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Hiv Stigma

The Internet Didn't Give A Damn About HIV Patients This Week

Josh Robbins | Posted 11.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Josh Robbins

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.

Charlie Sheen Deserves Your Scorn, But Not Because He Has HIV

Becky Allen | Posted 11.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Becky Allen

HIV is not a punishment for bad behavior. It's an illness. And it's not OK to act like it is a punishment for some crime, even when the "criminal" is a public jackass like Sheen, because that just reinforces the HIV stigma our culture is already swimming in.

Let's Not Treat Charlie Sheen Like a Criminal

Trevor Hoppe | Posted 11.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Trevor Hoppe

If Americans understood the realities of living with HIV, Charlie Sheen's status would not be the stuff of frothy tabloid exploitation.

'I'm Not Here to Tell the Story They Want Me to Tell'

Tyler Curry | Posted 10.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Tyler Curry

When Danny Pintauro sat down with Oprah Winfrey in September and disclosed his HIV status to the world, he sparked a conversation about stigma, HIV prevention and drug use to a massive TV audience. I recently got the chance to catch up with this brand new HIV activist.

'I Lost Everything Within A Day' Of Disclosing HIV Status

Nathan Manske | Posted 10.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

Cody Walker was in a relationship and had a great new job. But then he got his diagnosis that he was HIV positive and he lost everything.

Slut-Shaming Through the Disclosure of HIV Positive Status: Danny Pintauro's Recent HIV Positive Announcement

Joseph LoGiudice | Posted 09.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Joseph LoGiudice

We can easily cast them aside and say that's a private issue to deal with and it's not our business to place judgment on the choices they make. That logic is illogical when you analyze the realities of the social situations HIV positive gay men encounter daily.

PrEP Is Ready for Prime Time

Ace Robinson | Posted 09.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Ace Robinson

Last night, Shonda Rhimes done did it again. While gripping a sizable portion of America to their seats to find out who killed Rebecca on How To Get Away With Murder, she dropped a bit of knowledge on Shondaland.

Who Do You Trust?

Dick Keiser Jr., Ph.D. | Posted 09.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Dick Keiser Jr., Ph.D.

It is a lot easier for gay men to have sex then talk about it. Online hookup sites make it very easy with stats, HIV-status and pictures to find your man in a few clicks. Unfortunately for safer sex advocates, their message may come too late.

What Does a Post-HIV Gay Culture Look Like?

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 08.26.2015 | Gay Voices
J Nelson Aviance

What exactly will sex between men look like after HIV is effectively contained or eradicated? How will it affect gay male culture? And is that the goal of safe sex education and advocating for the use of PrEP?

Why Voicing Uneducated Opinions Has Lasting Consequences

Ben Nicoara | Posted 08.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Ben Nicoara

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.

Where Is the Modern HIV Story?

Charles Sanchez | Posted 08.11.2015 | Gay Voices
Charles Sanchez

Society desperately needs to see a fresh image of HIV. Despite the fact that the people with HIV can live healthy, normal lives, the negative stigma around people with HIV is incredibly powerful and prevalent.

Living With An STD And The Shame Game

Richard Cordova | Posted 07.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Richard Cordova

Making an effort to learn from a past choice (and its consequences) is healthier and more productive than wasting your time berating yourself (or anyone else) for something that happened in the past.

Unzipped Episode 5: What Scares You About HIV?

Tyler Curry | Posted 06.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Tyler Curry

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 Look At The Face Of HIV/AIDS: Then and Now

Tyler Curry | Posted 05.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Tyler Curry

Ever wonder what your life would be like if you were born at a different time? As a man living with HIV, it is something I think about often. This video is dedicated to the longterm survivors and the ones we lost in the fight.

Elton John: Compassion, Abandoning Stigmas Keys To Ending AIDS

Vox | Elton John | Posted 05.26.2015 | Impact

I have some good news. The single biggest change that could most radically improve our health-care systems is free. It can't be patented by any corpor...

Unzipped Episode 4: 'The Condom Broke' (VIDEO)

Tyler Curry | Posted 05.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Tyler Curry

From condoms breaking to anonymous sex, Zakh, Eric, Ronnie and Anthony talk about what sometimes keeps them up at night and what the actions they can never take back.

5 Steps to Making Women a Priority in the Next National HIV/AIDS Strategy

Erin McKelle | Posted 05.08.2015 | Impact
Erin McKelle

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.

Magazine Printed In HIV+ Blood Wants To End Social Stigma

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 04.30.2015 | Gay Voices

A men's magazine hopes to end the social stigma surrounding HIV by printing with ink made from HIV-positive blood. A new campaign from the German ...

Is Our Indifference Making Us Sick?

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 06.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Victor M. Feraru

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.

Local Solutions: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 04.25.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Two years ago, The Pollination Project started a daily giving practice, making daily $1000 grants to social change visionaries around the world. Since we started, 50 individuals and families have joined us, each giving $1 or more a day to support grantees in 55 countries. Here are the extraordinary people we supported this week.

Ba Vi, Vietnam Adoption: Happy and Healthy Child Living With HIV in the U.S.

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 03.30.2015 | Impact
Dr. Jane Aronson

Testimony from a grateful mother, November 2014

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.

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.

World AIDS Day and the Digital Red Ribbon

Carolin Silbernagi | Posted 01.31.2015 | Impact
Carolin Silbernagi

With today being World AIDS Day, we thought it was the perfect time to talk to you about who we are, what we're doing and why we're doing it.