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Hiv Stigma

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Outdated Laws Preserve HIV Stigma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.

Putting HIV in Its Place (Part 1)

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

I call disclosure of my HIV status "coming out with none of the benefits." However, I found that putting HIV in its proper place in my life enabled me to move forward and was incredibly empowering. But I am not saying it was, or is, easy.

Rejecting the 'Poz' Label

Tyler Curry | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Tyler Curry

I am a mandatory member of the "poz" club, but it would be impossible for me to accurately represent or even speak to every "poz" man out there. I never intended to. One's HIV status tells about as much about that person's character and disposition as the state where they were born.

HIV Criminalization and Stigma

Ace Robinson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Ace Robinson

We must base prevention and treatment efforts in sustainable endeavors that encourage education about, prevention, and treatment of HIV. Criminalizing those infected by HIV is not one of them. Enough is enough.

Why Aren't You Out About Your HIV-Positive Status?

Mark S. King | Posted 12.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Mark S. King

I know that for some people, staying private about their HIV status is a matter of personal safety. But I believe a lot more people could be open about it, and their only reason for not doing so is fear. That's a powerful emotion, but fear doesn't excuse us for standing by as others are stigmatized.

Positive or Negative, We Should All Aim to Be Equal (PHOTOS)

David Duran | Posted 12.15.2013 | Gay Voices
David Duran

HIV Equal is a new national photo campaign, supported by the World Health Clinicians, aimed at ending HIV stigma and promoting HIV testing by creating a social art movement that changes the way people think about HIV and gets the public talking about HIV once again.

Coming Out Against HIV Stigma

Alex Garner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Alex Garner

To come out about one's HIV status can be a risky prospect. We live in a world of stigma and intolerance, and all too often, coming out is met with anger, castigation and possibly even violence. But people still come out. That's what we do. We come out.

Lessons From Pea Ridge: 5 Ways Parents Can Help Update HIV Education in the United States

Jodie Howerton | Posted 11.30.2013 | Impact
Jodie Howerton

As the mother of an HIV positive school-age son who is working on updating HIV/AIDS educational resources in public school classrooms, I was very disheartened to learn that the devastating stigma still associated with HIV reared its ugly head in a public school in Arkansas last week.

Camp Starlight: A Summer Camp for Kids Affected by HIV

Tyler Curry | Posted 11.27.2013 | Impact
Tyler Curry

As I recall my memories from Camp Starlight, I have no sob stories to give you about the hardships that these children face in the shadow of HIV. That is because the people of Camp Starlight have created a place where these kids get to live the life that HIV robs them of.

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.

Redefine Positive: Updating HIV/AIDS Educational Resources in Public Schools

Jodie Howerton | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Jodie Howerton

My 8-year-old son, Duzi, is HIV positive. He is not scary and he is not contagious. He takes a regimen of anti-retroviral medication every day and has an undetectable viral load. He is not a threat to anyone.

The Amazing Advocates of the 2013 U.S. Conference on AIDS (VIDEO)

Mark S. King | Posted 11.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Mark S. King

In my vlog recap you'll meet a lot of people addressing HIV stigma in various ways. You're also going to meet advocates of the celebrity variety (for example, Mondo Guerra of Project Runway), as well as those doing the work on the ground in communities large and small.

Eli's Story: Losing His HIV-Positive Brother

Tyler Curry | Posted 11.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Tyler Curry

Eli never kept a secret from Estis. So when Eli first learned of Estis' HIV-positive status only after the latter had died of complications from the virus, he was left to search for an answer that his brother could no longer give.

School Suspects Students Have HIV, Tells Them Not To Come Back

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.16.2013 | Parents

Three students in Arkansas have been barred from attending school after administrators began to suspect they might be HIV-positive, according to local...

California Lawmakers Consider Stricter HIPAA Regulations for High-Risk Patient Populations

Mike Spradley | Posted 11.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Mike Spradley

The medical community has an obligation to protect all patient information, especially those seeking medical services for an already particularly stigmatized diagnosis or condition such as HIV. No patient should fear seeking medical treatment.

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.

Here's An Easy Way For You To Help Fight HIV Stigma

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 09.05.2013 | Gay Voices

On September 21 fashion designer Mondo Guerra of "Project Runway" fame will join "Positively Aware" magazine to celebrate the fourth annual A Day With...