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Prevention and Policy

08 22, 2017

Y’all Look! It’s the First Redneck HIV Prevention PSA!

By | August 22nd, 2017|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

The good people at Thrive Alabama has been working their butts off for years, covering twelve counties in northern Alabama with five free clinics and vans that travel country roads you would never find on your GPS just to fetch clients for appointments and get them home again. But don’t ever say that the hardworking [...]

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 [...]

08 1, 2017

The Terrifying Crystal Meth Story I Have Never Told

By | August 1st, 2017|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

When my guard is down, it comes to me. It flashes across my mind, an uninvited assault, sometimes when I am beginning to drift off to sleep or, more cruelly, when my mind is enjoying a pleasant reverie. It is then that the dark memory rushes in like a raid. He lived in a house [...]

07 19, 2017

Revisiting The Most Influential Gay Porn Film Ever Made

By | July 19th, 2017|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

The annual Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco is noted for its unbridled embrace of every kinky star in our sexual constellation. Even the fearless leather community that founded the event can sometimes appear tame amidst the outlandish costumes and clothing – and lack thereof – on display along the city’s tilted streets. In the [...]

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 28, 2017

Taboo Sex, Racism, and Gay Men: A Chat in Black and White

By | June 28th, 2017|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Detail from Rotimi Fani-Kayode's "Untitled," courtesy of Autograph, London In thirty years of HIV work alongside black advocates, I have rarely written on the topic of race. It makes me uncomfortable, or perhaps I feel unequipped, unqualified. But it’s that very hesitancy, according to black gay academic Charles Stephens, that only makes racism [...]

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, [...]

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