POZ (magazine)

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POZ #185, January/February 2013 cover featuring AIDS educators Nathaniel and Linda Scruggs
Editor in Chief Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.
Former editors Sean O'Brien Strub (Founder and Advisory Editor), Regan Hofmann
Categories Newsmagazine
Frequency Monthly
Circulation 175,000[citation needed]
Publisher Megan Strub (Executive Vice President of Smart + Strong and Publisher)
First issue 1994
Company Smart + Strong
Country  United States
Based in New York City
Language English
Website www.POZ.com
ISSN 1075-5705

POZ is a monthly magazine that chronicles the lives of people affected by HIV/AIDS.[1] Its website, Poz.com, has daily HIV/AIDS news, treatment information, forums, blogs and personals.

The magazine was founded in 1994 [2] by Sean Strub, an HIV-positive and openly gay businessman and activist. Before launching POZ, Strub was involved with numerous social issues, including politics, environmentalism, civil rights, LGBT rights and HIV/AIDS. He is now executive director of the Sero Project, which focuses on ending inappropriate criminal prosecutions of people with HIV.[3]

POZ is published by Smart + Strong, which also publishes AIDSmeds.com, a website for HIV/AIDS treatment information; Real Health, a magazine and website for African-American health; Tu Salud, a magazine and website for Latino health; Sane, a website for mental wellness; and Hep, a website for hepatitis information.

In 2004, Strub sold Smart + Strong to CDM Publishing, LLC.[4] Jeremy Grayzel is CEO of CDM Publishing and Smart + Strong. He was president of VNU eMedia (now known as Nielsen Business Media). Ian Anderson is president of Smart + Strong. He was director of product development at VNU eMedia. Megan Strub is publisher and executive vice president of Smart + Strong. She was part of the launch of POZ in 1994.

In 2006, Regan Hofmann [5] became editor-in-chief of POZ. She was the writer of the magazine’s “Anonymous” column. Previously, Hofmann was editor-in-chief of New Jersey Life and founded Poets, Artists & Madmen. She is now a consultant focused on strategy, communications and change in the field of global health.[6]

In 2012, Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.[7] became editor-in-chief of POZ. He was deputy editor since 2008. Previously, Gutierrez was managing editor of DiversityInc, as well as cofounder, publisher and editor-in-chief of LGNY Latino.


  1. ^ Cassidy, William P. (2005). "Accent on the POZitive? AIDS Coverage in POZ, A Magazine for HIV-Positive Individuals". Atlantic Journal of Communication 13 (3): 169–182. doi:10.1207/s15456889ajc1303_3. ISSN 1545-6870. 
  2. ^ Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation,“Timeline of Major Media and Cultural Events in HIV and AIDS History – 1994”
  3. ^ Sero Project's Site, "What We Do"
  4. ^ POZ.com, POZ Staff Bios
  5. ^ Miller, Lia; “A Poz Columnist is Named Its Editor”; The New York Times; March 13, 2006
  6. ^ Regan Hofmann's Site, "About Regan"
  7. ^ POZ.com, "Oriol Gutierrez Named Editor-in-Chief of POZ"

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