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POZ Magazine and poz.com are the nation’s leading publication and website about HIV/AIDS. Offering unparalleled editorial excellence, POZ and poz.com are identified by our readers as their most trusted sources of information about the disease.

Serving the community of people living with and those affected by HIV/AIDS since 1994, POZ chronicles the AIDS pandemic domestically—and around the world.

Offering daily news, treatment updates, personal profiles, investigative features, videos, blogs and an extensive online social network that includes POZ Personals (85,000 members and counting); community forums (that are moderated and active 24/7); and a private, peer-to-peer mentoring program, POZ addresses the wide spectrum of needs of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

From the newly diagnosed to long term survivors, from very young people to people aging with the virus, from people in the highest tax bracket to those on disability, POZ provides a platform for the HIV community to speak to one another, and the world at large.

Together POZ and poz.com reach more than 70 percent of all people living in the United States who are aware that they are HIV positive. The magazine and website are also read by people who wish to know more about the disease, people who are considering getting tested for the disease, people who wish to prevent themselves from getting HIV and the staff and management of AIDS service organizations and HIV testing sites, and doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers.

More than 150,000 copies of POZ are distributed at thousands of doctors’ offices and AIDS service organizations nationwide. The magazine is also distributed at the world’s most important and well-attended conferences focusing on HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and community issues.

The information on this website does not replace the advice of a health care professional.

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Sunday Morning, 8-22-2010

Each week, more of us from The Group are attending the Sunshine Cathedral Sunday morning service. We’ve now filled up one pew. It’s really nice to spend Sunday morning with a bunch of friends doing something fun, healthy & truly inspirational. Come join Lain, Bob, Tom, Derek, Jimmy, Keith, Kevin, Steve and others at the 10:30 service some Sunday and see if this is for you.

After the service we walked over to the Church’s social room to speak about the service, meet some others, and to grab some snacks (sandwiches, cakes, cookies, veggies…) before heading out to Peter Pan for a Group Brunch. I hate eating on an empty stomach!

Other guys from the Group are finding inspiration at the Unity Church in Victoria Park and at Center for Spiritual Living at 26th Street and 15th Ave in Wilton Manors. Both deliver an uplifting, positive message as well.

– Steve

From the Service:

The Rev. Durell Watkins‘ sermon, titled “UpLifting” spoke of compassion and the power to heal.

“Religion isn’t meant to make us hate ourselves. It isn’t meant to make us hate other people who practice their understanding of the divine differently. It isn’t meant to make us condemn the unchurched, or those of other churches, or those who worship in synagogues, or in mosques…Religion is meant to help us stand tall with hope and dignity. Religion is meant to bring us together so we can help one another stand tall with dignity and hope and love.”

“When the world bends the truth about the sacred value of women, of same-gender loving people, of gender variant people, of our brothers and sisters in or from the middle east, when the world bends the truth of God’s unconditional love while using the language of vengeance and hatred…when depression, homophobia, illness, abuse, slander, or any condition bends us down, we can be sure the will of God is for us to return to wholeness and for us to be raised up to hope and joy and empowerment…and no abusively misused biblical text can change that truth.”

“...we are in the lifting up business…not tearing down, not wearing down, not breaking down, but lifting up. And as we lift up others, we ARE the good news.

“The Good News Affirmed
When I am down, I can be raised back up.
Nothing can keep me down forever.
The power of hope lifts me up today.
And I share hope to uplift others.”

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The Immune Power Personality - 7 Traits You Can Develop to Stay Healthy

“Realizing our authentic selves is among the most powerful health prescriptions we can adopt.”

Henry Dreher Book, The Immune Power Personality, outlines seven personality traits that are linked to strong immune functions. The healing personality and the healthy immune system both demonstrate qualities of (1) Keen Attention; (2) Expressive Communication; (3) Hardiness; (4) Assertiveness; (5) Trust; (6) Helping; and (7) Self-Complexity. The congruence between our psychological and immunological systems suggest that both are devoted to the same overriding goals for our organisms: balance and harmony, communication and connectedness, and maintaining our bodymind integrity.

