Jussie Smollett (test)

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Jussie Smollett Board member, Black AIDS Institute Add profile here Smollett came out as gay during a televised interview with Ellen DeGeneres in March 2015.[21][22] In a 2016 interview with Out Magazine, Smollett clarified his sexual orientation by stating “If I had to label myself, I would label myself as a gay man.” However, he stated his belief that openness to love …

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Restored My Hope

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How CROI 2015 Restored My Hope Michael C. Webb, Jr.Tuesday, March 3, 2015 When I applied to be a Community Educator Scholar for CROI 2015 I was starting to lose hope that we could ever defeat HIV/AIDS within Black MSM communities and I was desperately seeking help and inspiration. As prevention supervisor at Legacy Community …

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Personal Reflections

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Personal Reflections from the 2015 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections John CurryTuesday, March 3, 2015 Having a trip to Seattle Washington is a treat within itself. But to be a delegate to attend the premier scientific conference on HIV and other viruses and opportunistic infections, is way above the expectations of any individual working …

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Cardiovascular Disease in HIV Patients

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Cardiovascular Disease in HIV Patients: An Emerging Paradigm and Call to Action Jeffrey PopeMonday, March 2, 2015 At CROI 2015 we heard a lot about intermittent use of PrEP, PrEP on demand and vaginal microbicides. However, there is still the issue of HIV and cardiovascular disease which has been with us for decades and still …

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Basic Science

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Do Communities Have to Concern Themselves with Basic Science? Morenike FolayanMonday, March 2, 2015 Once again, I sat intrigued by the science discussed at the CROI conference. I wonder at the ‘magic’ of unraveling gene sequences and other molecular research and how the scientists find these things out. But I also see that by listening …

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Does Sex Have Impact

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Does Sex Have Impact on HIV Prevention Research? Morenike FolayanMonday, March 2, 2015 At the CROI meeting, I seem to be getting signals that sex significantly impacts HIV research design, data interpretation and data use. First, I learned that availability of tenofovir, the drug used for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), is 10 to 100 times lower …

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Pharmacist’s Perspective

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CROI Through a Pharmacist’s Perspective William LarsonMonday, March 2, 2015 Last week I attended CROI 2015 as a community educator scholarship recipient from CROI, in association with the Black AIDS institute and AVAC. It has been a rare opportunity to hear first-hand live presentations of new research by leading HIV researchers. I got to meet …

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Learning about Africa

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Learning about Africa, Looking for Answers for Mississippi: One Advocate’s CROI Perspective Cedric SturdevantFriday, February 27, 2015 My feeling at CROI so far has been mixed. There is great information being giving, at such a fast pace that it makes me dizzy. I know we will have access to the information afterward but most of …

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FACTS 001 and Me

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FACTS 001 and Me Morenike FolayanThursday, February 26, 2015 I sat in the meeting room today listening to the results of the FACTS 001 study. I am sure a number of you must have received mails about what the FACTS study was and what the result of the study is. AVAC states that: FACTS 001 …

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PrEP

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More Confirmation for PrEP in Gay Men—Now What about the Ladies? Nicole LittleThursday, February 26, 2015 On Tuesday, during the 2015 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI), findings from the iPERGAY PrEP trial were released. The results were exciting and determined that “on demand” or intermittent use of TDF/FTC (Truvada) led to an 86 …

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