An HIV-positive person discussing their "undetectable" viral load means that they have been tested, are on treatment and are open and honest about their HIV status. The idea that the term is only used to lure unsuspecting prey into high-risk sexual acts is stigmatizing and criminalizing.
Today, thanks to the combined efforts of governments, companies, NGOs, health professionals, researchers and everyday volunteers, more children are born free of HIV than ever before. But we have not yet hit "zero."
What comes into your mind when you think about condoms? Something that most likely will not come into your mind is criminal intent. Nevertheless, in some contexts, condoms can be considered vehicles of illegal activities. They can be confiscated and prohibited.
In a group of U.S. men who have sex with men, heavy drinking combined with having more than one unprotected receptive anal intercourse partner in the past two years doubled the risk of acquiring HIV, and heavy drinking alone raised the risk of HIV infection by a whopping 60 percent.
Strong community leaders are key to the global HIV response and to bringing the epidemic under control, and yet international donors sometimes underestimate the importance of ownership of a program at a local level.
In my upcoming book, The AIDS Generation, I share the life stories of 15 remarkable gay men who bravely navigated the pioneering days of the AIDS epidemic, a time when many of us had very limited understandings of the disease and few viable options for fighting the virus.
It feels like talking about HIV/AIDS has been set aside because it requires conversations about more difficult topics, like sex, drugs and poverty. We've de-sexed "gay" to win political wars about marriage and, as a result, abandoned confronting an STI that is devastating our community.
Only time will tell to what extent the use of in-home HIV testing will become widely practiced, but for today if you are focused, read, prepared, and use support, in-home HIV testing is a great way to take knowing your status (literally) into your own hands.
In just six years, DKT Ethiopia has transformed its system for tracking contraceptive sales from pins and pencils to computers and satellites and, in the process, helped create a family planning and HIV prevention success story in the Horn of Africa.
Without PWA (people with AIDS) participating in all levels of HIV/AIDS awareness, education, research and support programs, there is no passion and therefore no motivation to move forward. Even if you work behind the scenes, it makes a difference.
While I'd been studying the health care system with a powerful research lens, it wasn't until I heard my father's voice break as he described his ongoing battle with this broken system that I truly understood the purpose of my work.
One thousand days might seem like a lifetime for your typical MTV viewer, living their life from day to day, but it's really not much more than the blink of an eye in the long and exacting struggle against HIV/AIDS.
In the Garifuna communities of Honduras, it's an act of courage to admit to being HIV positive. With a grant from the Pulitzer Center, photographer David Rochkind and I interviewed people who overcame fear and discrimination to go public with their diagnosis and help educate others.
Even when my weekends had begun with North Fork Riesling and hydroponic hash and ended with cheap beer and speedballs, I kept the sex barrier-inclusive. The irony that I was being "safe" while on enough drugs to kill me was lost on me; that's how ingrained my fear of HIV was.
The story of male circumcision in Southern and Eastern Africa illustrates the power of private investments, and their ability to unlock the funding that is needed to bring existing health solutions to the hardest to reach areas of the developing world.
There is great hope that we can finally stop infants from getting infected with HIV by their mothers. But first, countries with high rates of HIV infection must work out how to deliver reliable health programs to protect babies form their mothers' infected breast milk.
I spoke to 40 gay men in seven countries, either online or in person. All of them made it clear in their online profiles that they eschew the use of protection. None of them is HIV-positive. Here is the list of reasons why they don't use condoms.
Though I have remained HIV negative, the virus is, and continues to be, a part of who I am. I'm a registered nurse working in clinical trials in hopes of finding a cure for HIV. Yes, I said the "C" word. It's controversial and politically charged, but that's how revolutions begin.