Does HIV Make Addiction More Insidious?
Thanks to a protein integral to HIV’s life cycle, cocaine may better ensnare people with HIV into addiction. Called Tat, the protein helps in the transcription process of HIV genes and also, according to new research with mice, could magnify both the effects and the addictive qualities of cocaine.
POZ Stories: Erin Gingrich
A former Miss Arizona shares her story to fight stigma:
"In 1995, at 20 years old, I was crowned Miss Yuma County, and in 1996, earned the title of Miss Arizona…But very quickly, that driven young woman, was driven right into an addiction that took away every hope and dream. It made me cross every line I said I would never cross and destroyed my soul…
When I got the news that my HIV test was confirmed positive, I thought I was receiving my death sentence. I now know, that was actually the moment I was blessed with a new life.”
The April/May Issue of POZ is out online!
Featuring: Overcoming substance abuse with HIV, Navigating Treatment as Prevention, & more.
Falling Through the Cracks
We can strengthen two of the weakest links in the U.S. health care chain for people with HIV/AIDS—linking people to care and retaining them in care—but doing so requires a collective approach.
The Night Don Lemon Hugged Me
We talked about HIV stigma and Madonna lighting. He shared a story of seeing an AIDS patient on a New York City street years ago. I interjected my new favorite topic, the injustice of HIV criminalization. We were two very different men comfortable in our own skin, who refused to allow shame a place at the table.
Read more of Mark S. King’s blog : http://blogs.poz.com/marksking/2012/12/don_lemon.html