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Hiv Prevention

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.

The Heart of the Matter in the Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Deborah Derrick | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Deborah Derrick

The last century brought with it a landslide of medical breakthroughs, from penicillin to a polio vaccine. But scientific discovery is just the first step. Only when these tools move out of the laboratory and into the hands of people do we begin to feel their transformative impact.

Time for GMHC to Lead

Peter Staley | Posted 11.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Peter Staley

GMHC announced last week that long-serving CEO Dr. Marjorie Hill would be stepping down. They titled their press release "A New Direction for GMHC." We can only hope. Will GMHC seize this moment to become a highly visible leader in preventing HIV infections in New York City?

AIDS Is Still an Issue

Kenneth H. Mayer, M.D. | Posted 11.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Kenneth H. Mayer, M.D.

There are now more than 1 million Americans living with HIV, and around 200,000 remain unaware of their infection. A larger number are not stably engaged in care. Moreover, more than 50,000 Americans have become newly infected with HIV each year for more than a decade.

LGBT Equality Reduces the Spread of HIV -- But It's Not Enough to End the Epidemic

Rebecca Haag | Posted 11.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Rebecca Haag

In states with populations that are openly hostile to LGBT people and express that hostility by enacting bans against the rights of same-sex couples to marry, we see statistically significant increases in HIV diagnoses among gay and bisexual men.

My First Bass Weejuns: How Trying to Fit Into a Champagne Culture Can Undermine the Health of Gay Men With Beer Budgets

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 11.06.2013 | Gay Voices
John-Manuel Andriote

When you have a young gay man, eager to fit into the sophisticated gay world of a big city, lacking a high-paying job or family funds to support an upscale lifestyle, the result can often be credit problems -- and even more insidious problems.

HIV-Positive and As Sexy As I Want to Be

Tyler Curry | Posted 11.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Tyler Curry

Confidence is just waking up in the morning and knowing that you have what it takes to make your own life good. If it is love or a relationship that you seek, someone will believe that you are worth taking to breakfast the next morning only if you do.

Facebook Encourages HIV Testing Among Minority Men, And More Health News This Week

The Huffington Post | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 09.06.2013 | Black Voices

Facebook's popularity may be on the decline (thanks to teenagers who reviled the social networking site's increasing adult presence earlier this year)...

Gay Porn Star Reveals He's HIV Positive

Los Angeles Daily News | Susan Abram | Posted 11.04.2013 | Los Angeles

A second adult-film performer revealed Tuesday that he has tested HIV positive, two weeks after his girlfriend, who also has worked in the porn indust...

Court Rules In Controversial Case Of HIV-Positive Man Accused Of Passing Virus To Another Man

AP | STEVE KARNOWSKI | Posted 08.21.2013 | Gay Voices

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Supreme Court rejected a prosecutor's effort to reinstate the conviction of an HIV-positive man accused of passing the vi...

Reimagining Hope: An Interview With Simon Watney

Mark Adnum | Posted 10.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Mark Adnum

Simon Watney has an established reputation in the field of HIV/AIDS. In response to the increasingly surreal and ineffective responses to the fact that HIV infections among gay men in wealthy countries are increasing, he has decided that he and his contemporaries need to return to advocacy.

The Shared Responsibility of HIV Disclosure

Tyler Curry | Posted 10.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Tyler Curry

There is a common assumption among the sexually active homo population that it is the responsibility of HIV-positive men to disclose their status before engaging in bedroom gymnastics. But sometimes there is more than one suspect in a crime.

Truvada Truths: The Money's in the Medicine

Steve Drum | Posted 10.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Steve Drum

Truvada is just one of the family of HIV drugs produced by Gilead Sciences, which medicates about 75 percent of people treated for HIV, and all of those treatment regimens retail between $1,000 and $2,500 for 30 tablets.

Marking a Civil Rights Milestone, Elitism Is Robbing LGBT Movement of Power to 'Make Good the Promise of America'

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 09.30.2013 | Gay Voices
John-Manuel Andriote

When LGBT organization leaders meet in their national conclaves and fail to include HIV/AIDS on their agenda, they send a clear message to gay men whose health and lives continue to be at great risk from HIV, particularly young African-American gay men: "We're first. Go to the back of the bus."

HIV Prevention and Homeless Youth: Fixing a Catastrophic Failure

Carl Siciliano | Posted 09.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Carl Siciliano

HIV prevention efforts directed at homeless youths typically focus on condom distribution and HIV prevention education. But focusing on condoms and awareness without responding to the lack of shelter, which forces homeless youths into survival sex, is a failed policy.

Gay Porn Mogul On Why Condom Use Is Still 'A Failure' For HIV Prevention

Posted 07.26.2013 | Gay Voices

Gay porn mogul Michael Lucas wrote at length about his use of Truvada, or pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), as an HIV prevention method in an Op-Ed for...

Do Condom Distribution Programs Actually Discourage Safe Sex?

Dick Keiser Jr., Ph.D. | Posted 09.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Dick Keiser Jr., Ph.D.

I suggest an alternative: Shift the responsibility for safe sex to the individual. Gay health organizations need to redirect their efforts from stuffing condom packets into teaching responsibility, safety and fun.

Hulu Adds HIV Doc, Positive Youth, to Their Roster

Austin Head | Posted 09.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Austin Head

It will be 10 years this August that I became HIV+... I was 19 years old. At the time, because of instilled prejudice, stigma and lack of information, I knew in my heart that I would become a social leper and would be dead before I reached my mid-20s.

If I Am HIV-Negative, Then You Must Be Too, Right?

Rob Stephenson | Posted 09.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Rob Stephenson

New evidence suggests that gay men may use their own HIV status as a barometer against which to guesstimate their partner's HIV status. One in 5 men surveyed thought that if two men were having sex and one was HIV-negative, then the other must also be HIV-negative.

Access to HIV Treatment -- Raising the Bar

Michel Sidibé | Posted 09.07.2013 | Impact
Michel Sidibé

The path to zero -- zero new infections, zero discrimination, and zero AIDS-related deaths -- is clearer today than ever before. Universal access to antiretroviral therapy can help pave the way.