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Hiv Prevention

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.

Speak Up With Jimmy: Randi Zuckerberg Speaks Up for Causes (VIDEO)

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 08.31.2013 | Media
Jimmy Nguyen

What causes lead Randi Zuckerberg to speak up? In part 5 of my interview with her, Randi talks about: voicing support for women in business stopping...

Is Unprotected Sex the New Normal?

Dick Keiser Jr., Ph.D. | Posted 08.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Dick Keiser Jr., Ph.D.

Just because more and more gay men are having unprotected (bareback) sex doesn't make it right! It just shows a lack of education and awareness of risk.

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.