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Offline Tim Horn

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Moving On
« on: October 24, 2012, 08:51:51 AM »
Thereís never an easy way to say this, so Iíll just come out with it: The time has come for me to part ways with Smart + Strong. This Friday, October 26, will be my last day as the president and editor-in-chief of AIDSmeds.

The good news is that Iíll be moving on to a position Iím very excited about. Beginning November 1, I will be joining the Treatment Action Group (TAG) as its HIV project director. There Iíll be working on a variety of projects, including the coordination of its advocacy for antiretroviral drug development and health complications research. Iíll also be contributing to the organizationís amazing pathogenesis/cure, viral hepatitis and tuberculosis advocacy and education projects, in addition to advocacy efforts surrounding the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Iím happy to answer whatever questions I can about my departure. And Iím sure Ian Anderson, Smart + Strongís president, will be along later today to discuss what this means in the broader context.

Iíve been assured that the Forums will continue running smoothly. Ian will be the new Forums director. So not only will he be helping moderate the Forumsóheíll be focusing primarily on maintenance, such as account approvals, thread merges and technical assistanceóheíll also be the person youíll hear from if changes are planned.

In my absence, POZ editor-in-chief Oriol Gutierrez, managing editor Jennifer Morton and new editor-at-large Ben Ryan will ensure that HIV treatment/science news is published regularly and that the ďlessonsĒ content is updated as needed.

Ann and Andy will be carrying on as global moderators in the Forums. In addition to Ian, theyíll be joined by Smart + Strong staffer Dennis Daniel, who will also be helping with daily maintenance.

Itís been an amazing run and the past 13 years have afforded me the opportunity to accomplish numerous treatment education and health literacy goals in collaboration with some truly amazing people, including many folks in these Forums.  And while I havenít been a regular presence in the Forums  over the past few years, I take pride in having done everything possible to keep the Forums running smoothly and in accordance with their mission: to provide a space for people living with HIV to get the support they need.

Iíll be honest Ė being the ďheavyĒ in these Forums hasnít come easy, considering that I very much consider these forums my peer group. Thus, Iíve sometimes struggled with the fact that they are a part of a larger business strategy. But I also know that Ian and others at Smart + Strong see these forums for what they really are. Iím also glad to know that they are committed to keeping the Forums fully functional and that communication regarding their future direction will remain a two-way street.     

While Iíll no longer be a moderator or administrator of the Forums after the 26th, my account will remain active, so you can always reach me via the forumsí PM function. And once Iím settled into my new position at TAG, Iíd enjoy becoming an actual member of these Forums Ė itís a good thing, then, that Iíve remained on Annís good side all these years.

Hard to believe that after more than a decade and hundreds of thousands of words written, edited and revised, AIDSmeds will no longer be my virtual home.  But I have confidence that everyone at Smart + Strong will do right by the site and its various components going forward.

Tim Horn
« Last Edit: October 24, 2012, 08:54:54 AM by Tim Horn »

Offline Peter Staley

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Re: Moving On
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2012, 09:06:43 AM »
I love you, Tim Horn! While this is a sad day for AIDSmeds.com, I'm thrilled that you're joining the TAG Team, my alma mater. It's a perfect pairing, and will let you spread your advocacy wings.

Long live these forums!!



Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: Moving On
« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2012, 09:08:08 AM »
Best of luck in your new position, Tim, and thanks for the work you did here for years. TAG is lucky to have you on board!
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Offline bmancanfly

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Re: Moving On
« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2012, 09:11:50 AM »
Thanks for all that you have done here,  and best of luck in you new position.
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Re: Moving On
« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2012, 09:16:35 AM »
I'm wishing you the best of luck and would like you to know that the forum and what you did here had a positive impact on my life , thank you for that . 
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Offline iana5252

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Re: Moving On
« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2012, 09:30:19 AM »
I huge THANK YOU to Tim for his tremendous leadership over the years. Also a big congratulations on the exciting new position you are undertaking. TAG is lucky to have you.

As Tim said, we plan to continue the Forums with Ann and Andy as the primary moderators. I look forward to getting to know everyone in the days ahead.

