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POZ is America’s premier lifestyle, treatment and advocacy magazine and website for people living with—and those affected by or looking for more information about—HIV and AIDS. It informs, inspires and empowers its readership.

POZ is America’s premier lifestyle, treatment and advocacy magazine and website for people living with—and those affected by or looking for more information about—HIV and AIDS. It informs, inspires and empowers its readership.

Operating as usual

A recent study in Boston found that only 6% of people at detox centers who tested positive for #HIV or #hepatitisC recei...
09/15/2020
HIV, Hep C Testing at Detox Centers Needs Strong Linkage-to-Care Effort

A recent study in Boston found that only 6% of people at detox centers who tested positive for #HIV or #hepatitisC received follow-up medical care.

A recent study in Boston found that only 6% of people at detox centers who tested positive for either virus received follow-up medical care.

Today in 1989, ACT UP’s Sell Welcome action at the New York Stock Exchange stops all trading for an unprecedented 30 min...
09/14/2020
AIDS Is Everyday / September

Today in 1989, ACT UP’s Sell Welcome action at the New York Stock Exchange stops all trading for an unprecedented 30 minutes.
#AIDSisEveryday

National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day; President Reagan first publicly mentions AIDS; Activists put a condom over Jesse Helms’s house...

Today, long-term survivors—now in their 20s and 30s—are facing the effects of decades of living with #HIV and of being o...
09/14/2020
Still Here

Today, long-term survivors—now in their 20s and 30s—are facing the effects of decades of living with #HIV and of being on different antiretroviral regimens. They have higher than normal mortality rates and a higher risk of certain physical and mental health conditions, so what does the future look like for long-term survivors who have been living with HIV since childhood?

Young long-term survivors continue to face challenges.

With different health histories and treatment needs, no two HIV-positive people are alike. But there’s one factor we all...
09/13/2020
HIV and Exercise

With different health histories and treatment needs, no two HIV-positive people are alike. But there’s one factor we all have in common: the need for exercise to stay healthy. Not only is working out good for general health and well-being; it may help prevent or reverse some complications of #HIV infection and treatment.
#POZbasics

With different health histories and treatment needs, no two HIV-positive people are alike.

The Well Project - HIV and women asked A Girl Like Me blogger Heather O’Connor about breastfeeding as a woman living wit...
09/13/2020
Spotlight on Heather O'Connor: My Journey with Breastfeeding and HIV

The Well Project - HIV and women asked A Girl Like Me blogger Heather O’Connor about breastfeeding as a woman living with #HIV in the United States. Heather shares how she found The Well Project after her HIV diagnosis; making the joyful but stigmatized decision to breastfeed her daughter.

The Well Project asked A Girl Like Me blogger Heather O'Connor about breastfeeding as a woman living with HIV in the United States.

"I've had my share of success. But things haven't always been rosy: I have been insulted and assaulted simply for being ...
09/13/2020
George Barasa

"I've had my share of success. But things haven't always been rosy: I have been insulted and assaulted simply for being gay and HIV positive."
#POZStories

I've had my share of success. But things haven't always been rosy; I have been insulted and assaulted simply for being gay and HIV positive.

Researchers hope to combine gene editing with a less toxic stem cell transplant. Here’s how findings may apply to #cance...
09/13/2020
$14.6M Grant to Explore a Therapy to Control HIV Without Meds

Researchers hope to combine gene editing with a less toxic stem cell transplant. Here’s how findings may apply to #cancer and other illnesses.
#HIV

Researchers hope to combine gene editing with a less toxic stem cell transplant. Findings may apply to cancer and other illnesses.

Today in 1992, actor Anthony Perkins, known for playing Norman Bates in Psycho, dies of AIDS-related pneumonia at age 60...
09/12/2020
AIDS Is Everyday / September

Today in 1992, actor Anthony Perkins, known for playing Norman Bates in Psycho, dies of AIDS-related pneumonia at age 60.
#AIDSisEveryday

National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day; President Reagan first publicly mentions AIDS; Activists put a condom over Jesse Helms’s house...

French researchers are concerned after identifying a young man in France who contracted a strain of #HIV that has superl...
09/12/2020
“Unprecedented” Transmission of Highly Drug-Resistant HIV in France

French researchers are concerned after identifying a young man in France who contracted a strain of #HIV that has superlatively extensive resistance to antiretroviral (ARV) treatment for the virus.

Researchers are surprised and concerned that a strain of HIV that is so broadly resistant to treatment even has the capacity to transmit.

