardiovascular Care for People With HIV

Overall, people with HIV had about a 20% higher risk for cardiovascular events.

POZ Heroes

Jerry Van Hook

A Second Chance

One of the most venerable drag performers in Washington, DC, is part of a long tradition of LGBTQ people using art to change the world

Digital Edition

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