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08 17, 2017

My Best Advice for Those Who Test HIV Positive

By | August 17th, 2017|Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

This is a clever social media campaign: Healthline, an online health community, has asked people who have been living with HIV to create videos for those who have recently tested positive, known as "You've Got This." Think of it as "It Gets Better" for those with HIV. Of course, I had to create a video [...]

08 5, 2017

After Uproar, UnitedHealthCare Reverses Truvada Prescription Policy

By | August 5th, 2017|Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

When it was revealed a few days ago that insurer UnitedHealthCare (UHC) had rejected a patient’s pre-authorization claim for the drug Truvada as PrEP due to “high risk homosexual behavior,” all hell broke loose. Advocates and organizations sprang into action with petitions and requests for meetings. And now, the insurer has reversed themselves -- and [...]

08 3, 2017

Insurer Denies Truvada Due to ‘High Risk Homosexual Behavior’

By | August 3rd, 2017|Gay Life, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Discrimination against LGBT people is often once-removed, shielded under double-speak and fraudulent intentions. So, it’s refreshing, really, when a company comes right out and says in black and white that gay men aren’t worthy of the same protections as everyone else. In a pre-authorization denial letter to a gay patient seeking Truvada as PrEP, United [...]

07 12, 2017

‘The Pox Lover’ and the Impact of Lesbians on HIV Activism

By | July 12th, 2017|Book Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

Anne-christine d'Adesky in her element, at a San Francisco protest. (Photo: Juno Rosenhaus) Anne-christine d’Adesky got arrested, accidentally, long before it happened on purpose during AIDS protests. The Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist was covering civil disobedience at a nuclear facility in 1982 when she was approached by a suspicious policeman. Despite assuring him that [...]

06 30, 2017

‘Blood Disgust’ is Nothing New to People with HIV

By | June 30th, 2017|Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

It is coursing through our veins, sustaining life and fighting disease, and yet we fear it. The sight of a few drops can make an adult faint. A bucket of it in a movie is the very definition of horror. Even as Donald Trump contributes his perverted, sexist new layer of blood revulsion (through a [...]

06 23, 2017

New Chase Brexton CEO Seeks Trust as Staff Awaits Change

By | June 23rd, 2017|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

Patrick Mutch, the sunny and earnest new CEO of Chase Brexton Health Care in Baltimore, does not mind addressing the elephant in the room. In his first interview with My Fabulous Disease since being hired after a tumultuous year for the agency, he got right to the point. “We’re changing the culture here,” Mutch promised, [...]

06 20, 2017

Finally! The Sexy Gay PrEP Video We’ve Been Waiting For.

By | June 20th, 2017|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Leo Forte, Chris Hanner, and Rock Evans in a scene from the video series "The PrEP Project." “PrEP is a prevention strategy that deals with sex, namely bareback sex,” says gay film student Chris Tipton-King, “and I got tired of people tip-toeing around that fact.” The young Bay Area resident had never seen a PrEP [...]

06 12, 2017

Those Offended by #NoJusticeNoPride Should Learn LGBT History

By | June 12th, 2017|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

No Justice No Pride protestors blocking the Capital Pride Parade. (Photo: Dylan Comstock) Hell hath no fury like a privileged white gay man who has waited too long for the next pride parade contingent to sashay by. When #NoJusticeNoPride blocked the DC Pride parade route on June 10, causing an hour delay to an already [...]

06 2, 2017

The True Love Story Behind Larry Kramer’s Novel ‘Faggots’

By | June 2nd, 2017|Book Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

Larry Kramer, Kelsey Louie of GMHC, Mark S. King, and Larry's husband, David Webster. (Photo: Nathan Perkel) The new POZ Magazine feature article, “Finding Larry Kramer,” tells the behind-the-scenes story of how the iconic activist found his way back to GMHC nearly thirty years after the organization kicked him out for being such a pain [...]

05 15, 2017

The Enduring Legacy of Donna Summer for Gay Men

By | May 15th, 2017|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

(May 17, 2017 will mark five years since the death of music icon Donna Summer. This is why her legacy still matters.) The music my friends liked when I was a teenager intimidated me. It was the head-banging rock of the early seventies, and it felt alien and unappetizing. Most of all, it just felt… [...]

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