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12 13, 2018

Ryan White Confab: Trump’s New HIV/AIDS Council is a Bad Joke

By | 2018-12-13T10:03:54+00:00 December 13th, 2018|Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

“A Trump appointee walks into an AIDS conference” sounds like the beginning of a terrible joke, doesn’t it? Just wait until you hear the punchline. It’ll kill you. The sight of the Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar standing before more than 4,000 public health and community-based providers of HIV services is shocking [...]

10 20, 2018

Thirty Years Later, AIDS Activists Who ‘Seized Control’ Discuss Their Legacy

By | 2018-10-20T10:27:30+00:00 October 20th, 2018|Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

Original ACT UP activists Mark Harrington, Peter Staley, Gregg Gonsalves, and Ann Northrup at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health on October 11, 2018. The AIDS activists who regularly stormed the homes, offices and even churches of the powerful beginning in the late 1980’s weren’t the only ones who were scared [...]

10 10, 2018

How HIV Activists Helped Create the Jeff Flake Elevator Moment

By | 2018-10-10T15:57:01+00:00 October 10th, 2018|Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

Very little happens by accident. The most iconic moments in HIV/AIDS activism – the appearance of the early SILENCE=DEATH meme, the footage of AIDS activist Peter Staley being peeled from a building during a protest, the photos of Sen. Jesse Helms’ home wrapped in an enormous condom – were the product of weeks of careful [...]

09 27, 2018

AIDS2020 Will Welcome All the Right People to the USA. What a Travesty.

By | 2018-09-27T20:57:05+00:00 September 27th, 2018|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

It is every bit as absurd as it sounds. The International AIDS Society (IAS) plans to hold their global AIDS2020 conference in San Francisco – an insanely expensive and privileged city located in a country that has become dangerously inhospitable to the very populations the IAS claims to serve. Thank goodness for a growing army [...]

08 1, 2018

AIDS2018: The Complete Video Collection from My Fabulous Disease

By | 2018-08-01T10:50:13+00:00 August 1st, 2018|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

Attendees at the "OUT WITH IT" pre-conference of AIDS2018 in Amsterdam. One of the great joys of my HIV/AIDS writing and video blogging over the years has been capturing the sights, sounds, and incredible people of the International AIDS Society’s (IAS) biannual conference. I’ve spent sleepless nights in hotel rooms everywhere from Vienna [...]

06 15, 2018

Candidate Kevin Mack Includes Life with HIV in Maryland Campaign

By | 2018-06-15T17:59:33+00:00 June 15th, 2018|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Trump|0 Comments

Kevin Mack speaks to supporters in Potomac, Maryland The garden party fundraising event last month in Montgomery County, Maryland, had all the usual markers of a political candidate on the rise. Well-dressed children frolicked on the lawn of the stately home while guests helped themselves to finger foods and glasses of wine. Several [...]

10 12, 2017

That Time ‘Will & Grace’ Forgot HIV Exists. Again.

By | 2018-03-23T11:41:28+00:00 October 12th, 2017|Anita Mann and Acting Gigs, Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

Ben Platt and Eric McCormack in Will & Grace, The revived Will & Grace television comedy has some pithy things to say about aging as gay men and our need to create families where we find them. The producers of the show, which is already a hit with audiences and critics, seem to [...]

07 12, 2017

‘The Pox Lover’ and the Impact of Lesbians on HIV Activism

By | 2018-03-23T11:41:36+00:00 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 | 2018-03-23T11:41:36+00:00 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 23, 2017

New Chase Brexton CEO Seeks Trust as Staff Awaits Change

By | 2018-03-23T11:41:38+00:00 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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