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Tyler Curry
Tyler Curry is the creator of The Needle Prick Project, as well as a fiction writer and freelance columnist for several online publications. He was once a kindergarten teacher in Seoul, South Korea, but was forced to leave behind the three Korean children he attempted to smuggle through customs upon his return. To learn more about Tyler, find him on Twitter @iamtylercurry, and on Facebook at

Entries by Tyler Curry

Why Azealia Banks Will Never Redefine 'Faggot'

(2) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 2:19 PM

I am a feminist. I am also a gay man. And as a gay male feminist, I take direction from my feminist women counterparts who have first-hand knowledge of what it means to be the subject of misogyny. Likewise, I expect women to take notes from my experiences with homophobia,...

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Rejected: The Struggles of Dating With HIV

(12) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 11:33 PM

As a reluctant HIV-positive activist, I am often bombarded with the secret misgivings of closeted HIV-positive men from across the country. No matter how much or how little they know about HIV or how short or how long they have been living with the virus, there seems to be only...

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Texas Foundation Stands by Giving Community Grant to Anti-Gay Ministry

(8) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 4:26 PM

When it comes to the people of North Texas, the phrase "go big or go home" certainly applies, and especially when it comes to their pocketbooks. Last week, the sixth annual North Texas Giving Day (NTGD) took place - a day for donors in North Texas to give to local...

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Don't Call It a Comeback: The Resurgence of HIV Among Young Gay Men

(7) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 3:10 PM

During the last part of the 20th century, the topic of HIV and AIDS was on the main stage of every news outlet in the U.S. and abroad. And for gay men, it was a source of constant fear and anxiety as well as the focal point for activism inside...

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Using Sex to Sell HIV Prevention

(8) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 5:16 PM

If I've heard it once, I've heard it 100 times: So many people have accused me of trying to make HIV look "sexy." Many detractors have voiced a general belief that it is dangerous for those promoting HIV awareness or prevention to appear in any way that may come across...

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The Big Business of Hepatitis C and HIV

(15) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 5:19 PM

Protestors at the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia

This year's 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia, was marked by a catastrophic loss before the first red ribbon was donned by any of its attendees. Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was carrying six...

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What Not to Do If You Are Dating and HIV-Positive

(33) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 11:35 AM


Oh what a different world it would be if we all knew how to navigate the tricky and treacherous battlefield that is the gay dating scene. Not only must we face the same plights and perils of the hetero single soldiers, but we...

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Life Can Be Different: Saving the Next Generation in Zimbabwe

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 6:13 PM


While driving back from Neshaya Secondary School in Makwa, Zimbabwe, I sat, staring out into the African sky at the rural homesteads that were loosely arranged throughout the land, built from logs, mud and thatch. Goats, donkeys and cows roamed free, unbound by...

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Fingers to Ashes: The Millennial Disconnect with HIV

(56) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 6:17 PM

It is hard to imagine that it was only 34 years ago when the first case of HIV was first documented in the United States. Shortly after, the virus seemed to spread like wildfire, burning a path of hysteria, frustration and sadness across the U.S. and throughout the world. In...

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The Duality of a White, Cisgender, Gay Man

(5) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 1:48 PM

As I'm an LGBT and HIV activist, my credibility and culpability in the fight for various human rights is often a topic of discussion.

Given the many layers of social issues that relate to the LGBT umbrella, it comes as no surprise that my race, sexual orientation, and identification with...

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Putting the Gym in Gymnastics: A New Fitness Trend

(1) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 1:28 PM


You may not have heard of it yet, but a new fitness trend has recently emerged that threatens to steal the thunder of other popular phenomenons that have you throwing around weights and throwing out your back. Instead of encouraging cult-like mentalities among...

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The Needle Prick Docu-Series: Defining HIV Stigma

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 12:02 PM

Getting to the root of HIV stigma isn't easy. The various misguided beliefs, assumptions and character judgments that get in the way of HIV prevention is a complex and enigmatic problem that has plagued HIV advocates for decades. But there is one thing that we can all agree on: It is going to take open and honest discussions involving anyone that is affected by this dismal virus. And anyone is everyone.

The Needle Prick presents the first installment of the NPP Docu-Series: Defining HIV Stigma. This is the first part of a continuous effort to help bring to the surface the root of what causes HIV stigma and how we can overcome it in order to more effectively fight HIV.

Everyone fears the prick of the needle, but a conversation about HIV is just the medicine we need to fight HIV today.


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Detecting Change: A Landmark in HIV Prevention

(3) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 6:22 PM

For years, the legitimacy of being undetectable and what that means in the fight against HIV transmission has been questioned, criticized and rebuked. Although many doctors and HIV activists have said for years that having an undetectable viral load makes HIV transmission virtually impossible, this message was met with skepticism...

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Why Gay Rights and Trans Rights Should Be Separated

(59) Comments | Posted February 17, 2014 | 7:44 PM


In the fight for civil rights, the battles have typically been fought between two parties. Whether it was blacks vs. whites, men vs. women or Meryl Streep vs. actresses everywhere, there never has been a need to identify a third party. And in...

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Gay Men, Lesbians and the Ocean Between Us

(22) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 11:07 AM

It may not be the topic that most LGBT activists are clamoring to address, but the unspoken differences that divide the boy bars from the girl bars can be seen and felt throughout the country.

It's not because lesbians prefer acoustic rock, and gay men require the thumping beat of...

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The Five New Years Resolutions All Gay Men Should Make

(9) Comments | Posted December 26, 2013 | 2:30 PM

As we prepare to put on our gyms clothes and try to get one of the remaining treadmills, there is still one more blowout night of the holiday season to come. Filled with champagne, confetti, poor judgment, New Year's Eve is also when we swear to resolve one of our...

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The HIV Life Sentence: Health Care Coverage

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 2:47 PM

This past year has felt like an ongoing cycle of trying to bludgeon the barriers that stand between many HIV-positive men and happiness. Whether it is friendship, love, or success, the path to achieving a healthy mindset is surprisingly quite simple, yet so hard to achieve. The road to self-confidence...

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The Needle Prick Docu-Series Trailer

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 2:46 PM

The Needle Prick Docu-Series is a video project that is designed to get real people talking about real issues involving HIV and HIV stigma.

What would happen if we all started talking honestly and openly about what HIV means without judgment or pretense? That is exactly what the Needle...

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How Social Media Are Ruining Your Love Life

(15) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 8:16 PM


At the beginning of a potential new romance, both parties usually make an attempt to put their best foot forward. In an effort to dazzle your dinner date, you usually focus on your dreams of a family, how witty you can be and...

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Rejecting the 'Poz' Label

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 6:44 PM

It has been well over a year now since I discovered that I'm HIV-positive. When I learned about my newly acquired status, it was like I took a big breath... and held it in. Then, little by little, with each person I told, I was able to exhale. But it...

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