NEW YORK, March 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- POZ Magazine, the
award-winning monthly magazine for people with HIV/AIDS, confirmed today that
Regan Hofmann will become its new editor in chief. Hofmann, who is HIV
positive, has long served as the author of the magazine's Anonymous column.
POZ magazine founder, Sean Strub, was instrumental in the review process
leading to Hofmann's selection.
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Hofmann assumes her new role at a critical time in the changing landscape
of HIV. After 25 years of HIV/AIDS awareness, the country faces still
staggering increases in the numbers of new HIV infections. In 2005 alone,
there were more than 40,000 new infections in the U.S., including higher
numbers of women and people of color than ever before.
"Regan's appointment reflects the evolving nature of the communities
affected by HIV," said Strub. "Her leadership and life experience will add
new dimensions to POZ, help de-stigmatize HIV and bring its issues into the
POZ magazine was founded in 1994 by people with AIDS (PWA) to promote the
vision that surviving AIDS and living a full life with HIV is possible. POZ's
contributing writers and editors are journalists, treatment activists,
playwrights, and poets. They break the stories that shape the debate-and
confirm POZ's preeminent position as thought-leader in the HIV community.
Today, POZ is acknowledged as the leading education and service magazine of
"AIDS is preventable and largely survivable. People with HIV are living
longer, healthier lives-and they have absolutely amazing stories to share with
the world," said Hofmann. "My goal is to tell their stories within the pages
of POZ. The first step to dealing with HIV successfully is facing it. Fear
of the stigma associated with the disease prevents people from facing it --
and discussing it. When HIV-positive people feel they can't talk about
HIV/AIDS, even in an anonymous environment, it puts them at greater risk. "
Hofmann, who contracted HIV as a result of heterosexual sex, hopes to use her
position and personal story to broaden the magazine's outreach to women and
people of color, two of the fastest-growing categories of new infections, to
raise awareness and bolster prevention efforts.
Hofmann's message is clear: "When HIV-negative people don't talk about
HIV/AIDS they increase their chances of getting it. When HIV-positive people
feel they can't talk about HIV/AIDS, it undermines their ability to get what
they need. Ignorance promotes the spread of the disease and endangers
everyone. Today, it is not the disease that kills, but the silence."
Hofmann comes to POZ with more than a decade of experience in
communications, ranging from advertising and prime time television to her
accomplishments in the publishing world. She most recently held the position
of editor in chief for New Jersey Life magazine. She has also served as a
journalist for Departures and Hamptons Magazine.
POZ is published by Smart + Strong, a division of CDM Publishing, Inc. The
magazine POZ, a trusted source of information for the HIV community, is
published 11 times per year with a circulation rate base of 150,000. POZ.com,
the fastest growing site in the HIV community with monthly page views
exceeding 3.5 million, offers daily news updates, treatment information, POZ
Personals, POZ Mentor and more. Smart + Strong is also the publisher of
AIDSmeds.com and Real Health, The Guide to Black Wellness. Real Health covers
health topics of interest to the African American community including
diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and HIV. For more information, log onto
SOURCE POZ Magazine