By Andrew DePietro, Contributor The entertainment world and the public in general received some astonishing news on Feb. 13, ...
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Whether it's bus advertisements providing information on where to get tested, in-school educational campaigns, or televised public service announcements advocating for safer sex, HIV won't go anywhere unless we all treat it like the monster that it is.
When actor Charlie Sheen appeared on the Today Show to reveal his positive HIV diagnosis, he shared the stage with his physician of four years: Dr. Ro...
I ask Charlie Sheen, and all those who may face these health challenges, to not be dismissive of their conditions and seek real help from real professionals. We live in a culture where each person's words and perceptions have great impact; and since every one in four Americans has a brain health condition, imagine what could happen if we started treating a quarter of our population with the dignity, respect, and care they deserve.
People are already interested in reading about and watching celebrities. Using their life experiences and health journeys as an expository case study not only is stealth public health education. Charlie Sheen did a good thing and has given us a platform. Let's use it.
The massive ego of the celebrity is a kind of deformity. You might call it a malignant ego to the extent that it's like a virulent cancer, constantly...
It seems like sexuality is the one field with more of an ideological divide than politics. This year there is greater tolerance than ever to the many sexuality identifications and definitions. At the same time, there are many movements that promote failing programs and invisible walls of discrimination.
Christopher Johnson of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation joined us in studio for The Mo'Kelly Show on KFI AM640 to set the record straight as to realities of HIV infection, with respect to the assertion by Charlie Sheen that it was "impossible" that he might have infected any of his sexual partners since knowing his status.
Twitter polls have become all the rage and I am continuing to take full advantage of them by fully engaging the public on both current events and some of the greater dilemmas of our time.
Have you ever looked at your life and realized that you are, in one way or another, just a statistic? Growing up as a Black gay man in America, you are inundated with statistics about who you are.
You couldn't miss the headline: Charlie Sheen is HIV positive. Networks scrambled to cover the news that he had a virus that could someday, maybe or m...
Telling the world you are HIV positive can't be easy. Especially if you're Charlie Sheen. That's why it wasn't surprising to me that Sheen seemed extremely nervous during his interview a couple days ago with Matt Lauer on Today.
Claiming that Sheen, Hollywood's notorious bad boy, contracted the virus because of sex with many partners only confirms stereotypes about the epidemic that began over three decades ago.
To the internet: Nobody deserves HIV. Nobody deserves feeling stigmatized. And if you participated in this parade of stigma -- shame on you, a-holes!
If this is what it is like in 2015 to come out of the closet as living with HIV, and this is the best we can expect from the Internet, I question why many don't understand if HIV stigma still exists. To the Internet: Nobody deserves HIV. Nobody deserves feeling stigmatized.