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welcome, my friends…

I’m an HIV positive gay man in recovery from drug addiction. What’s not to love?

Be sure to check my entire video library here or browse my blog postings below. Get ready for some frank opinion, inspirational writing, debate on sexual politics, videos of poz life featuring my family and friends, and even some infamous drag.

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Bruce Richman is Totally Hot and Other HIV Activism Truths

My friend Charles Sanchez is the creator of the musical web series Merce, about an HIV positive New Yorker. But enough about him. Charles and I constantly argue about which one of us has spoken […]

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Examining Death, Including the One I Caused

Chris Glaser, author of The Final Deadline: What Death Has Taught Me About Life My memorial service will be fabulous, I can assure you of that. I first outlined it during the initial, deadly wave […]

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Fighting Trump: HIV Advocates to Watch in 2017

Donald J. Trump and the Republican-controlled congress are a threat to everything HIV advocates have been fighting for during the last thirty years, and that includes access to healthcare, HIV prevention programs like PrEP, and […]

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Activists Maintain Pressure After Chase Brexton CEO Resigns

Here’s some news that might make our transition into the new year a little more satisfying. Richard Larison, the embattled chief executive officer of Chase Brexton, Baltimore’s largest provider of health care to the city’s […]

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Adam Saleh: Exposing Racism for Fun and Profit

The video is dramatic and infuriating. A young Arab man is seen speaking frantically to the camera as he is being asked to leave a plane. In the video, he explains he was simply talking […]

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Five Reasons ‘HIV Undetectable’ Must Equal ‘Untransmittable’

Image detail from AIDES France Révélation campaign about being undetectable.   “We are not dirty, we are not a threat, and we are not disease vectors. In fact, we are the solution. People living with HIV […]

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New Short Film Unmasks Fear Behind HIV Criminalization

The making of the new short documentary, HIV Criminalization: Masking Fear and Discrimination, began in exactly the right place: with people living with HIV themselves, and their personal stories of being prosecuted because of their […]

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The Compassionate Truce of Tim Murphy’s Novel ‘Christodora’

In the towering new novel Christodora, author Tim Murphy harnesses decades of personal and professional experience as an HIV journalist into a story that sweeps back and forth between the last several decades and beyond. […]

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Sleeping with President Donald Trump

I am on my feet at the Thanksgiving table, and my fists are slamming into the linen napkins. Silverware is quaking, pottery is rattling. The force of a particularly hard blow to the tabletop sends […]

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Video: Aboard the 2016 HIV Cruise Retreat

The spirit of the annual HIV Cruise Retreat (also known as “the Poz Cruise” but not associated with POZ Magazine) can be summed up in one enlightening story. Matthew had some bad luck as he […]

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My Gay Love for Monster Movies

  My first boyhood crush was on a dead man. He was a zombie named Quentin Collins, with eyes that pierced my pubescent gay soul and sideburns the size of the Florida peninsula. He stalked […]

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Revisiting My Sad and Trivial Night with Rock Hudson

(The 31st anniversary of the passing of Rock Hudson brings this memory back again, as it does each year. Maybe I want you to know this sordid tale because I’m still as star-struck and vain […]

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The CDC’s Gay Dance Video about HIV is Flat Out Fabulous

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has produced a music video that joyfully educates gay men about HIV prevention options. And it is foot-stomping fabulous. The song, “Collect My Love,” was released by The […]

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My Attitude Adjustment About Sex, Gonorrhea, and Advocacy

Amidst the happy haze of good news about the efficacy of PrEP in preventing new HIV infections and the growing consensus that people living with HIV who are undetectable are not infectious, there is troubling […]

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Pregnant Guest Kicked Out of ‘Charm Ball’ Over Protest Fears

When this blogger chose to join protesters at Chase Brexton’s annual “Charm Ball” to voice concern over the direction of Baltimore’s largest healthcare provider to the LGBT community, there was little doubt there would be […]

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Catching Up with Chase Brexton’s ‘Fired Five’

The five managers who were abruptly fired last month without notice by Chase Brexton, Baltimore’s largest healthcare provider to the city’s most vulnerable populations, met for lunch earlier this week. It was the first in-person […]

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What It Feels Like for a Mom

(My mother passed away suddenly on January 13th. Her memorial, led by her six children, was moving and hilarious, which is exactly as she had hoped. I cannot properly describe how grateful I am for […]

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LEAKED: Five Point Internal Memo to Chase Brexton CEO!

TO:         Richard Larison, CEO, Chase Brexton FROM:     Your Executive Assistant RE:         Five points about the recent unpleasantness Sir, I know you’ve asked me not to disturb you when you are sealed in your […]

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My Fabulous Disease Wins NLGJA ‘Best Blog’ Award

There’s no way of saying this without it sounding like a humble brag, at best, so I’m just going to come right out with it. My Fabulous Disease has won the prestigious “Excellence in Blogging” […]

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The Human Toll of Chase Brexton’s Union-Busting Efforts

  Jill Crank misses her patients terribly. And she is worried about them. “The last thing I want is for them to think I abandoned them,” Jill said. “I’m afraid they might not know what […]

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