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Prevention and Policy

07 7, 2016

Gay Collective: “The Virus Divides. It Doesn’t Have To.”

By | July 7th, 2016|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

The Viral Divide Flash Collective: Mark S. King, Bryson Rose, Damon L. Jacobs, Charles Sanchez, Frederick Weston, Bruce Ward, James Krellenstein, Alex Wilson, Durell Knights, Jordan Eagles, Leo Herrera, Avram Finkelstein, and Jawanza James Williams. In a cramped meeting room in New York City on May 27, 2016, a dozen gay men, HIV [...]

06 15, 2016

My Muscles, My Disease: The Pitfalls of a Meth Addict

By | June 15th, 2016|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, Prevention and Policy|1 Comment

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 inside the folder is my disease. During my years of crystal meth addiction I went by the name of Marcus, [...]

06 5, 2016

Surviving Life Itself: Reflections of a Longtime Survivor

By | June 5th, 2016|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

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 reserved for tales of mortality. Her friend looks up from his phone. “He was a good friend of my brother,” [...]

06 2, 2016

Checking Privilege at ‘HIV Is Not A Crime’ 2016

By | June 2nd, 2016|Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|1 Comment

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, [...]

04 27, 2016

The Comfort of Blaming Other People for New HIV Cases

By | April 27th, 2016|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|2 Comments

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 know they are positive keep infecting other people?” It is a question I have heard before, in one way or [...]

04 18, 2016

Mr Gay World Entry Gets Personal on PrEP and Testing Poz

By | April 18th, 2016|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|1 Comment

When Sadiq Ali heard about a clinical trial for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) happening in the United Kingdom in 2013, the athletic 26-year old hesitated. He worried about what starting PrEP might say to people about his sexual behavior. The stigma he associated with being on the prevention pill was just too much for him. “I [...]

04 12, 2016

The Sound of Stigma

By | April 12th, 2016|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, Prevention and Policy|4 Comments

Stigma is insidiously quiet. It is conjured in the mind, born of discomfort and fear, and then it is projected at “the other” among us. It judges them and isolates them. And it happens without a sound. Stigma lets us take comfort in seeing things in others about which, we believe, they must be ashamed. [...]

04 8, 2016

AHF Offers Loans to Louisiana Agencies They Are Suing!

By | April 8th, 2016|Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

In a bizarre press release issued by AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the $1 billion dollar agency has offered “no interest loans” to assist Baton Rouge HIV non-profits who are suffering financially as a result of being sued by AHF. Yes, their circular logic is exactly that absurd. AHF is like a wife beater who offers [...]

04 6, 2016

Louisiana HIV Agencies Respond to ‘Shocking’ AHF Lawsuit

By | April 6th, 2016|Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|1 Comment

In a profoundly troubling lawsuit against the City of Baton Rouge and local HIV/AIDS non-profits, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) has forced federal funds to be withheld while AHF continues their litigious temper tantrum over not receiving a Ryan White Care Act grant award they requested. The vindictive action poses a real and present danger to services [...]

01 14, 2016

I Watched Charlie Sheen on Dr. Oz So You Don’t Have To

By | January 14th, 2016|Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Dr. Oz has a very strange verbal compulsion. He can't stop making lame metaphors. When taking an early morning jog with Charlie Sheen, in the first of their two-part interview for The Dr. Oz Show, the doctor sees metaphors everywhere. "You have to look down so you don't see how steep the hill is," he [...]

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