POZ (magazine)

POZ is a 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.

POZ #185, January/February 2013 cover featuring AIDS educators Nathaniel and Linda Scruggs
Editor-in-chiefOriol R. Gutierrez Jr.
Former editorsSean O'Brien Strub (Founder and Advisory Editor), Regan Hofmann
CategoriesNews magazine
Frequency8x a year
PublisherSusan Levey (Vice President, Sales/Publisher)
Year founded1994
CompanySmart + Strong
CountryUnited States
Based inNew York City, New York

History and profile

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; Hep, a website for hepatitis information, and Cancer Health, a website for cancer 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. Diane Anderson is vice president of integrated sales. She joined POZ in 2018.

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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