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January 28th, 2015

Sean Strub and the Legacy of AIDS

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Before my interview with activist Sean Strub, author of Body Counts: A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS, and Survival, let me share a revealing story. It was late 2011 and my life was in shambles. […]

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January 23rd, 2015

About That GLAAD Media Award Nomination

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  For twenty-five years I have been writing about living openly as a gay man living with HIV. Along the way I have spilled secrets, opened up about sex and relationships, highlighted the work of […]

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January 13th, 2015

My Gonorrhea Nostalgia

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  The first time I contracted gonorrhea, which in my day was affectionately called The Clap, I was 20 years old and had just moved to West Hollywood, California. It was 1981, disco was still […]

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January 6th, 2015

15 HIV Advocates to Watch in 2015

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They come from different cultures and regions of the world, but these fifteen HIV activists all share one important trait: a fierce devotion to HIV issues and a commitment to leave their mark on 2015. […]

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December 12th, 2014

The My Fabulous Disease Holiday Spectacular!

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(I can’t resist posting this each Holiday Season. The video below is my very favorite, of the more than 60 I have produced over the years. Enjoy!) My mother’s home here in Shreveport, Louisiana, was […]

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November 28th, 2014

Once, When We Were Heroes

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My brother Richard smiles a lot. He has an easy laugh. But there was a time, years ago, when he held a poisonous drink in his hands and begged his dying lover not to swallow […]

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November 12th, 2014

VIDEO: This Gay Teenage Couple Defies HIV Stereotypes

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When Chanse, a 19-year-old gay man living in Shreveport, Louisiana, tested HIV positive a few months ago, his mother reacted with understandable emotion and concern. And then she did something both odd and beautiful: she […]

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November 10th, 2014

The Disguised Blessings of HIV+ Poet Mary Bowman

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When Mary E. Bowman stepped to the stage five years ago at SpitDat, an open mic night in Washington, DC, she was 20 years old and terrified. She was about to perform “Dandelions,” her first […]

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October 16th, 2014

Carlton’s risky denial of hustlers, sex, and HIV.

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My friend Carlton is a chain smoker, even if all his cigarettes are imaginary. His standard pose consists of one hand resting on his hip — elbow jutting out as if in the midst of […]

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October 9th, 2014

Michael Loves Tyler: A Very Modern HIV Romance

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Tyler Helms won’t stop teasing his boyfriend during our video chat interview. He fiddles with Michael’s ear, or tickles his face, from his seat slightly behind him. No matter if Michael Lucas, adult film producer […]

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