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09 14, 2022

A Chat with New Reunion Project Director Jeff Berry

By |2022-09-15T09:09:30-04:00September 14th, 2022|Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Jeff Berry, newly named director of The Reunion Project The Reunion Project has always held a special place in my aging heart, probably because the national network of long-term HIV/AIDS survivors addresses the very issues relevant to people like me, namely, what the hell will happen to us as we age, and where [...]

08 31, 2022

The Thing about Being Naked with Damon Jacobs

By |2022-08-31T10:30:16-04:00August 31st, 2022|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, Monkeypox, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Mark S. King and Damon L. Jacobs Damon Jacobs is moving around his hotel room, setting up a tripod and attaching his camera, all the while chatting away enthusiastically about nothing in particular. His sunny attitude is disarming given the circumstances, and maybe that’s the point, because I’m standing butt naked a few [...]

08 29, 2022

What is Driving the Latest Monkeypox Messaging Battle?

By |2022-08-29T07:43:38-04:00August 29th, 2022|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Monkeypox, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

The first AIDS joke I ever heard in the early 1980s, back when the threat seemed remote and I was young and insensitive enough to laugh at misfortune, was about who got AIDS. At the time, it was a disease that primarily affected gay men, intravenous drug users, and Haitians. The hardest thing about having [...]

08 11, 2022

CDC’s Daskalakis on Monkeypox, Stigma, and being ‘the Gay in the Room’

By |2023-02-08T08:17:56-05:00August 11th, 2022|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Dr. Demetre Daskalakis (2019 photo by Benjamin Ryan) Dr. Demetre Daskalakis has had a swift, visible ascent at the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which snatched him away from a successful tenure at New York City's Department of Health after he created the progressive "HIV Status Neutral" program. His very direct, [...]

08 8, 2022

Two HIV/AIDS Survivors Discuss Life, Death, and Leaving HIV Activism

By |2022-08-08T19:43:52-04:00August 8th, 2022|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

Tez Anderson and Mark S. King (photo: Derrick Mapp) Tez Anderson is a truth-bomb talking poster boy of long-term HIV survival. As one of the founders of the Let’s Kick ASS (AIDS Survival Syndrome) program, he advocates ferociously for the needs and visibility of aging people living with HIV. Tez and I both [...]

08 3, 2022

Here’s the Complete AIDS2022 Coverage from My Fabulous Disease

By |2022-08-03T11:50:12-04:00August 3rd, 2022|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Clockwise from top left: Attendees at "For F#cks Sake;" with survivor Tez Anderson; a massage in the 'Positive Lounge;' a reveler at 'No Pants No Problem;' the monkeypox protest; with activist Jade Elektra. If you know anything about me, it’s that I’m not a clinician or researcher. I leave those stories to people [...]

08 1, 2022

WATCH: Monkeypox Activists Disrupt AIDS2022 with Rageful Protest

By |2022-08-01T16:45:10-04:00August 1st, 2022|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

There was something more than the typical passion on display when activists stormed the plenary stage at AIDS2022 today to protest the slow monkeypox response by United States public health officials. The cries of the diverse crowd of protestors were urgent and inflammatory. Their demands felt deeply personal. During a plenary session on monkeypox epidemiology [...]

07 31, 2022

The AIDS2022 ‘No Pants No Problem’ Party Lived Up to its Name

By |2022-08-01T08:48:23-04:00July 31st, 2022|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

When Jessica Whitbread was twenty years old, her physician told her after her HIV diagnosis that she had maybe twenty years to live. She responded to the news by getting involved with a number of HIV-related causes, including the International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW).  Before long, Jessica realized there simply weren’t spaces [...]

07 30, 2022

Who needs a ‘Positive Lounge’ at AIDS2022, anyway?

By |2022-08-01T08:49:09-04:00July 30th, 2022|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

The Positive Lounge, for people living with HIV, at AIDS2022 in Montreal The server is dressed in a black bolero jacket, the kind of thing waiters in a fine restaurant might wear, and he is carrying a tray of juices to restock the food table. Clearly, he is conscientious about his work, because [...]

07 28, 2022

HIV campaign “U Equals U” has been adopted by entire US government

By |2022-08-01T08:49:46-04:00July 28th, 2022|Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

U=U advocates at the AIDS2022 pre-conference event in Montreal The Prevention Access Campaign (PAC) announced that their global effort to educate people that people living with HIV with an undetectable viral load are unable to transmit HIV sexually (known as “undetectable equals untransmittable,” or “U=U”) has now been adopted by the United States [...]

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