Regan Hofmann Tapped As New Editor in Chief of POZ Magazine

- Columnist Is Anonymous No More -

Mar 13, 2006, 00:00 ET from POZ Magazine

    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
 its kind.
     "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.
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