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Hiv Prevention

The City of Love Could Lead the Way Toward Ending HIV Transmission

Dr. Robert Grant, MD, MPH | Posted 10.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Dr. Robert Grant, MD, MPH

As we enter our fourth decade without a cure for HIV, public interest in ending new infections has seemed to wane. Now's not the time to stop talking about AIDS. With important new treatment and prevention tools in our arsenal, San Francisco could be the first U.S. city to end HIV transmission.

Highways, HIV And Health Care In Uganda

Savannah Russo | Posted 10.21.2014 | Impact
Savannah Russo

The inconvenient truth is that highways that carry the materials and goods we all depend on also transport the high impact diseases that are decimating African communities and economies.

Gay American Men Shockingly Ignorant About HIV/AIDS, Kaiser Study Finds

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 10.10.2014 | Gay Voices
John-Manuel Andriote

More distressing than the profound lack of knowledge about HIV/AIDS among the 431 adult men who participated in the survey is the fact that it reveals a startling failure -- even an absence -- of HIV education among gay and bisexual men, despite the fact that we account for the nation's highest number of those living with or at risk for HIV.

An Important HIV Prevention Option

Karen E. Mark, MD, PhD | Posted 10.02.2014 | San Francisco
Karen E. Mark, MD, PhD

Approximately 5,000 Californians become newly infected with HIV every year -- almost 14 every day. These HIV infections are preventable using tools that we currently have available, and PrEP is one of these important tools.

Die Another Day: Finding Common Ground in PrEP

Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr. | Posted 09.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.

Had I been given the option when I was HIV-negative, I don't know for sure that I would have chosen PrEP. My decision would have depended on key factors (as it does now for those who have the choice). That said, I would have wanted the chance to have a choice. That much I do know.

4 Conversation-Starters for Gay and Bisexual Men, By Gay and Bisexual Men

Noël Gordon | Posted 09.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Noël Gordon

As gay and bisexual men, it can be overwhelming -- and in some cases, downright exhausting -- to keep HIV at the front of our minds and on the tip of our tongues. But talking about it, with a friend, a doctor or a potential partner, can ease our anxieties and potentially change our thinking and our actions for the better.

For Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 9/27: Becoming Men of Memory and Hope

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 09.26.2014 | Gay Voices
John-Manuel Andriote

For this Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, let's remind ourselves of all we have lost in the thirty-three years of the epidemic. But let's also remember all we've gained, how we've grown as individuals and a community, and why we have so much to live for.

Coming Out of the PrEP Closet

Scott Wiener | Posted 09.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Scott Wiener

I recently decided to be public about my use of PrEP in order to raise awareness about this relatively new tool for preventing HIV. It's important to encourage people at risk for HIV to talk to their medical providers about all the tools and methods available for preventing infection, including PrEP, and to choose the methods that are best for them.

A Prescription for Ending the HIV Epidemic

Dr. Jonathan Mermin | Posted 09.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jonathan Mermin

Substantial progress has been made to expand HIV testing efforts and increase the percentage of Americans with HIV who are aware they're infected -- from 75 percent in 2003 to 84 percent in 2010 -- but simply knowing your status isn't enough.

Bareback Culture, HIV, and Our Gay Future

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 09.04.2014 | Gay Voices
J Nelson Aviance

If you make an informed decision to practice barebacking, then so be it. I can't say I will never do the same. However, short-term pleasure, a sense of belonging, and the excitement of abandoning homonormative sociosexual practices cannot be divorced from either a willful rejection of long-term health or a romanticized concept of what HIV infection leads to.

Using Sex to Sell HIV Prevention

Tyler Curry | Posted 10.26.2014 | 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 10.25.2014 | 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 10.24.2014 | 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 10.01.2014 | 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 09.20.2014 | 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 09.20.2014 | 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 09.16.2014 | 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 09.13.2014 | 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 09.11.2014 | 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 09.09.2014 | 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?