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Thanking Thousands, Thanking Hundreds

Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.

Editor’s note: As we approach World AIDS Day, we thank the thousands of individuals worldwide working on, before, and after each HIV/AIDS awareness observance day to help move us toward an AIDS-free generation. We encourage each of our readers to find a meaningful way to laud friends and colleagues for their work on HIV/AIDS. There…

New Pew Report Released: The Diagnosis Difference

The Diagnosis Difference

Editor’s Note: Scientific and technological advances have made HIV a manageable chronic disease for many people, allowing individuals to lead healthy, happy, and productive lives. With World AIDS Day (December 1) approaching, Pew Research Center’s new report about how people living with a chronic disease access health information and use social media is particularly timely….

Access to Information is a Powerful Tool in Strengthening Results for an AIDS-Free Generation

Information is powerful medicine poster

World AIDS Day is a tremendous opportunity for people worldwide to unite together in the fight against HIV.  A contribution to that fight here in the U.S. is the Information Is Powerful Medicine campaign. Launched earlier this year, the campaign contributes to Department-wide efforts guided by the National HIV/AIDS Strategy to improve health outcomes for…

Justice Department Settles with South Carolina Department of Corrections to End Discrimination Against Inmates with HIV

Department of Justice

Editor’s note: Earlier this fall, the U.S. Department of Justice released this important announcement regarding its ongoing efforts to address HIV-related discrimination. Please read. The Justice Department announced on September 30, 2013 that it had reached a settlement with the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) and its director, to resolve alleged violations of Title…

Statement by the President on the HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act

The White House

[Released November 21, 2013] Earlier today, I signed into law the HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act, a bipartisan piece of legislation that allows scientists to carry out research into organ donations from one person with HIV to another.  For decades, these organ transplants have been illegal. It was even illegal to study whether they could…

New Video and Other Resources on the Importance of Quitting Smoking for People Living with HIV

Smoking and HIV

In advance of this week’s observance of the 2013 Great American Smokeout  on Thursday, November 21, we are pleased to introduce a brief new video about the harmful effects of smoking among people living with HIV. Organized annually by the American Cancer Society , the Smokeout encourages smokers to use the date to make a plan…

A Day with HIV Photo Sharing Project

David in Hero shirt

Editor’s note: For more information on photo sharing sites and how they are being used in the HIV community, please visit our new media toolkit.  Three years ago, we here at Positively Aware  magazine launched A Day with HIV , our anti-stigma photo campaign. With more than 50,000 new HIV infections each year in the U.S….

U.S. Conference on AIDS 2013 – Highlights from Final Day

Moises Agosoto

The 2013 U.S. Conference on AIDS (USCA) came to a close yesterday with a plenary session on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, a much discussed topic throughout the four-day conference. Among the observations shared by a diverse panel were: The healthcare law extends important civil rights protections that can be helpful in addressing…