Major philanthropists are ignoring the continuing AIDS crisis in the United States. Why is HIV no longer a top priority among those with the means to do something about a still-spreading disease that can only be held at bay with costly medications and cannot be cured? People are dying.
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 only message the government should be sending is that it is committed to saving lives and supporting those who are working to bring an end to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. That is a moral agenda worth advancing.
As a psychic medium I am blessed to know that our loved ones never leave us. Harold is still with me and I know is working from the Other Side to "steer" many blessings to those he continues to watch over on this side.
One way New York State is considering streamlining its Medicaid costs is by expanding needle-exchange centers to help drug users prevent getting HIV and hepatitis C. But that may take federal funds, and Congress reinstated a ban on such funds last year.
We are taking a stand -- for ourselves and for the children just like us around the world. Every child deserves an opportunity to grow up, to have a fifth birthday, to have a first kiss, to follow their dreams -- and if they want, to have a family of their own someday.
We have the tools to curb the HIV/AIDS epidemic, but we continue to stumble in addressing the social and structural determinants that drive new infections. Only by confronting homophobia, racism, sexism and other social inequalities will we be able to fully implement our toolbox.
You have to ask yourself if you are truly committed to combatting stigma. If you aren't, if you want to wield stigma as a weapon to impose your point of view, then you are part of the problem. To stigmatize PrEP or the people who take it will only lead to more HIV infections.
The church is the cornerstone of black community, and as communities of faith increases their HIV/AIDS knowledge base and engage the process to end AIDS, so shall we see a significant decline in transmission rates for black people.
With new investments in the health of our communities and the advent of technology that can educate and communicate with more people than ever before, we have the tools to end the HIV epidemic and in particular curb the toll it takes on the African-American community.
Secrecy and fear shouldn't go hand in hand with being young, black and gay. And a sense of self-worth and positive vision for the future are keys in motivating and enabling people to protect themselves.
Each of us can do something right now to help end the epidemic. Get tested, and urge your doctor to adopt HIV testing as a standard of care. Encourage others, especially young people, to get tested, too. Speak out for comprehensive sexual health programming in your schools.
Throughout the world, research has consistently shown that drug criminalization forces people who use drugs away from public health services and into hidden environments where HIV risks become significantly elevated.