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The Day I Told Oprah About Overcoming the Shame of Being HIV-Positive

Malcolm 'MJ' Harris | Posted 10.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Malcolm 'MJ' Harris

Loved ones kept encouraging me to be more open about my status as a path to healing my shame, but the thought literally petrified me. Would people judge me? Would my status distract them from the accomplishments I had made?

How Do You Find Joy After a Positive HIV Diagnosis? This Poet Has an Answer! (VIDEO)

J Mase III | Posted 09.30.2014 | Gay Voices
J Mase III

What messages do we send people about being HIV-positive? One of my favorite poets, Timothy DuWhite, explores the concept of finding joy while dealing...

What Not to Do If You Are Dating and HIV-Positive

Tyler Curry | Posted 09.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Tyler Curry

There is one surefire way of turning every future love scenario into a bloodbath, no matter how much of a match the two of you may be, and that is being HIV-positive and desperate for a date.

HIV Disclosure for Young People: Are We Asking Too Much of Them?

Pierre Brouard | Posted 08.18.2014 | Impact
Pierre Brouard

When Ugandan teenager Jackline Kemigisha was sexually abused at the age of 15 and infected with HIV, the health professional who diagnosed her disclosed her status to her family without Jackline's consent. The results were extreme.

Southern Indiana, AIDS and 'The Normal Heart'

J. Patrick Redmond | Posted 07.28.2014 | Gay Voices
J. Patrick Redmond

I don't know why I'm HIV negative while my friends and a few former lovers are not. I simply don't know. The Normal Heart doesn't answer the kinds of questions I'm asking. It does however, for me, reveal the randomness, the chance of life.

HIV-Positive Woman Addresses Her Decision To Get Pregnant

OWN | Posted 02.11.2014 | OWN

In 2010, the "Oprah Show" audience met Bridget, a woman with a high-paying career, a beautiful home in Los Angeles and a loving husband... or so she t...

Why I Think HIV-Positive Guys Make Great Boyfriends

Gary Nelson | Posted 04.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Gary Nelson

I'm sure that my HIV-positive friends have some down days like everybody else. But what I see in them is a passionate push to move forward and get past the bad stuff. There's a courage, an optimism, and a strength, oddly coupled with a sweet vulnerability that, quite frankly, I find attractive.

Why Are Some HIV-Positive Gay Men Grateful for Their Disease?

Mike Alvear | Posted 03.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Mike Alvear

If I hear one more HIV-positive man tell me he's "grateful" for the disease because it made him a more peaceful, loving, open, honest person, I'm goin...

The Kids Are All Right!

Savas Abadsidis | Posted 03.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Savas Abadsidis

Thomas Wilson is one of a handful of remarkable young people working to change the face of HIV. A member of the Young Adult Program at St. Luke's Hospital in NYC, Wilson and his colleagues have responded to cuts in federal funding to their program by launching an ambitious Indiegogo campaign.

Shining a Light on Stigma in a Web 2.0 World

Laurindo Garcia | Posted 03.17.2014 | Impact
Laurindo Garcia

I gulped down some courage, reminded myself of the original intent of the photograph and then passed the phone back to my new friend with my "no shame in being HIV+" pic in full view.

'Would You Have Sex With a Guy If You Knew He Was HIV-Positive?'

Mike Alvear | Posted 03.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Mike Alvear

Like any thinking man, I take into consideration a constellation of factors before I dive into bed with anyone. Every gay man should have a personal blueprint for deciding what to do when they meet a poz guy they're attracted to. Here's mine.

Hey CDC, You Can Suck My...

Peter Staley | Posted 02.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Peter Staley

This is infuriating for what it leaves out. It seems to assume folks can know who is not "HIV-infected." It also fails to mention treatment as prevention, or the implications of an undetectable viral load.

The 2013 POZ 100: Celebrating Unsung Heroes Fighting To End HIV/AIDS

Posted 12.01.2013 | Gay Voices

For this year’s POZ 100, POZ magazine asked individuals and organizations to nominate an HIV-positive person in their community who is an unsung her...

The 2013 POZ 100: Celebrating Unsung Heroes

Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.

The HIV/AIDS community has many heroes. Our best-known heroes range from celebrities and activists to politicians and researchers. But I believe that the overwhelming majority of our heroes are in our midst. The people on this year's list may not consider themselves heroes, but we do.

Putting HIV in Its Place (Part 2)

Dick Keiser Jr., Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Dick Keiser Jr., Ph.D.

If you are HIV-positive, I suggest that you embrace it with all its challenges and take a chance on disclosure. The pent-up stress released by living, having a smile on your face and moving forward is worth no longer hiding -- and it can't hurt your T cell count.

WATCH: PSA Takes Sexy, Dramatic Route To Talk About HIV And Relationships (NSFW)

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.11.2013 | Gay Voices

Non-profit organization Impulse Group has released a new PSA that encourages gay men everywhere to know their statuses and exercise the proper precaut...

Rejecting the 'Poz' Label

Tyler Curry | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Tyler Curry

I am a mandatory member of the "poz" club, but it would be impossible for me to accurately represent or even speak to every "poz" man out there. I never intended to. One's HIV status tells about as much about that person's character and disposition as the state where they were born.

Two Minutes of Advice for Those Testing HIV-Positive (VIDEO)

Mark S. King | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Mark S. King

2013-10-02-markkingyougotthissmall.pngIn a project called "You've Got This," Healthline has asked people who have been living with HIV to create videos for those who have recently tested positive. Of course, I had to create a video.

Mark Koberg: From TV Producer To Mindfulness Entrepreneur

Mark Koberg | Posted 08.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Koberg

Having produced daytime TV for 17 years, I know from experience that people come on talk shows because they're in conflict with the way things are and are searching for answers. Those same reasons led me to mindfulness meditation.

LOOK: Smear Campaign Targets Gay Student Candidate In 'Despicable' Flier

The Huffington Post | William McGuinness | Posted 04.05.2013 | Gay Voices

Kristopher Sharp, a social work major at the University of Houston-Downtown, hoped to be the student body's vice president before a nasty smear campai...

Is It Finally Time To End 23-Year-Old Ban On HIV-Positive Organ Donation?

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 03.25.2013 | Healthy Living

Last week, a Senate committee cleared a piece of legislation that could lead to the end of a ban on HIV-positive to HIV-positive organ donation. Th...

I'm HIV-Negative

Mark Adnum | Posted 04.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Mark Adnum

If HIV-negative men were more assertive about their status, they could take on a fairer share of responsibility in regard to HIV prevention. HIV-positive men have their own status to manage. It's not their responsibility to manage yours too, but it seems that they're expected to do so.

Confessions Of An HIV-Positive Total Bottom

Nicholas Snow | Posted 04.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Snow

I don't support marriage equality simply for other people. I want to walk down the aisle one day. But in the community in which I live, Palm Springs, Calif., I find that there is an immense shortage of single, available, poz-friendly, sober-friendly total tops.

Stepping Forward About HIV Status

Michael J. Kaplan | Posted 04.15.2013 | Impact
Michael J. Kaplan

We need a National HIV Coming Out Day. A day where we face the reality that America is living with HIV, that our friends and family need to be tested, that those infected can live better through treatment, and that we can get to an AIDS-free generation.

Rise Up To HIV: There's No Shame About Being HIV-Positive (PHOTOS)

Kevin Maloney | Posted 03.31.2013 | Gay Voices
Kevin Maloney

Are you currently facing stigma? Well, know this: You matter, your life matters, and you are filled with purpose! You are no less of a person because you have HIV. Your dreams are not infected. Don't let HIV take away your power; instead, become empowered and rise up to HIV!