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HIV: Gay Again

Jim Eigo | Posted 08.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Jim Eigo

On Dec. 19, 2012, the CDC released a report, "Estimated HIV Incidence in the United States, 2007-2010." To gay readers who'd lived through the AIDS epidemic, the document presented a landscape eerily like the early plague years, when AIDS was a gay disease.

'The Power to Be Strong' for National HIV Testing Day, June 27 (AUDIO, VIDEO)

Nicholas Snow | Posted 08.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Snow

I created "The Power to Be Strong" Song and Music Video Campaign to reach millions of people around the world about the importance of voluntary HIV counseling and testing and increased adherence to safer sex practices.

The War On Drugs Kills: Support, Don't Punish

Sonal Mehta | Posted 08.26.2013 | Impact
Sonal Mehta

Rather than demonizing people who use drugs, we should humanize them. Rather than jailing them, we should get them the treatment they need. Rather than punishing them, we must support them.

HIV Is Not a PR Stunt for Marriage Equality

Ian Finkenbinder | Posted 08.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Ian Finkenbinder

I had never, ever heard anyone suggest marriage equality as a solution to the transmission of HIV, so imagine my confusion when the director of one of the larger AIDS advocacy groups in the country made this assertion in the marriage narrative.

How I Didn't Get AIDS

Andrew Miller | Posted 08.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Andrew Miller

Most of my young gay friends are uninterested in the history of my membership in ACT UP, but a few, like Jake, are curious, even insistent. I answer their questions and try to explain what it was like to be 25 in the East Village in 1989.

The Other Gay Rights Case: Why Today's Obscure Supreme Court Decision Is More Important Than We Think

Jay Michaelson | Posted 08.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Jay Michaelson

Most commentators on the Supreme Court will regard June 20 as the day that the big thing didn't happen: No decision on marriage equality. But in fact, a lesser-known decision will have a wide-reaching, positive impact on LGBT equality, and civil rights generally, worldwide.

Three Deadly Diseases, One Common Cause

Melinda Gates | Posted 06.19.2013 | Impact
Melinda Gates

When Germany and other wealthy nations came together to create the Global Fund a decade ago, AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria were leading causes of death in developing countries. But world leaders recognized that they could make dramatic gains against these three diseases.

How Marriage Equality Helps Fight HIV

Neil G. Giuliano | Posted 08.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Neil G. Giuliano

When we promote and permit intolerance through bans on same-sex marriage, we enable and encourage feelings of marginalization, depression, and isolation among gay people. As a result, things like substance use, alcohol consumption, and sexual risk taking increase.

To Show Real Gay Pride, How About Reframing Safe Sex as What Proud, Healthy Gay Men Naturally Do?

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 08.17.2013 | Gay Voices
John-Manuel Andriote

When we have new generations who didn't watch their friends die horrific deaths from AIDS now dismissing condom use as "political correctness," and serious writers claiming that "hedonism" is what drives reckless sexual behavior, it's time for a reality check.

Beyond the Hype: PrEP for People Who Inject Drugs

Daniel Wolfe | Posted 08.14.2013 | World
Daniel Wolfe

The clinical trial finding that a once-daily pill halved HIV infection among people who inject drugs in Thailand is an important development in HIV prevention science, and brings welcome attention to a group often excluded from clinical trials.

What Does It Mean to Be HIV-Positive Today?

Dick Keiser Jr., Ph.D. | Posted 08.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Dick Keiser Jr., Ph.D.

It means that gay men's health agencies fail to recognize who are the responsible individuals for spreading HIV. The onus remains on those who are HIV-positive and ignores responsibility to educate HIV-negative men on valid risk reduction strategies.

Black Gay Men Positively Out: Many Men, Many Closets (Part 2)

Craig Washington | Posted 08.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Craig Washington

How do we reconcile the explicit messages we present to black gay men countering homophobia and HIV stigma with the messages we imply through our HIV closets? Where is the integrity in challenging gay men to relinquish their imbedded shame as we demonstrate and justify our own?

Undetectable Viral Load: As Safe as It Sounds?

Mark Adnum | Posted 08.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Mark Adnum

Decades later, gay men continue to explore possibilities around HIV prevention; the epidemic also continues. Dr. Joseph Sonnabend, a physician and AIDS researcher and co-author of How to Have Sex in an Epidemic, shares his thoughts on the pros and cons of one of the latest approaches.

Immigration Reform: Basic Justice, Public Health Consequences

Iván Espinoza-Madrigal | Posted 08.13.2013 | Latino Voices
Iván Espinoza-Madrigal

Basic legal protections for immigrants would allow those who would benefit from HIV diagnosis, treatment, and other health care to safely come out of the shadows. Getting HIV and STIs diagnosed and treated has positive economic and public health consequences.

Black Gay Men Positively Out: Many Men, Many Closets (Part 1)

Craig Washington | Posted 08.12.2013 | Gay Voices
Craig Washington

Stigma cannot be dislodged unless more HIV-positive people come out of our viral closets and break down the barricades of fear and silence. It is no secret that black gay men bear the highest HIV burden. Our condition demands that we unleash the radical.

The HIV Shame Game: What Role Do You Play?

Tyler Curry | Posted 08.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Tyler Curry

HIV-positive men aren't victims, vampires, zombies or martyrs. The social and psychological factors surrounding infection are complex, difficult and impossible to simplify into one category. The language we use to isolate one another is just the one element of the shaming that goes on within the gay community.

Dan Savage Explains Why Sex Education Must Include LGBTs

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 06.04.2013 | Gay Voices

(Warning: The above video contains graphic language.) Author and sex advice columnist Dan Savage, who recently asserted that gays are better at sex...

Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision: A Key Pillar of HIV Prevention

Ambassador Eric Goosby, MD | Posted 08.04.2013 | Impact
Ambassador Eric Goosby, MD

What if one procedure could significantly reduce your likelihood of getting sick for the rest of your life? When it comes to HIV/AIDS, men have an extraordinary opportunity to reduce their risk of HIV infection.

Here I Am: Speaking out from the epicenter of the HIV epidemic in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Lucy Chesire | Posted 08.04.2013 | Impact
Lucy Chesire

In a few days, June 9th-12th, a very important conference is set to take place in Lithuania that will bring all those interested in harm reduction tog...

Study Reveals Why HIV Rates Are Soaring Among Gay Black Men

Posted 06.01.2013 | Black Voices

While black gay and bisexual men comprise a segment of the United States population more likely to be infected with HIV than any other, the group has ...

Is Undetectable HIV Stigmatizing Gay Sex?

Posted 05.31.2013 | Gay Voices

As Tyler Curry, founder of Needle Prick Project, recently wrote: "An HIV-positive person can achieve undetectable levels after undergoing antiretrovi...

HIV-Positive and 'Undetectable': What Does It Really Mean?

Tyler Curry | Posted 07.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Tyler Curry

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.

Saving the Lives of Women Worldwide

Susan Blumenthal, M.D. | Posted 05.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Susan Blumenthal, M.D.

Mother's Day is a celebration of life and reflects the importance of women to their families, communities and countries. However, worldwide HIV/AIDS robs women and girls of their potential and health.

HIV: Let's Finish The Job

Beth Skorochod | Posted 07.10.2013 | Impact
Beth Skorochod

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 Happens When Condoms Are Criminal?

Renato Barucco | Posted 07.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Renato Barucco

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.