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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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HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is December 1, 2010. There are many activities scheduled in the Fort Lauderdale/Miami area to bring recognition to this disease. I encourage you to make an action plan for how you will spend this important day. As Dec 1st is a Wednesday, The Group will be meeting as usual at 7 pm. However, at 7:30 pm the Worlds AIDS Day Candlelight Vigil will also be taking place from Richardson Park to the Rally at the Shoppes of Wilton Manors.

Personally, this year I am choosing to wear a “HIV POSITIVE” t-shirt while out in public to help raise awareness and advance the effort to “normalize” this disease. Joe Guerrero and Bob Risse agreed to join me in this commitment. We will update you with a message summarizing our experiences of that day.

As Annie Lennox so aptly states, “Break the silence. Sing. Let your voice be heard.”

To commemorate this occasion, we’ve designed and printed “HIV-POSITIVE” T-Shirts to give to our friends in the Community. If you would like to join us in wearing the HIV POSITIVE T-SHIRT, please join us at the Shoppes of Wilton Manors at 7 pm where we will distribute any remaining shirts and then walk over to Richardson Park together.

If you have any questions about the shirt or if you like to specifically request one in advance, please contact Bob at Bob33308@yahoo.com ASAP

Thank you for your time,

Jim Cooper, Joe Guerrero, Bob Risse

Please watch the following video by Annie Lennox which explains her reasoning for wearing the “HIV Positive” t-shirt. Her comments address and help to reinforce many of the co-factors identified in the L.I.F.E. Program. Specifically, she emphasizes the need for disclosure and working towards “normalizing” the social reaction to this disease.

Following is a link to her 2007 performance of the song, “Sing”, featuring an introduction by Nelson Mandela. The video is very powerful. The statistics cited are not current, but none the less, stress the severity of this illness as it affects the community of women and children living in the sub-Sahara.

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FRIDAY MOVIE NIGHT Pozitive Attitudes Group, Nov. 26:
BURLESQUE stars CHER & CHRISTINA. (see details below)
Showing at Sunrise Cinemas The Gateway Cinema 4 1820 East Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 | (954) 763-7994
Starts at 7:30 PM
Meet inside Lobby at 7:00 PM
Those wanting to eat/drink together will meet in lobby following movie.

Burlesque – Trailer No. 1.

Christina Aguilera makes her dramatic feature debut as Ali, a small-town singer who takes her shot at stardom performing at a neo-burlesque nightclub in Los Angeles. Situated in a regal old theater that’s still dazzling despite having fallen into disrepair, The Burlesque Lounge is the kind of club where legends are born. When club owner Tess (Cher) hires charismatic Ali as a cocktail waitress, the ambitious big-city newcomer goes to great lengths to make a good impression. Taken under the wing of a friendly featured dancer (Julianne Hough), Ali quickly realizes that not everyone is quite as nice when she forms a friendship with bartender/aspiring musician Jack (Cam Gigandet) and incurs the wrath of the club’s cattiest showgirl (Kristen Bell). After making her leap to the stage with a little help from a sympathetic stage manager (Stanley Tucci) and the club’s playfully androgynous host (Alan Cumming), Ali becomes the star attraction at The Burlesque Lounge, and the crowds start packing in. Later, a wealthy businessman (Eric Dane) makes a bid for the club while trying to charm the talented young performer straight into his arms. – Jason Buchanan, Rovi

100 min.


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PozAttitudes Group Movie Night.
Friday, November 12, 2010
MORNING GLORY starring Harrison Ford & Diane Keaton.
Coral Ridge AMC Theater.
Starts at 8:00 PM, meet inside lobby at 7:40 PM.

This is a comedy with good reviews.

Those wanting to get together after show for dining/drinks will meet inside lobby after movie.

Plot: From director Roger Michell (‘Notting Hill’, ‘Venus’), producer J.J. Abrams (“Felicity,” “Alias,” “Lost,” ‘Star Trek’), and writer Aline Brosh McKenna (‘The Devil Wears Prada’, ’27 Dresses’), comes ‘Morning Glory,’ a new romantic comedy set in the in the hilarious and dysfunctional world of morning television. Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton star along with Patrick Wilson and Jeff Goldblum.

When hard-working TV producer Becky Fuller (McAdams) is fired from a local news program, her career begins to look as bleak as her hapless love life. Stumbling into a job at “Daybreak” (the last-place national morning news show), Becky decides to revitalize the show by bringing on legendary TV anchor Mike Pomeroy (Ford). Unfortunately, Pomeroy refuses to cover morning show staples like celebrity gossip, weather, fashion and crafts — let alone work with his new co-host, Colleen Peck (Keaton), a former beauty queen and longtime morning show personality who is more than happy covering morning “news.” As Mike and Colleen clash, first behind the scenes and then on the air, Becky’s blossoming love affair with fellow producer, Adam Bennett (Wilson) begins to unravel — and soon Becky is struggling to save her relationship, her reputation, her job and ultimately, the show itself.

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