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Aids Epidemic

30 Years in the Fight Against AIDS

Richard Besser, M.D. | Posted 07.30.2013 | Impact
Richard Besser, M.D.

On Friday, I have the honor of moderating an incredible panel discussion on the progress that has been made to understand AIDS, how that was accomplished, and what it will take to finally end the AIDS epidemic.

Is This My Beautiful Life?

Peter Staley | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Peter Staley

Many of us AIDS-generation survivors in some way have unprocessed grief, or guilt, or an overwhelming sense of abandonment from a gay community that turned its back on us and increasingly stigmatizes us, all in an attempt to pretend that AIDS isn't its problem anymore.

The Song Of The Unlikely Survivor / My Beautiful Life

Robert Levithan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Robert Levithan

Recently I attended a forum titled "Is This My Beautiful Life?" It focused on the veterans of the front lines of AIDS: activists and survivors. Like veterans of Vietnam and Iraq, many have not fully recovered. I seem to have. However, there's a deep grief that fills my heart.

The First AIDS Generation: Grappling With Why We're Alive And What It Means

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

All of us who were in the trenches of the AIDS war are today dealing with the grief and the survivor guilt. Many are grappling with deeper scars and something akin to post-traumatic stress. But unlike for veterans of other wars, there isn't any built-in support system for us.

How I Survived A Plague

Kergan Edwards-Stout | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kergan Edwards-Stout

I survived a plague. Acquaintances, friends, co-workers and lovers dead. A myriad of others infected. Who could have foreseen the years of public apathy and private sorrow? Somehow, though, I stand here today having survived the AIDS epidemic, and I still marvel at how.

In The Days Before 'Test And Treat'

Perry N. Halkitis, Ph.D., M.P.H. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Perry N. Halkitis, Ph.D., M.P.H.

In my upcoming book, The AIDS Generation, I share the life stories of 15 remarkable gay men who bravely navigated the pioneering days of the AIDS epidemic, a time when many of us had very limited understandings of the disease and few viable options for fighting the virus.

A Call for History Makers

Endalkachew Demmisse | Posted 06.18.2013 | Impact
Endalkachew Demmisse

This is my call -- from a poor nation to history makers -- to be the generation who can change the course of history. Let's march mercilessly against TB, HIV and malaria. In an age of vaccines, antibiotics and dramatic scientific progress, these diseases can be brought under control.

Shocking Study Shows Trans Women 49 Times More Likely To Have HIV

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Transgender women were 49 times more likely to have HIV compared to a reference population, according to a new study on transgender women and HIV. ...

Jesus Lives!

Rick Hamlin | Posted 06.01.2013 | Religion
Rick Hamlin

When I hear that phase I'm more likely to think of a service that wasn't on Easter, a funeral for a guy who died too young and had insisted that no matter when death came, we were to sing "Jesus lives!"

Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson

Cookie Johnson: 'You Can Live A Normal Life With HIV'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 03.09.2013 | Black Voices

In just another ten years, Cookie Johnson's life as an HIV-awareness advocate would have outpaced, her humble upbringing in Detroit, her stint as a de...

What We Talk About When We Talk About AIDS

Andrew Miller | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Andrew Miller

In med school, future physicians are trained to look for the prosaic horse -- not the exotic zebra -- when making diagnoses. So I've been told, variously, that I'm a migraineur, a hypochondriac, a schizophrenic. But I'm none of those: I'm a zebra.

The Coming Epidemic: Is HIV Really What Killed Spencer Cox?

Andrew Miller | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Andrew Miller

Those of us who tackled the AIDS epidemic head-on are facing a new plague -- the one that likely killed Spencer Cox. As yet unnamed, it manifests in aimlessness, depression, broken relationships, substance abuse, unsafe sex and suicide.

Was Ed Koch Gay? LGBT Community Weighs In On Late NYC Mayor's Sexuality And Legacy

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

New York City's ever-colorful, and ever-single former mayor died Friday at the age of 88. Ed Koch will be remembered for many things -- namely his fin...

Offering Care On The Battlefield Of The HIV/AIDS Epidemic: An Interview With Designer Michael Bastian

Marjorie Hill, Ph.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Marjorie Hill, Ph.D.

Recently I sat down with designer Michael Bastian, who received this year's Style Vault Award from my organization, Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC), for his generous support and for his exemplary talent in the fashion industry.

Who Are Our Angels In The Epidemic?

Janet Weinberg | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Janet Weinberg

On Saturday, Dec. 8, we bore witness to our "angels in America" -- our continuum of GMHC families. First stop: the Harlem Children's Zone, the location of the annual holiday party for families that GMHC works with who are living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.

Brotherly Love, AIDS and the Quest for a Miracle

Rob Watson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rob Watson

Often the love between gay men is not romantic or sexual but the love of brothers. I have had that many times, and in one case in particular, it was with a man I consider my my spiritual and emotional twin.

On World AIDS Day, We Look to the Future

Sen. Chris Coons | Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics
Sen. Chris Coons

Scientific advances and their successful implementation -- as well as the leadership of the United States -- have brought us to the brink of an AIDS-free generation. The last 10 years have seen tremendous progress and millions of lives saved -- and we can't stop fighting now.

Can Ukraine Lead the Fight Against HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia?

Michel D. Kazatchkine | Posted 01.31.2013 | Healthy Living
Michel D. Kazatchkine

A rounded Ukrainian success story would bring hope to hundreds of thousands of people infected with HIV in neighboring countries, where progress remains far too slow.

It's World AIDS Day... Does Anyone Care?

Kergan Edwards-Stout | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kergan Edwards-Stout

As we observe World AIDS Day, I find it perplexing that few seem willing to embrace or even mention the epidemic that so greatly affected and altered the LGBT community. What is it about that era that frightens us so?

World AIDS Day Facts, Ways To Help

Posted 12.01.2012 | Impact

World AIDS Day, held each year to commemorate the millions of lives affected by the AIDS epidemic, has a new mission: “Getting to Zero” by 2015. ...

Toward an AIDS-Free Generation

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

World AIDS Day is important, as it reminds the public and governments around the world that HIV/AIDS has not been eradicated -- there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.

The 25th Anniversary of World AIDS Day: How Water Filters and Bed Nets Can Help Fight HIV

Michael Seo | Posted 01.30.2013 | Impact
Michael Seo

Beyond a discussion of cost savings and cost effectiveness, the real purpose behind World AIDS Day is saving human lives. The fight against HIV is far from over, but we can observe this World AIDS Day with optimism.

HIV: The War Still Rages

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Charles Karel Bouley

AIDS is still here. It still kills. It is no fun to live with it, and you don't want it. It is not a way off the streets, and it's not worth one night of really hot bareback sex because condoms turn him off. There's not one bit of sex with anyone that's worth the lifetime of complexity that is AIDS.

'Queerskins': A New Multimedia Novel That Looks At The Beginning Of The AIDS Epidemic

Illya Szilak | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Illya Szilak

Queerskins tells the story of a young gay physician from a rural Missouri Catholic family who dies of AIDS at the start of the epidemic. The novel begins with Mrs. Adler's discovery of her estranged son Sebastian's diaries, through which users piece together the life of the man who has died.

AIDS in Africa and Black America

Kwei Quartey | Posted 12.13.2012 | World
Kwei Quartey

Thirty years ago, the CDC reported the first cases of HIV/AIDS in the U.S. Initially thought to be a disease of gay white men, AIDS is now a global epidemic. Thirty-three million people worldwide were living with AIDS in 2010, with sub-Saharan Africa bearing the brunt.