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Prevention and Policy

01 10, 2017

Fighting Trump: HIV Advocates to Watch in 2017

By | January 10th, 2017|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

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 the dignity with which we treat those who are most vulnerable to HIV infection. This new political reality is reflected in [...]

12 29, 2016

Activists Maintain Pressure After Chase Brexton CEO Resigns

By | December 29th, 2016|Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

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 most vulnerable communities, has resigned after months of upheaval and staff discontent. It is a clear victory for community activists [...]

12 15, 2016

Five Reasons ‘HIV Undetectable’ Must Equal ‘Untransmittable’

By | December 15th, 2016|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|8 Comments

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 who achieve viral suppression, who become undetectable, are the solution to the end of new HIV infections in the United [...]

12 8, 2016

New Short Film Unmasks Fear Behind HIV Criminalization

By | December 8th, 2016|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|1 Comment

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 HIV status. Sean Strub, founder of The Sero Project, had taped interviews with nearly a dozen people from across the [...]

11 15, 2016

Sleeping with President Donald Trump

By | November 15th, 2016|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|5 Comments

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 a dinner roll catapulting from the bread basket. My screams are borrowed from post-election protest marches. They are deafening and [...]

09 27, 2016

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

By | September 27th, 2016|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|4 Comments

The dance club depicted in the CDC music video for "Collect My Love" (full video below). Condoms, PrEP, and being HIV positive and undetectable all get screen time. 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 [...]

09 22, 2016

My Attitude Adjustment About Sex, Gonorrhea, and Advocacy

By | September 22nd, 2016|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|1 Comment

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 news from the CDC in two new reports about the golden oldies of sexually transmitted infections (STI’s): rates of syphilis [...]

09 19, 2016

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

By | September 19th, 2016|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|1 Comment

Itta Englander, seen here stranded outside Chase Brexton's "Charm Ball." She was denied re-entry to the gala after spending a few minutes talking to protesters upset with the agency's leadership. 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 [...]

08 22, 2016

LEAKED: Five Point Internal Memo to Chase Brexton CEO!

By | August 22nd, 2016|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|3 Comments

Richard L. Larison, Chase Brexton CEO (photo: Amy Davis / Baltimore Sun) 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 hyperbaric chamber. Regrettably, it has been [...]

08 16, 2016

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

By | August 16th, 2016|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|5 Comments

  "I'm afraid my patients might not know what to do." Jill Crank, one of five employees terminated from Chase Brexton Health Care in a union-busting move by management. Jill Crank misses her patients terribly. And she is worried about them. “The last thing I want is for them to think I abandoned [...]

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