Fit for Print: A commercial revolution

By : Steve Blanchard
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I hate Big Pharma advertisements. So much so that I try to entertain myself when they interrupt my favorite shows. I have this annoying habit of making light of the commercial names of these products. Eucrisa? Latuda?

They sound like contestants on “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”

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The Last Page with Greg Stemm

By : Rick Claggett
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What kind of writing do you do for Watermark?

I write a regular perspective column and news stories, especially investigative pieces with multiple contacts.

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CVS accused of releasing patients’ HIV status

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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In a little-noticed development, three HIV-positive residents of Ohio on March 22 filed a class action lawsuit against the CVS pharmacy and healthcare company for what they claim was its “unauthorized public disclosure” of their HIV status and the HIV status of over 6,000 others in Ohio in July and August of 2017.

The three residents, saying they wish to protect their privacy, filed the lawsuit under the names John Doe One, John Doe Two, and John Doe Three before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

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Designer Armando “Mondo” Guerra talks being on ‘Project Runway,’ coming out as HIV-positive and representing Dining Out For Life

By : Jeremy Williams
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Denver designer Armando “Mondo” Guerra first made a splash with TV audiences in the eighth season of Lifetime’s Project Runway. Guerra not only wowed with his stylish designs but  also with his openness and honesty as he revealed he was HIV-positive on the show.

Guerra gained recognition on Project Runway opening up opportunities to come back and win the first season of Project Runway All-Stars, have his collection sold at Neiman Marcus and to be a mentor to aspiring designers on Tim Gunn’s spinoff series, Project Runway: Under the Gunn; but no other title gives him more pride than that of spokesperson for the Dining Out For Life, the annual dining fundraiser event to raise money for HIV/AIDS service organizations.

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Nevada to change policies for HIV-positive inmates

By : Wire Report
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Las Vegas (AP) – Nevada Department of Corrections officials say they’ve started taking action to improve their treatment of inmates infected with the virus that causes AIDS.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that the department last week removed a medical code from its computer system that could have revealed a prisoner’s HIV-positive status to unauthorized staffers.

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Positive Message: Bob Poe wants to put a face on HIV in Congress.

By : Tom Dyer
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We all have labels. They define how others see us, and also how we see ourselves. For Bob Poe, they include husband, father, gay man, politico, entrepreneur, businessman, philanthropist, success. He’s now prepared to share one more: HIV-positive.

The addition is consequential. Poe is running for election to the U.S. House of Representatives in Florida’s 10th District. If successful, he would be the first openly HIV-positive person elected to Congress; a handsome, healthy, winning face of HIV to be reckoned with every time funding is threatened. He’s just the second HIV-positive person to run, and the first with a real chance of winning.

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As World AIDS Day approaches, philanthropic organizations adjust to changing times and perceptions in the world of HIV

By : Billy Manes
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A little over a year ago, Orlando resident Logan Donahoo, 33, was frightened into a new reality. After receiving the typical glossing over on issues of STDs and HIV/AIDS from primary care physicians throughout his adulthood, the awkward nudges toward using protection during sex that ring in distant absolutes as if to brush the subject away, he got a clearer view.

“I got my annual physical done, and for my first time, even though I’ve been tested for HIV over and over again throughout my life. I finally got tested for [sexually transmitted diseases] and I got tested for HIV,” he says. “I got a little STD scare when the health department called me and gave me the scary news. Even though I knew that was within the realm of possibility, and I knew about partner notification, finally getting that phone call and knowing what that feels like made it hit home. So, I was like, ‘OK, if I can never have this happen again, and I can know that it’s something non-life threatening, then I will.’

Finally, he opened up with his doctor.

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Charlie Sheen to announce he is HIV-positive

By : Jeremy Williams
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Charlie Sheen will go on NBC’s Today show Nov. 17 to announce he is diagnosed with HIV, according to TMZ.

The announcement will come a day before the National Enquirer releases a story discussing Sheen’s sex life. Reports indicate that the story will accuse Sheen of contracting HIV and spreading it to dozens of women in what they call a “multi-million dollar cover-up,” TMZ reports.

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Singapore softens ban on HIV-positive visitors

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SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore said Aug. 31 it has lifted a two-decade ban on HIV-infected people from entering the country, but will limit their stay to a maximum of three months.

The Health Ministry said the ban was lifted on April 1, “given the current context with more than 5,000 Singapore residents living with HIV and the availability of effective treatment for the disease.”

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Florida Supreme Court asked to interpret HIV prevention law

By : Wire Report
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Tallahassee (AP) – What does “sexual intercourse” mean in Florida?

The state’s Supreme Court justices are pondering the question in a case that threatens to weaken a 1986 law requiring HIV-positive people to reveal their infection before having “sexual intercourse.” A defense lawyer told the court Wednesday that Florida’s laws have always used the term to describe traditional sex between a man and a woman, and not any other sexual activity by either gender.

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Shower selfies for a cause

By : Staff Report
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Jack Mackenroth, openly HIV-positive model and star of Project Runway has teamed up with gay social media app Moovz to raise money for HIV/AIDS organization Housing Works as we head towards World AIDS Day on December 1. The new campaign combats the “Are you clean?” stigma.

According to HousingWorks.org the instructions to participate are as follows:

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