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August 19th, 2014

I Lost My Mind… Until the NIH Found It

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When I moved to Los Angeles in 1981, my first job as a struggling actor was making popcorn at the Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard. My encounters with celebrity was limited to serving Diet Cokes […]

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August 6th, 2014

Damon L. Jacobs: The Calm in the PrEP Storm

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In 1977, I ran for senior class president, hoping against hope that my penchant for wearing platform shoes and fellating men in my spare time might somehow get overlooked by my high school classmates in […]

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July 29th, 2014

AIDS2014: The Complete Video Blog Collection

Theo-Mark

The AIDS2014 International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia, proved to be as colorful and exhausting as I had anticipated. There was no lack of images in the gorgeous city to share in my daily video […]

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July 14th, 2014

Going Down Under for AIDS2014!

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(NOTE: My AIDS2014 coverage is exclusive to TheBody.com this year and you can find my daily videos on their main page beginning this Sunday, July 20th.) Are you ready for a theater piece about HIV […]

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June 29th, 2014

(VIDEO) The Juicy SILENCE=DEATH Stories You Never Knew

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There was no way I could attend a recent conference with Avram Finkelstein, one of the artists behind the iconic SILENCE=DEATH image, and not make him sit down with me and spill all the juicy […]

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June 16th, 2014

Sally Field, Rational Relating, and a Comedy of Life with HIV

Charles Sanchez

Charles Sanchez skips a lot. It is a natural, vivacious skip, an outpouring of unabashed joy that melds the cheerfulness of The Sound of Music with the bliss of the Pharrell Williams “Happy” video. Nothing […]

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June 11th, 2014

VIDEO: The Powerful “HIV is Not a Crime” Conference

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The most powerful speaker at the recent “HIV is Not a Crime” conference was a man named Kerry Thomas. He held the crowd of more than 150 advocates spellbound for a full twenty minutes. And […]

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May 28th, 2014

Ten Things HIV Positive Guys Want Negative Guys to Know

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When Donald Sterling dissed Magic Johnson for being promiscuous and unworthy, it was nothing new for people living with HIV. They’ve heard it all over the years. A lot of those misconceptions persist today, even […]

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May 27th, 2014

Was I a Teenage Predator?

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We’re on a dirt road in the cotton fields, sitting in the back of his Plymouth. It had been my idea to stop and look at the sky, and it doesn’t come off like a […]

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May 22nd, 2014

The Battle for the Soul of AIDS

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While growing up gay in Bossier City, Lousiana, I would get saved at the drop of a hat. I loved the pageantry of church youth revivals, the thrill of coming forward to give my life […]

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