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Hiv Stigma

Can Safer Sex Be Sexy? (VIDEO)

DaShawn Usher | Posted 12.18.2014 | Gay Voices
DaShawn Usher

Each video in Impulse Group NYC's Ask & Tell series showcases the candid responses of five New York City gay men to often-thought-about but rarely-voiced questions on topics ranging from sex and protection to health, stigma, HIV status and more.

Generations of HIV

Alex Garner | Posted 12.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Alex Garner

Each generation of gay men has the distinct experience of being uniquely impacted by HIV. One of the best-understood and often explored generational experiences of HIV is the early years -- a time when the disease violently and unexpectedly emerged in the community.

World AIDS Day and the Digital Red Ribbon

Carolin Silbernagi | Posted 12.01.2014 | Impact
Carolin Silbernagi

With today being World AIDS Day, we thought it was the perfect time to talk to you about who we are, what we're doing and why we're doing it.

LOOK: These Individuals Are Fighting HIV Stigma By Living Visibily

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 12.01.2014 | Gay Voices

One of the greatest acts of resistance is to live visibly and openly -- even in the face of massive cultural stigma. Earlier this year, HuffPost Ga...

Wake Up This World AIDS Day

Joseph Lunievicz | Posted 12.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Joseph Lunievicz

How many times in the history of the AIDS pandemic have we not seen what was right in front of us? If we wait until 2020 to see that the vast majority of people living with HIV are indeed 50 and older we will simply be too late.

Here's How SCRUFF Is Moving Beyond 'HIV Status' On Its App

Jason Marchant | Posted 12.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Jason Marchant

Our community is still struggling with how to communicate about HIV and how to treat those who are HIV positive. This is especially evident in the way we are accustomed to asking guys to disclose HIV status online, which has remained largely unchanged since the advent of profile-based websites over 20 years ago.

Rejected: The Struggles of Dating With HIV

Tyler Curry | Posted 11.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Tyler Curry

You are going to be rejected. It is true, and it is going to happen eventually. Someone is going to shut you down before they get to know you because you are living with HIV. It sucks, it isn't fair, and there is nothing that you can do about how they feel. But you can stop equating rejection with loss.

Media-Driven Stigma Continues With New HIV Criminalization Case

Suraj Madoori | Posted 11.10.2014 | Chicago
Suraj Madoori

Despite the immense progress made in the battle to destigmatize HIV and end HIV criminalization laws, the mainstream media is failing to catch up and join the fight. In some cases, the media's coverage of HIV criminalization becomes the source of stigma.

In Our Fight Against HIV, LGB is Not Enough ... We Must Include the "T"

Jason Cianciotto | Posted 11.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Jason Cianciotto

Advocacy for the health and safety of LGBT communities can't just be about adding the "T" at the end of our priorities. The needs and experiences of transgender people must be at the forefront of our agenda.

Context and the Blue Pill of Prevention

Joseph Lunievicz | Posted 12.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Joseph Lunievicz

Stories offering a white, affluent, gay, male-centric perspective have hit the street running. The term 'Truvada whore' is already an early soundbite from mainstream media. But don't be fooled. The first voices may be the loudest, but they are not the most important.

Come Out Against Stigma, Live Out Proud

Paul Kawata | Posted 11.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Paul Kawata

Come out against the stigma facing everyone who is LGBT and living with HIV.

HIV, Aging and LGBT people: A Metamorphosis

Robert Espinoza | Posted 11.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Robert Espinoza

On April 3, 2008, my longtime friend Don (last name withheld) tested positive for HIV, the same day as his mother's 56th birthday. He remembers the da...

Don't Call It a Comeback: The Resurgence of HIV Among Young Gay Men

Tyler Curry | Posted 11.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Tyler Curry

When same-sex marriage became the singular virtual focus of the gay community, HIV virus received the break it needed to stage a comeback among gay and bisexual youth who were too busy fighting in courtrooms to worry about the bedroom.

Using Sex to Sell HIV Prevention

Tyler Curry | Posted 10.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Tyler Curry

The idea is that using healthy, sexual images in HIV messaging will dilute the fear of contracting the virus and further increase the risk of infection for my peers and the younger gay men on the up and up. On its face, this argument makes sense. But make no mistake: It is completely and fundamentally flawed.

PrEP'd and Ready

Michael LaMasa | Posted 10.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael LaMasa

PrEP has magnificent potential to prevent infection. It has the potential to provide many with a chance at a more comfortable life, but I would encourage the gay population to be responsible and remember that none of us are invincible, no matter what powers we think we possess.

AIDS 2014: A Week of Heartbreak, Hope, and Renewed Commitment

Amb. Deborah L. Birx, M.D. | Posted 10.11.2014 | Impact
Amb. Deborah L. Birx, M.D.

A number of critical gaps remain. For one, as the UNAIDS Gap report highlights, an estimated 19 million of the 35 million people living with HIV/AIDS globally do not know their HIV-positive status.

African-American Sisters Aging With HIV and Co-Morbidities

Irene Monroe | Posted 09.30.2014 | Black Voices
Irene Monroe

Imani* was 32 when she contracted HIV. Having watched many of her sister-friends die as a result of the virus, Imani did not expect to reach middle ag...

It's Not Just About the Meds

Benjamin Bashein | Posted 09.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Benjamin Bashein

The HIV epidemic, no matter how close it comes to becoming a medicalized, chronic and manageable illness through the intervention of science will never come to an end unless these parallel social diseases are also defeated.

Stigma and Discrimination Are Killing Gay Men -- News From the International AIDS Conference

Linda_Villarosa | Posted 09.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Linda_Villarosa

What is the effect of the new, repressive anti-LGBT laws around the world? "We have evidence to show that the law is killing people."

World Health Organization Recommends PrEP: Prevention or Perpetuating Stereotypes?

Jaga N.A. Argentum | Posted 09.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Jaga N.A. Argentum

Anyone who engages in risky sexual behavior should take extra precautions, be it through PrEP or otherwise. While I'm certain that the WHO acknowledges this, their message nevertheless helps perpetuate the falsehood of HIV being a "gay disease."

What Not to Do If You Are Dating and HIV-Positive

Tyler Curry | Posted 09.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Tyler Curry

There is one surefire way of turning every future love scenario into a bloodbath, no matter how much of a match the two of you may be, and that is being HIV-positive and desperate for a date.

The Results: What If I Test Positive+ for HIV?

Verneda White | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Verneda White

On this National HIV Testing Day #NHTD I share my recent experience not to excuse my decision making, but to encourage others who may find themselves in a similar situation to take action.

Why HIV Is Spreading In The Poorest Areas Of Washington, D.C.

OWN | Posted 06.26.2014 | OWN

Daphnie is a 56-year-old woman in Washington, D.C. who has been living with HIV for nearly two decades. In the district's poorest wards, HIV infection...

Life Can Be Different: Saving the Next Generation in Zimbabwe

Tyler Curry | Posted 09.05.2014 | World
Tyler Curry

While driving back from Neshaya Secondary School in Makwa, Zimbabwe, I sat, staring out into the African sky at the rural homesteads that were loosely arranged throughout the land, built from logs, mud and thatch.

Fingers to Ashes: The Millennial Disconnect with HIV

Tyler Curry | Posted 08.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Tyler Curry

While the level of danger has waned over the past three decades, the threat of HIV still remains. Unlike the generations first affected by the virus, the millennial age is now armed a wealth of information and a variety of prevention tools to change the course of HIV for good.