For this Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, let's remind ourselves of all we have lost in the thirty-three years of the epidemic. But let's also remember all we've gained, how we've grown as individuals and a community, and why we have so much to live for.
For those of us who came or were coming of age during the late 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s, our experiences were shaped by this epidemic that was devastating our country and taking countless lives.
I wish I had known Joan Rivers. Something about her always intrigued me. At 22 years old, I sit here writing this on a quiet plane back to New York, laughing hysterically to myself.
In the end, it is education and health that will determine if an adolescent girl becomes a woman with equal opportunity. And now we have data to help us to shift to a holistic approach to bring the two together in development programs.
A friend from the 50-something "group" and I discussed the challenges facing the population of long-term HIV/AIDS survivors. I find that this generation of people living with HIV is a big issue, what with housing and living expenses on top of insurance and medical maintenance.
I recently decided to be public about my use of PrEP in order to raise awareness about this relatively new tool for preventing HIV. It's important to encourage people at risk for HIV to talk to their medical providers about all the tools and methods available for preventing infection, including PrEP, and to choose the methods that are best for them.
My HIV-positive child has legal protections that mean we don't have to tell you --schools, camps, parents, or anyone except doctors and dentists--about her HIV-positive status.
Substantial progress has been made to expand HIV testing efforts and increase the percentage of Americans with HIV who are aware they're infected -- from 75 percent in 2003 to 84 percent in 2010 -- but simply knowing your status isn't enough.
On April 3, 2008, my longtime friend Don (last name withheld) tested positive for HIV, the same day as his mother's 56th birthday. He remembers the da...
This week I talked with Jim Morgrage, President of Harbor to the Bay, a one-day bike ride from Boston to Provincetown, which takes place on Sept. 20, with 100-percent of all pledges going directly to fight HIV/AIDS.
A decade-long public health partnership between the U.S. and African countries should have clarified, by words, actions and example, that human rights are critical to success in stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS throughout the world, particularly in those countries hardest hit by the epidemic. Any new public health partnerships must make this a priority.
We who work in the field have known and railed against this unfair scenario for many years but what is different now are the incremental changes we are seeing in government attitudes that I believe are partly being driven by a growing change in attitude in the general community.