Shawn + Gwenn

Thirty Years Since Magic Johnson Disclosed His HIV Status

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I was a junior in high school. Coming off a sophomore year that had been defined by some drama where HIV was concerned. I’d really fallen in love, and was… Read more

Once Silent, Now Paying it Backward for Peter Staley’s NEVER SILENT Memoir

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Opening up about HIV at age 20 was the best decision I’ve ever made in my life. After a decade of keeping my status to myself at all cost, what… Read more

My HIV in the 90s Experience, HIV Unmuted

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Recently I spoke with The International AIDS Society as part of their HIV Unmuted podcast series. The episode that I am on focuses on the 1990s, you can learn more about… Read more

Hemophilia: The Neglected of the Neglected Pandemic on VICE

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Vice aired a special program called ‘HIV: The Neglected Pandemic’ to commemorate four decades of HIV/AIDS. Jonathan Van Ness narrated the program, and it was bopping along at a nice pace…. Read more

Condoms: A Love Story For International Condom Day

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You never forget seeing your first condom. I was probably 10. One day at my grandparent’s swimming pool, one of the older boys down the street, a rebel who claimed… Read more

The POZ/Beatles Connection: An Interview With Sean Strub on the Anniversary of John Lennon’s Passing

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Tuesday, December 8 marks forty years since John Lennon’s murder at the age of 40. In the frantic moments that immediately followed the tragedy, Sean Strub was among the first people… Read more

Is The Additional Tax of Aging With HIV Coming Due?

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Growing up in Waynesboro, Virginia, I often saw how the threshold of the age of 40 is met: with dread. Lots of jokes about having one foot in the grave…. Read more

Record High CD4 Count Related to COVID-19?

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The last five years or so, my average t-cell count has been around 600. In January, before the Covid-19 lockdown, my count was 635. I’m more than thrilled with that because,… Read more