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04 21, 2017

Sean McKenna: Life with AIDS Isn’t So Damn ‘Fabulous’

By | April 21st, 2017|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

(Sean McKenna, as part of a portrait series by photographer David Meanix.) Last December I attended the most moving, transcendent World AIDS Day program I have witnessed in years. That’s not saying much, of course. These evenings are usually well-meaning but maudlin, featuring tearful eulogies while we hold up candles that drip on our fingers and [...]

04 5, 2017

Online Images of Murder and Chemical Attack are Snuff Porn

By | April 5th, 2017|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

Amazing, really, that this needs to be said: stop posting images and video of the last moments of the lives of innocent people. This is snuff porn, and we’re contributing to it under the insane guise of “enlightenment” and “getting people to give a shit.” Such is life in the digital world, where everything is [...]

03 22, 2017

The Irony of Aging: The HIV/AIDS Seniors Conference

By | March 22nd, 2017|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

Thirty-two years ago this month, I received a phone call from a nurse at my doctor’s office telling me that I had tested HIV positive. We didn’t schedule a follow-up visit or begin a treatment plan, because there wasn’t a single medication approved for the virus, which had only been identified the previous year. The [...]

02 24, 2017

That Time 37 Years Ago I Won a Car on The Price is Right

By | February 24th, 2017|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease|0 Comments

When I was nineteen years old, I vacationed to Los Angeles and won a car on "The Price is Right." In the following years, if I really liked you and wanted to impress you -- or give you a small, wacky glimpse of my life -- then at some juncture I'd say "So hey, have [...]

02 7, 2017

Bruce Richman is Totally Hot and Other HIV Activism Truths

By | February 7th, 2017|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Bruce Richman of Prevention Access Campaign, in 2002. I know. You're welcome. 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 to Bruce Richman most recently, and [...]

01 25, 2017

Examining Death, Including the One I Caused

By | January 25th, 2017|Book Review, Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease|0 Comments

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 of AIDS in the 1980's, and have edited it here and there over the years, updating the songs I would [...]

01 10, 2017

Fighting Trump: HIV Advocates to Watch in 2017

By | January 10th, 2017|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

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 the dignity with which we treat those who are most vulnerable to HIV infection. This new political reality is reflected in [...]

12 15, 2016

Five Reasons ‘HIV Undetectable’ Must Equal ‘Untransmittable’

By | December 15th, 2016|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|8 Comments

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 who achieve viral suppression, who become undetectable, are the solution to the end of new HIV infections in the United [...]

12 8, 2016

New Short Film Unmasks Fear Behind HIV Criminalization

By | December 8th, 2016|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|1 Comment

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 HIV status. Sean Strub, founder of The Sero Project, had taped interviews with nearly a dozen people from across the [...]

11 28, 2016

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

By | November 28th, 2016|Book Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

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. It has the scope of great literature, but Christodora is also a deeply personal chronicle from a man who knows [...]

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