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Gay-on-Gay Shaming: The New HIV War

Peter Staley | Posted 04.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Peter Staley

HIV-related stigma is worse than ever. Not the external kind, where a society is panicked about the new plague. Thankfully, the days of being shunned by hospital orderlies or funeral homes are over. But I'd prefer that kind of stigma over today's internal stigma, where a community shuns its own.

Condom Ad Delightfully Explains What Makes A 'Good Man'

Posted 02.19.2014 | Women

"Good men give a f**k." That's the premise behind a new commercial for This Is L., a condom company with a focus on HIV/AIDS prevention in developi...

Overcoming Stigma and Shame: A Way Forward

C. Virginia Fields | Posted 05.26.2015 | Black Voices
C. Virginia Fields

The theme, "I Am My Brother's and Sister's Keeper - Fight HIV/AIDS!" calls on us to preserve and strengthen the health and well-being of our people by caring for and about one another and working together to reduce the disproportionately high rate of HIV/AIDS in the black community.

An HIV Status Doesn't Make You Damaged Goods

Jamar Rogers | Posted 04.12.2014 | Black Voices
Jamar Rogers

You see, you're more than a number. You're a living miracle, a breath of fresh air. You have hopes and ambitions. You dream. You hurt. You cry. You love. You are intricately weaved in the plot line of humanity's story and I, for one, am glad you're alive.

Matthew Ebert, Here's Why You and Other HIV-Positive People Should Never Refer to the Virus as a Gift

Mike Alvear | Posted 04.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Mike Alvear

Recently there was a good old-fashioned media smackdown when Matthew Ebert took an ax to my blog post "Why Are Some HIV-Positive Gay Men Grateful for ...

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.

Dr. Strange Glove (Or How I Learned to Love Condoms and Stop Dropping Those Bombs)

Matthew Ebert | Posted 04.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Ebert

Recently I met a younger guy who is HIV-negative, and I don't want to risk transmission, so I decided to start loving the condom and learned to stop dropping those mind bombs that kept me down on the farm.

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.

The $22 Million Domino Effect

Deborah Dugan | Posted 03.27.2014 | Impact
Deborah Dugan

The domino effect can be a truly beautiful thing. But in the case of the AIDS fight, when every domino is a private sector player, we don't want dominos down.

Does Treatment As Prevention Care for the HIV-positive?

Perry N. Halkitis, Ph.D., M.P.H. | Posted 03.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Perry N. Halkitis, Ph.D., M.P.H.

I would like to think that those advocating treatment as prevention ultimately have the health of HIV-positive individuals in mind first and foremost. But my immersion into the UK system this last month has led me to wonder about the motivation that underlies this approach.

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.

New Year's Resolution: Wiping Out HIV

Rebecca Haag | Posted 03.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Rebecca Haag

Here in Massachusetts, we have succeeded in dramatically reducing the number of new diagnoses of HIV from 1,369 in 1999 to 657 in 2011.

Hey CDC, You Can Suck My...

Peter Staley | Posted 02.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Peter Staley

This is infuriating for what it leaves out. It seems to assume folks can know who is not "HIV-infected." It also fails to mention treatment as prevention, or the implications of an undetectable viral load.

A New Year and a New Day: Freeing Our Communities From Shame, Fear and Stigma

C. Virginia Fields | Posted 02.18.2014 | Black Voices
C. Virginia Fields

Black communities continue to be ravaged by the spread of HIV, and complacency and denial are dangerous and unacceptable.

The HIV Life Sentence: Health Care Coverage

Tyler Curry | Posted 02.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Tyler Curry

When I initially tested positive for HIV, I was a writer at a national law firm. The position was well-paid -- and I absolutely hated it. But the position afforded me the Mercedes-Benz of health insurance. What else could a newly positive boy ask for, right? At least that's what I tried to tell myself.

Raising Hope for Those Living With Hepatitis C

Rebecca Haag | Posted 02.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Rebecca Haag

Early diagnosis and treatment of hepatitis C is critical to ending the epidemic. With sofosbuvir and simeprevir, combined with evidenced-based behavioral health interventions such as needle exchange and peer support we can -- and will -- save lives.

Living in My Nevers...

Craig Stewart | Posted 02.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Craig Stewart

My life changed, June 19th 2006 at 12:34 p.m. I could count on one hand how many times he and I got together to have sex, but I could never recall how many times we had sex with her.

Outdated Laws Preserve HIV Stigma

Sen. Chris Coons | Posted 02.09.2014 | Politics
Sen. Chris Coons

Our nation and our science have come a long way since HIV/AIDS began mysteriously claiming lives in the United States. Unfortunately, many of our laws haven't kept up.

Sharing Gay HIV/AIDS History Should Be a Source of Hope and Pride

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 02.08.2014 | Gay Voices
John-Manuel Andriote

Yet there are those who apparently believe they can score points with younger gay men by denigrating their own generation who witnessed and survived the devastation of the dark years of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

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 Power of 'Shared Responsibility' in the Fight Against AIDS

Rebecca Haag | Posted 02.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Rebecca Haag

Everyone has a role to play in ending this epidemic. So how can you take responsibility for helping us get to an AIDS-free generation? Get an HIV test. Encourage a friend to get tested. Talk to your kids about safe sex. Reach out to a friend who's infected and tell them you care.

On the Greatest Generation: The Black Gay '80s

Charles Stephens | Posted 02.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Charles Stephens

Those men, those sons of Audre Lorde, all writers and activists -- Joseph Beam, Essex Hemphill, Marlon Riggs, Craig Harris, Donald Woods, Assoto Saint, and others -- provide so much perspective that it's a shame that in our current HIV/AIDS moment, their legacy is nearly extinct.

Our Shared Responsibility in Ending AIDS

Rep. Barbara Lee | Posted 02.01.2014 | Politics
Rep. Barbara Lee

The theme of this year's World AIDS Day, "Shared Responsibility: Strengthening Results for an AIDS-free Generation" could not be more timely. It reminds us that we as the United States join countries around the world in this fight against HIV/AIDS and in creating an AIDS-free generation.

Join the Fight Against HIV/AIDS by Getting Tested

Quinn Tivey | Posted 01.31.2014 | Impact
Quinn Tivey

At the 1992 Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert, my grandmother, Elizabeth Taylor, gave some simple and on-point sexual advice: "Straight sex, gay sex, bisexual sex: use a condom -- whoever you are." Since her death, I've been striving to continue the fight against HIV/AIDS.

HIV Has Found a New Ally -- Complacency

Georgia Arnold | Posted 01.31.2014 | Impact
Georgia Arnold

We have made historic progress; there is no doubt about that. But the illusion that we have finally subdued HIV is a dangerous one. Every single day there are still 6,000 new infections. About 40 percent of these new infections are in young people. This is an unacceptable reality.