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Offline WillyWump

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Re: Moving On
« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2012, 10:18:27 AM »
I'm shocked and saddened, but happy for you and the new opportunities that await you at TAG. I've always felt secure here with you at the helm, and I thank you for your hard work here and for the many times you "went to bat" for us over the years.

Best of luck to you Tim and please keep in touch with us.

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Re: Moving On
« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2012, 10:27:37 AM »

  Congratulations on your new opportunities with TAG.  I wish you well...
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Offline wolfter

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Re: Moving On
« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2012, 11:07:01 AM »
Thanks for all you've done Tim.  It was great meeting you in DC and hopefully you can join us for the next AMG.  Best of luck with your new ventures.

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Offline Andy Velez

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Re: Moving On
« Reply #9 on: October 24, 2012, 11:35:39 AM »
Tim, working with you has always been a joy.

You can move but you cannot get away. No, you can't.

Lots of love and all the best as you enrich the great work that TAG does.


Andy Velez

Offline emeraldize

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Re: Moving On
« Reply #10 on: October 24, 2012, 11:41:18 AM »
I'm sure it's been said before but

TAG -- you're it!

TAG is lucky, we've been lucky, and you're still gonna have an account at Club AIDSMeds.

You'll bring so much to that role, Tim -- the entirety of our community will benefit.

Thank you and best wishes.

Offline RAB

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Re: Moving On
« Reply #11 on: October 24, 2012, 11:41:36 AM »

I adore, admire, and respect you for so many reasons.  I always have and I always will.

Beyond that all I can say is this place will never be the same without you and good luck on your new opportunity.


Offline Cliff

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Re: Moving On
« Reply #12 on: October 24, 2012, 12:30:45 PM »
Onwards and upwards Tim.

Offline Jody

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Re: Moving On
« Reply #13 on: October 24, 2012, 12:57:12 PM »
Dearest Tim, you will be missed so much around here, your care and genuine concern about getting things right was always so obvious.  You always showed great passion for what you do and I know that TAG will be getting the very best person for their organization and congratulations on that.  I do hope to see you around these forums and maybe some of us in the New York area can get together to take you to dinner to celebrate your new role. 

Good luck Tim and never say goodbye, only so long.

Jody :)
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Offline phildinftlaudy

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Re: Moving On
« Reply #14 on: October 24, 2012, 01:29:29 PM »

I am so very happy for you. TAG is a great organization and they have just gained an amazing person who will be an invaluable asset to their team.

They have some great people over there and that number just grew by one....

We have been very fortunate to have had you here to guide us for this long....

I am sure that the Forums will remain strong and a place of immeasurable support for those here and those to come because of the foundation that you helped to build for them.

As Howard Schultz of Starbucks says... "Onward"

I look forward to staying in touch and to seeing the great work you will be doing at TAG.

The very best to you,
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10/08  636    35  510   9/09 473  38 2900  12/4/09 Atripla
12/09  540    30    60   
12/10  740    41  <48   
8/11    667    36  <20  
03/12  1,041  42  <20
05/12  1,241  47  <20
08/12   780    37  <20
11/12   549    35  <20
02/12  1,102  42  <20
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Offline Raf

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Re: Moving On
« Reply #15 on: October 24, 2012, 01:40:43 PM »
Good luck in the future tim!
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Offline britchick

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Re: Moving On
« Reply #16 on: October 24, 2012, 02:27:19 PM »
Good luck with your new job.Thankyou for all the hard work that you and others do.I would still be in a really dark place if I hadn't found this site.It has helped me so much.

Please let us know how your new job goes.


Offline Robert

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Re: Moving On
« Reply #17 on: October 24, 2012, 03:23:48 PM »

you and peter came along at a very important time in my life.  Thanks so much for that.


Offline tednlou2

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Re: Moving On
« Reply #18 on: October 24, 2012, 03:37:20 PM »
All the best in your new position.  I will miss the articles you write.  I've always admired your knowledge and intellect.  You're able to decipher studies and break them down, so the average person could understand the meaning and findings.  That helps so much for those of us who have difficulty reading studies.

Good luck!

Offline buginme2

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Re: Moving On
« Reply #19 on: October 24, 2012, 03:45:09 PM »
All the best in your new position.  I will miss the articles you write.  I've always admired your knowledge and intellect.  You're able to decipher studies and break them down, so the average person could understand the meaning and findings.  That helps so much for those of us who have difficulty reading studies.

