Jeff Berry is Director of Publications at Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN) and editor of Positively Aware magazine, the country’s leading not-for-profit publication on HIV treatment and wellness. Berry has contributed to numerous publications and websites including The Advocate, TheBody.com and...
Is it enough to have merely survived the epidemic? The year 1998 was significant for me – I had lost my mother in June after a long struggle with breast cancer, and I saw the end of a wonderful 16-year relationship that same year. I also met a man who would change my life forever. I met Steven at Folsom Street Fair in September 1998, and he came into my life at a pivotal time of loss and transformation.
These are uncertain times we live in. When daily messages of hopelessness and despair fill your newsfeed, there may be a temptation to shut down and tune out, or to return to old, self-destructive behaviors in an effort to cope. If you just tested positive, you might be thinking it’s the last straw. But I need you need to know…you will be OK. You’re going to be OK. If you’re a long-term survivor of HIV, you’ve come a long way, baby. Don’t give up now. We’ve come too far to be defeated this easily.
Why do you write like you're running out of time? -- From the song "Non-Stop," in the Broadway musical Hamilton Almost two years ago Positively Aware published an issue focused on HIV long-term survivors. It was one of our more popular issues, generating scores of comments and letters.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
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