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June 15th, 2016

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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June 13th, 2016

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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June 7th, 2016

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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June 5th, 2016

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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May 22nd, 2016

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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May 12th, 2016

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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April 27th, 2016

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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April 18th, 2016

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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April 12th, 2016

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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March 17th, 2016

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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