The AIDS Grove Just Renamed Its Youth Scholarship to Honor Pedro Zamora!

Zamora was an AIDS educator, activist and reality television star. At the age of 22, the HIV-positive gay Latino shared his journey with the virus on MTV’s The Real World 3: San Francisco. The show aired in 1994. The scholarship will honor his contributions 20 years after his passing.

High school seniors and college freshman, sophomores and juniors ages 27 and younger are eligible. They must demonstrate current public service and leadership roles in the HIV/AIDS fight. They also must intend to pursue a career that will have with a clear impact on the epidemic.

Applications are being accepted through Wednesday, October 15. Recipients will be announced Monday, December 1, which is World AIDS Day. Awards range from $2,500 to $5,000.

POZ Stories: Rob Toth, Lakewood OHPositive since 1988

"I got my HIV test results under the name G.H.W. Bush at a local free clinic. I remember the lady telling me I was HIV positive; I remember hating her little pearl earrings, the navy blazer she was wearing and the small, unkempt room. Her post-counseling talk was rather like the teacher in Peanuts cartoon: “wah-wah-wah-wah-wah.” I sat numb in the office. Then I silently walked the long, rainy path by the river to my home…."

Click here for the rest of Toth’s submission, or here to submit your own POZ story on our site. Together, we can help fight stigma and shame, increase awareness, and educate the community about living with HIV.

POZ Stories: Rob Toth, Lakewood OH
Positive since 1988

"I got my HIV test results under the name G.H.W. Bush at a local free clinic. I remember the lady telling me I was HIV positive; I remember hating her little pearl earrings, the navy blazer she was wearing and the small, unkempt room. Her post-counseling talk was rather like the teacher in Peanuts cartoon: “wah-wah-wah-wah-wah.” I sat numb in the office. Then I silently walked the long, rainy path by the river to my home…."

Click here for the rest of Toth’s submission, or here to submit your own POZ story on our site. Together, we can help fight stigma and shame, increase awareness, and educate the community about living with HIV.

Did you know that folks ages 40-49 make up the highest percentage of people diagnosed with advanced AIDS in the U.S.?

Here are their stories.

“I’d stayed HIV negative so long I thought I was Superman and started having condom-free sex.”

“We used petroleum jelly instead of water-based lubricant.”

“I caved to affection. And once you allow them not to wear a condom the first time, that’s it.”

“All I can say is, I wanted to experience the joy of the moment. I’m a heavy guy, and the thought that anyone wanted to have sex with me was encouraging.”

“We may feel more isolated, we’re not going out to clubs anymore, we may feel that people are judging us because we’re older and ‘should have known better.’”

ViiV’s New HIV Drug “Trii” Has Officially Been FDA-Approved
Triumeq is a tablet that must be taken daily. Each tablet contains 50 mg dolutegravir, 600 mg abacavir, and 300 mg lamivudine. The correct dose is one pill taken once daily, either with or without food.
FDA approval is based on data from two clinical trials: In one trial involving people starting ARV therapy for the first time, the regimen was found to be superior to Atripla. Another study confirmed that taking Triumeq results in blood levels of the ARVs equivalent to all 3 drugs taken together as separate tablets.
It is not recommended for people with known HIV resistance to abacavir, lamivudine, or any of the approved intergrase inhibitors.
Click here for a complete guide to the latest fixed-dose, once-daily combination tablet, Triumeq.

ViiV’s New HIV Drug “Trii” Has Officially Been FDA-Approved

  • Triumeq is a tablet that must be taken daily. Each tablet contains 50 mg dolutegravir, 600 mg abacavir, and 300 mg lamivudine. The correct dose is one pill taken once daily, either with or without food.
  • FDA approval is based on data from two clinical trials: In one trial involving people starting ARV therapy for the first time, the regimen was found to be superior to Atripla. Another study confirmed that taking Triumeq results in blood levels of the ARVs equivalent to all 3 drugs taken together as separate tablets.
  • It is not recommended for people with known HIV resistance to abacavir, lamivudine, or any of the approved intergrase inhibitors.


Click here for a complete guide to the latest fixed-dose, once-daily combination tablet, Triumeq.

HIV, if Treated, May Not Raise Cognitive Impairment RiskWhile dementia related to HIV was once highly common, in the modern era of antiretrovirals it has become rare. Nevertheless, research has suggested that as much as half of people living with the virus still experience some form of neurocognitive impairment. The findings of this research suggest that such an estimate may be exaggerated.

HIV, if Treated, May Not Raise Cognitive Impairment Risk

While dementia related to HIV was once highly common, in the modern era of antiretrovirals it has become rare. Nevertheless, research has suggested that as much as half of people living with the virus still experience some form of neurocognitive impairment. The findings of this research suggest that such an estimate may be exaggerated.

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Changing demographics….

Huge Concerns Over New HIV Criminalization Law in Uganda

So, President Yoweri Museveni has just signed “The HIV and AIDS Prevention Control Act of 2014” into law in Uganda, and it’s a discrimination doozie. Here’s what it says:

  • HIV+ people can get 10 years in prison plus a fine for “intentional transmission of HIV”
  • Or, they’ll get 5 years in prison for “attempted transmission of HIV”
  • There will be mandatory testing in Uganda for pregnant women
  • And, the government will have the ability to release a person’s HIV status to the public without their consent.


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Rae Lewis Thornton: The Case of Mike Brown

“I have lots more to say about my life and HIV/AIDS for sure, but right now I have lots  to say about the micro topics surrounding the death of Mike Brown and the situation in Ferguson. On Friday, I wanted to tweet my usual #FuckinFriday hashtag focusing on HIV prevention, but was virtually paralyzed.

What could I say to young people about safe sex in a society where their life is not valued? Where right wing, racist trolls are seeking out the hashtag #Ferguson and tweeting that Mike was just another koon?