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08 17, 2017

My Best Advice for Those Who Test HIV Positive

By | August 17th, 2017|Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

This is a clever social media campaign: Healthline, an online health community, has asked people who have been living with HIV to create videos for those who have recently tested positive, known as "You've Got This." Think of it as "It Gets Better" for those with HIV. Of course, I had to create a video [...]

08 5, 2017

After Uproar, UnitedHealthCare Reverses Truvada Prescription Policy

By | August 5th, 2017|Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

When it was revealed a few days ago that insurer UnitedHealthCare (UHC) had rejected a patient’s pre-authorization claim for the drug Truvada as PrEP due to “high risk homosexual behavior,” all hell broke loose. Advocates and organizations sprang into action with petitions and requests for meetings. And now, the insurer has reversed themselves -- and [...]

06 23, 2017

New Chase Brexton CEO Seeks Trust as Staff Awaits Change

By | 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, [...]

03 22, 2017

The Irony of Aging: The HIV/AIDS Seniors Conference

By | March 22nd, 2017|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

Thirty-two years ago this month, I received a phone call from a nurse at my doctor’s office telling me that I had tested HIV positive. We didn’t schedule a follow-up visit or begin a treatment plan, because there wasn’t a single medication approved for the virus, which had only been identified the previous year. The [...]

10 2, 2016

Revisiting My Sad and Trivial Night with Rock Hudson

By | October 2nd, 2016|Anita Mann and Acting Gigs, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

(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 as when this happened. Or maybe the memory still brings back fear and melancholy, so repeating it here feels like [...]

09 19, 2016

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

By | September 19th, 2016|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|1 Comment

Itta Englander, seen here stranded outside Chase Brexton's "Charm Ball." She was denied re-entry to the gala after spending a few minutes talking to protesters upset with the agency's leadership. 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 [...]

08 22, 2016

LEAKED: Five Point Internal Memo to Chase Brexton CEO!

By | August 22nd, 2016|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|3 Comments

Richard L. Larison, Chase Brexton CEO (photo: Amy Davis / Baltimore Sun) TO:         Richard Larison, CEO, Chase Brexton FROM:     Your Executive Assistant RE:         Five points about the recent unpleasantness Sir, I know you’ve asked me not to disturb you when you are sealed in your hyperbaric chamber. Regrettably, it has been [...]

08 16, 2016

The Human Toll of Chase Brexton’s Union-Busting Efforts

By | August 16th, 2016|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|5 Comments

  "I'm afraid my patients might not know what to do." Jill Crank, one of five employees terminated from Chase Brexton Health Care in a union-busting move by management. Jill Crank misses her patients terribly. And she is worried about them. “The last thing I want is for them to think I abandoned [...]

08 2, 2016

When AIDS Activists Hijacked the Olympic Rings

By | August 2nd, 2016|My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|2 Comments

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is a very touchy organization, most especially when it comes to the Olympic rings. They guard their trademark jealously and litigiously, commonly suing anyone who dares to approximate the iconic rings for their own purposes. Even local street vendors during the Games have been shut down for violating copyright. Anthony [...]

07 26, 2016

AIDS2016: The Full Video Collection from My Fabulous Disease

By | July 26th, 2016|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

With my trusty videographer (right), Australian HIV advocate Theo Tsipiras. The people, the parties, the protests! AIDS2016, the international AIDS conference held in Durban, South Africa from July 16-22, had it all. And it was my privilege to bring you the stunning sights and sounds of the gathering, sponsored by The Global Forum [...]

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