Agreed!  Thanks for your work here.  Good luck
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Offline BT65

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Re: Moving On
« Reply #20 on: October 24, 2012, 05:20:33 PM »
Tim, I sincerely appreciate everything you've done with and for these forums.  They've been a great space of support.  Best of luck at TAG, they're very fortunate!

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Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Moving On
« Reply #21 on: October 24, 2012, 06:30:38 PM »
Hello Tim,

It was too bad that I couldn't have made it a day sooner to Washington DC, during the AMG this year. It would have been a great pleasure to have met you.

When I joined Aidsmeds in 2003, I was in bad shape, and the forums certainly helped me pull through, and placed me back into survival mode !

Almost 9 years ago, you had given me some advice/ and answered questions that I had, While going through difficult and trying times, And I appreciated every bit of it. I always looked forward to you postings. ( and still do)

And like Ted, I also enjoy reading, and look forward to the articles you have written.

Good luck to you in your future endeavors, and thank you for all you've done, for the forums and for activism.

Your time and dedication, and  has never gone unnoticed. Thankyou !

All the Best---Ray
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 As of 9/16/16,  t-cells are at 501,   Viral load remains <40

Current % is at 12%

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Offline anniebc

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Re: Moving On
« Reply #22 on: October 24, 2012, 06:51:01 PM »
Dearest Tim

I wish you every sucess in your new adventure, I know they have a good man on their team, one of the best in fact.

Take care, you deserve the best life has to offer.

Hugs always
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Offline OneTampa

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Re: Moving On
« Reply #23 on: October 24, 2012, 10:29:36 PM »
Congratubulations Tim!

All the best to you.

Take care.
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Re: Moving On
« Reply #24 on: October 24, 2012, 11:18:38 PM »

I can only echo what everyone here has said already.  Much success to you in your new endeavor and thanks for giving us a place to come together in camaraderie.
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Offline GSOgymrat

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Re: Moving On
« Reply #25 on: October 25, 2012, 12:41:11 AM »
Thanks for all your hard work on this site and behind the scenes. I wish you great success in your new job.


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Re: Moving On
« Reply #26 on: October 25, 2012, 12:42:48 AM »
Thank you for your hard work and efforts on this site, Tim. Wish you all the best for your future endeavours.
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Re: Moving On
« Reply #27 on: October 25, 2012, 12:48:53 AM »
i has a sad.

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Re: Moving On
« Reply #28 on: October 25, 2012, 07:42:58 AM »
Best of luck Tim.  Thanks for all your hard work for these forums over the years. 

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Offline WillyWump

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Re: Moving On
« Reply #29 on: October 25, 2012, 10:54:07 AM »
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Offline Tim Horn

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Re: Moving On
« Reply #30 on: October 25, 2012, 12:39:00 PM »
Thanks very much, everyone.

Wishing everyone the best and continued health.


Offline joemutt

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Re: Moving On
« Reply #31 on: October 31, 2012, 12:05:30 AM »
Thank you and Good Luck!

Offline aztecan

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Re: Moving On
« Reply #32 on: October 31, 2012, 10:30:00 AM »
I am late to the game, as usual.

Tim, congratulations on your new position. I know you will be an asset to them and to the entire HIV community, as you have been here.

I will miss your being here and have always enjoyed your inciteful reporting of HIV news, etc.

Blessed Be, young man.


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Re: Moving On
« Reply #33 on: October 31, 2012, 12:55:58 PM »
you're not the only late one Mark. I just saw this myself. ::)

Congratulations and best wishes Tim! What a great opportunity! I'm sure you'll love it and do great  ;)
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Offline RapidRod

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Re: Moving On
« Reply #34 on: October 31, 2012, 05:32:28 PM »
Tim, good luck in your new endeavors, it's been real guy, take care.


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Re: Moving On
« Reply #35 on: November 07, 2012, 12:52:14 PM »
I am REALLY REALLY late!   Best of luck to you Tim...

Thank you for all you have done for us at AIDSmeds.   You will be missed...

HUGS, Alan
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Re: Moving On
« Reply #36 on: November 07, 2012, 02:30:02 PM »

            Best of the best to you Tim !

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