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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.
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Serving the community of people living with and those affected by HIV/AIDS since 1994.

A survey of attitudes regarding participation in #HIV #cure research found a disconnect between perception and practice.
01/02/2020
Many People With HIV Don’t Understand How Cure Trials Work

A survey of attitudes regarding participation in #HIV #cure research found a disconnect between perception and practice.

A survey of attitudes regarding participation in HIV cure research found a disconnect between perception and practice.

We are counting down our top treatment stories of 2019. Coming in at number 5...A 2nd Man’s HIV Is in Long-Term Remissio...
01/02/2020
A 2nd Man’s HIV Is in Long-Term Remission, but Is He Cured?

We are counting down our top treatment stories of 2019. Coming in at number 5...A 2nd Man’s HIV Is in Long-Term Remission, but Is He Cured?

Timothy Brown may have company after a man’s virus went into remission following an HIV-resistant stem cell transplant to treat his cancer.

Starting January 1, the center—which has expanded to Colorado and Missouri—will be known as Vivent Health Here’s what th...
01/01/2020
The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin Gets a New Name

Starting January 1, the center—which has expanded to Colorado and Missouri—will be known as Vivent Health Here’s what that means.

Starting January 1, the center—which has expanded to Colorado and Missouri—will be known as Vivent Health. Here’s what that means.

We are counting down our most read blog entries of 2019. Number 9 is Being Old With HIV.
12/31/2019
Being Old With HIV

We are counting down our most read blog entries of 2019. Number 9 is Being Old With HIV.

Bob Leahy says our elderly HIV-positive folks are misunderstood, under-researched and largely ignored. That has to change.

#HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. HIV is a virus, like the flu or cold. A virus is nothing than a set of ins...
12/31/2019
What is HIV/AIDS?

#HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. HIV is a virus, like the flu or cold. A virus is nothing than a set of instructions for making new viruses, wrapped up in some fat, protein and sugar. Without living cells, a virus can’t do anything—it’s like a brain with no body. #POZBasics

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus, like the flu or cold.

We are counting down our most read blog entries of 2019. Coming in at number 10...
12/31/2019
Going From a Mug Shot to a Master’s Degree

We are counting down our most read blog entries of 2019. Coming in at number 10...

It’s been a long, hard road—with HIV and PTSD—but I’ll never forget what it was like to need help.

A look at December issues from the POZ archives. #POZat25
12/31/2019
POZ at 25 — December

A look at December issues from the POZ archives. #POZat25

A look at December issues from the POZ archives

We are counting down our top treatment stories of 2019. Coming in at number 8...Case of On-Demand #PrEP Failure Reported...
12/30/2019
Case of On-Demand PrEP Failure Reported in Australia

We are counting down our top treatment stories of 2019. Coming in at number 8...Case of On-Demand #PrEP Failure Reported in Australia

Steve Spencer—now on treatment with an undetectable viral load—says evidence of PrEP’s effectiveness is still clear.

Facebook has removed a selection of controversial ads about HIV prevention. The move comes after nearly three months of ...
12/30/2019
In a Reversal, Facebook Removes Some Misleading HIV Ads

Facebook has removed a selection of controversial ads about HIV prevention. The move comes after nearly three months of prodding, including a letter from more than 65 #HIV and #LGBT groups urging the tech giant to take down the ads, a request Facebook initially declined.

Activists want the tech giant to take down similar ads with inaccurate claims about PrEP and HIV prevention.

On Starting My First One-A-Day HIV Regimen was number 11 in our most read blog entries of 2019.
12/30/2019
On Starting My First One-A-Day HIV Regimen

On Starting My First One-A-Day HIV Regimen was number 11 in our most read blog entries of 2019.

From being a kid with no real treatment options to being a 43-year having to switch meds because of high cholesterol.

With different health histories and treatment needs, no two #HIV-positive people are alike. But there’s one factor we al...
12/30/2019
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. #POZBasics

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

Finding Love on POZ Personals is our 13th most read blog entry of 2019.
12/30/2019
Finding Love on POZ Personals

Finding Love on POZ Personals is our 13th most read blog entry of 2019.

One of the most popular questions we're asked is: Is it really possible to find love on POZ Personals? We're happy to report that yes it is!

Today, nearly half of all people living with HIV in the United States are age 50 or older. This is mostly because people...
12/29/2019
HIV and Aging

Today, nearly half of all people living with HIV in the United States are age 50 or older. This is mostly because people are living much longer with #HIV thanks to effective antiretroviral (ARV) therapy, and that’s good news. #POZBasics

Today, nearly half of all people living with HIV in the United States are 50 years or older. This is mostly because people are living much longer with HIV thanks to effective treatment, and that’s good news.

12/29/2019

Number 10 in our top treatment stories of 2019 is: Oral Cabotegravir Combo Keeps HIV Suppressed for 6 Years.

