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Hiv Prevention

Using Sex to Sell HIV Prevention

Tyler Curry | Posted 08.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Tyler Curry

The idea is that using healthy, sexual images in HIV messaging will dilute the fear of contracting the virus and further increase the risk of infection for my peers and the younger gay men on the up and up. On its face, this argument makes sense. But make no mistake: It is completely and fundamentally flawed.

PrEP'd and Ready

Michael LaMasa | Posted 08.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael LaMasa

PrEP has magnificent potential to prevent infection. It has the potential to provide many with a chance at a more comfortable life, but I would encourage the gay population to be responsible and remember that none of us are invincible, no matter what powers we think we possess.

Pedro Zamora's Torch

Judd Winick | Posted 08.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Judd Winick

We were so heartened to hear that the National AIDS Memorial Grove had renamed their college-scholarship program the Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship. It is dedicated to continuing Pedro's legacy by supporting the academic efforts of emerging young leaders who share Pedro's passionate commitment to ending the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Catherine Pearson

New 'Tampons' Could Protect Women Against HIV

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 08.11.2014 | Women

Traditionally, women's options for lowering their risk of contracting HIV have been relatively limited: Use condoms or don't have sex. Don't inject dr...

Born Free Africa

Ann Paisley Chandler | Posted 08.01.2014 | Impact
Ann Paisley Chandler

Born Free Founder/Chairman John Megrue, Anna Wintour and Diane Von Furstenberg agreed that the clear goal and momentum behind eradicating mother-to-child transmission of HIV by December 2015 was one that the general public could get behind and embrace.

Anna Almendrala

Don't Get Too Excited About The 'HIV-Killing' Condom Yet

HuffingtonPost.com | Anna Almendrala | Posted 08.21.2014 | Healthy Living

A groundbreaking new condom that uses an antiviral gel as added protection against HIV, herpes and HPV may soon hit the shelves in Australia. But some...

World Health Organization Recommends PrEP: Prevention or Perpetuating Stereotypes?

Jaga N.A. Argentum | Posted 07.21.2014 | 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."

AIDS-Free Generation Will Not Be Achieved Without More Investment in Harm Reduction

David J. Olson | Posted 07.21.2014 | Impact
David J. Olson

In 2010, the United Nations announced that an AIDS-free generation was achievable if we focused on the most disadvantaged communities.

Anti-PrEP Scare Tactics

Peter Staley | Posted 07.17.2014 | 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.

Global Health Needs More Strange Bedfellows, Unorthodox Partnerships

David J. Olson | Posted 07.14.2014 | Impact
David J. Olson

t used to be that a donor would sit down with the ministry of health to work out the design and implementation of a new global health initiative, with no significant input or involvement of other stakeholders. Those days, thankfully, are long gone.

Should All Gay and Bisexual Men Take PrEP?

Jason Cianciotto | Posted 07.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Jason Cianciotto

Did the World Health Organization (WHO) really declare that all gay men should take Pre-exposure Prophylaxis? With my social media feeds showing multiple articles with similar titles in such a short timeframe, I knew this was an issue that called for a response from GMHC.

Mapping the HIV Epidemic to Improve Prevention and Care

Patrick Sullivan | Posted 07.10.2014 | Impact
Patrick Sullivan

Today, more Americans are aware of their HIV status than ever before, however one in six Americans with HIV do not know that they are HIV-positive. HIV testing saves lives.

Integrating Health Care Systems To Save Lives

Dr. Chewe Luo | Posted 08.30.2014 | Impact
Dr. Chewe Luo

Healthy women and healthy babies build healthy communities. We all know this. But we also know that many of the systems in place to keep women and children healthy are fragmented and don't adequately address the needs of those they are built to serve.

It's Time to Harness the Power of the Pulpit

Dr. Amy Nunn | Posted 08.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Amy Nunn

By enlisting each and every clergy member in candid conversations about the epidemic, we can harness the power of the pulpit to mobilize the African-American community around HIV/AIDS.

AIDS Killed My Mother's Generation, But My Children Can Be AIDS-Free

Martha Cameron | Posted 08.25.2014 | Impact
Martha Cameron

In 2003, I learned I was HIV-positive on a return visit to Zambia. In that moment I felt entirely hopeless as my mother had just recently passed away, too. I had the support of my family and those that I worked with, but no guarantee for my future. Would I, too, be part of the lost generation in Zambia?

Fingers to Ashes: The Millennial Disconnect with HIV

Tyler Curry | Posted 08.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Tyler Curry

While the level of danger has waned over the past three decades, the threat of HIV still remains. Unlike the generations first affected by the virus, the millennial age is now armed a wealth of information and a variety of prevention tools to change the course of HIV for good.

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?

An Update From Uganda

Nourish International | Posted 08.10.2014 | Impact
Nourish International

This post was written by Nourish International student interns from Penn State University and Duke University, currently working with Community Concer...

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.

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...

How's Your (Sexual) Health

Dana Van Gorder | Posted 07.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Van Gorder

Sexual health is about much more than avoiding the possible negative consequences that can come from sex; it is about overall well-being, about caring for ourselves and others.

Where's My Hammer? Did You See My Blusher?

Matthew Rose | Posted 07.21.2014 | Black Voices
Matthew Rose

It's been five years since I began my journey into the field of HIV prevention advocacy. And since the beginning, the metaphor of a "toolbox" or "makeup bag" for HIV prevention has stuck with me.

BB and Me: Close Calls

Matthew Terrell | Posted 07.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Terrell

I remember how skinny Charlie was when he took off his clothes to hop into Randy's hot tub. He'd clearly lost weight while he was sick, and his developing man-muscles were much more defined now. His small frame, with its taught skin and toned muscles, both alarmed me and titillated me.

Talking About Hepatitis B and HIV: Working to End the Stigma

Jeffrey Caballero | Posted 07.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Caballero

Co-authored by Isha Weerasinghe, AAPCHO hepatitis B policy fellow Have you ever felt like you could be in someone else's shoes? That's what Mei felt ...

HIV Can End

Matthew Terrell | Posted 07.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Terrell

Despite the tantalizing headlines about this or that new possible cure, I do not believe that HIV will be solved by the magic wand of science.