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Needle Exchanges Are Vital, But There's A Major Stigma Around Them. Here's Why.

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 03.27.2015 | Healthy Living

To combat an outbreak of new HIV transmissions linked to injectable prescription drug abuse, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence issued an executive order today a...

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Overrides State Law To Authorize Needle-Exchange Program

AP | RICK CALLAHAN | Posted 03.26.2015 | Healthy Living

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence overrode state law and his own anti-drug policies Thursday to authorize a short-term needle-exchange pro...

HIV Prevention on the Line: Time to Mobilize -- Again

Mitchell Warren | Posted 03.25.2015 | Impact
Mitchell Warren

In 2015, the International AIDS Society (IAS) will hold a conference in Vancouver, returning to the city for a large-scale meeting the first time since the 1996 AIDS Conference that heralded the beginning of the era of highly active antiretroviral treatment.

Raising the Youth Voice for the HIV Positive

Lebogang Keolebogile Maruapula | Posted 03.18.2015 | Impact
Lebogang Keolebogile Maruapula

I want to talk about L'Orangelis. A young HIV Positive woman from Puerto Rico. She tells me about her continued fight with living with HIV, the constant stigma, discrimination and the feeling of always being cast aside.

Living With HIV: My Untold Story

Vanessa Mills | Posted 03.16.2015 | Fifty
Vanessa Mills

When I heard the words, 'your results came back HIV positive,' it felt as if I got punched in the stomach and my best friend had died. It was 1991 and I was a nurse at a local hospital. I still had a lot of living ahead of me, but after hearing those words, I went through every human emotion.

From a Statistic to a Story: How Mentoring Can Change the Way We Talk About Women in Africa

Deborah Dugan | Posted 03.16.2015 | Impact
Deborah Dugan

Women have enormous potential to improve the economic future of Africa if they gain sustainable employment, and entrepreneurship offers a substantial opportunity for them to achieve greater economic stability.

Stepping out of the Shadows, Together for Women and Girls

Tina Tchen | Posted 03.10.2015 | Women
Tina Tchen

Today, the Office of National AIDS Policy, Office of the Vice President, and the White House Council on Women and Girls commemorate the 10th observance of National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

The HIV Test at 30: More Essential Than Ever

Dr. Jonathan Mermin | Posted 03.02.2015 | Impact
Dr. Jonathan Mermin

Compared with 30 years ago, people who test positive for HIV -- and their partners -- have many more options. And, the benefits of HIV testing have only increased.

Let's Have "The Talk": African Youth Are Not Shying Away From Sex

Barry Segal | Posted 02.17.2015 | Impact
Barry Segal

Sex education has typically been an extracurricular activity in Ugandan schools, and not part of the syllabus. This is often how rumors and myths spread among uninformed youth.

The Significance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Debra Y. Fraser-Howze | Posted 02.09.2015 | Black Voices
Debra Y. Fraser-Howze

Now in its 15th year, National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is meant to spark conversations within our community and promote education about the disease, but why? With observance days like National HIV Testing Day and World AIDS Day, why is it important to have a day dedicated to the Black population?

First Build Gay Men's Resilience; HIV Prevention Will Follow

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 03.24.2015 | Gay Voices
John-Manuel Andriote

A recently published study connects the dots between the disproportionate rate of mental health problems among gay and bisexual men and their equally disproportionate rate of HIV infection.

Elder Women As Agents Of Change

Savannah Russo | Posted 03.18.2015 | Impact
Savannah Russo

From handing out condoms on township streets, to encouraging neighbors, community leaders and friends to attend the meetings held at GAPA, these elder women are becoming the social fabric tying together their community in a band of resistance against HIV/AIDS.

Family Support Groups Foster Hope In Uganda

Savannah Russo | Posted 03.08.2015 | Impact
Savannah Russo

Annet Mbabazi is living with HIV, but her 18-month-old son, Pobruce, is HIV-free. I met the mother-baby pair at the health center in Ibanda District, in Southwestern Uganda, where Annet participates in a family support group.

