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HIV Never Takes a Holiday

Jeff Berry | Posted 10.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Jeff Berry

For those who are both working in the field and HIV-positive, you can never, ever really turn it off. Wouldn't it be nice if maybe, just once in a while, we could take an HIV holiday, like Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday?

AIDS at 32: For Whom the Bell Tolls (32 Notables Share Their Stories)

Kergan Edwards-Stout | Posted 08.05.2013 | Gay Voices
Kergan Edwards-Stout

I reached out to both those who directly faced the onslaught of HIV/AIDS and those who are younger who have never known a world without it, to find out how 32 years of HIV/AIDS have affected their lives. Here are 32 voices on the 32nd year of AIDS.

Speak Up With Jimmy: Ji Wallace, Part 4 (VIDEO)

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 07.23.2013 | Gay Voices
Jimmy Nguyen

Ji talks about creating his "Find Your Silver Lining" Foundation to educate people about HIV and help people living with HIV/AIDS. He plans to lead HIV-positive hikers on a seven-day trek on the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS in that nation.

Speak Up With Jimmy: Ji Wallace, Part 3 (VIDEO)

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 05.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Jimmy Nguyen

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The Song Of The Unlikely Survivor / My Beautiful Life

Robert Levithan | Posted 07.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Robert Levithan

Recently I attended a forum titled "Is This My Beautiful Life?" It focused on the veterans of the front lines of AIDS: activists and survivors. Like veterans of Vietnam and Iraq, many have not fully recovered. I seem to have. However, there's a deep grief that fills my heart.

Speak Up With Jimmy: Ji Wallace, Part 2 (VIDEO)

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 07.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Jimmy Nguyen

In this episode Ji Wallace, the 2000 Olympic silver medalist in trampoline from Australia, talks about the importance of knowing and speaking about your HIV status. He also tells me his stories about coming out as HIV-positive to his parents and his boyfriend Shaun.

Coming Out Of The HIV/AIDS Closet

Gary Nelson | Posted 06.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Gary Nelson

Without PWA (people with AIDS) participating in all levels of HIV/AIDS awareness, education, research and support programs, there is no passion and therefore no motivation to move forward. Even if you work behind the scenes, it makes a difference.

Twenty Years And Counting

Tom Judson | Posted 04.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Tom Judson

I didn't expect to live long enough to write this when, 20 years ago today, my doctor called to tell me that my HIV test had come back positive. The news hit me like a bomb; hyperbole or not, back then it was still pretty much considered a death sentence.

Deprived, Not Depraved: Lewis' Story

Neal Boulton | Posted 04.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Neal Boulton

Over the years, Lewis and I became liver-recovery buddies. "Oh, I am sure I had far more fun," Lewis said one day during our first year of doctor's visits, after I declared that at least I'd had fun destroying my liver. "Indirectly far more fun, that is," he added in his usual enigmatic way.

I'm Gonna Wipe That AIDS Right Off My Face

Mark S. King | Posted 03.31.2013 | Gay Voices
Mark S. King

It was all well and good to be front and center as an HIV-positive man during the first years of the AIDS crisis. It's easier being a role model when your face looks good on the poster. But then, slowly but surely, a common side effect of HIV medications, facial wasting, began to appear.

How GMHC's Savor Dinner Nourishes People Living With HIV and AIDS

Wilson Rodriguez | Posted 03.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Wilson Rodriguez

Isolation. Stigma. Shame. Words I would have not connected to cooking until I came to work at GMHC 10 years ago. Our clients deserve the best and I purchase the best quality of food I can get.

A Gay Kenyan's Gang Rape (Part 1): The Blessing

Nick Mwaluko | Posted 03.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Nick Mwaluko

On the morning of Dec. 11, 2007, Anthony Adero decided to leave his hometown forever and head to the capital, because he wanted to kiss a man for the first time in his life.

Top 10 New Year's Resolutions For People Living With HIV

Jeff Berry | Posted 03.05.2013 | Gay Voices
Jeff Berry

You may think that people with HIV are no different from anyone else, and you're right, for the most part. But if you are living with HIV, here are a few ideas for resolutions you may want to think about for the coming year, in no particular order.

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...

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...

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...

HIV-Positive? This World AIDS Day, Come Out And Start A Conversation

Mondo Guerra | Posted 01.31.2013 | Gay Voices
Mondo Guerra

When I went on Project Runway, I didn't really plan on getting into the subject of my HIV status. But when I revealed my HIV status, a weight was lifted off my shoulders. It turned out to be one of the most important conversations I had ever had. It changed my life.

The Needle Prick: Reluctant Social Commentary Of A Newly HIV-Positive 20-Something

Tyler Curry | Posted 01.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Tyler Curry

For the successful gay 20-something, the threat of HIV can almost seem outdated, a scary memory that our community is lucky to forget. This dangerous fallacy is what led me to get gobsmacked with a dose of reality during my routine, "socially responsible" STD test.

For Older Adults With HIV, Progress Is Real, But Challenges Remain

Daniel Tietz | Posted 12.22.2012 | Gay Voices
Daniel Tietz

Our collective mentality when it comes to treating the epidemic in older adults is a pre-1983 one. We are in the dark in too many ways, working without the basic information and data we need to address this population. Thus, the need for new research, education and outreach is critical.

Walking Into Positivity

Aundaray Guess | Posted 12.22.2012 | Gay Voices
Aundaray Guess

Recently I wrote a blog about how HIV prevention should move beyond handing people condoms. My story wasn't that straightforward, and as I reveal how I became infected with HIV, hopefully you'll see my reasoning.

Looking Beyond HIV When It Comes To Gay Men Of Color

Aundaray Guess | Posted 12.05.2012 | Gay Voices
Aundaray Guess

Instead of throwing a condom in a young gay black man's hand, first look at what his world looks like. What are his life circumstances? What societal barriers prevent him from getting the message on HIV? Does he feel that he has any worth?

Do We Need Another Memoir?

Robert Levithan | Posted 11.24.2012 | Gay Voices
Robert Levithan

I have a tale to tell. Although I am not singular, there are not many of us left who went all the way to AIDS and came back whole. I am an AIDS elder. I hold my story and the story of a generation who lived and died in an unprecedented era of plague.

Coming Out For A Second Time

David Duran | Posted 11.19.2012 | Gay Voices
David Duran

I am not ashamed of my HIV-positive status, and I don't hide the fact that I have HIV, but I have never taken the time to write my personal viewpoint, mostly due to fear: fear of the response from the ignorant, or from people who are just hateful.