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August 2nd, 2016

When AIDS Activists Hijacked the Olympic Rings

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is a very touchy organization, most especially when it comes to the Olympic rings. They guard their trademark jealously and litigiously, commonly suing anyone who dares to approximate the iconic […]

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July 26th, 2016

AIDS2016: The Full Video Collection from My Fabulous Disease

The people, the parties, the protests! AIDS2016, the international AIDS conference held in Durban, South Africa from July 16-22, had it all. And it was my privilege to bring you the stunning sights and sounds […]

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July 18th, 2016

Follow My Blogs from AIDS2016 in Durban South Africa!

(UPDATE: See all of my video blogs from AIDS2016 right here.) Conference coverage might just be the most enjoyable aspect of blogging for me. There’s nothing like capturing a protest breaking out, or the emotions […]

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July 7th, 2016

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

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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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

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

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 weeks […]

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June 6th, 2016

Reclaiming ‘Our Golden Years’ as People with HIV

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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June 5th, 2016

Surviving Life Itself: Reflections of a Longtime Survivor

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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June 2nd, 2016

Checking Privilege at ‘HIV Is Not A Crime’ 2016

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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