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Hiv Prevention

Marking a Scientific Milestone, and Celebrating a Gay Hero, in the HIV Epidemic

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 06.23.2014 | Gay Voices
John-Manuel Andriote

The anniversaries marked on April 23 -- the 30th anniversary of the scientific discovery that unlocked the door to developing treatment for HIV, and the 20th anniversary of the passing of a key figure in gay America's heroic efforts will forever stand out in the history of the HIV pandemic.

21-Year-Old 'Humiliated' To Be Kicked Out Of Basketball Game Because Of HIV-Status

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 04.17.2014 | Impact

Dakota Basinger was in the middle of a basketball game Sunday -- just a few minutes into the second half -- when the ref blew a whistle. The official...

Housing Works Is Helping to Heal the Human Race

Rebecca Pidgeon | Posted 06.14.2014 | Impact
Rebecca Pidgeon

Growing up in the eighties, I remember the media coverage about this new disease. A few brave people around that time started speaking out against the marginalization of this epidemic, and soon activist groups were formed.

Why This HIV Prevention Drug Is 'A Flame-Thrower On A Fuel Depot' Among Gays

AP | DAVID CRARY | Posted 04.07.2014 | Gay Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — It's the Truvada conundrum: A drug hailed as a lifesaver for many people infected by HIV is at the heart of a rancorous debate among...

CDC Locks Out Black Providers in New AIDS Technical Assistance Announcement

Phill Wilson | Posted 06.03.2014 | Black Voices
Phill Wilson

On March 19, the CDC awarded $115 million over five years to 21 organizations Not one of the new CDC grantees is a Black organization. The effect of this decision is that Black organizations have been locked out of leading technical assistance and capacity building in this country for the next five years.

Beyond "Poz" and "Neg": Five HIV Statuses, Plus a New One

Renato Barucco | Posted 05.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Renato Barucco

To have a meaningful conversation about HIV status, people should corner intentions and sexual partners in the realm of actuality, by keeping it to-the-point and asking the following questions.

An Evolved Opinion on Truvada

David Duran | Posted 05.27.2014 | Gay Voices
David Duran

It's 2014, and as opinions on a variety of subjects change and evolve, I'm not ashamed to say that I might have come off a bit conservative in my thoughts regarding how PrEP is used.

'Honey, We Need to Talk' -- Facing That Dreaded STD Conversation

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 05.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

As we approach National STD Awareness Month in April, it's important to address what for many people can be a hugely anxiety-provoking conversation: s...

Investing in the Science of Public Health

Linda P. Fried | Posted 05.24.2014 | Science
Linda P. Fried

When we think of science for health, we think first -- and invest mostly -- in curing diseases once they have occurred. This is vitally important. However, the greatest return on investment often comes from the science of preventing the disease in the first place.

This HIV-Positive Man Does Not Mind Serosorting

Matthew Ebert | Posted 05.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Ebert

I am HIV-positive, and I am 100-percent OK with serosorting. Serosorting is when HIV-positive or HIV-negative men choose to have sex only with other men who share their HIV status. Some men don't mind mixing it up, and I am one of them. But I am not every man.

The Stigma Enigma

Mark Adnum | Posted 05.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Mark Adnum

I know from my own personal experience that HIV Negative men are often wedged into a lose-lose situation. If we use condoms, we're boring, latex-loving, stuck-in-the past weirdos. But if we don't use condoms, we're confirming that we have no investment in HIV prevention.

Detecting Change: A Landmark in HIV Prevention

Tyler Curry | Posted 05.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Tyler Curry

This study isn't a free pass for stupid behavior. But this study is a monumental and extraordinary step in the fight against HIV.

A Balm In Gilead

Matthew Ebert | Posted 05.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Ebert

All those faces smiling back at me in their colorful brochures do not reassure me that HIV transmission is being minimized.

'Undetectable' Is the New 'Negative'?

David Duran | Posted 05.10.2014 | Gay Voices
David Duran

The more we open up and discuss what it means to be HIV-positive with an undetectable viral load, the more society, especially those within our own community, will begin to understand, learn and accept.

One South Florida Group Reaches Out to Those at Risk

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 05.10.2014 | Miami
Victor M. Feraru

Seth, a dirty blonde with sparkling green eyes and perfect teeth, has been your dance partner all night. Both of your bodies were rubbing together on ...

Of Fathers and Father Figures: Supporting or Undermining Gay Men's Health

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 05.05.2014 | Gay Voices
John-Manuel Andriote

Gay men's relationships with our fathers are often fraught, to say the least. But without a father's loving support and kicks-in-the-butt as needed, research suggests that the odds already stacked against us in enjoying good mental health and staying HIV-negative grow even steeper.

Studies Show Big Advance In HIV Prevention

AP | MARILYNN MARCHIONE | Posted 03.04.2014 | Healthy Living

Exciting research suggests that a shot every one to three months may someday give an alternative to the daily pills that some people take now to cut t...

Your Mother Liked It Bareback

Mark S. King | Posted 04.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Mark S. King

Whenever a new study of gay men shows, yet again, that we are having bareback sex, the arbiters of sexual rectitude among us decry this behavior as shameful, shocking, and murderous. So you can just imagine runaway pearls showering the floor when HuffPost Gay Voices reported on such a study.

Gay-on-Gay Shaming: The New HIV War

Peter Staley | Posted 04.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Peter Staley

HIV-related stigma is worse than ever. Not the external kind, where a society is panicked about the new plague. Thankfully, the days of being shunned by hospital orderlies or funeral homes are over. But I'd prefer that kind of stigma over today's internal stigma, where a community shuns its own.

Condom Ad Delightfully Explains What Makes A 'Good Man'

Posted 02.19.2014 | Women

"Good men give a f**k." That's the premise behind a new commercial for This Is L., a condom company with a focus on HIV/AIDS prevention in developi...

Overcoming Stigma and Shame: A Way Forward

C. Virginia Fields | Posted 04.14.2014 | Black Voices
C. Virginia Fields

The theme, "I Am My Brother's and Sister's Keeper - Fight HIV/AIDS!" calls on us to preserve and strengthen the health and well-being of our people by caring for and about one another and working together to reduce the disproportionately high rate of HIV/AIDS in the black community.

An HIV Status Doesn't Make You Damaged Goods

Jamar Rogers | Posted 04.12.2014 | Black Voices
Jamar Rogers

You see, you're more than a number. You're a living miracle, a breath of fresh air. You have hopes and ambitions. You dream. You hurt. You cry. You love. You are intricately weaved in the plot line of humanity's story and I, for one, am glad you're alive.

Matthew Ebert, Here's Why You and Other HIV-Positive People Should Never Refer to the Virus as a Gift

Mike Alvear | Posted 04.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Mike Alvear

Recently there was a good old-fashioned media smackdown when Matthew Ebert took an ax to my blog post "Why Are Some HIV-Positive Gay Men Grateful for ...

Bridging the Gay Generation Gap

Charlie Ferrusi | Posted 04.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Charlie Ferrusi

Together we must open our minds, bridge the intergenerational gap, and for God's sake, please put down the finger.

Dr. Strange Glove (Or How I Learned to Love Condoms and Stop Dropping Those Bombs)

Matthew Ebert | Posted 04.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Ebert

Recently I met a younger guy who is HIV-negative, and I don't want to risk transmission, so I decided to start loving the condom and learned to stop dropping those mind bombs that kept me down on the farm.