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Prevention and Policy

January 10th, 2017

Fighting Trump: HIV Advocates to Watch in 2017

Donald J. Trump and the Republican-controlled congress are a threat to everything HIV advocates have been fighting for during the last thirty years, and that includes access to healthcare, HIV prevention programs like PrEP, and […]

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December 29th, 2016

Activists Maintain Pressure After Chase Brexton CEO Resigns

Here’s some news that might make our transition into the new year a little more satisfying. Richard Larison, the embattled chief executive officer of Chase Brexton, Baltimore’s largest provider of health care to the city’s […]

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December 15th, 2016

Five Reasons ‘HIV Undetectable’ Must Equal ‘Untransmittable’

Image detail from AIDES France Révélation campaign about being undetectable.   “We are not dirty, we are not a threat, and we are not disease vectors. In fact, we are the solution. People living with HIV […]

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December 8th, 2016

New Short Film Unmasks Fear Behind HIV Criminalization

The making of the new short documentary, HIV Criminalization: Masking Fear and Discrimination, began in exactly the right place: with people living with HIV themselves, and their personal stories of being prosecuted because of their […]

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November 15th, 2016

Sleeping with President Donald Trump

I am on my feet at the Thanksgiving table, and my fists are slamming into the linen napkins. Silverware is quaking, pottery is rattling. The force of a particularly hard blow to the tabletop sends […]

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September 27th, 2016

The CDC’s Gay Dance Video about HIV is Flat Out Fabulous

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has produced a music video that joyfully educates gay men about HIV prevention options. And it is foot-stomping fabulous. The song, “Collect My Love,” was released by The […]

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September 22nd, 2016

My Attitude Adjustment About Sex, Gonorrhea, and Advocacy

Amidst the happy haze of good news about the efficacy of PrEP in preventing new HIV infections and the growing consensus that people living with HIV who are undetectable are not infectious, there is troubling […]

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September 19th, 2016

Pregnant Guest Kicked Out of ‘Charm Ball’ Over Protest Fears

When this blogger chose to join protesters at Chase Brexton’s annual “Charm Ball” to voice concern over the direction of Baltimore’s largest healthcare provider to the LGBT community, there was little doubt there would be […]

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August 22nd, 2016

LEAKED: Five Point Internal Memo to Chase Brexton CEO!

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

  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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