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The Power of 'Shared Responsibility' in the Fight Against AIDS

Rebecca Haag | Posted 02.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Rebecca Haag

Everyone has a role to play in ending this epidemic. So how can you take responsibility for helping us get to an AIDS-free generation? Get an HIV test. Encourage a friend to get tested. Talk to your kids about safe sex. Reach out to a friend who's infected and tell them you care.

Join the Fight Against HIV/AIDS by Getting Tested

Quinn Tivey | Posted 01.31.2014 | Impact
Quinn Tivey

At the 1992 Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert, my grandmother, Elizabeth Taylor, gave some simple and on-point sexual advice: "Straight sex, gay sex, bisexual sex: use a condom -- whoever you are." Since her death, I've been striving to continue the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Complacency and Stigma: Is HIV No Longer a Death Sentence?

Verneda White | Posted 01.30.2014 | Impact
Verneda White

Wesley's HIV status did not change my love for him, but his death five months after that phone call, coupled with the loss of a second friend in five years hits me every time I hear the words "HIV is no longer a death sentence."

This Month, Get Aware -- and Get Tested

Rebecca Haag | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Rebecca Haag

It's no mystery that having to live with poverty, homelessness, unemployment, drug addiction, or discrimination makes a person more vulnerable to HIV infection. So what are we to make of the fact that transgender people are much more likely to be facing all these problems?

For Millions of People, Hope Lies in the Balance this December

Laurindo Garcia | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Laurindo Garcia

I received a text message from a friend today that he's headed to the beach next week; an unexceptional piece of information, except for the fact that last August "going to the beach" was the furthest thing from my his mind.

Playing on the Edges

Nancy Farese | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
Nancy Farese

Imagine if there was a knock on your door and you opened it to find LeBron James. He smiles, walks into your living room, and begins discussing HIV.

HIV/AIDS: NYC, Community Viral Load and Individual Responsibilities

Renato Barucco | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Renato Barucco

The entire city suffered physical, emotional, and financial damage. The epidemic will stop being a threat when every New Yorker will sustain a shared response to this communal and ongoing public health challenge.

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.

WATCH: Former Miss Universe Promotes At-Home HIV Testing

Posted 10.16.2013 | Latino Voices

Dayana Mendoza, Miss Universe 2008 and past Celebrity Apprentice stopped by HuffPost Live on Tuesday to talk about National Latino AIDS Awareness Day ...

Two Minutes of Advice for Those Testing HIV-Positive (VIDEO)

Mark S. King | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Mark S. King

2013-10-02-markkingyougotthissmall.pngIn a project called "You've Got This," Healthline has asked people who have been living with HIV to create videos for those who have recently tested positive. Of course, I had to create a video.

Shocking Number Of Grindr Users Have Never Been Tested For HIV/AIDS, Report Finds

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.02.2013 | Gay Voices

A survey released by the Center for HIV Educational Studies & Training in mid-September found that 10 percent of men on the gay hookup app Grindr have...

The Heart of the Matter in the Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Deborah Derrick | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Deborah Derrick

The last century brought with it a landslide of medical breakthroughs, from penicillin to a polio vaccine. But scientific discovery is just the first step. Only when these tools move out of the laboratory and into the hands of people do we begin to feel their transformative impact.

AIDS Is Still an Issue

Kenneth H. Mayer, M.D. | Posted 11.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Kenneth H. Mayer, M.D.

There are now more than 1 million Americans living with HIV, and around 200,000 remain unaware of their infection. A larger number are not stably engaged in care. Moreover, more than 50,000 Americans have become newly infected with HIV each year for more than a decade.

Facebook Encourages HIV Testing Among Minority Men, And More Health News This Week

The Huffington Post | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 09.06.2013 | Black Voices

Facebook's popularity may be on the decline (thanks to teenagers who reviled the social networking site's increasing adult presence earlier this year)...

Fearing Life With HIV: Using 'HIV-Negative' as a Substitution for 'Haven't Been Tested'

Preston Mitchum | Posted 10.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Preston Mitchum

I am embarrassed to admit that until June 27, 2013, I used "I'm HIV-negative" as a substitution for "I haven't been tested." Whereas I did not know my HIV status and could have been positive, I rejected William, a person who did the responsible thing by getting tested and telling me about his status.

A Commitment to the Fight Against HIV/AIDS

Vanessa Cullins | Posted 10.07.2013 | Black Voices
Vanessa Cullins

At Planned Parenthood, we're eager to inform our patients about expanded access to services that will help save their fertility and health, and we're also committed to helping address the stigma that can prevent people from getting tested for HIV or other STDs.

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.

'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.

Free HIV Tests In One Of New York's Busiest Parks?

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 06.20.2013 | Gay Voices

New Yorkers go to Union Square for various reasons. Whether it be to peruse the farmer's market, doing a little shopping, or just to catch their next ...

WATCH: Juanes Stars In PSA Video For A Cause

Blogamole | Michael Lopez | Posted 07.28.2014 | Latino Voices

By Michael Lopez Mark you calendars, this June 27 is National HIV Testing Day. And to help spread the word, Colombian superstar Juanes recor...

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.

HIV-Positive and 'Undetectable': What Does It Really Mean?

Tyler Curry | Posted 07.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Tyler Curry

An HIV-positive person discussing their "undetectable" viral load means that they have been tested, are on treatment and are open and honest about their HIV status. The idea that the term is only used to lure unsuspecting prey into high-risk sexual acts is stigmatizing and criminalizing.

In The Days Before 'Test And Treat'

Perry N. Halkitis, Ph.D., M.P.H. | Posted 06.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Perry N. Halkitis, Ph.D., M.P.H.

In my upcoming book, The AIDS Generation, I share the life stories of 15 remarkable gay men who bravely navigated the pioneering days of the AIDS epidemic, a time when many of us had very limited understandings of the disease and few viable options for fighting the virus.

Co-Testing For HIV: Would You Do It?

The Huffington Post | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 04.29.2013 | Black Voices

With the introduction of new (and more private) HIV home tests last year, men and women may be moving away from what researchers say is a proven strat...

Where The Hell Is Our Community?

Michael J. Kaplan | Posted 06.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Michael J. Kaplan

It feels like talking about HIV/AIDS has been set aside because it requires conversations about more difficult topics, like sex, drugs and poverty. We've de-sexed "gay" to win political wars about marriage and, as a result, abandoned confronting an STI that is devastating our community.