The FDA's policy of banning "men who have had sex with other men (MSM), at any time since 1977" from donating blood does not accurately identify the behaviors that put one at risk for HIV. A policy that incorrectly identifies high-risk groups instead of high-risk behaviors is neither effective nor just.
We all care about women's lives, and PEPFAR under President Bush and President Obama has vastly improved the health of women and their families, while building vital healthcare system infrastructure. Let's continue the success, without being undermined by the Global Gag Rule.
Even if a cost-effective HIV/AIDS cure and vaccine were here now, we still would most likely not get to the end of this epidemic without the leadership of the next generation. To that end, it is my great honor to introduce the 2014 POZ 100, which celebrates youth power. Our fifth annual list spotlights the efforts of 100 unsung heroes under the age of 30.
By now, many of you may have seen the headlines or read news about what sounds like encouraging results, announced in late October, about two clinical trials of PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) in gay and bisexual men.
I am thrilled that the comments I made in my cover interview for OUT 100 have generated a spirited dialogue about HIV/AIDS -- and the advent of a whole new class of preventative life saving medication. I am less thrilled that they were almost entirely misconstrued. Perhaps I could have been more articulate -- but my comments were never meant to be incendiary or judgmental.
Universal Children's Day takes place on Nov. 20. First proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1954, it was established to promote the welfare of the world's children, something I have dedicated a lifetime's work to.
Thanks to technology, just about every industry has dramatically changed in the last 20 years -- with one glaring omission: healthcare.
Despite the immense progress made in the battle to destigmatize HIV and end HIV criminalization laws, the mainstream media is failing to catch up and join the fight. In some cases, the media's coverage of HIV criminalization becomes the source of stigma.
The deadline for ending giving, while seen by some as a great advantage, can become cumbersome if it is artificial. Addressing large social problems is rarely straightforward.
Today, we like to think people of ancient times were ignorant to blame blindness on sin. Not so fast! The issue then and now is less ignorance and more political opportunism.
Advocacy for the health and safety of LGBT communities can't just be about adding the "T" at the end of our priorities. The needs and experiences of transgender people must be at the forefront of our agenda.
In 2013 Surabaya's firebrand mayor closed two of the city's six red light districts. But while she is running the campaign in the name of public morality, research shows closing brothels puts sex workers at increased risk, and HIV interventions must adjust.
Some of Hollywoods finest turned out for Elton John AIDS Foundation 13th Annual "An Enduring Vision" benefit at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City this week.
The UN AIDS agency estimates there are 132 million orphans -- children younger than 18 who have one parent dead. Thirteen million have neither parent alive.
As American leaders, we are called to follow our greater angels, not play into fear, and support nurses like Kaci Hickox and provide assistance and encouragement to our brave health care personnel who are doing the Lord's work in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone.
As gender-based inequalities continue to pose grave threats to health systems, economies and societies, it's empowering to watch these women fighting for a healthier, more educated and more equal world.