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Hiv Stigma

World Health Organization Recommends PrEP: Prevention or Perpetuating Stereotypes?

Jaga N.A. Argentum | Posted 07.21.2014 | 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 07.16.2014 | 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 06.27.2014 | 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 06.23.2014 | 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 06.12.2014 | 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.

President Of The Black AIDS Institute: Gay Men In New York Did Not And Do Not Matter

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 05.29.2014 | Gay Voices

The recent release of the much-anticipated film "The Normal Heart," which follows a gay activist trying to raise awareness in the early years of the A...

21-Year-Old 'Humiliated' To Be Kicked Out Of Basketball Game Because Of HIV-Status

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 04.17.2014 | Impact

Dakota Basinger was in the middle of a basketball game Sunday -- just a few minutes into the second half -- when the ref blew a whistle. The official...

A View From a Son

Nick Lieberman | Posted 06.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Nick Lieberman

AIDS is largely seen, in the United States at least, as something that happened, rather than something that can or will -- more polio than cancer, more Vietnam than Ukraine.

The Needle Prick Docu-Series: Defining HIV Stigma

Tyler Curry | Posted 05.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Tyler Curry

Everyone fears the prick of the needle, but a conversation about HIV is just the medicine we need to fight HIV today.

Detecting Change: A Landmark in HIV Prevention

Tyler Curry | Posted 05.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Tyler Curry

This study isn't a free pass for stupid behavior. But this study is a monumental and extraordinary step in the fight against HIV.

Gay-on-Gay Shaming: The New HIV War

Peter Staley | Posted 04.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Peter Staley

HIV-related stigma is worse than ever. Not the external kind, where a society is panicked about the new plague. Thankfully, the days of being shunned by hospital orderlies or funeral homes are over. But I'd prefer that kind of stigma over today's internal stigma, where a community shuns its own.

Overcoming Stigma and Shame: A Way Forward

C. Virginia Fields | Posted 04.14.2014 | Black Voices
C. Virginia Fields

The theme, "I Am My Brother's and Sister's Keeper - Fight HIV/AIDS!" calls on us to preserve and strengthen the health and well-being of our people by caring for and about one another and working together to reduce the disproportionately high rate of HIV/AIDS in the black community.

An HIV Status Doesn't Make You Damaged Goods

Jamar Rogers | Posted 04.12.2014 | Black Voices
Jamar Rogers

You see, you're more than a number. You're a living miracle, a breath of fresh air. You have hopes and ambitions. You dream. You hurt. You cry. You love. You are intricately weaved in the plot line of humanity's story and I, for one, am glad you're alive.

Matthew Ebert, Here's Why You and Other HIV-Positive People Should Never Refer to the Virus as a Gift

Mike Alvear | Posted 04.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Mike Alvear

Recently there was a good old-fashioned media smackdown when Matthew Ebert took an ax to my blog post "Why Are Some HIV-Positive Gay Men Grateful for ...

An AIDS-Free Generation Requires Stigma-Free Faith Communities

David Barstow | Posted 04.05.2014 | Religion
David Barstow

How do we reduce stigma? That's where local faith communities come in.

Why I Think HIV-Positive Guys Make Great Boyfriends

Gary Nelson | Posted 04.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Gary Nelson

I'm sure that my HIV-positive friends have some down days like everybody else. But what I see in them is a passionate push to move forward and get past the bad stuff. There's a courage, an optimism, and a strength, oddly coupled with a sweet vulnerability that, quite frankly, I find attractive.

Mike Alvear, Why Are Some HIV-Negative Guys Writing About HIV When They Have No Clue?

Matthew Ebert | Posted 03.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Ebert

Who are you to call me a victim? Ever hear of the Denver Principles? In the early 1980s, a group defining themselves as the People With AIDS Caucus rejected the word "victim," and HIV-positive people still do. I am not a victim, nor is my virus a burden to me any more than it is to you.

Shining a Light on Stigma in a Web 2.0 World

Laurindo Garcia | Posted 03.17.2014 | Impact
Laurindo Garcia

I gulped down some courage, reminded myself of the original intent of the photograph and then passed the phone back to my new friend with my "no shame in being HIV+" pic in full view.

Top Queer Stories of 2013 With HuffPost Gay Voices Editor Noah Michelson (AUDIO)

Nicholas Snow | Posted 03.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Snow

No topic was off-limits, including Duck Dynasty, Robin Roberts, Ricky Martin, the Winter Olympics, Russia, HIV stigma, Jason Collins, coming out, the glass closet, marriage equality and much more!

Local Faith Leaders Can End the AIDS Crisis

David Barstow | Posted 02.15.2014 | Religion
David Barstow

In 2011, about 1.7 million people died from AIDS-related diseases, but 2.5 million people became infected by HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, a net increase of 800,000 people living with HIV.

Outdated Laws Preserve HIV Stigma

Sen. Chris Coons | Posted 02.09.2014 | Politics
Sen. Chris Coons

Our nation and our science have come a long way since HIV/AIDS began mysteriously claiming lives in the United States. Unfortunately, many of our laws haven't kept up.

The Needle Prick Docu-Series Trailer

Tyler Curry | Posted 02.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Tyler Curry

What would happen if we all started talking honestly and openly about what HIV means without judgment or pretense?

The 2013 POZ 100: Celebrating Unsung Heroes

Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.

The HIV/AIDS community has many heroes. Our best-known heroes range from celebrities and activists to politicians and researchers. But I believe that the overwhelming majority of our heroes are in our midst. The people on this year's list may not consider themselves heroes, but we do.

Putting HIV in Its Place (Part 2)

Dick Keiser Jr., Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Dick Keiser Jr., Ph.D.

If you are HIV-positive, I suggest that you embrace it with all its challenges and take a chance on disclosure. The pent-up stress released by living, having a smile on your face and moving forward is worth no longer hiding -- and it can't hurt your T cell count.