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November 28th, 2014

Once, When We Were Heroes

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My brother Richard smiles a lot. He has an easy laugh. But there was a time, years ago, when he held a poisonous drink in his hands and begged his dying lover not to swallow […]

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November 12th, 2014

VIDEO: This Gay Teenage Couple Defies HIV Stereotypes

Josh Chanse

When Chanse, a 19-year-old gay man living in Shreveport, Louisiana, tested HIV positive a few months ago, his mother reacted with understandable emotion and concern. And then she did something both odd and beautiful: she […]

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September 29th, 2014

Finding a Pain of My Very Own

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I have twenty staples in my back holding an incision together. It hurts. Just making that rather gruesome statement leaves me feeling conflicted. Yes, I want sympathy. Yes, this pain has been a constant companion […]

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September 2nd, 2014

VIDEO: Methtacular! The Addictive Musical Comedy

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It is no secret that I am a crystal meth addict in recovery. But writing about it, at least in the often humorous style for which my blog is known, escapes me. My process of […]

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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 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 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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