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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 13, 2016

My Response to Orlando in One Sublime Performance

By | June 13th, 2016|Family and Friends, Gay Life, My Fabulous Disease, News|1 Comment

I can’t watch the news anymore right now. I have it muted, but will admit to glancing in its direction every few minutes. On the screen there are police cars and flashing lights and footage of the injured and there is often someone in tears. It makes me wince with emotion, and twice this morning [...]

06 6, 2016

Reclaiming ‘Our Golden Years’ as People with HIV

By | June 6th, 2016|Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|1 Comment

Atlantan Jesse Peel, at 76, is one of those featured in Positively Aware's special issue, "Our Golden Years." Photo: Charles Green My friend Olivia G. Ford (she got that whole middle initial thing from me, I’m convinced of it) speaks even faster than I do. That’s a rare distinction. Olivia is also an [...]

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,” [...]

05 22, 2016

The Nearly Naked AIDS Advocate

By | May 22nd, 2016|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|1 Comment

Josh Green and cast, from Broadway Bares 2015 (credit: Benjamin Ryan) When Benjamin “Ben” Ryan began taking dance classes ten years ago, the personal venture was a complete whim. After all, he was in his late twenties at the time – ancient for a beginning dancer – and by his own admission, was [...]

05 12, 2016

Into the Desert, After the Bomb

By | May 12th, 2016|Book Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|2 Comments

Daniel Cardone’s essential but relentlessly grim documentary about longtime AIDS survivors, Desert Migration, is fascinated with the bodies of the gay men it profiles. The film begins with lingering shots of each of the subjects as they begin their day.  It follows them through their routine, some of them naked, as they prepare breakfast, shower, [...]

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. [...]

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