Living With HIV for 32 Years

Angela Pretto | Posted 03.01.2015 | Impact
Angela Pretto

I lived so many years of my life feeling like a victim. I've had a hard life, and have been through lots of difficult things, including being infected with HIV more than 30 years ago. I hated the world. I was scared of it and I didn't trust many people.

Can Safer Sex Be Sexy? (VIDEO)

DaShawn Usher | Posted 02.17.2015 | Gay Voices
DaShawn Usher

Each video in Impulse Group NYC's Ask & Tell series showcases the candid responses of five New York City gay men to often-thought-about but rarely-voiced questions on topics ranging from sex and protection to health, stigma, HIV status and more.

Spike in Tiny Number of Gay Men on PrEP Abandoning Condoms Hardly Represents 'All' Gay Men

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 02.11.2015 | Gay Voices
John-Manuel Andriote

A Dec. 8 blog post in the San Francisco Business Times has sparked another furor over gay men using the HIV drug Truvada to prevent infection with the deadly virus. "San Francisco men shed condoms in favor of Gilead's HIV prevention pill," alleges the title of SFBT reporter Ron Leuty's opinion piece.

Why Gay Men Make Great Hosts

Matthew Terrell | Posted 02.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Matthew Terrell

As gay men have become more liberated--open about their sexuality and interested in exploring the extents of its expression--they have become increasingly at risk for infection.

How San Francisco Is Getting to Zero On HIV

Mehroz Baig | Posted 02.09.2015 | San Francisco
Mehroz Baig

San Francisco, once the epicenter of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, has since made great strides in reducing HIV transmission and implementing prevention policies. On this year's World AIDS Day, San Francisco's Getting to Zero Coalition unveiled a draft strategic plan.

PEPFAR, Nike Foundation and Gates Foundation Partnership Restores Hope for an AIDS-free Future for Girls

Amb. Deborah L. Birx, M.D. | Posted 02.08.2015 | Impact
Amb. Deborah L. Birx, M.D.

No girl anywhere dreams of living with HIV. It's time we come together to prevent HIV and accelerate our efforts to achieve an AIDS-free generation -- and enable girls everywhere to live their dreams.

Boil the Water

Zeke Stokes | Posted 02.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Zeke Stokes

I grew up in an age in which contracting HIV was tantamount to a death sentence. Thankfully, that's no longer the case. But it's no longer the case so long as someone is tested, diagnosed, and receives a continuum of treatment. In the U.S., we are currently missing the mark by a mile.

Generations of HIV

Alex Garner | Posted 02.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Alex Garner

Each generation of gay men has the distinct experience of being uniquely impacted by HIV. One of the best-understood and often explored generational experiences of HIV is the early years -- a time when the disease violently and unexpectedly emerged in the community.

26th World AIDS Day: Get in There, Do Something, Change Things

Eric Paul Leue | Posted 02.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Eric Paul Leue

While a few still wage a lonely and wasteful fight against science and progress itself, it is time to acknowledge that we finally have the opportunity to move on from a monotonous, one-way conversation and use our new tools as catalysts for serious and much-needed change.

Zachary Who? Ken Mayer Boldly Goes Beyond Hype in the Age of PrEP

Mike Mennonno | Posted 02.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Mike Mennonno

World AIDS Day is a good day to remember not only those we've lost, but those working hard to eradicate the disease for future generations.

The Biggest HIV/AIDS Research Breakthroughs Of 2014

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 12.05.2014 | Healthy Living

There’s a lot to be optimistic about in the global fight against HIV and AIDS. By the end of 2013, 12.9 million people were taking life-saving anti-...

Fifty Cents A Father

Tin Tin Sint | Posted 01.31.2015 | Impact
Tin Tin Sint

In Malawi, 40,000 babies are born with HIV every year. Without any intervention, two-thirds of these children will not reach their first birthday. With the use of antiretrovirals, the transmission of HIV from mother to baby can be reduced, but many times the first step towards health is through the support of the community.