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Hiv Prevention

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.

Stop Bludgeoning Young Gay Men With Our AIDS Tragedy

Mark S. King | Posted 02.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Mark S. King

Lesley was my closest friend to become sick in the 1980s, and he fought bravely until his death from AIDS. I will not dig up Lesley's body and beat young gay men with his corpse. Lesley did not perish so that I could use him as a scare tactic. He wasn't a cautionary tale. He wasn't a martyr.

The Power of 'Shared Responsibility' in the Fight Against AIDS

Rebecca Haag | Posted 02.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Rebecca Haag

Everyone has a role to play in ending this epidemic. So how can you take responsibility for helping us get to an AIDS-free generation? Get an HIV test. Encourage a friend to get tested. Talk to your kids about safe sex. Reach out to a friend who's infected and tell them you care.

On the Greatest Generation: The Black Gay '80s

Charles Stephens | Posted 02.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Charles Stephens

Those men, those sons of Audre Lorde, all writers and activists -- Joseph Beam, Essex Hemphill, Marlon Riggs, Craig Harris, Donald Woods, Assoto Saint, and others -- provide so much perspective that it's a shame that in our current HIV/AIDS moment, their legacy is nearly extinct.

Our Shared Responsibility in Ending AIDS

Rep. Barbara Lee | Posted 02.01.2014 | Politics
Rep. Barbara Lee

The theme of this year's World AIDS Day, "Shared Responsibility: Strengthening Results for an AIDS-free Generation" could not be more timely. It reminds us that we as the United States join countries around the world in this fight against HIV/AIDS and in creating an AIDS-free generation.

Join the Fight Against HIV/AIDS by Getting Tested

Quinn Tivey | Posted 01.31.2014 | Impact
Quinn Tivey

At the 1992 Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert, my grandmother, Elizabeth Taylor, gave some simple and on-point sexual advice: "Straight sex, gay sex, bisexual sex: use a condom -- whoever you are." Since her death, I've been striving to continue the fight against HIV/AIDS.

HIV Has Found a New Ally -- Complacency

Georgia Arnold | Posted 01.31.2014 | Impact
Georgia Arnold

We have made historic progress; there is no doubt about that. But the illusion that we have finally subdued HIV is a dangerous one. Every single day there are still 6,000 new infections. About 40 percent of these new infections are in young people. This is an unacceptable reality.

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.