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Hiv Prevention

Complacency and Stigma: Is HIV No Longer a Death Sentence?

Verneda White | Posted 01.30.2014 | Impact
Verneda White

Wesley's HIV status did not change my love for him, but his death five months after that phone call, coupled with the loss of a second friend in five years hits me every time I hear the words "HIV is no longer a death sentence."

The Formula for Getting to Zero? Testing, Treating... and Talking

Harvey Makadon, M.D. | Posted 01.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Harvey Makadon, M.D.

Much has changed for LGBT equality in the short 10 years since Massachusetts became the first state to marry same-sex couples. But vestiges of the ugly past remain in the stark disparities that exist for gay and bisexual men and transgender women in their vulnerability to HIV/AIDS.

Closer Than Ever to An AIDS-Free Generation

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH | Posted 01.31.2014 | Impact
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

New HIV infections are declining globally and life expectancy is rebounding in many countries. Because of PEPFAR, more than 5 million HIV-positive people are working, studying, teaching, learning -- contributing to their communities -- who would otherwise be dead or dying.

Getting To 2015: Making Prevention Of Mother-To-Child Transmission Of HIV A Universal Routine Service

Brian Ssennoga | Posted 01.27.2014 | Impact
Brian Ssennoga

700 children still become infected with HIV every day. In 2011, 230,000 children died from AIDS-related illnesses. To get to zero, we need to strengthen our efforts toward the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV.

This Month, Get Aware -- and Get Tested

Rebecca Haag | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Rebecca Haag

It's no mystery that having to live with poverty, homelessness, unemployment, drug addiction, or discrimination makes a person more vulnerable to HIV infection. So what are we to make of the fact that transgender people are much more likely to be facing all these problems?

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.

On Eric Rofes and Pro-Sex HIV Prevention

Charles Stephens | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Charles Stephens

Nearly a decade ago, when I first started to get involved politically and the discussions were just taking shape that would give form and direction t...

Reaching Most Vulnerable Young People With Family Planning and HIV Services

David J. Olson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
David J. Olson

Family planning and HIV integration means moving away from the segmented approaches that have prevailed in the recent past.

Dear Mr. President, Please Stop Wasting HIV Prevention Funding and Start Saving Our Lives

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
John-Manuel Andriote

There you have it, on the record: the federal government's own top HIV prevention official, a gay man himself, admitting that homophobia at the highest levels of the U.S. government keeps gay and bisexual men from getting the targeted HIV prevention interventions they need.

The Fight for ENDA Has Real Public Health Implications

Paul Kawata | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Paul Kawata

Evidence clearly demonstrates a negative relationship between unemployment and HIV treatment adherence, resulting in poorer health outcomes for unemployed LGBT individuals living with HIV, while also increasing their chances of transmitting the virus to their partners.

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.

Can There Be a Fourth Great Wave of AIDS Activism?

Raymond A. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Raymond A. Smith, Ph.D.

The major new opportunity that has arisen recently has been encapsulated in the term "treatment as prevention." Powerful new evidence has emerged that antiretrovirals not only can preserve the lives and the health of people with HIV but can significantly reduce the odds of new transmissions.

For Millions of People, Hope Lies in the Balance this December

Laurindo Garcia | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Laurindo Garcia

I received a text message from a friend today that he's headed to the beach next week; an unexceptional piece of information, except for the fact that last August "going to the beach" was the furthest thing from my his mind.

HIV Criminalization and Stigma

Ace Robinson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Ace Robinson

We must base prevention and treatment efforts in sustainable endeavors that encourage education about, prevention, and treatment of HIV. Criminalizing those infected by HIV is not one of them. Enough is enough.

Why Aren't You Out About Your HIV-Positive Status?

Mark S. King | Posted 12.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Mark S. King

I know that for some people, staying private about their HIV status is a matter of personal safety. But I believe a lot more people could be open about it, and their only reason for not doing so is fear. That's a powerful emotion, but fear doesn't excuse us for standing by as others are stigmatized.

The Risk of Loneliness

Charles Stephens | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Charles Stephens

Last week I tweeted, "Thinking about loneliness as a driver for HIV infection among black gay men." I think that the issue of loneliness is perhaps critical to how we think about HIV prevention and treatment issues.

WATCH: Former Miss Universe Promotes At-Home HIV Testing

Posted 10.16.2013 | Latino Voices

Dayana Mendoza, Miss Universe 2008 and past Celebrity Apprentice stopped by HuffPost Live on Tuesday to talk about National Latino AIDS Awareness Day ...

Positive or Negative, We Should All Aim to Be Equal (PHOTOS)

David Duran | Posted 12.15.2013 | Gay Voices
David Duran

HIV Equal is a new national photo campaign, supported by the World Health Clinicians, aimed at ending HIV stigma and promoting HIV testing by creating a social art movement that changes the way people think about HIV and gets the public talking about HIV once again.

As HIV Drugs Spread Hope, Africa's Health Systems Struggle

Jeffrey Misomali | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Jeffrey Misomali

I walked slowly through a maze of queues into the clinician's small office stacked high with patients' files. It was 7:30am on a cold winter morning and the facility was crowded with people.

PrEP Should Be a Fast Idea, Not a Slow One

David Evans | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
David Evans

We write this post out of fear that without a significant shift in thinking about HIV prevention, PrEP, which refers primarily to taking the HIV treatment Truvada every day to prevent infection, will be a "slow idea," resulting in thousands of people unnecessarily becoming infected with HIV.

HIV: Let's End This Now

Ace Robinson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Ace Robinson

With all the advancements in progressing science and reducing social ills, the end game for HIV has been declared by leaders within the movement and beyond. But as with any progressive movement, actualizing the final steps of eradication takes as much work as beginning it.

Keeping the End in Sight: Beyond Open Enrollment

Neil G. Giuliano | Posted 11.27.2013 | Impact
Neil G. Giuliano

There is no doubt that new health coverage plans and programs under the Affordable Care Act can improve the lives of millions. But let's be clear: This stage of implementation is just a step in the process toward the broader goals of improving health care access, engagement in care, and health outcomes for all.

The Origin of HIV/AIDS Stigma and How to End It

Gary Nelson | Posted 11.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Gary Nelson

The gay community fails to find a cohesive voice and adopt a creed or set of beliefs to end the stigma of HIV/AIDS. Instead, some members of our community continue to buy into the noise of their given culture and, more or less, blame those with HIV/AIDS for getting sick.

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.

A Little Less Luck and a Lot More Toilets

Willice Onyango | Posted 11.24.2013 | Impact
Willice Onyango

As I sit here writing this, I can't help but think about how lucky I am: lucky to have a good education; lucky to be able to travel extensively; lucky, in fact, to be alive.