“The Immune Power Personality handles stressful events not with denial, but with acceptance, flexibility, and a willingness to learn and grow. These characteristics prevent the Immune Power Personality from breaking down emotionally and physically in the midst of life crises. Psychologists have long documented the role of healthy traits in maintaining a healthy state of mind. Now mind-body scientists are demonstrating the role of healthy traits in maintaining a healthy state of body.”

“Hypnosis and meditation fine-tune our attention and connection to bodymind states. Relaxation, biofeedback, and guided imagery enhance our sense of control. Cognitive therapies increase hardiness by changing a relentlessly negative perspective into a more positive one. Group and individual therapy nourishes our capacity to confide, and to assert ourselves.”

Participation in a Group may facilitate healing by evoking people’s resiliency characteristics. “Being in a Group with others undergoing the same fears and anguish creates an atmosphere in which people’s’ strengths — their self-care, compassion, and fighting spirit — can flourish.”

Read Henry Dreher’s Article at: TheBody.com

Purchase the book, The Immune Power Personality at Amazon.com

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Join hundreds of GAY Men for this years National Gay Men’s Health Summit, August 25-30, 2010, in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Lots of workshops, information sharing, and activites/dinners. FREE for residents of Miami/Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties!

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Ready for an adventure? A possibly life changing week-long experience? Join 200+ HIV+ Gay Men on the POZ Cruise, October 23-31, 2010 The Carnival Ship leaves from Fort Lauderdale and sails to Cozumel, Costa Rica, and Panama. Visit wwww.hivcruise.com for more information

There are about 18 of us guys from the Group who will be going on the cruise. So sign up now and join in the fun. Chances are you will have a bunch of friends onboard — if not you make some great new ones!

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The L.I.F.E. Program® is the nation’s leading health-enhancement and wellness-counseling program for people living with HIV. L.I.F.E. provides participants with the knowledge, motivation, skills, and support necessary to establish and maintain health-protective routines.

Our Program Goals:

  1. Optimizing health outcomes for people living with HIV by assisting participants in improving their performance on biological, psychological, and social Cofactors that can impact health.
  2. Reducing the number of people who become infected with HIV by assisting participants in reducing HIV transmission risk behaviors and other health-risking behaviors.

Is L.I.F.E. Effective?
Clinical program evaluation of shows that L.I.F.E. participants:

  • Reduce overall health problems (by 27-44%) and overall personal problems (by 38-50%);
  • Decrease drug/alcohol use and other health risking behaviors;
  • Increase adherence to HIV treatment and other health routines;
  • Increase the amount and quality of trusted support in their lives; and
  • Improve coping with grief, depression, and Survival Stress.

Through L.I.F.E.’s innovative and effective learning methods and group processes, L.I.F.E. participants improve their health outcomes in as few as 12 weeks.

How L.I.F.E. Works
L.I.F.E., which stands for Learning Immune Function Enhancement, is based on scientific research that connects our performance on certain biological, psychological, and social Cofactors, to immune system functioning, disease progression, and overall health. These Cofactors have been shown in HIV disease and other life-threatening illnesses to trigger symptom onset, speed up or slow down disease progression, and impact survival time. Cofactors have also been shown to impact physical, social, and psychological aspects of quality of life. When people living with HIV/AIDS or other illnesses understand the dynamic relationship between mind and body, and improve their performance on certain Cofactors, then they may benefit from improved physical and psychological health and well-being.

Cofactors to HIV+ Health and Wellness
A Cofactor is a life issue that can impact health. Research shows Cofactors can slow down (HIV, cancer, or Hepatitis C) disease progression; help to reverse existing disease symptoms or AIDS-related conditions; enhance immune system functioning; increase adherence to health routines including medication/treatment protocols used to treat disease or symptoms; and improve one’s ability and willingness to choose health-supporting behaviors over health-risking behaviors.

L.I.F.E. participants explore their performance on 26 Cofactors and receive the knowledge, motivation, skills, and support necessary to set and reach goals related to their Cofactor performance and health. By increasing health-supporting Cofactor performance and reducing or eliminating health-risking Cofactor performance, participants can greatly increase their potential to develop and maintain wellness.

For more about Shanti’s Life Program, check out their Web Site.

In Fort Lauderdale, the LIFE Program is provided by the PALS Project.  Get Started with LIFE today!

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