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Hiv Prevention

To Show Real Gay Pride, How About Reframing Safe Sex as What Proud, Healthy Gay Men Naturally Do?

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 08.17.2013 | Gay Voices
John-Manuel Andriote

When we have new generations who didn't watch their friends die horrific deaths from AIDS now dismissing condom use as "political correctness," and serious writers claiming that "hedonism" is what drives reckless sexual behavior, it's time for a reality check.

Beyond the Hype: PrEP for People Who Inject Drugs

Daniel Wolfe | Posted 08.14.2013 | World
Daniel Wolfe

The clinical trial finding that a once-daily pill halved HIV infection among people who inject drugs in Thailand is an important development in HIV prevention science, and brings welcome attention to a group often excluded from clinical trials.

What Does It Mean to Be HIV-Positive Today?

Dick Keiser Jr., Ph.D. | Posted 08.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Dick Keiser Jr., Ph.D.

It means that gay men's health agencies fail to recognize who are the responsible individuals for spreading HIV. The onus remains on those who are HIV-positive and ignores responsibility to educate HIV-negative men on valid risk reduction strategies.

Black Gay Men Positively Out: Many Men, Many Closets (Part 2)

Craig Washington | Posted 08.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Craig Washington

How do we reconcile the explicit messages we present to black gay men countering homophobia and HIV stigma with the messages we imply through our HIV closets? Where is the integrity in challenging gay men to relinquish their imbedded shame as we demonstrate and justify our own?

Undetectable Viral Load: As Safe as It Sounds?

Mark Adnum | Posted 08.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Mark Adnum

Decades later, gay men continue to explore possibilities around HIV prevention; the epidemic also continues. Dr. Joseph Sonnabend, a physician and AIDS researcher and co-author of How to Have Sex in an Epidemic, shares his thoughts on the pros and cons of one of the latest approaches.

Immigration Reform: Basic Justice, Public Health Consequences

Iván Espinoza-Madrigal | Posted 08.13.2013 | Latino Voices
Iván Espinoza-Madrigal

Basic legal protections for immigrants would allow those who would benefit from HIV diagnosis, treatment, and other health care to safely come out of the shadows. Getting HIV and STIs diagnosed and treated has positive economic and public health consequences.

Black Gay Men Positively Out: Many Men, Many Closets (Part 1)

Craig Washington | Posted 08.12.2013 | Gay Voices
Craig Washington

Stigma cannot be dislodged unless more HIV-positive people come out of our viral closets and break down the barricades of fear and silence. It is no secret that black gay men bear the highest HIV burden. Our condition demands that we unleash the radical.

The HIV Shame Game: What Role Do You Play?

Tyler Curry | Posted 08.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Tyler Curry

HIV-positive men aren't victims, vampires, zombies or martyrs. The social and psychological factors surrounding infection are complex, difficult and impossible to simplify into one category. The language we use to isolate one another is just the one element of the shaming that goes on within the gay community.

Dan Savage Explains Why Sex Education Must Include LGBTs

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 06.04.2013 | Gay Voices

(Warning: The above video contains graphic language.) Author and sex advice columnist Dan Savage, who recently asserted that gays are better at sex...

Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision: A Key Pillar of HIV Prevention

Ambassador Eric Goosby, MD | Posted 08.04.2013 | Impact
Ambassador Eric Goosby, MD

What if one procedure could significantly reduce your likelihood of getting sick for the rest of your life? When it comes to HIV/AIDS, men have an extraordinary opportunity to reduce their risk of HIV infection.

Here I Am: Speaking out from the epicenter of the HIV epidemic in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Lucy Chesire | Posted 08.04.2013 | Impact
Lucy Chesire

In a few days, June 9th-12th, a very important conference is set to take place in Lithuania that will bring all those interested in harm reduction tog...

Study Reveals Why HIV Rates Are Soaring Among Gay Black Men

Posted 06.01.2013 | Black Voices

While black gay and bisexual men comprise a segment of the United States population more likely to be infected with HIV than any other, the group has ...

