POZ March 2021

POZ March 2021

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

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Loreen Willenberg

An Exception to the Rule

Loreen Willenberg may be the first person to be cured of HIV without a bone marrow transplant, but there’s more to this elite controller.

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How Some HIV Controllers Contain the Virus

A small subset of people living with HIV are able to control viral replication without antiretroviral treatment.

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Self-Care in the COVID-19 Era

People living with chronic illnesses are coming up with ingenious coping mechanisms in the face of COVID-19.

Be a POZ Advocate Poster

Be a POZ Advocate

March 2021 marks the 250th issue of POZ magazine. To commemorate this milestone, we’ve created this special poster showcasing our covers.

Editor’s Letter

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Higher Ground

In this special issue focused on women, we spotlight the stories of fierce women, including Loreen Willenberg, our cover subject.


Toni-Michelle Williams

Positive Transformation

Restorative justice can uplift Black transgender and queer people and people living with HIV.

POZ Planet

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Fighting for Your Right…to Donate Blood!

Jordan Eagles creates art with human blood and superheroes.

Megen Vo, MD, and Geoff Hart-Cooper, MD

PrEP Work

An HIV prevention roundup

Everyday – March 2021

These dates represent milestones in the HIV epidemic.

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

Meet the Nation’s New Health Leaders

A roll call from team Biden-Harris


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POZ Awards 2020

POZ editors compile the winners, as voted on by readers, of the Fifth Annual POZ Awards, which spotlighted HIV/AIDS in media and culture.

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No Pain

Researchers from the Global HIV Pain Task Force seek input from the HIV/AIDS community.


POZ March 2021 Spotlight

Hope for 2021

HIV organizations and groups look forward to 2021 and closing in on the goal of ending HIV.


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Eating for Your Health

Good nutrition is key to overall health and can help you live long and well with HIV.


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Ask POZ – March 2021

Who can safely receive COVID-19 vaccines?

Care And Treatment

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HIV Death Rate Drops

Between 2010 and 2017, the HIV-related death rate fell by half.

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Antiretrovirals Don’t Stop Cell Aging

People with untreated HIV in a recent study had signs of faster cell aging, which treatment reduced but did not eliminate.

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New Tenofovir Tied to Weight Gain

A recent study sheds light on weight gain after switching to new form of tenofovir.

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HIV Treatment Lowers Early Alzheimer’s Risk

While people with HIV have a higher rate of early Alzheimer’s than those without the virus, treatment appears to eliminate this excess risk.

Research Notes

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Prevention: PrEP for Women

A study finds that long-acting cabotegravir is an effective PrEP option for women.

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Treatment: Good and Bad Fat

Switching to an integrase inhibitors is not tied to gain in bad fat, according to recent study.

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Cure: CRISPR Snips HIV

Trials for HIV-positive people of a treatment using the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing tool may be on the horizon.


Concerns: COVID-19 and HIV

Larger studies suggest people living with HIV might have a modestly higher risk of severe COVID-19, but much remains to be learned.


Shirlene Cooper

Women’s Empowerment

Shirlene Cooper empowers women living with HIV through art.

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