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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.

Young Ambassadors Speak Out, Organize Events for First National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on April 10

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 06.08.2013 | Impact
John-Manuel Andriote

National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is intended to be a wake-up call for America's youth. They are the first generation never to have known a world without HIV/AIDS.

Can I Have a Redo On My HIV Test Please?

David Duran | Posted 06.04.2013 | Gay Voices
David Duran

Killing the shame and stigma surrounding HIV is the first step to getting everyone tested and on medication to then ultimately have the majority of infected individuals at undetectable levels.

D.C. Rolls Out New HIV Test That Could Increase Chance of Cure

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 06.01.2013 | Healthy Living
John-Manuel Andriote

To be functionally cured means that after a few years of treatment, someone could theoretically stop their medication. Although HIV would still be found in the DNA of their cells, it would not reproduce, circulate in the blood and bodily fluids, and destroy the immune system.

Report: Many Poor Heterosexuals In U.S. Cities At Risk For HIV Infection

Reuters | Posted 05.14.2013 | Black Voices

* 2.3 percent of those tested were infected * Nearly half of those infected had never been tested March 14 (Reuters) - S...

Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson

Cookie Johnson: 'You Can Live A Normal Life With HIV'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 03.09.2013 | Black Voices

In just another ten years, Cookie Johnson's life as an HIV-awareness advocate would have outpaced, her humble upbringing in Detroit, her stint as a de...

HIV, Infants, Science and Sequestration

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

The sequestration's full effects are not all clear, but it will severely impede scientific progress across the country, along with various public health programs.

I'm HIV-Negative

Mark Adnum | Posted 04.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Mark Adnum

If HIV-negative men were more assertive about their status, they could take on a fairer share of responsibility in regard to HIV prevention. HIV-positive men have their own status to manage. It's not their responsibility to manage yours too, but it seems that they're expected to do so.

Confessions Of An HIV-Positive Total Bottom

Nicholas Snow | Posted 04.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Snow

I don't support marriage equality simply for other people. I want to walk down the aisle one day. But in the community in which I live, Palm Springs, Calif., I find that there is an immense shortage of single, available, poz-friendly, sober-friendly total tops.

Away With AIDS! Advancing Our Perceptions Parallel to Current HIV Science

Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick | Posted 04.21.2013 | Black Voices
Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick

Advancements in HIV treatment can eliminate the threat of dying from AIDS but the community psyche is trapped in the past. In 2013 no one has to develop or die of AIDS. Why aren't we getting this message?

Ask MISTER CARL: 'Can I Go To Jail For Not Disclosing My HIV Status?'

Carl Sandler | Posted 04.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Carl Sandler

HIV disclosure laws vary from state to state, with Iowa having arguably the strictest. But let's face it: You're going to have sex again, no matter what lawmakers say. You're going to have to do an honest examination of your personal ethics as an HIV-positive individual.

The Promise Of Equality: Fighting HIV Among African Americans

Ernest Hopkins | Posted 04.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Ernest Hopkins

By increasing HIV status awareness among disproportionately affected African-Americans, we can take full advantage of our new biomedical understanding of the value of treatment as prevention. This approach improves health outcomes for the individual, and for the greater community.

The Face Of Honesty

Marten Weber | Posted 03.04.2013 | Gay Voices
Marten Weber

On a cold winter day in Manchester, England, I met Patrick Ettenes, an HIV activist and writer for Out Northwest. What really made me want to meet him was his statement on the phone that "HIV is the best thing that ever happened to me!"

What HIV Looks Like: Andrea Johnson

The Huffington Post | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 12.20.2012 | Black Voices

In 2007, 53,200 new cases of HIV were reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), though that number would drop off by more than...

WATCH: What HIV Looks Like ... Through The Eyes Of A Teen

The Huffington Post | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 12.11.2012 | Black Voices

By some estimates, sexual health for minority teens is looking up. A survey released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in July reveale...

My First HIV Test

JR Tungol | Posted 02.09.2013 | Gay Voices
JR Tungol

Before I left Chicago, I promised my friend that I would get tested once I got to New York. He said I shouldn't wait any longer. His insistence touched me, though I did wait three more months. My neurotic mind needed all that time to review every sexual encounter I'd ever had.

What HIV Looks Like: Benita Terrell

The Huffington Post | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 12.10.2012 | Black Voices

At some point in their life, one in 16 African-American men and one in 32 African-American women will receive a diagnosis of HIV. In 2000, Benita Terr...

HIV/AIDS and the Latino Community

Vanessa Gonzalez-Plumhoff | Posted 02.02.2013 | Latino Voices
Vanessa Gonzalez-Plumhoff

There is no reason why any small town boy or girl should feel that HIV/AIDS is a world away. It's not, and I don't want them to wait to find out just how close it really is until it's too late.

What HIV Looks Like: Sabrina Heard

The Huffington Post | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 12.01.2012 | Black Voices

In its now 31-year history, HIV has never faced the kind of threats to its existence as it has in 2012. From groundbreaking antiretroviral drugs to an...

World AIDS Day: 25 Years of Progress

Dr. Mphu Keneiloe Ramatlapeng | Posted 12.01.2012 | Impact
Dr. Mphu Keneiloe Ramatlapeng

The progress made since those early days in Lesotho -- both here and around the world -- is worth celebrating on this 25th World AIDS Day. This day is a time of hope for the HIV community.

Ending HIV in the United States: The Ultimate Challenge

Scott W. Royal, Ph.D. | Posted 01.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Scott W. Royal, Ph.D.

The stigma associated with HIV is only partially to blame. More problematic is the difficulty of reaching the most vulnerable members of the U.S. population who are living with HIV but unaware of their status: racial and ethnic minorities, the poor and disenfranchised, and people who are homeless.

Cascade Helps Keep People Coming Back for HIV Treatment

Ward Cates | Posted 01.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Ward Cates

Last year, we celebrated 30 years of progress in the fight against AIDS. This year, let's celebrate World AIDS Day by looking forward. We've challenged ourselves by setting an ambitious goal of an AIDS-free generation. Let's examine where we are on our way to that goal.