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Join up with Bob, Alfonso, and whoever shows up tonight at Boom from 9 pm – 11 pm. Live it up as if its still the Eighties. Shake your booty & have some fun. Its Cheap! No Cover! So get out and dance!

Atomic Boom
2232 Wilton Drive
Wilton Manors, FL 33305
(954) 630-3556

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This Wednesday, 12-15-2010, we’re having a guest speaker; Sonia Diaz, Manager, Sales and Community Outreach for AHF MCO of Florida, Inc. d/b/a Positive Healthcare Partners HMO (Medicare) and Positive Healthcare Florida (Medicaid).

Under the umbrella of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation are various lines of business: Pharmacy, Health Plan, Out-of-The Closet, Healthcare Centers and Public Health.

Sonia represents the health plans, Positive Healthcare Partners and Positive Healthcare Florida and a description of each plan is found below. What makes us unique is that we have health plans designed specifically for people living with HIV/AIDS with operations in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.

Sonia will be presenting on the health plans that we have as well as a HMO and Medicare 101.

Positive Healthcare Partners (HMO SNP) Florida:

Positive Healthcare™ Partners (HMO SNP) is AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s Medicare Advantage Part D Managed Care Plan, designed specifically for Medicare beneficiaries diagnosed with HIV, living in Miami-Dade or Broward Counties.

Positive Healthcare™ Partners (HMO SNP) is considered a “Special Needs Plan” by Medicare and is approved for operation in the Medicare designated service area of Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.

Positive Healthcare™ Partners has created a Medicare Part D formulary of drugs designed to most effectively treat its members living with HIV/AIDS.

All Positive Healthcare™ Partners Primary Care Providers have extensive experience in treating HIV and each of them is involved in the care of at least twenty (20) and usually many more clients living with HIV.

Positive Healthcare Florida is a Medicaid Reform health plan. The plan is for HIV-positive Medicaid recipients who live in Broward County.

Positive Healthcare is part of AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the nation’s largest HIV health care provider. The health plan covers the following with no co-pays and no premiums:

Routine and specialist doctor office visits
Hospitalization, emergency and urgent care
Outpatient services
Durable medical equipment
Prescription drugs with no limitations
Medical transportation
Health benefits beyond those of standard Medicaid
Positive Healthcare’s provider network includes leading HIV doctors. It also has a complete network of specialists in Broward County

Sonia Diaz, MS
110 SE 6th Street, Suite 1960
Fort Lauderdale, Fl 33301
Office: 954-522-3132
Cell: 954-260-0318
Fax: 954-522-5260
Website: http://www.positivehealthcare.org

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Friday PozAttitudes Group Movie: Dec. 10, 2010


Starring: Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, Rufus Sewell, Timothy Dalton

Showing at: GATEWAY THEATRE, 1820 East Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 | (954) 763-7994

Starts at: 7:30 PM, Meet inside lobby at 7:10 PM.

Those wanting to eat/drink together will meet in lobby after the movie.

Johnny Depp stars as an American tourist whose playful dalliance with a stranger leads to a web of intrigue, romance and danger in ‘The Tourist’. During an impromptu trip to Europe to mend a broken heart, Frank (Depp) unexpectedly finds himself in a flirtatious encounter with Elise (Angelina Jolie), an extraordinary woman who deliberately crosses his path. Against the breathtaking backdrop of Paris and Venice, their whirlwind romance quickly evolves as they find themselves unwittingly thrust into a deadly game of cat and mouse.

Drama – Thriller
103 min


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“I drove down to the vigil in a rather somber mood, thinking about all the special people in my life I have lost to AIDS. This is the 1st World AIDS Day vigil I have had the courage to attend. I was afraid during the walk I might break down in tears, because my losses really have been that substantial. But having so many of my friends from the LIFE group around me took my mind off all that sadness. All the friends and loved ones I have lost to AIDS would have been proud to know we are still here, and still living off all the strength and love we shared while they were here with us.” – David

What a glorious sight when I arrived at Hagen Park. They were a hit. I got several inquiries as to where we got them and what PALS and LIFE were about.

