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AIDS In Tunisia Is No Myth, Even If It's Rarely Talked About

HuffPost Tunisia | Sandro Lutyens | Posted 12.16.2014 | World

Ghalia had dressed up for the occasion. The woman, who is homeless and HIV-positive, was participating in a press conference organized by the Tuni...

These Amazing Individuals Have Dedicated Their Lives to the Fight Against AIDS

Erin Kelly | Posted 12.01.2014 | Gay Voices

There are some amazing people that dedicate their entire lives to preventing AIDS and HIV. But, on December 1st, World AIDS Day, everyone has an oppor...

We Are Young: The 2014 POZ 100 Celebrates Youth Power

Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr. | Posted 11.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.

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.

The Normal Heart's Problematic White Men

Peter Staley | Posted 08.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Peter Staley

It took over 20 years for Larry Kramer to finally see his gut-punching AIDS play The Normal Heart put to film, but only days for the movie's few critics to slam its lack of racial and gender diversity. In what is now becoming a familiar pattern, filmmakers are being told to diversify our history, even if that history was less than diverse.

Controversial HIV Prevention Drug Is 'A Good Thing,' Says Longtime AIDS Activist

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.27.2014 | Gay Voices

Longtime AIDS activist Robert Levithan revealed his thoughts on controversial HIV prevention drug Truvada in an interview with HuffPost Live this week...

The War to Defeat AIDS Must Continue

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 04.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I have heard some people refer to our current era as one in which HIV/AIDS and the discrimination surrounding it no longer pose major physical and social barriers. Unfortunately, nothing can be further from the truth even though much has improved since those terrible early years.

'You'll Never Get a Date Now': On Being Straight in the AIDS Community

Victoria Noe | Posted 02.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Victoria Noe

It was 1989, and I'd just told a former boyfriend that I was taking a break from my fundraising consulting practice to become the development director at Chicago House, a residential program for people living with AIDS. He was right: Nothing ruined the evening like telling a guy where I worked.

My Dad Died Of AIDS, But Here's Why We Told People He Died Of Cancer

Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices

Photographer and AIDS activist Duane Cramer opened up about his father's diagnosis with HIV as well as his personal experience living with the virus i...

Not Buying Dallas Buyers Club

Patrick Mulcahey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Patrick Mulcahey

Critics have showered Dallas Buyers Club with praise, which is good news for Focus Features and Matthew McConaughey, whose outsized performance swings for the fences. But it's bad news for LGBT history and the history of AIDS activism.

To Those Who Stood Against AIDS Apathy: Thank You

David Furnish | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
David Furnish

The government regulatory bodies were insisting on such a slow testing process that they were effectively condemning to death anybody who was diagnosed with HIV. As far as the authorities were concerned, the message was, "Go die quietly." They clearly hadn't met Larry Kramer.

Can There Be a Fourth Great Wave of AIDS Activism?

Raymond A. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Raymond A. Smith, Ph.D.

The major new opportunity that has arisen recently has been encapsulated in the term "treatment as prevention." Powerful new evidence has emerged that antiretrovirals not only can preserve the lives and the health of people with HIV but can significantly reduce the odds of new transmissions.

Here's An Easy Way For You To Help Fight HIV Stigma

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 09.05.2013 | Gay Voices

On September 21 fashion designer Mondo Guerra of "Project Runway" fame will join "Positively Aware" magazine to celebrate the fourth annual A Day With...

Continuing the Family Legacy in AIDS Activism

Joseph Neese | Posted 04.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Joseph Neese

A crucial part of achieving an AIDS free generation is recruiting a new contingent of HIV and AIDS activists to carry on the work that my uncle began. That is why I joined GMHC's Millennial Committee which is developing new, young donors.

The Time I Called Pope Benedict 'The Devil' To His Face

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 03.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

After seeing Benedict's latest attacks a few weeks ago, calling gay marriage a "threat to the future of humanity," I thought of my upcoming 25th anniversary of calling him out and how it changed my life. Was it wrong to do? Immature? Unproductive? I don't think so.

Grief Is A Sword: A Eulogy For Spencer Cox

Peter Staley | Posted 03.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Peter Staley

This death hit us hard. We have grappled to make sense of it. Why did he stop his meds? What role did his struggle with crystal meth play? Was this a failure of community? Are there lessons we can learn? These aren't just nosy questions by idle bystanders.

Legendary AIDS Activist Dies At 44

AP | Posted 12.22.2012 | Gay Voices

NEW YORK -- AIDS activist Spencer Cox, who helped form an organization to boost treatment research and recently appeared in a documentary about an AID...

ReThink Interview: David France and Howard Gertler, Director and Producer Of How To Survive A Plague, Respectively

Jonathan Kim | Posted 11.21.2012 | Gay Voices
Jonathan Kim

The new documentary How to Survive a Plague follows the rise and accomplishments of ACT UP, a political advocacy group that formed spontaneously in 1987 out of frustration and anger that both state and federal governments had done so little to address the AIDS epidemic.

How AIDS Activists Turned Anger Into Action

Kathleen Massara | Posted 02.10.2013 | Arts
Kathleen Massara

I cried like a baby when I first saw David France's new documentary, "How To Survive A Plague." I couldn't help it. The tears came rolling down my ch...

Why I Think How to Survive a Plague Is Going to be Huge

Mark Allen | Posted 11.21.2012 | Gay Voices
Mark Allen

If anything comes out of How to Survive a Plague, I hope it's inspiration to younger generations. I'm sure the film will be popular enough. I urge everyone to see it.

Sex Workers Unite After Getting Banned From D.C. AIDS Conference

Posted 07.30.2012 | Impact

Though sex workers weren't even permitted to participate, they managed to take a stand at the International AIDS Conference. World leaders, politi...

Lila Shapiro

HIV And Young Black Gay Men: New Study Shows Group To Be Most At Risk

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 07.31.2012 | Gay Voices

WASHINGTON -- For years, there was a widespread perception that AIDS just affected gay, white men and heroin users. The perception was never reall...

Vito Russo's 'Why We Fight': Revisiting The Explosive 1988 AIDS Speech

Jeffrey Schwarz | Posted 09.10.2012 | Gay Voices
Jeffrey Schwarz

"Why We Fight" was a fiery 1988 speech given before a tumultuous crowd of angry ACT UP demonstrators at the New York State Capitol in Albany. Today, July 11, on what would have been Vito's 66th birthday, we present "Why We Fight" in its entirety.

Claire Gordon

Act Up's 25th Anniversary: What Is AIDS Activism Now?

HuffingtonPost.com | Claire Gordon | Posted 04.27.2012 | Gay Voices

The group widely known simply as Act Up, rather by than its more formal name AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, celebrated its 25th anniversary in New Y...

Mount (Larry) Kramer Rumbles: ACT UP Achieved Heroic Feats, But They Weren't The Only AIDS Heroes

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 06.06.2012 | Gay Voices
John-Manuel Andriote

In more than 25 years of reporting on AIDS, I have been honored to know many heroes of the AIDS epidemic. Not all of them have been as visible or vocal as Kramer and ACT UP, but the contributions they made, the prices they paid, the risks they took were just as real.

How The Internet Has Truly Changed Activisim

Kate Otto | Posted 05.27.2012 | Impact
Kate Otto

There are many ways in which our digitized world has allowed us to raise awareness like never before, but ACT UP's legacy reminds me that the Internet can give us the easy way out sometimes.