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August 22nd, 2016

LEAKED: Five Point Internal Memo to Chase Brexton CEO!

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TO:         Richard Larison, CEO, Chase Brexton FROM:     Your Executive Assistant RE:         Five points about the recent unpleasantness Sir, I know you’ve asked me not to disturb you when you are sealed in your […]

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August 16th, 2016

The Human Toll of Chase Brexton’s Union-Busting Efforts

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  Jill Crank misses her patients terribly. And she is worried about them. “The last thing I want is for them to think I abandoned them,” Jill said. “I’m afraid they might not know what […]

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August 2nd, 2016

When AIDS Activists Hijacked the Olympic Rings

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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

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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!

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(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.”

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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 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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June 2nd, 2016

Checking Privilege at ‘HIV Is Not A Crime’ 2016

Marco Castro-Bojorquez (Lambda Legal), Maxx Boykin (HIV Prevention Justice Alliance), and Naina Khanna (Positive Women's Network) at HIV Is Not A Crime (II) Training Academy held May 17-20 in Huntsville, AL.

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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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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