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Boil the Water

Zeke Stokes | Posted 12.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Zeke Stokes

I grew up in an age in which contracting HIV was tantamount to a death sentence. Thankfully, that's no longer the case. But it's no longer the case so long as someone is tested, diagnosed, and receives a continuum of treatment. In the U.S., we are currently missing the mark by a mile.

Heroes Among Us: Walking Every Day to Fight HIV

Leslie Mancuso, PhD, RN, FAAN | Posted 12.04.2014 | Impact
Leslie Mancuso, PhD, RN, FAAN

As we mark continued progress in reaching an AIDS-free generation, I want to introduce you to Guilhermina Marcos. She is among nearly 200 lay counselors, who go door-to- door, bringing HIV testing and counseling services to Mozambicans where they live.

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.

Ethiopia May Have Just Set The World Record For HIV Testing

AP | ELIAS MESERET | Posted 12.01.2014 | Healthy Living

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — More than 3,300 people were tested for HIV Sunday in the Ethiopian region of Gambella, a massive turnout that exceeded ...

Living Life to the Fullest With HIV at 61 and Beyond

Patricia Shelton | Posted 12.16.2014 | Fifty
Patricia Shelton

We all think at one time or another "it isn't my problem." I too was one of those who was glad when someone had a crisis or problem and it wasn't me. The year 1991 changed my way of thinking and living.

4 Conversation-Starters for Gay and Bisexual Men, By Gay and Bisexual Men

Noël Gordon | Posted 11.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Noël Gordon

As gay and bisexual men, it can be overwhelming -- and in some cases, downright exhausting -- to keep HIV at the front of our minds and on the tip of our tongues. But talking about it, with a friend, a doctor or a potential partner, can ease our anxieties and potentially change our thinking and our actions for the better.

A Prescription for Ending the HIV Epidemic

Dr. Jonathan Mermin | Posted 11.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jonathan Mermin

Substantial progress has been made to expand HIV testing efforts and increase the percentage of Americans with HIV who are aware they're infected -- from 75 percent in 2003 to 84 percent in 2010 -- but simply knowing your status isn't enough.

What Makes Jesus Mad as Hell?

Rev. Mel White | Posted 10.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Mel White

With very few exceptions, clergy and lay leaders representing 2.5 billion Christians worldwide are still defending their tired old beliefs that homosexuality is a sickness and a sin, beliefs based on biblical misuse and scientific ignorance.

Mapping the HIV Epidemic to Improve Prevention and Care

Patrick Sullivan | Posted 09.09.2014 | Impact
Patrick Sullivan

Today, more Americans are aware of their HIV status than ever before, however one in six Americans with HIV do not know that they are HIV-positive. HIV testing saves lives.

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.

From the Front Line Against HIV: Time to End the Federal Syringe Ban

Christine Rodriguez | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Christine Rodriguez

The ban on federal funds for syringe services programs (SSPs) wrests control from injection drug users -- an abject failure of government to support evidence-based public health, and a rejection of the domestic and global goal of an AIDS-free generation.

It's Time to Harness the Power of the Pulpit

Dr. Amy Nunn | Posted 08.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Amy Nunn

By enlisting each and every clergy member in candid conversations about the epidemic, we can harness the power of the pulpit to mobilize the African-American community around HIV/AIDS.

Global Initiatives for HIV/AIDS Prevention

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 08.26.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Every city faces a different local context when it comes to fighting HIV/AIDS, and strategies must cater to local needs.

A Gift of Life Positive and The Power To Be Strong for National HIV Testing Day (AUDIO / VIDEO)

Nicholas Snow | Posted 08.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Snow

On the occasion of National HIV Testing Day (June 27th), I am honored to gift readers of The Huffington Post with a Kindle download (You may choose...

Pittsburgh Mayor Records PSA to Promote HIV Testing

Sue Kerr | Posted 08.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Sue Kerr

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto has been a long-time ally to the LGBTQ community, from his days as a legislative aide to his years on City Council and now in his first months as Mayor.

Less Than Half Of America Has Been Tested For HIV. Here's Why.

Shari Margolese | Posted 06.18.2014 | Impact

By Shari Margolese HIV has been a serious health concern for Americans for over 30 years. And yet only about 45 percent of Americans have ever ...

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.

The HIV Equal Campaign and a Half Century of Gay Sex

David Toussaint | Posted 08.06.2014 | Gay Voices
David Toussaint

You wouldn't have known that an HIV test awaited you from the red carpet entrance and the group of photographers perched outside, waiting for Sandra...

Tenth-Grader Develops Rapid Test For Deadly Virus

The Huffington Post | Sara Gates | Posted 05.13.2014 | Science

This isn't your ordinary high school science project. For a regional science competition in Canada, 15-year-old Nicole Ticea devised an early-stage...

Marking a Scientific Milestone, and Celebrating a Gay Hero, in the HIV Epidemic

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 06.23.2014 | Gay Voices
John-Manuel Andriote

The anniversaries marked on April 23 -- the 30th anniversary of the scientific discovery that unlocked the door to developing treatment for HIV, and the 20th anniversary of the passing of a key figure in gay America's heroic efforts will forever stand out in the history of the HIV pandemic.

When People With HIV Became Suicide Bombers

Mark S. King | Posted 06.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Mark S. King

Instead of placing responsibility on everyone having sex, Randy Shilts' 1987 book And the Band Played On portrayed people with HIV as suicide bombers. The damage, both to the truth and to the public image of people with AIDS, still reverberates today.

Beyond "Poz" and "Neg": Five HIV Statuses, Plus a New One

Renato Barucco | Posted 05.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Renato Barucco

To have a meaningful conversation about HIV status, people should corner intentions and sexual partners in the realm of actuality, by keeping it to-the-point and asking the following questions.

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.

Dr. Strange Glove (Or How I Learned to Love Condoms and Stop Dropping Those Bombs)

Matthew Ebert | Posted 04.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Ebert

Recently I met a younger guy who is HIV-negative, and I don't want to risk transmission, so I decided to start loving the condom and learned to stop dropping those mind bombs that kept me down on the farm.

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.