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Annie Lennox on HIV Prevention and Funding Needs

Last month Gwenn and I had the privilege of speaking about HIV education and prevention on Al Jazeera's The Stream, representing sero-discordant couples. Annie Lennox and activists from around the world were on hand to discuss the need for continued funding of HIV...

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Happy Blogiversary (20 Years!), Steve Schalchlin!

When I decided to open up about HIV 20 years ago, I went online hoping to find the internet that exists today. My search for HIV websites yielded a handful of results- one of them was Steve Schalchlin's "Living in the Bonus Round". 20 years ago, today, he put up his...

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Outliving the Reagans

  Today I went to the dentist for a routine teeth cleaning. I wasn't psyched about it, mainly because of the bleeding that can occur afterwards. Minor stuff, it's just that I prefer the taste of my daily iced mocha without a splash of plasma. I filled out my...

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Q&A About “Doing It” with CDC

As many of you know, we are a part of Doing It - CDC's new national HIV testing campaign. There was a lot more that went into creating the campaign than you might think, like finding real people (like us!) who are passionate about testing and want to share their story...

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#MartinShkreli: From Checkmate to Inmate?

Santa Poz has bestowed a wondrous gift upon us this holiday season. This week Martin Shkreli was arrested on charges of fraud unrelated to the Daraprim price hike that delivered Martin into our public consciousness with all the warmth of a fart in a crowded elevator...

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Magnetic (Serodiscordant) Couples on TV

As someone who is HIV positive and in a relationship with someone who is HIV negative, I was excited to hear that a serodiscordant (“magnetic”) couple was going to be included in season 4 of Shuga, the fictional series based on real world experiences with HIV. Femi is...

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#DoingIt for #HIV Testing

Gwenn and I are proud to take part in the CDC's Act Against AIDS campaign, "Doing It". This is all about HIV testing- to have a healthy relationship, each partner should know their HIV status. The only wrong result when it comes to an HIV status is a "?". So get...

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The Secret Sex Lives of Emojis- EXPOSED!

This World AIDS Day, MTV Staying Alive has exposed the secret sex lives of emojis in this shocking video: VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED. Well, it's no secret that emojis have been repurposed for sexting. But now, you don't need to do that anymore. To get some sweet...

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Before I Die

Before I die... before I die I want to experience something I never have: life without hemophilia. I had a decade without HIV, and I'd like to enjoy as many years as possible on the tail end of this journey without it as well. As I stood in front of this wall in...

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Enter the… Blood Mirror!

It's Halloween season- and that means that a lot of fake blood is being used for cheap scares. But what shouldn't be scary? Blood donations from the gay community.And that's exactly why the art exhibit, Blood Mirror, was created. Using nine blood donations from gay,...

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Back to the Future Day

So today is the day- the infamous day of the future highlighted in Back to the Future. October 21, 2015. I saw the movie in the theater, and just rewatched the film last month. It still holds water! Now, we don't have flying cars as predicted by the franchise, but...

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Judd Winick: The Hero Who Crashed The Real World

I've written extensively about how much The Real World San Francisco influenced me- you know, the season of MTV's reality show that featured Pedro Zamora and his life with HIV. I wasn't talking about HIV openly when that aired in 1994. I loved seeing Pedro meet new...

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A Month of Superheroes: Ryan White

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Ryan White CARE Act. This federal program has provided so many services to the HIV/AIDS community. Much thanks goes to Ryan White, who passed to spirit in 1990, and his mother Jeanne for their role in changing the way people...

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A Month of Superheroes: John Oliver

The new issue of POZ is out, entitled "Suppression Superheroes". You can check it out by clicking here. Inspired by this issue, I want to spend the next month highlighting some folks who I deem to be superheroes among us. They'll range from people I've met in flesh in...

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Merce- Original HIV Comedy Series!

Now that 40 has sunk in, and I have recovered from my birthday festivities, I wanted to post an entry about one of my favorite new things: Merce! It's so over-the-top campy and kind-hearted, with a story that is centered around the middle-aged Merce, an HIV positive...

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Stephen Gendin, 15 Years Later

(This blog post was originally published on August 1, 2010. Today marks 15 years since Stephen passed. - SD) --------------------------- Ten years ago I was getting a few emails from a friend about a special party for a positoid pal who "wasn't doing too well".  But I...

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The Big 4-0 is Here!

Today I turned 40. In 1975, I came into the world around 1:23 AM. That's a guesstimate. No one was looking at the clock the moment I was born. The family doctor was smoking. My parents had already gone through the birth of one son- two years later they were doing it...

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30 Years to a Functional Cure?

I followed an internet wormhole to an article that suggested a functional cure could be up to 30 years away. At or least that was the thought of some know-it-all scientist who painstakingly analyzed all of the recent data on emerging treatment options... but what does...

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World Hemophilia Day

Today is World Hemophilia Day. This rare, bleeding disorder has shaped my life in so many ways. As a kid, I was able to enjoy a normal childhood that included baseball, rasslin around with my big brother and the kinds of daredevil stunts that give parent's heart...

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MTV’s RE:DEFINE Rocks Dallas and HIV

Full dislosure- I'm a big mark for the MTV Staying Alive Foundation. They fund grants worldwide to provide young people with the tools and resources necessary to implement HIV prevention plans in their communities. You can learn more about them here. The Staying Alive...

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Ryan White, 25 Years

Ryan White passed to spirit on this day 25 years ago- he was 18 years old, yet in that short time he educated millions of people worldwide about how HIV was and wasn't transmitted. Born with hemophilia, Ryan contracted HIV through his blood product treatments in the...

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A New Wish?

25 years ago I met Depeche Mode. I was 14. Diagnosed with HIV for three years- but living with it for at least five years at that point- I was already past my expiration date according to my initial prognosis. When Ryan White passed in 1990, my mom was confronted with...

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Live Long and Prosper

Today lovers of sci-fi and beyond are mourning the loss of Leonard Nimoy, best known for his portrayal of Spock in Star Trek.I'm not going to claim Trekkie status (is it "Trekkie" or "Trekie"?), far from it. I remember seeing Star Trek in syndication at my...

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