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Aids Epidemic

When We Were the Needle, When We Were the Thread: Friendship, Revolution, and HIV

Charles Stephens | Posted 11.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Charles Stephens

When I learned of Keiron's death, I made the round of calls, dutifully and with dread, to inform our friends. If you're lucky, you never become skilled at telling people that your mutual friend has died. A few days later we were all assembled at Keiron's memorial service.

The HIV Generation Gap

Tyler Curry | Posted 11.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Tyler Curry

Just like in any battle, some of the long-term survivors of HIV can sometimes hold a bit of resentment toward those who avoided the worst part of the fight. And this sentiment is quite understandable. The early days of HIV are comparable to very few other epidemics in modern history.

End HIV Now

Dick Keiser Jr., Ph.D. | Posted 11.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Dick Keiser Jr., Ph.D.

It is remarkable how little has been done to dispel myths about HIV-positive people. Changing these perceptions is one key to wiping out HIV. Meanwhile, the HIV-positive community, now numbering almost 2 million in the U.S., continues to grow every year by 50,000 people.

HIV and Aging: A Time for Celebration?

Perry N. Halkitis, Ph.D., M.P.H. | Posted 11.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Perry N. Halkitis, Ph.D., M.P.H.

On Sept. 18 the United States government observes National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day. On such an occasion one is left to ponder whether the aging of the HIV-positive population is a cause for celebration. Is this day intended to be a celebration?

Wolitzer's Novel The Interestings Fails to Live Up to Its Title

Sunny Bjerk | Posted 11.05.2013 | Books
Sunny Bjerk

Despite the promise of its beginning, the novel falters in its lack of character depth and development, ultimately pinning the novel's success on the glib lives of six New Yorkers who occupy a bubble separate from the city's racial and socioeconomic diversity.

Larry Kramer, Hannah Arendt, Vladimir Putin and the Life-and-Death Importance of Speaking Out

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 10.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

What Larry Kramer, inspired so profoundly by Hannah Arendt, demonstrated is that the importance of our voices -- of speaking our minds and our truths, of organizing, of acting up and out -- can mean the difference between life and death. Which brings us to the situation in Russia.

Suicide: A Love Story

Mark S. King | Posted 09.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Mark S. King

"Did I ever tell you about the night that Emil died?" my brother Richard asked me. It was 1992, and AIDS had taken Richard's lover a full three years earlier. The death ended a love affair that had lasted more than a decade.

How I Didn't Get AIDS

Andrew Miller | Posted 08.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Andrew Miller

Most of my young gay friends are uninterested in the history of my membership in ACT UP, but a few, like Jake, are curious, even insistent. I answer their questions and try to explain what it was like to be 25 in the East Village in 1989.

ACT UP Members Reunite, Without the Anger -- At Least for Now

Kathleen Kiley | Posted 08.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Kathleen Kiley

Spencer Cox's death triggered an awareness that remaining unconnected (and silent) was no longer effective in dealing with the trauma and sorrow of the AIDS crisis. So former members will converge on a Greenwich Village club to reconnect -- and perhaps settle on a strategy.

AIDS at 32: For Whom the Bell Tolls (32 Notables Share Their Stories)

Kergan Edwards-Stout | Posted 08.05.2013 | Gay Voices
Kergan Edwards-Stout

I reached out to both those who directly faced the onslaught of HIV/AIDS and those who are younger who have never known a world without it, to find out how 32 years of HIV/AIDS have affected their lives. Here are 32 voices on the 32nd year of AIDS.

AIDS/LifeCycle: Why They Ride

David Duran | Posted 08.04.2013 | Gay Voices
David Duran

Some were there to thank the San Francisco AIDS Foundation or the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center. Some were there to support a family member, friend or co-worker who is battling HIV/AIDS. Others were there in remembrance of lives lost. All ride all in solidarity to raise funds to end the epidemic.

30 Years in the Fight Against AIDS

Richard Besser, M.D. | Posted 07.30.2013 | Impact
Richard Besser, M.D.

On Friday, I have the honor of moderating an incredible panel discussion on the progress that has been made to understand AIDS, how that was accomplished, and what it will take to finally end the AIDS epidemic.

Is This My Beautiful Life?

