"If you are HIV+, how can your wife and children be HIV-?" This is the question I am most frequently asked. There are several aspects to this question that need to be broken down.
In 2010, New York City's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) quietly cut the most important and effective tool we have to end the AIDS epidemic --namely, HIV testing.
A lack of formal gay sex health education has left behind a large population of people who are reckless and misinformed. We know they're making poor decisions because condom usage rates are dropping and HIV infection rates are skyrocketing.
From personal experience, I know how easy it is to let caution fall by the wayside. HIV is a throw of the dice -- you can have unprotected sex once, or a 1,000 times and not contract HIV or an STD. Don't assume that you are immune though, as I unfortunately did. This year, the same way many of us use a checklist for travel packing, let's include a pre-vacation sexual health checklist.
HIV Equal Online presents #Free2Love, a new video about being empowered to love who you want through the use of Truvada.
The 90% reduction in HIV transmissions to infants is one of the greatest public health success stories in recent history, made possible by advances in HIV medications. Success toward ending all HIV transmission is possible if we put recent discoveries to work on a massive scale.
As fathers, it is our duty to explain even the most difficult issues to our children. This Father's Day, let's focus on HIV.
In this fifth episode of Unzipped, the guys talk about what scares them the most about HIV and what they do to protect themselves.
A large, randomized, international clinical trial provides important new evidence that starting antiretroviral therapy early in HIV-infected people leads to better health outcomes compared to deferring therapy until the immune system begins to decline.
It is documented that Ebola virus remains in the sperm and breast milk of survivors, for up to 90 days or longer, indicating that the virus is sexually and maternally transmitted. Aid agencies distribute condoms to men who recovered from Ebola, disregarding reported failures in adherence to "don't have sex for 3 months."
The FDA's proposed policy change for blood donations by gay and bisexual men--from lifetime deferral to eligibility after a year of sexual abstinence--still makes no sense and will continue to stigmatize gay men.
Support from the U.S. provides mothers with the extra help they need to protect their children and changes millions of lives for the better. Perhaps no issue better illustrates this than the U.S.'s leadership on HIV and AIDS.
Advocates for women have pointed out the error of the first NHAS in not addressing the urgency of the HIV epidemic for Black women, among whom HIV rates are far higher than any other group of women.
Do you remember the first guy you ever had a crush on? Watch as nine gay men discuss their first experiences with love, sex and everything in between in Unzipped, a new web series by HIV Equal Online.
In the long run, Choma wants to contribute to an HIV-free generation. That might sound like an ambitious goal, but it's not impossible.
Currently the NIH is exploring new approaches to getting more people tested, diagnosed early and put on treatment and into ongoing care. Many believe that getting early treatment is conducive to stopping HIV's spread.