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Ebola vs. AIDS, Obama vs. Reagan

Peter Staley | Posted 10.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Peter Staley

Compare and contrast: Ebola vs. AIDS, Obama vs. Reagan. Anyone who continues to defend President Reagan's response to AIDS is ignoring a history of gross negligence compared with the response to other disease outbreaks in the U.S.

PrEP'd and Ready

Michael LaMasa | Posted 08.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael LaMasa

PrEP has magnificent potential to prevent infection. It has the potential to provide many with a chance at a more comfortable life, but I would encourage the gay population to be responsible and remember that none of us are invincible, no matter what powers we think we possess.

Kissing Doesn't Kill

Matthew Ebert | Posted 09.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Ebert

Face facts, Truvada will be in everyone's bloodstream in about 15 minutes, so why argue over it? On two fronts we can assault this virus -- the POZ and the NEG, the dirty and the clean. Can we cut the crap and get in one line?

President Of The Black AIDS Institute: Gay Men In New York Did Not And Do Not Matter

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 05.29.2014 | Gay Voices

The recent release of the much-anticipated film "The Normal Heart," which follows a gay activist trying to raise awareness in the early years of the A...

Southern Indiana, AIDS and 'The Normal Heart'

J. Patrick Redmond | Posted 07.28.2014 | Gay Voices
J. Patrick Redmond

I don't know why I'm HIV negative while my friends and a few former lovers are not. I simply don't know. The Normal Heart doesn't answer the kinds of questions I'm asking. It does however, for me, reveal the randomness, the chance of life.

The War on AIDS Is Not Over

William Lynch III | Posted 07.05.2014 | Impact
William Lynch III

The AIDS epidemic in America is still far too real. And the risk factors have taken on a new face: race and poverty.

Our Gay Dystopia

Robert Monteleone | Posted 07.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Robert Monteleone

Sex became scary -- reading the obituaries in the newspaper even scarier. As I aged, I trained myself to hold on to relationships like life rafts. At least they floated, while others around me were sinking.

21-Year-Old 'Humiliated' To Be Kicked Out Of Basketball Game Because Of HIV-Status

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 04.17.2014 | Impact

Dakota Basinger was in the middle of a basketball game Sunday -- just a few minutes into the second half -- when the ref blew a whistle. The official...

The AIDS Walk/Run: Learning How to Run

William Dameron | Posted 06.15.2014 | Gay Voices
William Dameron

I would like to say that when I signed up for the Southern Maine AIDS 5k Run/Walk it was a noble, well thought out decision, but truthfully, it was more cavalier.

An Evolved Opinion on Truvada

David Duran | Posted 05.27.2014 | Gay Voices
David Duran

It's 2014, and as opinions on a variety of subjects change and evolve, I'm not ashamed to say that I might have come off a bit conservative in my thoughts regarding how PrEP is used.

12 Beautiful Photos Of San Francisco's Gay Community In The 1980s

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 03.10.2014 | Arts

Thomas Alleman moved from Michigan to San Francisco in 1985, hoping to become a newspaper photojournalist. But Alleman was soon put off by the notion ...

Bridging the Gay Generation Gap

Charlie Ferrusi | Posted 08.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Charlie Ferrusi

Together we must open our minds, bridge the intergenerational gap, and for God's sake, please put down the finger.

Mike Alvear, Why Are Some HIV-Negative Guys Writing About HIV When They Have No Clue?

Matthew Ebert | Posted 03.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Ebert

Who are you to call me a victim? Ever hear of the Denver Principles? In the early 1980s, a group defining themselves as the People With AIDS Caucus rejected the word "victim," and HIV-positive people still do. I am not a victim, nor is my virus a burden to me any more than it is to you.

Support H.R. 1843: REPEAL HIV Discrimination Act

Matthew Ebert | Posted 03.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Ebert

A person diagnosed with a chronic, treatable medical condition should not be ruled by a different set of criminal laws.

Local Faith Leaders Can End the AIDS Crisis

David Barstow | Posted 02.15.2014 | Religion
David Barstow

In 2011, about 1.7 million people died from AIDS-related diseases, but 2.5 million people became infected by HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, a net increase of 800,000 people living with HIV.

Stop Bludgeoning Young Gay Men With Our AIDS Tragedy

Mark S. King | Posted 02.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Mark S. King

Lesley was my closest friend to become sick in the 1980s, and he fought bravely until his death from AIDS. I will not dig up Lesley's body and beat young gay men with his corpse. Lesley did not perish so that I could use him as a scare tactic. He wasn't a cautionary tale. He wasn't a martyr.

The Beautiful Sadness of Dallas Buyers Club

Mark S. King | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Mark S. King

A river of infected blood runs through Dallas Buyers Club. So too do bruises that won't heal and purple skin lesions and flakes of dry, reddened skin. And that's kind of beautiful. Because that's what AIDS looked like in 1985. I had never seen AIDS shown this way in a film.

WATCH: A Look Into The Queer Life Of Margaret Cho

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.19.2013 | Gay Voices

Comedian and queer icon Margaret Cho sat down with MAKERS this week for a revealing new interview in which she discusses, among other things, her expe...

Not Buying Dallas Buyers Club

Patrick Mulcahey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Patrick Mulcahey

Critics have showered Dallas Buyers Club with praise, which is good news for Focus Features and Matthew McConaughey, whose outsized performance swings for the fences. But it's bad news for LGBT history and the history of AIDS activism.

Dear Mr. President, Please Stop Wasting HIV Prevention Funding and Start Saving Our Lives

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
John-Manuel Andriote

There you have it, on the record: the federal government's own top HIV prevention official, a gay man himself, admitting that homophobia at the highest levels of the U.S. government keeps gay and bisexual men from getting the targeted HIV prevention interventions they need.

The Timeless Virtue of The Normal Heart

David Ernesto Munar | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
David Ernesto Munar

The drama chronicles the dawning of AIDS activism in the wake of unconscionable political and institutional neglect. Timeless and poignant, the play's call to action is as relevant now as it was when the play debuted in 1985.

Can There Be a Fourth Great Wave of AIDS Activism?

Raymond A. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Raymond A. Smith, Ph.D.

The major new opportunity that has arisen recently has been encapsulated in the term "treatment as prevention." Powerful new evidence has emerged that antiretrovirals not only can preserve the lives and the health of people with HIV but can significantly reduce the odds of new transmissions.

Surviving a Death Sentence

Adrian Brooks | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Adrian Brooks

We went in for our test results together. It was May 1985. Still, after three years of reluctant monogamy enforced by the dread of a sex-borne plague stalking San Francisco, I feared for my lover of seven years. Christopher was younger and had been far wilder.

When We Were the Needle, When We Were the Thread: Friendship, Revolution, and HIV

Charles Stephens | Posted 11.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Charles Stephens

When I learned of Keiron's death, I made the round of calls, dutifully and with dread, to inform our friends. If you're lucky, you never become skilled at telling people that your mutual friend has died. A few days later we were all assembled at Keiron's memorial service.

The HIV Generation Gap

Tyler Curry | Posted 11.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Tyler Curry

Just like in any battle, some of the long-term survivors of HIV can sometimes hold a bit of resentment toward those who avoided the worst part of the fight. And this sentiment is quite understandable. The early days of HIV are comparable to very few other epidemics in modern history.