T.J. Miller

T.J. Miller

T.J. Miller was diagnosed with HIV in early 1993, an event which he describes as one of the greatest gifts that life has ever given to him, because it forced him to re-evaluate his life and make positive, life affirming changes.  Born in the Albany, N.Y. area, T.J. has been involved in health care since his late teens when he went to work with his local ambulance service. He then went on to become an instructor for the American Red Cross, twice being named instructor of the year by his students and peers.  T.J. holds a bachelors degree in nursing from the SUNY Empire State College and a masters degree in nursing education from The Ohio State University and has worked in health care for over 30 years. Early on in the AIDS crisis, T.J. worked in 2 of the busiest dedicated inpatient AIDS Treatment Centers in N.Y. State, one of which covered a 25 county referral territory from the Canadian border with NY to just south of Kingston N.Y.  He also worked at St. Vincent’s Hospital in NYC in their AIDS care inpatient unit.  TJ has continued his work with AIDS services organizations all over the country while working as a travelling nurse providing staffing solutions and nursing education.

In his free time, T.J. loves to play piano/keyboards, is an avid cook, loves to remodel old homes, garden and enjoys travelling to new places. He currently lives in Columbus, Ohio 

T.J. can be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/tj.miller.165

Why your best partner on your HIV health care team is your HIV specialty pharmacist

published: November, 08, 2017 Written by // T.J. Miller Categories // Social Media, T.J. Miller, Health, International , Living with HIV, Media

T.J. Miller reports on two studies that explore the patient-pharmacist relationship.

Why your best partner on your HIV health care team is your HIV specialty pharmacist

Many of us who are HIV-positive focus on finding the perfect doctor; someone that we feel comfortable with, form a good working relationship with and develop a sense of trust with over time. Butr how many patients have taken the time to develop that same relationship with their HIV pharmacist? A new study out of Michigan along with several other studies have found that the pharmacist-patient relationship might just be the most important relationship within the healthcare chain, even more impo

An open letter to Dr.. Elizabeth M. Clark (Price), M.D.

published: October, 23, 2017 Written by // T.J. Miller Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, T.J. Miller, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Youth, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Women, Sexual Health, Health, International , Legal, Treatment, Media

T.J. Miller invites Dr. Elizabeth M. Clark to an open dialogue to bring her (and Georgia) up to speed on HIV.

An open letter to Dr.. Elizabeth M. Clark (Price), M.D.

Dr. Clark, I choose to address you using this name, as this is the name that you are licensed under by the State of Georgia in the United States of America under the auspices of the Composite State Board of Medical Examiners under medical license #024915 first issued on June 14, 1983 which expires on August 31, 2019. Besides being a board certified Anesthesiologist who trained at McGill University (Class of 1980) in Montreal, Quebec Canada, you also are a Georgia State Legislator from their 4

U = U: how well is the message getting through to people living with HIV and their doctors?

published: August, 23, 2017 Written by // T.J. Miller Categories // Social Media, featured, Activism, As Prevention , T.J. Miller, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media

To help answer that question, T.J. Miller initiated a survey of HIV peers and physicians. Here are the results.

U = U: how well is the message getting through to people living with HIV and their doctors?

About two months ago, in anticipation of the upcoming International AIDS Society Conference in Paris, France, along with the United States Conference on AIDS in Washington, DC I decided to attempt a poll of both HIV-positive individuals and healthcare providers who treat HIV-positive clients. The topic of this poll was Undetectable Equals Untransmittable (U=U). In order to reach HIV-positive survey participants, I submitted posts for participants on Facebook to several HIV based groups. Thes

Condoms: isn’t it about time that the government and health care providers were honest with us so that we can make informed choices about our bodies? – correction/retraction

published: August, 10, 2017 Written by // T.J. Miller Categories // Social Media, T.J. Miller, Research, Health, International , Media, Opinion Pieces

T.J. Miller offers a correction and an apology.

Condoms: isn’t it about time that the government and health care providers were honest with us so that we can make informed choices about our bodies? – correction/retraction

A few days after PositiveLite.com published the above-named article by T.J. Miller, a reader pointed out flaws in the author’s research and made it plain that we’d presented some bad information. PositiveLite.com has a strong commitment to accuracy and so we pulled the article right away, pending a review of the available data. We apologize to our readers for our error but will add that we look forward to presenting T. J. Miller’s article once such a review has been made, taking into ac

We've got the tools right now. Let's end the HIV epidemic.

published: July, 10, 2017 Written by // T.J. Miller Categories // Social Media, Aging, Activism, T.J. Miller, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

"I was on the front lines of the battle in the early days, and I still am on the battle lines today as an advocate." PositiveLite.com welcomes longtime health care provider and HIV advocate T. J. Miller.

We've got the tools right now. Let's end the HIV epidemic.

This was the first article that appeared in the New York Times, that told us about the devastation, the Hell that was to come. 35 years later, while we have treatments, preventative medications (PrEP) and now concrete scientific evidence that persons with HIV who have an undetectable viral load for six months or greater are unable to transmit the virus to sexual partners (Undetectable=Untransmittable/Treatment as Prevention or TasP) we are still suffering with stigma, arguing over funding, de