Voices Carry

Mass shootings in American schools have occurred so frequently of late that when you bring up the topic in conversation, your listener is likely...

AIDS Is Not a Metaphor

Flesh & Blood by David Waggoner For hundreds of years, many immigrants have come to our shores in search of a better life. A better life...

Seven Banned Words

Just when I thought it was safe to be an HIV-positive American, I read that there are words that are no longer safe from...

Speak Now

December 1 is officially World AIDS Day! Oh, if only this December 1 were the last day of HIV on the planet—wouldn’t that be...

Everything to Declare

Never one to jump to conclusions, but I might as well start a new bad habit, what with the way the news flow has...

Independent Voices

Once upon a time there were many voices in Congress like Barney Frank’s: pertinent, blunt, outspoken. Tip O’Neill, Robert Byrd, Bob Dole, Hubert Humphrey,...

Making the End of AIDS a Reality

Simply put, “AIDS ain’t over…yet.” But there has been enough good news lately, that I’d like to offer kudos to the hundreds of thousands...

When Will We Have Universal HIV Care?

As we go to press, UNAIDS has announced nearly 20 million people worldwide are receiving life-saving antiretrovirals—that’s about half of the men, women, and...

The Gift of Giving

Just as I was packing my summer book bag—the usual stash of beach stuff—I realized that I was missing something more important than the...

Work Ethic

Jokes about the current administration are coming left and right, from Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah, but while comedy can ease the anxiety that...

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A Piece of Me with HIV: Review

A Piece of Me with HIV by Shyronn Jones CreateSpace Reviewed by John Francis Leonard A Piece of Me with HIV is a compelling and valuable document of...

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