Nearly half of people living with #HIV in the United States are 50 or older, and National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness D...
09/12/2020
Join Anthony Fauci for a GMHC Webinar on Aging With HIV During COVID-19

Nearly half of people living with #HIV in the United States are 50 or older, and National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day is coming up Friday, September 18.
In observance of the day, you can participate in two virtual (and free!) discussions held the day before and featuring Anthony Fauci, MD and a variety of specialists, advocates and long-term survivors. Here are the details.
#NHAAD

Later that same day, September 17, a POZ at Home event on Zoom features several long-term survivors. You’re invited!

The nutrition that goes into your mouth, from both food and nutrient supplements, can have a powerful impact for those w...
09/12/2020
HIV and Nutrition

The nutrition that goes into your mouth, from both food and nutrient supplements, can have a powerful impact for those wishing to live long and well with #HIV. By improving your nutrition, you can help your body fight HIV while at the same time improving your quality of life, whether it’s eliminating symptoms, improving your energy level, or increasing your overall feelings of well-being.
#POZbasics

The nutrition that goes into your mouth, from both food and nutrient supplements, can have a powerful impact for those wishing to live long and well with HIV.

A late-stage clinical trial of a promising #coronavirus vaccine has been put on hold after a study participant experienc...
09/10/2020
COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Paused Due to Adverse Event

A late-stage clinical trial of a promising #coronavirus vaccine has been put on hold after a study participant experienced a severe adverse event. Investigators are working to determine whether the case of spinal inflammation was caused by the vaccine and what that would mean for this and other trials going forward.
#COVID19 #vaccine

A U.K. woman developed spinal inflammation after receiving an adenovirus vector vaccine.

Yes! Many events of the annual Dining Out for Life fundraiser are still on. Here’s how to get updates about your city.#D...
09/10/2020
Can You Still Dine Out to Fight HIV During COVID-19?

Yes! Many events of the annual Dining Out for Life fundraiser are still on. Here’s how to get updates about your city.
#DiningOutForLife #HIV

Yes! Many events of the annual Dining Out for Life fundraiser are still on. Here’s how to get updates about your city.

Beginning Monday, Sept. 28, advocates from across Chicago and beyond will safely gather to support those living with and...
09/10/2020
AIDS Run & Walk Chicago 2020

Beginning Monday, Sept. 28, advocates from across Chicago and beyond will safely gather to support those living with and vulnerable to #HIV at the 2020 AIDS Run & Walk Chicago.

Beginning Sept. 28, join advocates to create equity and justice for the HIV and AIDS community at the 2020 AIDS Run & Walk Chicago.

Today is National African Immigrant and Refugee HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis Awareness Day 2020.The event aims to draw attenti...
09/09/2020
National African Immigrant and Refugee HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis Awareness Day 2020

Today is National African Immigrant and Refugee HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis Awareness Day 2020.
The event aims to draw attention to the fact that HIV and hepatitis B are more prevalent among African-born people living in the United States. Another goal is to fight the stigma, language and cultural barriers that contribute to high rates of both viruses.
#NAIRHHA #HIV

NAIRHHA Day also brings focus to other epidemics fueling HIV disparities.

"Democrats and Republicans agree that November is the most important election of our life. The future of America is at s...
09/09/2020
The Most Important Election of Our Lives

"Democrats and Republicans agree that November is the most important election of our life. The future of America is at stake because the parties have such different visions for our country. I don’t know about you, but the pressure of this election combined with COVID and the push and pull for racial justice have me stressed out and overwhelmed. I feel angry, depressed, confused, or some combination of these emotions. "

The future of America is at stake because the parties have such different visions for our country.

On September 9, 1983 the CDC identifies all major routes of #HIV transmission—and rules out transmission by casual conta...
09/09/2020
AIDS Is Everyday / September

On September 9, 1983 the CDC identifies all major routes of #HIV transmission—and rules out transmission by casual contact, food, water, air, or environmental surfaces.

#AIDSisEveryday

National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day; President Reagan first publicly mentions AIDS; Activists put a condom over Jesse Helms’s house...

People may say they are depressed when they are feeling unhappy, down, blue, sad, or hopeless. Almost everyone has exper...
09/09/2020
HIV and Depression

People may say they are depressed when they are feeling unhappy, down, blue, sad, or hopeless. Almost everyone has experienced these emotions, and if you have HIV disease, you may have ample reason to be anxious or depressed at times.

In the language of clinical psychology, depression is a syndrome, a cluster of emotional, physical and behavioral symptoms characterized by sadness, low self esteem, loss of pleasure, and, sometimes, difficulty functioning.

