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Should I Be on PrEP?

Nate Warden | Posted 02.03.2016 | Queer Voices
Nate Warden

At a personal level, the decision to start PrEP is a bit more complicated. Let's look at some of the key considerations, questions and implications.

Welcome to Tel Aviv, habibi

Austin Blake Mullins | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Austin Blake Mullins

He's unconscious as we pull him up from the floor, too much G apparently; his body is cold and limp. I'm not sure how long he was passed out on the ba...

Top 5 Stories Involving Black People and HIV in 2015

C. Virginia Fields | Posted 12.31.2015 | Black Voices
C. Virginia Fields

This year saw a remarkable number of advances in the fight against HIV infection, both medical and policy-related. Those advances have made it possible for us to set our sights on ending the epidemic, which disproportionately affects African Americans.

This Is Why Parents Need to Talk to Their Gay Sons About PrEP to Prevent HIV

Matthew Terrell | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Matthew Terrell

You protected him growing up, and talking about PrEP helps you protect him once he's out of the nest and discovering who he is.

My Boyfriend Saved My Life By Making Me Take This HIV Prevention Drug

Ben Nicoara | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Ben Nicoara

Today, I am eternally grateful to the greatest love of my life thus far. He offered me compassion and acceptance when doing so caused him so much harm and disapproval from his friends. Because of him, I've evolved from being a PrEP-skeptic to an incredibly vocal advocate for this revolutionary drug.

Please Stop Using PrEP to Abandon Condoms

Matthew Terrell | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Matthew Terrell

I understand that we do not fear HIV like we used to; however, this does not mean we should outright dismiss other STIs because they are easily treatable.

Why Are Users of PrEP Being Slut Shamed?

Samuel Chiron | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Samuel Chiron

A recently published article on Towleroad brought forth a slew of concern regarding the drastic increase in STI infections in the United States. The a...

Are You Sure You Know the Latest HIV-Prevention Strategies?

C. Virginia Fields | Posted 12.01.2015 | Black Voices
C. Virginia Fields

Too few people within the black community and other disproportionately-affected groups have access to or even know about the options that are available, such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent infection or antiretroviral therapy (ART) to treat it.

New PrEP Campaign Aims To Fight Slut-Shaming And Break Down Stigma

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A new video-based campaign is working to address stigma within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community when it comes to Pr...

Is Lyme the New AIDS? Part Three: A Caution to Gay Men

David Michael Conner | Posted 11.10.2015 | Healthy Living
David Michael Conner

Note: This is the third and final entry in a series about how my life has been devastated by Lyme disease. With the advent of PrEP and effective med...

PreP: How the Tiny Blue Pill Changed My Life

Joel Alcaraz | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Joel Alcaraz

I began to see him less as a bogey man, and more of a human being. He had HIV, but he was perfectly healthy. Just like me, he took one pill a day. Essentially I was living his life, but taking a pill to prevent the virus from attaching itself to me.

PrEP Is Ready for Prime Time

Ace Robinson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Ace Robinson

Last night, Shonda Rhimes done did it again. While gripping a sizable portion of America to their seats to find out who killed Rebecca on How To Get Away With Murder, she dropped a bit of knowledge on Shondaland.

Some Thoughts on PrEP

Greg Scarnici | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Greg Scarnici

At 43, I've had my fair share of bizarre side effects from drugs, so the idea of taking an HIV med to help prevent HIV infection when I could just use condoms seemed ridiculous to me. But in the past two years, PrEP has gone mainstream.

Despite Controversy, Zachary Quinto Still Wants To Be Part Of The Gay 'Conversation'

The Huffington Post | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Zachary Quinto, who stars in the new action film “Hitman: Agent 47,” is one of the hardest-working and most varied actors in Hollywood. H...

Are PrEP-Refusing Gays the New 'Anti-Vaxxers?'

Mike Alvear | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mike Alvear

My objection has nothing to do with the science; it has to do with the unintended consequences of taking such a powerful drug.

Meeting the Challenge of the HIV Continuum

Harvey Makadon, M.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Harvey Makadon, M.D.

If we have learned anything over the 30-year course of the AIDS epidemic, it is that we would be foolish to put all of our HIV prevention eggs in the treatment basket.

What Does It Mean To Be #Free2Love?

Tyler Curry | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Tyler Curry

HIV Equal Online presents #Free2Love, a new video about being empowered to love who you want through the use of Truvada.

My Long Short Road to 50, in Gay Years

David Toussaint | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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...