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Follow My Blogs from AIDS2016 in Durban South Africa!

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(UPDATE: My first video from the conference, “Gay Men at AIDS2016 Talk Homophobia, Chem Sex, and HIV Drug Smuggling,” is posting today on TheBody.com and MSMGF. It is up right now on Queerty.com. Headed to […]

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Gay Collective: “The Virus Divides. It Doesn’t Have To.”

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In a cramped meeting room in New York City on May 27, 2016, a dozen gay men, HIV positive and negative alike, came together to answer a vexing question: How do gay men bridge a […]

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My Muscles, My Disease: The Pitfalls of a Meth Addict

There is a folder, tucked within a folder, buried deep in my computer files. I shouldn’t be looking at its contents, yet I can’t bring myself to delete it altogether. It is labeled MARCUS, and […]

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My Response to Orlando in One Sublime Performance

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I can’t watch the news anymore right now. I have it muted, but will admit to glancing in its direction every few minutes. On the screen there are police cars and flashing lights and footage […]

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There’s More Room in a Broken Heart

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So don’t mind if I fall apart There’s more room in a broken heart. — Carly Simon, “Coming Around Again” When Will Armstrong emerges from heart surgery in just a few days, he will have […]

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Reclaiming ‘Our Golden Years’ as People with HIV

Atlantan Jesse Peel, at 76, is one of those featured in Positively Aware's special issue, "Our Golden Years."

My friend Olivia G. Ford (she got that whole middle initial thing from me, I’m convinced of it) speaks even faster than I do. That’s a rare distinction. Olivia is also an editor. She was […]

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Surviving Life Itself: Reflections of a Longtime Survivor

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The young woman sitting across from me on the bus is in her mid-20s. She turns to her companion and her voice grows serious. “I know someone who died,” she says in the hushed tone […]

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Checking Privilege at ‘HIV Is Not A Crime’ 2016

Marco Castro-Bojorquez (Lambda Legal), Maxx Boykin (HIV Prevention Justice Alliance), and Naina Khanna (Positive Women's Network) at HIV Is Not A Crime (II) Training Academy held May 17-20 in Huntsville, AL.

The issues of race, gender and privilege crackled through the recent HIV Is Not A Crime (II) conference like a live wire, throwing sparks at every turn. From the main stage to the hallways, attendees […]

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The Nearly Naked AIDS Advocate

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When Benjamin “Ben” Ryan began taking dance classes ten years ago, the personal venture was a complete whim. After all, he was in his late twenties at the time – ancient for a beginning dancer […]

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Into the Desert, After the Bomb

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Daniel Cardone’s essential but relentlessly grim documentary about longtime AIDS survivors, Desert Migration, is fascinated with the bodies of the gay men it profiles. The film begins with lingering shots of each of the subjects […]

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The Comfort of Blaming Other People for New HIV Cases

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The college student had real concern in his eyes when he asked me a question during a recent presentation at American University. “Isn’t it true,” he asked, “that the HIV epidemic continues because people who […]

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Mr Gay World Entry Gets Personal on PrEP and Testing Poz

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When Sadiq Ali heard about a clinical trial for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) happening in the United Kingdom in 2013, the athletic 26-year old hesitated. He worried about what starting PrEP might say to people about […]

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The Sound of Stigma

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Stigma is insidiously quiet. It is conjured in the mind, born of discomfort and fear, and then it is projected at “the other” among us. It judges them and isolates them. And it happens without […]

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AHF Offers Loans to Louisiana Agencies They Are Suing!

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In a bizarre press release issued by AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the $1 billion dollar agency has offered “no interest loans” to assist Baton Rouge HIV non-profits who are suffering financially as a result of […]

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Louisiana HIV Agencies Respond to ‘Shocking’ AHF Lawsuit

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In a profoundly troubling lawsuit against the City of Baton Rouge and local HIV/AIDS non-profits, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) has forced federal funds to be withheld while AHF continues their litigious temper tantrum over not receiving […]

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Packing Up The Man Who Wasn’t There

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When the health of my close friend Ron began to rapidly decline in 1987, he made the decision to leave Los Angeles to return home to rural New York to be near his family. “Just […]

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The Challenging Web Series That Travels from ‘Unsure’ to ‘Positive’

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In the gorgeous and sometimes maddening web series Unsure/Positive, we follow the life of a Boston gay man, Kieran, literally from the moment he gets his HIV positive test result. Kieran’s journey in the six-episode […]

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I Discovered My Brother Was Gay from The Advocate Magazine

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It was 1975 and I was 14 years old, all gangly limbs and stubborn acne, and I was sitting in the passenger seat of a parked car.  Splayed across my lap was the magazine, open to […]

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Feeling the Love for L.A.’s Dearly Departed Circus Disco

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In a forsaken block of Santa Monica Boulevard, off the street and through an imposing industrial alley, a Hollywood disco opened in the late 1970s that made promises the other gay clubs were loathe to […]

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GLAAD Relents to Uproar, Will Honor Bloggers This Year

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Chalk one up for the little guy. After community-based LGBT media and independent bloggers loudly and unanimously decried GLAAD’s decision to eliminate their “Outstanding Blog” award this year, the national media watchdog group released a […]

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