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My Long Short Road to 50, in Gay Years

David Toussaint | Posted 04.09.2015 | Gay Voices
David Toussaint

If you're fortunate enough to live half a century, you'll understand that it isn't that youth is wasted on the young, it's that youth has no bearing on happiness.

Daniel Franzese Landed a New Role: HIV/AIDS Awareness Advocate

Phillip M. Miner | Posted 05.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Phillip M. Miner

Big things are happening for Daniel Franzese. He publicly came out, created a string of popular parody videos on YouTube, landed his role on Looking, and is now an ambassador for the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. I got the chance to to talk to Mr. Franzese about his new role in HIV/AIDS advocacy.

Why My Friends and Family Slut Shamed Me for Contracting an STI

Ed Coffin | Posted 03.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Ed Coffin

I got the same response from nearly everyone I told. They would all mention something sort of like this: "I'm glad to hear you got treated, but you should really be more careful and use protection."

Supporting the HIV-Positive Community Requires New Tools for Ending Stigma

Sean Howell | Posted 03.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Sean Howell

When we at Hornet, a gay social network with 4.4 million users, launched our "Know Your Status" campaign in 2011, it was received with such fanfare that we decided to make it a permanent feature in our app. Now, in light of new science, the feature is evolving with significant enhancements.

Boil the Water

Zeke Stokes | Posted 02.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Zeke Stokes

I grew up in an age in which contracting HIV was tantamount to a death sentence. Thankfully, that's no longer the case. But it's no longer the case so long as someone is tested, diagnosed, and receives a continuum of treatment. In the U.S., we are currently missing the mark by a mile.

26th World AIDS Day: Get in There, Do Something, Change Things

Eric Paul Leue | Posted 02.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Eric Paul Leue

While a few still wage a lonely and wasteful fight against science and progress itself, it is time to acknowledge that we finally have the opportunity to move on from a monotonous, one-way conversation and use our new tools as catalysts for serious and much-needed change.

Now Is the Time to Scale Up PrEP in Los Angeles

Craig E. Thompson | Posted 01.31.2015 | Gay Voices
Craig E. Thompson

A revolution is underway in HIV prevention, and for the first time since the start of the AIDS epidemic in 1981, many in the HIV/AIDS community, including medical providers and health officials, say that an end to AIDS could be in sight.

Lila Shapiro

The Most Celebrated, Mistrusted Little Pill in the World

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 12.01.2014 | Gay Voices

Longtime friends Peter Staley, left, and Sean Strub pose for a portrait in Strub's home in Milford, Pennsylvania. Truvada, the HIV preventive drug, si...

We Need to be Better PrEPared

Robert Bolan, MD | Posted 01.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Robert Bolan, MD

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.

On the Response to My OUT 100 Interview

Zachary Quinto | Posted 01.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Zachary Quinto

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.

Stop Picking On Zachary Quinto

Peter Staley | Posted 01.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Peter Staley

Sure, there's some unhelpful finger-wagging here that won't win Quinto any brownie points with many young gay men, but can anyone deny that complacency is now a major driver of new HIV infections in this group? Quinto has learned his history, with evident respect, which puts him light-years ahead of most gay men his age.

The City of Love Could Lead the Way Toward Ending HIV Transmission

Dr. Robert Grant, MD, MPH | Posted 12.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Dr. Robert Grant, MD, MPH

As we enter our fourth decade without a cure for HIV, public interest in ending new infections has seemed to wane. Now's not the time to stop talking about AIDS. With important new treatment and prevention tools in our arsenal, San Francisco could be the first U.S. city to end HIV transmission.

An Important HIV Prevention Option

Karen E. Mark, MD, PhD | Posted 12.01.2014 | San Francisco
Karen E. Mark, MD, PhD

Approximately 5,000 Californians become newly infected with HIV every year -- almost 14 every day. These HIV infections are preventable using tools that we currently have available, and PrEP is one of these important tools.

Die Another Day: Finding Common Ground in PrEP

Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr. | Posted 11.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.

Had I been given the option when I was HIV-negative, I don't know for sure that I would have chosen PrEP. My decision would have depended on key factors (as it does now for those who have the choice). That said, I would have wanted the chance to have a choice. That much I do know.

4 Conversation-Starters for Gay and Bisexual Men, By Gay and Bisexual Men

Noël Gordon | Posted 11.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Noël Gordon

As gay and bisexual men, it can be overwhelming -- and in some cases, downright exhausting -- to keep HIV at the front of our minds and on the tip of our tongues. But talking about it, with a friend, a doctor or a potential partner, can ease our anxieties and potentially change our thinking and our actions for the better.

The War Is Not Over -- Just Ask Our AIDS Veterans

Kelsey Louie | Posted 11.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Kelsey Louie

How do you win a war when the people who are supposed to be fighting it have become complacent? While an HIV diagnosis may no longer be a death sentence, there are still 50,000 new HIV infections in the United States every year -- and it will stay this way unless we actively stop it.

San Francisco May Be First City To Give Out Free HIV-Prevention Pills

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 09.19.2014 | Healthy Living

The day after San Francisco supervisor Scott Wiener came “out of the PrEP closet” on The Huffington Post as a user of the revolutionary HIV-preven...

Coming Out of the PrEP Closet

Scott Wiener | Posted 11.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Scott Wiener

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.

Bareback Culture, HIV, and Our Gay Future

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 11.04.2014 | Gay Voices
J Nelson Aviance

If you make an informed decision to practice barebacking, then so be it. I can't say I will never do the same. However, short-term pleasure, a sense of belonging, and the excitement of abandoning homonormative sociosexual practices cannot be divorced from either a willful rejection of long-term health or a romanticized concept of what HIV infection leads to.

World Health Organization Recommends PrEP: Prevention or Perpetuating Stereotypes?

Jaga N.A. Argentum | Posted 09.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Jaga N.A. Argentum

Anyone who engages in risky sexual behavior should take extra precautions, be it through PrEP or otherwise. While I'm certain that the WHO acknowledges this, their message nevertheless helps perpetuate the falsehood of HIV being a "gay disease."

Anti-PrEP Scare Tactics

Peter Staley | Posted 09.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Peter Staley

Anti-PrEP hysteria is hitting new lows, with attempts to frighten early adopters of Truvada PrEP, the pill that is highly effective at blocking HIV infections.

HIV: Two Steps Forward and Just One Step Back

Ace Robinson | Posted 09.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Ace Robinson

HIV care, treatment and research seem to be more often taking two steps forward with each step back. For the first few decades after HIV was isolated and characterized, we far too often took two steps backward with each step forward.

Truvada and the Case for Condom Use

Renato Barucco | Posted 08.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Renato Barucco

Here we go again: to PrEP or not to PrEP?

The Neverending Epidemic: And How We Can End It

Jim Eigo | Posted 08.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Jim Eigo

With the recent release of its Clinical Guidelines for PrEP, and a new campaign to encourage at-risk populations to talk about sex, CDC might be poised for a more activist role in HIV prevention.

The HIV Equal Campaign and a Half Century of Gay Sex

David Toussaint | Posted 08.06.2014 | Gay Voices
David Toussaint

You wouldn't have known that an HIV test awaited you from the red carpet entrance and the group of photographers perched outside, waiting for Sandra...