Public health departments, which have struggled for months to test and trace everyone exposed to the novel coronavirus, ...
09/08/2020
Health Officials Worry Nation’s Not Ready for COVID-19 Vaccine

Public health departments, which have struggled for months to test and trace everyone exposed to the novel coronavirus, are now being told to prepare to distribute #COVID19 vaccines as early as Nov. 1.

Public health departments are now being told to prepare to distribute COVID-19 vaccines as early as Nov. 1.

The AIDS Memorial
09/08/2020

The AIDS Memorial

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“My name is George McGoldrick. I'm in what my father calls, "the youth of old age.” I'm supremely okay with that. As a gay man that means I've seen a lot. Not as much as the gay men and women I’ve had the pleasure of calling mentors and confidants. But I did see AIDS in a state of flux.

I didn't grow up with ‘Will & Grace’, you see. I came of age with ‘Philadelphia.’ If you don't know this movie, you should! Tom Hanks rips it to shreds. Gay and AIDS had a mutually exclusive relationship for a very long time. Longer for me actually.

You see, AIDS took my brother in the 1980's. And by took, I don't mean he died of AIDS. No, he took his life before it had the chance to take his. All his friends in NYC were dying around him and he thought of himself as one of the damned. It was too much to bear, so one day he said enough: “I live in a world where it's insidious for me to love.” His note said it was the only solution. Those were the actual words.

I can't help but yearn for my beautiful gay brother. He was beautiful regardless but oh, the havoc and majesty that would have ensued with the gay brothers McGoldrick. Years later, I tracked down his boyfriend through Craigslist. When I first contacted him, he asked if I was Billy's brother and I nearly dropped the phone. No one had ever called me that before. He told me stories of him lip syncing with a hairbrush to Dreamgirls and belting out songs from Cats on road trips. His death changed the course of his life. When Billy died he went celibate for years. He directly attributes that to how he did not contract AIDS when all their friends were dying around them.

That haunts me. I'm terrified of anyone losing anyone. I'm terrified of brothers not getting to grow up with brothers. I'm terrified of mentors being snatched away from souls yearning. I've had the privilege of knowing some amazing homosexuals but it's my brother I wish I had now: to dry my eyes after my first heartbreak, lip sync into a hairbrush, discuss the relevancy of the musical Cats. He died when he was 25.

My name is George McGoldrick. I am the brother of Billy McGoldrick.” — by George McGoldrick #whatisrememberedlives

"I am living proof that being #HIV positive is not the end of the world"#POZStories
09/07/2020
Primrose Chipomho

"I am living proof that being #HIV positive is not the end of the world"
#POZStories

I am living proof that being HIV positive is not the end of the world.

“So there was this big question: Can you age successfully with #HIV? We found that yes [you can]”
09/07/2020
What Is Successful Aging With HIV/AIDS?

“So there was this big question: Can you age successfully with #HIV? We found that yes [you can]”

Researchers study older people living with the virus.

Catch up with the latest episodes of POZ at Home and register for the next one coming Thursday, September 17. #POZatHome...
09/07/2020
POZ at Home

Catch up with the latest episodes of POZ at Home and register for the next one coming Thursday, September 17. #POZatHome #HIV

POZ at Home is a series of Zoom-hosted events that bring together community members to discuss HIV-related topics.

More than 20 staff members at San Francisco AIDS Foundation are now responding to the city’s #COVID19 crisis. The transi...
09/06/2020
These HIV Workers Now Fight COVID-19

More than 20 staff members at San Francisco AIDS Foundation are now responding to the city’s #COVID19 crisis. The transition makes sense, considering that the city’s health department developed many of the relevant protocols and methods by tackling the #HIV epidemic these past 40 years.

Staff at San Francisco AIDS Foundation found that many skills, such as delivering HIV test results, translated well.

"Educate yourself and other about #HIV-especially youth-and be your own advocate."#POZStories
09/06/2020
Bobby Crone

"Educate yourself and other about #HIV-especially youth-and be your own advocate."
#POZStories

Educate yourself and others about HIV—especially youth—and be your own advocate.

As with many issues surrounding HIV, no answers are right for everyone, but here are some general disclosure tips.
09/06/2020
Living with HIV: Disclosure

As with many issues surrounding HIV, no answers are right for everyone, but here are some general disclosure tips.

As with many issues surrounding HIV, there are no right or wrong answers, but here are some general disclosure tips.

A revamped National Harm Reduction Coalition tackles the “racist war on drugs” and advocates for people who use drugs.
09/05/2020
Here’s What the Future of Harm Reduction Looks Like

A revamped National Harm Reduction Coalition tackles the “racist war on drugs” and advocates for people who use drugs.

A revamped National Harm Reduction Coalition tackles the “racist war on drugs” and advocates for people who use drugs.

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