Number 11 of our top treatment stories of 2019 is: FDA Approves Once-Daily Descovy for #PrEP.
12/28/2019
FDA Approves Once-Daily Descovy for PrEP

Number 11 of our top treatment stories of 2019 is: FDA Approves Once-Daily Descovy for #PrEP.

The new indication is for prevention of sexually transmitted HIV, with the exception of transmission via receptive vaginal sex.

We are counting down our top news stories of 2019. Coming in at number 17...#PrEP 2-1-1 Dosing Gets a Big Push From a Po...
12/28/2019
PrEP 2-1-1 Dosing Gets a Big Push From a Popular U.S. Clinic

We are counting down our top news stories of 2019. Coming in at number 17...#PrEP 2-1-1 Dosing Gets a Big Push From a Popular U.S. Clinic

Other countries already embrace this form of HIV prevention, also known as “on-demand,” “sex-driven” and “intermittent” PrEP.

For #HIV-positive people, liver health is of major importance, as it is responsible for making new proteins needed by th...
12/28/2019
HIV and Your Liver

For #HIV-positive people, liver health is of major importance, as it is responsible for making new proteins needed by the immune system and helps the body to resist infections. #POZBasics

The liver is one of the largest and most important organs in the human body.

Our number 16 most read blog entry of 2019. Anywhere But Here.
12/28/2019
Anywhere But Here

Our number 16 most read blog entry of 2019. Anywhere But Here.

A descent into decadence. But why, and at what cost?

Once you look beyond the HIV care continuum, the survey data show that women living with HIV face other issues that affe...
12/27/2019
Five Factors That Influence the Health of Women With HIV

Once you look beyond the HIV care continuum, the survey data show that women living with HIV face other issues that affect their health and well-being. The biggest barrier is stigma: 69% said they experienced stigma in their personal lives, 61% encountered stigma in health care settings and 60% reported self-stigma.

The issues were listed in a new survey by The Well Project and do not count HIV care and treatment.

We are counting down our top treatment stories of 2019. Coming in at number 12..ViiV Applies for Approval of First Long-...
12/27/2019
ViiV Applies for Approval of First Long-Acting Injectable HIV Regimen

We are counting down our top treatment stories of 2019. Coming in at number 12..ViiV Applies for Approval of First Long-Acting Injectable HIV Regimen

Dosed every four weeks, the injection, which requires a clinic visit, includes long-acting rilpivirine and cabotegravir.

Are you uninsured? If you do have health coverage, are your prescription co-pays or other co-insurance costs prohibitive...
12/27/2019
HIV Drug Assistance Programs

Are you uninsured? If you do have health coverage, are your prescription co-pays or other co-insurance costs prohibitively expensive? Or does your health plan come with high medication deductibles that you can’t afford? Help may be available from the following link! #POZBasics

Are you uninsured? If you do have health coverage, are your prescription co-pays or other co-insurance costs prohibitively expensive? Help may be available from the following sources.

Are vaccines safe? #askPOZ
12/27/2019
Are vaccines safe?

Are vaccines safe? #askPOZ

Vaccines prevent serious, sometimes deadly, diseases, but are they safe?

We are counting down our top news stories of 2019. Coming in at number 20...How Well Do U=U and #PrEP Work? The CDC Upda...
12/26/2019
How Well Do U=U and PrEP Work? The CDC Updates Its Answers

We are counting down our top news stories of 2019. Coming in at number 20...How Well Do U=U and #PrEP Work? The CDC Updates Its Answers.

U=U is 100% effective, and PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV by 99% in men who have sex with men, according to new federal data.

We are counting down our top blog entries of 2019. Coming in at number 17...Just Say No To Hip Replacement
12/26/2019
Just Say No To Hip Replacement

We are counting down our top blog entries of 2019. Coming in at number 17...Just Say No To Hip Replacement

Total hip replacement is among the fastest growing surgeries in the West. Most of them are unnecessary.

We are counting down our top treatment stories of 2019. Coming in at number 13: CRISPR and LASER ART Eliminate HIV in Mi...
12/26/2019
CRISPR and LASER ART Eliminate HIV in Mice

We are counting down our top treatment stories of 2019. Coming in at number 13: CRISPR and LASER ART Eliminate HIV in Mice.

A third of mice treated with gene editing technique plus long-acting antiretrovirals showed no remaining traces of HIV.

People may say they are depressed when they are feeling unhappy, down, blue, sad, or hopeless. Almost everyone has exper...
12/26/2019
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. #POZBasics

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.

Number 19 of our top blog entries of 2019...I Left My Hospital Bed to Make an HIV Event. What Self-Care?
12/26/2019
I Left My Hospital Bed to Make an HIV Event. What Self-Care?

Number 19 of our top blog entries of 2019...I Left My Hospital Bed to Make an HIV Event. What Self-Care?

Literally days after writing about self-care for POZ ("What Price Activism?"), I defied medical advice to make an event. When will we learn?

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