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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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April 8th, 2016

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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April 6th, 2016

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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April 4th, 2016

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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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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March 5th, 2016

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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