“Personally, I felt free and proud – for one night at least, rid of the HIV stigma. It was right there on my chest for all to see. It raised awareness and I did get approached in Bill’s, Alibi and on the street by curious men who said they respected me and my choice to where the shirt.” – Ralph

“Nice work gentlemen. It was an amazing sight. I wanted to share a little something with you too. Jose, Eduardo and I were all wearing our Poz shirts standing together in Alibi afterwards and a guy none of use knew came over and insisted on a group hug. All he kept saying was ‘You guys are just amazing…just amazing.’ Sort of defined the night for me, and you know what? He is right! Thank you!” – Dave

“YES…It was an amazing evening. It was so great to see so many of our fellow LIFEers together wearing the shirts. For me, it was our Graduation! I’m so glad we were all able to share it together.

“Thanks Guys for making this happen and for sharing in this experience together.”

I can hardly express the joy and pride I experienced to walk with such amazing people who made me feel right at home even though I am HIV Negative. I walked mainly for my partner Rudyn to honor his strength and spirit but after last night, my extended family has been enlarged by quite a few special, loving and strong-willed people. Thanks for such an unforgettable experience!!!” – Carlos

To be continued…

– Photos by Bob R.

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At this morning’s World AIDS Day Ceremonies, The Community Foundation of Broward Awarded its Footsteps in the Sand LEADERSHIP Award to POZitive Attitudes Group Facilitator Steve Stagon. The award was presented by Sheri Brown who recognized Steve’s four years of leadership in support of the HIV/AIDS Community and his overall leadership of the POZitive Attitudes Group. She also noted that Steve is always there in support of the community as well as helping individuals with HIV/AIDS.

The Community Foundation of Broward also recognized Anthony Johnson with its Footsteps in the Sand Award for VOLUNTEERISM.

In accepting his award, Steve noted the the Men of POZitive Attitudes have had an enormous positive impact on his life…

“This is a great honor. Not just for me, but for my HIV support group Pozitive Attitudes, what we’re trying to do and the men who attend and have made my life 100 times richer.

Anthony Perkins, who played Norman Bates in the movie Psycho and died of AIDS in 1992 said; ‘I have learned much more about love, selflessness and human understanding from the people I have met in this great adventure in the world of AIDS than I ever did in the cutthroat competitive world in which I spent my life.’ That’s how I feel. I wish HIV/AIDS on no one and I urge every negative person to do all they can to stay negative. But for those of us who are positive, I tell you your life is not over, come out of your HIV closet and contribute to your community. The world needs you and you need the world.

“Find a job volunteering that you enjoy and your life will open up and renew itself. I love what I do and I thank you for recognizing my contribution.”

– Bob R.

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I was very proud of the group turnout at the ADAP Rally. We were well represented. It may seem minimal, but it is a first step for us to re-engage in activism and it takes a lot of courage for people to show up. With all the times we have talked about disclosure and stigma, it was great to see so many of us at a busy intersection supporting the need for ADAP funding, many wearing HIV Positive T-shirts. Please join us as we try to end this crisis.
!” – Tim

– Bob R.

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Today is World AIDS Day.

The 3rd annual Candlelight Vigil will be held tonight at Hagen Park (2020 Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors) starting at 7:00 PM and ending at Georgie ALibi’s Parking Lot around 9:00 PM. I urge you to attend this. I will still hold group (I believe it is my duty) but I will meet you over at the parking lot after group.

Observed December 1 each year. Dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection.

World AIDS Day was first conceived in August 1987 by James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter, two public information officers for the Global Program on AIDS at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. Dr. Jonathan Mann, Director of the Global Programme on AIDS (now known as UNAIDS). Dr. Mann liked the concept, approved it, and agreed with the recommendation that the first observance of World AIDS Day should be 1 December, 1988.

The date of December 1 was selected because it was believed it was a dead spot in the news calendar, far enough removed from the November elections and soon enough before the Christmas holidays, thus a perfect period to get news media coverage and raise awareness.

Each Year, a different theme is chosen:

1988 Communication
1989 Youth
1990 Women and AIDS
1991 Sharing the Challenge
1992 Community Commitment
1993 Act
1994 AIDS and the Family
1995 Shared Rights, Shared Responsibilities
1996 One World. One Hope
1997 Children Living in a World with AIDS
1998 Force for Change: World AIDS Campaign With Young People
1999 Listen, Learn, Live: World AIDS Campaign with Children & Young People
2000 AIDS: Men Make a Difference
2001 I care. Do you?
2002 Stigma and Discrimination
2003 Stigma and Discrimination
2004 Women, Girls, HIV and AIDS
2005 Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise
2006 Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise – Accountability
2007 Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise – Leadership
2008 Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise – Lead – Empower – Deliver
2009 Universal Access and Human Rights
2010 Universal Access and Human Rights

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