The world has gotten this far because of massive investments in the HIV response. To actually end the epidemic, though, it is imperative that we resist complacency, cutbacks in funding and a sense that, on any level, our work is done.
In his long career as a black gay journalist, Rod McCullom is known for his reporting on science and health (including HIV). As such, he says he has often been the only person of color in the newsroom or production studio -- and almost always the only gay black man.
As Palms for Life Fund implements its second development project in Swaziland, we are constantly faced with questions that give us tremendous pause for thought.
Help us to love and respect and protect and welcome them all on this day of Thanksgiving as we affirm the sacredness of every child in our own country and all around the world.
Today, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) released its 2015 World AIDS Day report, in advance of December 1. The report finds that 15.8 million people were accessing antiretroviral treatment (ART) as of June 2015.
From 1983-1991, my twin sister and I were relegated to a Catholic elementary school. For us, this felt like a fate worse than death...obviously it was...
The majority of the statistics that are/were reality for Black gay men are out of their direct control. We have minimal impact on the environment in which we are raised and the types of prejudice we face during an interview or in the Board Room. But today, one of those predicted hurdles that must be continually overcome can be crossed off the list.
Christopher Johnson of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation joined us in studio for The Mo'Kelly Show on KFI AM640 to set the record straight as to realities of HIV infection, with respect to the assertion by Charlie Sheen that it was "impossible" that he might have infected any of his sexual partners since knowing his status.
We have a far greater understanding of the science of HIV, as well as effective prevention tools and powerful medications. Despite these advances, for someone living with HIV fear, shame and stigma are far more lethal than the virus.
Have you ever looked at your life and realized that you are, in one way or another, just a statistic? Growing up as a Black gay man in America, you are inundated with statistics about who you are.
You couldn't miss the headline: Charlie Sheen is HIV positive. Networks scrambled to cover the news that he had a virus that could someday, maybe or m...
Claiming that Sheen, Hollywood's notorious bad boy, contracted the virus because of sex with many partners only confirms stereotypes about the epidemic that began over three decades ago.
In addition to sharing all that comes with living with the virus, they also share a commitment to fighting HIV/AIDS.
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.
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.
If Americans understood the realities of living with HIV, Charlie Sheen's status would not be the stuff of frothy tabloid exploitation.