Peter Staley | Posted 07.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Peter Staley

Many of us AIDS-generation survivors in some way have unprocessed grief, or guilt, or an overwhelming sense of abandonment from a gay community that turned its back on us and increasingly stigmatizes us, all in an attempt to pretend that AIDS isn't its problem anymore.

The Song Of The Unlikely Survivor / My Beautiful Life

Robert Levithan | Posted 07.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Robert Levithan

Recently I attended a forum titled "Is This My Beautiful Life?" It focused on the veterans of the front lines of AIDS: activists and survivors. Like veterans of Vietnam and Iraq, many have not fully recovered. I seem to have. However, there's a deep grief that fills my heart.

The First AIDS Generation: Grappling With Why We're Alive And What It Means

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 07.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

All of us who were in the trenches of the AIDS war are today dealing with the grief and the survivor guilt. Many are grappling with deeper scars and something akin to post-traumatic stress. But unlike for veterans of other wars, there isn't any built-in support system for us.

In The Days Before 'Test And Treat'

Perry N. Halkitis, Ph.D., M.P.H. | Posted 06.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Perry N. Halkitis, Ph.D., M.P.H.

In my upcoming book, The AIDS Generation, I share the life stories of 15 remarkable gay men who bravely navigated the pioneering days of the AIDS epidemic, a time when many of us had very limited understandings of the disease and few viable options for fighting the virus.

A Call for History Makers

Endalkachew Demmisse | Posted 06.18.2013 | Impact
Endalkachew Demmisse

This is my call -- from a poor nation to history makers -- to be the generation who can change the course of history. Let's march mercilessly against TB, HIV and malaria. In an age of vaccines, antibiotics and dramatic scientific progress, these diseases can be brought under control.

Shocking Study Shows Trans Women 49 Times More Likely To Have HIV

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 04.02.2013 | Gay Voices

Transgender women were 49 times more likely to have HIV compared to a reference population, according to a new study on transgender women and HIV. ...

Jesus Lives!

Rick Hamlin | Posted 06.01.2013 | Religion
Rick Hamlin

When I hear that phase I'm more likely to think of a service that wasn't on Easter, a funeral for a guy who died too young and had insisted that no matter when death came, we were to sing "Jesus lives!"

Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson

Cookie Johnson: 'You Can Live A Normal Life With HIV'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 03.09.2013 | Black Voices

In just another ten years, Cookie Johnson's life as an HIV-awareness advocate would have outpaced, her humble upbringing in Detroit, her stint as a de...

What We Talk About When We Talk About AIDS

Andrew Miller | Posted 04.23.2013 | Gay Voices
Andrew Miller

In med school, future physicians are trained to look for the prosaic horse -- not the exotic zebra -- when making diagnoses. So I've been told, variously, that I'm a migraineur, a hypochondriac, a schizophrenic. But I'm none of those: I'm a zebra.

The Coming Epidemic: Is HIV Really What Killed Spencer Cox?

Andrew Miller | Posted 04.03.2013 | Gay Voices
Andrew Miller

Those of us who tackled the AIDS epidemic head-on are facing a new plague -- the one that likely killed Spencer Cox. As yet unnamed, it manifests in aimlessness, depression, broken relationships, substance abuse, unsafe sex and suicide.

Was Ed Koch Gay? LGBT Community Weighs In On Late NYC Mayor's Sexuality And Legacy

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 02.01.2013 | Gay Voices

New York City's ever-colorful, and ever-single former mayor died Friday at the age of 88. Ed Koch will be remembered for many things -- namely his fin...

Offering Care On The Battlefield Of The HIV/AIDS Epidemic: An Interview With Designer Michael Bastian

Marjorie Hill, Ph.D. | Posted 03.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Marjorie Hill, Ph.D.

Recently I sat down with designer Michael Bastian, who received this year's Style Vault Award from my organization, Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC), for his generous support and for his exemplary talent in the fashion industry.

Who Are Our Angels In The Epidemic?

Janet Weinberg | Posted 02.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Janet Weinberg

On Saturday, Dec. 8, we bore witness to our "angels in America" -- our continuum of GMHC families. First stop: the Harlem Children's Zone, the location of the annual holiday party for families that GMHC works with who are living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.