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Hiv Prevention

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 08.12.2014 | 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.

Mike Alvear, Why Are Some HIV-Negative Guys Writing About HIV When They Have No Clue?

Matthew Ebert | Posted 03.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Ebert

Who are you to call me a victim? Ever hear of the Denver Principles? In the early 1980s, a group defining themselves as the People With AIDS Caucus rejected the word "victim," and HIV-positive people still do. I am not a victim, nor is my virus a burden to me any more than it is to you.

The $22 Million Domino Effect

Deborah Dugan | Posted 03.27.2014 | Impact
Deborah Dugan

The domino effect can be a truly beautiful thing. But in the case of the AIDS fight, when every domino is a private sector player, we don't want dominos down.

Does Treatment As Prevention Care for the HIV-positive?

Perry N. Halkitis, Ph.D., M.P.H. | Posted 03.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Perry N. Halkitis, Ph.D., M.P.H.

I would like to think that those advocating treatment as prevention ultimately have the health of HIV-positive individuals in mind first and foremost. But my immersion into the UK system this last month has led me to wonder about the motivation that underlies this approach.

Support H.R. 1843: REPEAL HIV Discrimination Act

Matthew Ebert | Posted 03.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Ebert

A person diagnosed with a chronic, treatable medical condition should not be ruled by a different set of criminal laws.

New Year's Resolution: Wiping Out HIV

Rebecca Haag | Posted 03.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Rebecca Haag

Here in Massachusetts, we have succeeded in dramatically reducing the number of new diagnoses of HIV from 1,369 in 1999 to 657 in 2011.

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.

A New Year and a New Day: Freeing Our Communities From Shame, Fear and Stigma

C. Virginia Fields | Posted 02.18.2014 | Black Voices
C. Virginia Fields

Black communities continue to be ravaged by the spread of HIV, and complacency and denial are dangerous and unacceptable.

The HIV Life Sentence: Health Care Coverage

Tyler Curry | Posted 02.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Tyler Curry

When I initially tested positive for HIV, I was a writer at a national law firm. The position was well-paid -- and I absolutely hated it. But the position afforded me the Mercedes-Benz of health insurance. What else could a newly positive boy ask for, right? At least that's what I tried to tell myself.

Raising Hope for Those Living With Hepatitis C

Rebecca Haag | Posted 02.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Rebecca Haag

Early diagnosis and treatment of hepatitis C is critical to ending the epidemic. With sofosbuvir and simeprevir, combined with evidenced-based behavioral health interventions such as needle exchange and peer support we can -- and will -- save lives.

Living in My Nevers...

Craig Stewart | Posted 02.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Craig Stewart

My life changed, June 19th 2006 at 12:34 p.m. I could count on one hand how many times he and I got together to have sex, but I could never recall how many times we had sex with her.

Outdated Laws Preserve HIV Stigma

Sen. Chris Coons | Posted 02.09.2014 | Politics
Sen. Chris Coons

Our nation and our science have come a long way since HIV/AIDS began mysteriously claiming lives in the United States. Unfortunately, many of our laws haven't kept up.

Sharing Gay HIV/AIDS History Should Be a Source of Hope and Pride

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 02.08.2014 | Gay Voices
John-Manuel Andriote

Yet there are those who apparently believe they can score points with younger gay men by denigrating their own generation who witnessed and survived the devastation of the dark years of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.