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A Commitment to the Fight Against HIV/AIDS

Vanessa Cullins | Posted 10.07.2013 | Black Voices
Vanessa Cullins

At Planned Parenthood, we're eager to inform our patients about expanded access to services that will help save their fertility and health, and we're also committed to helping address the stigma that can prevent people from getting tested for HIV or other STDs.

If I Am HIV-Negative, Then You Must Be Too, Right?

Rob Stephenson | Posted 09.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Rob Stephenson

New evidence suggests that gay men may use their own HIV status as a barometer against which to guesstimate their partner's HIV status. One in 5 men surveyed thought that if two men were having sex and one was HIV-negative, then the other must also be HIV-negative.

'The Power to Be Strong' for National HIV Testing Day, June 27 (AUDIO, VIDEO)

Nicholas Snow | Posted 08.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Snow

I created "The Power to Be Strong" Song and Music Video Campaign to reach millions of people around the world about the importance of voluntary HIV counseling and testing and increased adherence to safer sex practices.

Free HIV Tests In One Of New York's Busiest Parks?

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 06.20.2013 | Gay Voices

New Yorkers go to Union Square for various reasons. Whether it be to peruse the farmer's market, doing a little shopping, or just to catch their next ...

WATCH: Juanes Stars In PSA Video For A Cause

Blogamole | Michael Lopez | Posted 07.28.2014 | Latino Voices

By Michael Lopez Mark you calendars, this June 27 is National HIV Testing Day. And to help spread the word, Colombian superstar Juanes recor...

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.

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.

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.

Young Ambassadors Speak Out, Organize Events for First National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on April 10

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 06.08.2013 | Impact
John-Manuel Andriote

National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is intended to be a wake-up call for America's youth. They are the first generation never to have known a world without HIV/AIDS.

Can I Have a Redo On My HIV Test Please?

David Duran | Posted 06.04.2013 | Gay Voices
David Duran

Killing the shame and stigma surrounding HIV is the first step to getting everyone tested and on medication to then ultimately have the majority of infected individuals at undetectable levels.

D.C. Rolls Out New HIV Test That Could Increase Chance of Cure

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 06.01.2013 | Healthy Living
John-Manuel Andriote

To be functionally cured means that after a few years of treatment, someone could theoretically stop their medication. Although HIV would still be found in the DNA of their cells, it would not reproduce, circulate in the blood and bodily fluids, and destroy the immune system.

When Is The Right Time To Disclose Your HIV Status?

Tyler Curry | Posted 05.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Tyler Curry

The danger of the "third-date rule" is that it allows for feelings to develop, albeit little baby ones. Disclosing your status once a semblance of trust has formed is like placing a loaded gun in front of a person and asking them not to shoot you with it. I prefer to avoid the firing range.

Report: Many Poor Heterosexuals In U.S. Cities At Risk For HIV Infection

Reuters | Posted 05.14.2013 | Black Voices

* 2.3 percent of those tested were infected * Nearly half of those infected had never been tested March 14 (Reuters) - S...

Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson

Cookie Johnson: 'You Can Live A Normal Life With HIV' | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 03.09.2013 | Black Voices

In just another ten years, Cookie Johnson's life as an HIV-awareness advocate would have outpaced, her humble upbringing in Detroit, her stint as a de...

HIV, Infants, Science and Sequestration

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

The sequestration's full effects are not all clear, but it will severely impede scientific progress across the country, along with various public health programs.

I'm HIV-Negative

Mark Adnum | Posted 04.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Mark Adnum

If HIV-negative men were more assertive about their status, they could take on a fairer share of responsibility in regard to HIV prevention. HIV-positive men have their own status to manage. It's not their responsibility to manage yours too, but it seems that they're expected to do so.

Confessions Of An HIV-Positive Total Bottom

Nicholas Snow | Posted 04.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Snow

I don't support marriage equality simply for other people. I want to walk down the aisle one day. But in the community in which I live, Palm Springs, Calif., I find that there is an immense shortage of single, available, poz-friendly, sober-friendly total tops.

Away With AIDS! Advancing Our Perceptions Parallel to Current HIV Science

Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick | Posted 04.21.2013 | Black Voices
Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick

Advancements in HIV treatment can eliminate the threat of dying from AIDS but the community psyche is trapped in the past. In 2013 no one has to develop or die of AIDS. Why aren't we getting this message?

Ask MISTER CARL: 'Can I Go To Jail For Not Disclosing My HIV Status?'

Carl Sandler | Posted 04.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Carl Sandler

HIV disclosure laws vary from state to state, with Iowa having arguably the strictest. But let's face it: You're going to have sex again, no matter what lawmakers say. You're going to have to do an honest examination of your personal ethics as an HIV-positive individual.

The Promise Of Equality: Fighting HIV Among African Americans

Ernest Hopkins | Posted 04.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Ernest Hopkins

By increasing HIV status awareness among disproportionately affected African-Americans, we can take full advantage of our new biomedical understanding of the value of treatment as prevention. This approach improves health outcomes for the individual, and for the greater community.

The Face Of Honesty

Marten Weber | Posted 03.04.2013 | Gay Voices
Marten Weber

On a cold winter day in Manchester, England, I met Patrick Ettenes, an HIV activist and writer for Out Northwest. What really made me want to meet him was his statement on the phone that "HIV is the best thing that ever happened to me!"

What HIV Looks Like: Andrea Johnson

The Huffington Post | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 12.20.2012 | Black Voices

In 2007, 53,200 new cases of HIV were reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), though that number would drop off by more than...

WATCH: What HIV Looks Like ... Through The Eyes Of A Teen

The Huffington Post | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 12.11.2012 | Black Voices

By some estimates, sexual health for minority teens is looking up. A survey released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in July reveale...