Is Undetectable HIV Stigmatizing Gay Sex?

Posted 05.31.2013 | Gay Voices

As Tyler Curry, founder of Needle Prick Project, recently wrote: "An HIV-positive person can achieve undetectable levels after undergoing antiretrovi...

HIV-Positive and 'Undetectable': What Does It Really Mean?

Tyler Curry | Posted 07.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Tyler Curry

An HIV-positive person discussing their "undetectable" viral load means that they have been tested, are on treatment and are open and honest about their HIV status. The idea that the term is only used to lure unsuspecting prey into high-risk sexual acts is stigmatizing and criminalizing.

Saving the Lives of Women Worldwide

Susan Blumenthal, M.D. | Posted 05.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Susan Blumenthal, M.D.

Mother's Day is a celebration of life and reflects the importance of women to their families, communities and countries. However, worldwide HIV/AIDS robs women and girls of their potential and health.

HIV: Let's Finish The Job

Beth Skorochod | Posted 07.10.2013 | Impact
Beth Skorochod

Today, thanks to the combined efforts of governments, companies, NGOs, health professionals, researchers and everyday volunteers, more children are born free of HIV than ever before. But we have not yet hit "zero."

What Happens When Condoms Are Criminal?

Renato Barucco | Posted 07.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Renato Barucco

What comes into your mind when you think about condoms? Something that most likely will not come into your mind is criminal intent. Nevertheless, in some contexts, condoms can be considered vehicles of illegal activities. They can be confiscated and prohibited.

Kickin' One Back May Be One Too Many

Wyatt O'Brian Evans | Posted 07.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Wyatt O'Brian Evans

In a group of U.S. men who have sex with men, heavy drinking combined with having more than one unprotected receptive anal intercourse partner in the past two years doubled the risk of acquiring HIV, and heavy drinking alone raised the risk of HIV infection by a whopping 60 percent.

Community Leaders Central to Effective HIV Response

Sonal Mehta | Posted 07.06.2013 | Impact
Sonal Mehta

Strong community leaders are key to the global HIV response and to bringing the epidemic under control, and yet international donors sometimes underestimate the importance of ownership of a program at a local level.

In The Days Before 'Test And Treat'

Perry N. Halkitis, Ph.D., M.P.H. | Posted 06.29.2013 | Gay 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.

Co-Testing For HIV: Would You Do It?

The Huffington Post | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 04.29.2013 | Black Voices

With the introduction of new (and more private) HIV home tests last year, men and women may be moving away from what researchers say is a proven strat...

Where The Hell Is Our Community?

Michael J. Kaplan | Posted 06.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Michael J. Kaplan

It feels like talking about HIV/AIDS has been set aside because it requires conversations about more difficult topics, like sex, drugs and poverty. We've de-sexed "gay" to win political wars about marriage and, as a result, abandoned confronting an STI that is devastating our community.

Would You Post Your HIV Status Online? Why I Publicly Tested Myself for HIV

Verneda White | Posted 06.25.2013 | Impact
Verneda White

Only time will tell to what extent the use of in-home HIV testing will become widely practiced, but for today if you are focused, read, prepared, and use support, in-home HIV testing is a great way to take knowing your status (literally) into your own hands.

Geographic Technology Helps Put Ethiopia on Map of Global Health Success

David J. Olson | Posted 06.24.2013 | Impact
David J. Olson

In just six years, DKT Ethiopia has transformed its system for tracking contraceptive sales from pins and pencils to computers and satellites and, in the process, helped create a family planning and HIV prevention success story in the Horn of Africa.

Coming Out Of The HIV/AIDS Closet

Gary Nelson | Posted 06.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Gary Nelson

Without PWA (people with AIDS) participating in all levels of HIV/AIDS awareness, education, research and support programs, there is no passion and therefore no motivation to move forward. Even if you work behind the scenes, it makes a difference.