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December 8th, 2016

New Short Film Unmasks Fear Behind HIV Criminalization

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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 […]

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November 28th, 2016

The Compassionate Truce of Tim Murphy’s Novel ‘Christodora’

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In the towering new novel Christodora, author Tim Murphy harnesses decades of personal and professional experience as an HIV journalist into a story that sweeps back and forth between the last several decades and beyond. […]

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November 15th, 2016

Sleeping with President Donald Trump

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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 […]

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November 11th, 2016

Video: Aboard the 2016 HIV Cruise Retreat

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The spirit of the annual HIV Cruise Retreat (also known as “the Poz Cruise” but not associated with POZ Magazine) can be summed up in one enlightening story. Matthew had some bad luck as he […]

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October 24th, 2016

My Gay Love for Monster Movies

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  My first boyhood crush was on a dead man. He was a zombie named Quentin Collins, with eyes that pierced my pubescent gay soul and sideburns the size of the Florida peninsula. He stalked […]

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October 2nd, 2016

Revisiting My Sad and Trivial Night with Rock Hudson

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(The 31st anniversary of the passing of Rock Hudson brings this memory back again, as it does each year. Maybe I want you to know this sordid tale because I’m still as star-struck and vain […]

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September 27th, 2016

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

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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 fabulous. The song, “Collect My Love,” was released by The […]

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September 22nd, 2016

My Attitude Adjustment About Sex, Gonorrhea, and Advocacy

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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 […]

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September 19th, 2016

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

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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 to the LGBT community, there was little doubt there would be […]

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September 15th, 2016

Catching Up with Chase Brexton’s ‘Fired Five’

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The five managers who were abruptly fired last month without notice by Chase Brexton, Baltimore’s largest healthcare provider to the city’s most vulnerable populations, met for lunch earlier this week. It was the first in-person […]

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