Morgan Molthrop, a former Wall Street executive, had the words “HIV Positive / Bipolar / Recovering Addict” tattooed on chest to disclose his bipolar disorder, addiction and HIV.
He had a portrait made of his tattoos, which he shared with us at POZ, and asked us to help him spread the word about his disclosure.
Here is his story.

Morgan Molthrop, a former Wall Street executive, had the words “HIV Positive / Bipolar / Recovering Addict” tattooed on chest to disclose his bipolar disorder, addiction and HIV.

He had a portrait made of his tattoos, which he shared with us at POZ, and asked us to help him spread the word about his disclosure.

Here is his story.

Gay Shamelessness, Beyond the Crystal Meth Crisis

Thom Gunn, the greatest gay poet since Whitman, was one of thousands of urban gay men who fell victim to crystal methamphetamine in 2004. They were a minority only, but the drug’s Leviathon-like addictiveness could swallow a man whole.

Every few weeks brought news or rumors of someone else who “fell down the meth hole”—an exemplary longtime AIDS survivor, a famous AIDS doctor, the most-lusted-after young man in the old days of ACT UP. The gay leadership spoke of meth as “a second epidemic.”

Where is he now? Jamar Rogers, April/May 2013 Cover“I was able to speak my truth with no shame.” That’s how Jamar Rogers remembers feeling about being on POZ’s cover last year, when he was included in a story on HIV-positive people fighting addiction. A year later, the singer is still clean, signed to a label, touring, recovering from TB and is working on his next album, Lazarus.

Where is he now? Jamar Rogers, April/May 2013 Cover

“I was able to speak my truth with no shame.” That’s how Jamar Rogers remembers feeling about being on POZ’s cover last year, when he was included in a story on HIV-positive people fighting addiction. A year later, the singer is still clean, signed to a label, touring, recovering from TB and is working on his next album, Lazarus.

Drug Treatment and the Affordable Care Act: Will it Work?Now that the new health law requires Medicaid and Medicare to cover treatment for substance abuse, will the way we currently treat addiction be able to keep up?
Howard Josepher, CEO of Exponents says first, the medical and legal community is going to have to start treating drug abuse like a chronic condition; not a coercive, criminal punishment.

Drug Treatment and the Affordable Care Act: Will it Work?

Now that the new health law requires Medicaid and Medicare to cover treatment for substance abuse, will the way we currently treat addiction be able to keep up?

Howard Josepher, CEO of Exponents says first, the medical and legal community is going to have to start treating drug abuse like a chronic condition; not a coercive, criminal punishment.

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POZ Stories: Erin GingrichA 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.”

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 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

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