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Dick Keiser Jr., Ph.D.
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Dick has a Ph.D. in biology and is a writer of over a dozen scientific papers. Married in a monogamous relationship for 27 years and the father of two great sons, he came out as a gay man at the age of 51. After 14 years of living openly and experiencing every facet of gay life in America, at age 65 he learned during routine testing that he was HIV-positive.

Dick is the author of Everything a Gay Man Needs to Know About HIV, Sex and Staying Healthy, a first-person testimonial relating his coming out late in life and the joy and relief of accepting his sexual orientation, the tumult and turmoil of negotiating life socially among other gay men, the physical and mental challenges of living with HIV, and navigating the complexities of the health care industry. This book is a direct, no-nonsense guide for living as a gay man today.

The tragedy is that we do not really have solid data to support all aspects of risk reduction, and with infection rates remaining steady at 50,000 a year for the past 12 years, the current approach is clearly not effective.

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Entries by Dick Keiser Jr., Ph.D.

Busted for Sex: Get tested... Or Get Prosecuted

(2) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 11:52 AM

Thirty-five states have HIV disclosure laws, in 29 it's a felony to expose someone to the virus.

In 2008, Nick Rhodes was sentenced to 25 years in prison for not disclosing his HIV status before having sex. Even though he and his partner...

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Putting HIV in Its Place (Part 2)

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 4:47 PM

Amazing people keep coming into my life as a result of my disclosure of my HIV status: a graduate school friend who lost a brother to AIDS; Wendell Potter, a nationally known health care advocate who was instrumental in connecting me with The Huffington Post; my public relations friend in...

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Putting HIV in Its Place (Part 1)

(1) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 8:58 PM

Close to 2 million individuals in the U.S. are living with HIV, out of a population of 310 million! Our segment continues to grow at 50,000 a year, minus the 18,000 who still succumb to the ravages of AIDS. We come from all walks of life: rich and poor, white...

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End HIV Now

(2) Comments | Posted September 21, 2013 | 12:02 AM

In this era of increasing LGBT rights, it is remarkable how little has been done to dispel myths about HIV-positive men, women, and children and eliminate the stigma that separates us from society.

This has mushroomed into fear, which manifests itself in unwillingness to get tested and a fear of...

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Do Condom Distribution Programs Actually Discourage Safe Sex?

(3) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 8:07 PM

Let's shift the responsibility for safe sex back to the individual. The present expectation that condoms and lube will be provided can give gay men an excuse not to practice safe sex. People can't count on those condoms being there or knowing where they are at the moment of need....

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Why I Blog About HIV

(4) Comments | Posted July 11, 2013 | 6:25 PM

I never expected to be writing blog posts on The Huffington Post. For that matter, 20 years ago I couldn't envision living openly as a gay man.

I feel that it is important to clarify what I am not! No federal agency, private health care group, or any gay organization...

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Is Unprotected Sex the New Normal?

(7) Comments | Posted June 27, 2013 | 4:30 PM

It was the 1960s. Both straight and gay people embraced the sexual revolution. The result? An explosion of STDs, and then, 30 years after it began, over 500,000 were dead. The HIV virus had appeared on the scene.

In this era of confusion and horror, gay men embraced whatever solutions...

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What Does It Mean to Be HIV-Positive Today?

(58) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 3:34 PM

Can we talk about HIV when health educators are out of touch with reality? Two recent articles graphically illustrated this, one in the Advocate and the other by a health educator.

The two articles present divergent views: One discusses the importance of openly discussing HIV status...

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