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04 13, 2021

HIV Genetic Data is Tracked and Shared. It’s Creepy and Dangerous.

By |2021-04-13T08:57:34-04:00April 13th, 2021|Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

If you are a person living with HIV, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and your local health department probably already have your HIV genetic profile. They have been examining it and comparing it to a genetic analysis of other people. People in your community. People you might know. You probably never knew [...]

03 13, 2021

The Politics and Pitfalls of HIV Community Language

By |2021-03-13T22:21:59-05:00March 13th, 2021|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Kiara St James, Ben Plumley, Jose Romero, and Mark S. King Two broadcasts this week took a look at the words we use as people living with HIV - and the words others use to describe us. Those words can be hurtful or weaponized, even among ourselves. As a participant in both conversations, [...]

03 3, 2021

What Black Women in the HIV Arena Do You Honor?

By |2021-03-03T16:15:53-05:00March 3rd, 2021|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

Included on my long list of Black women in the HIV movement I admire are writer Deirdre Johnson, entrepreneur and activist Hydeia Broadbent, social media influencer Davina Conner, and editor and ally (and proud mom) Olivia G. Ford. The Black women that have shaped and inspired my HIV activism -- and my personal [...]

02 23, 2021

Watch the Most Blissfully Bonkers HIV PSA Ever Made

By |2021-02-23T09:43:07-05:00February 23rd, 2021|Film Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

If there was any question that Charles Sanchez is the Mad Hatter of the HIV community, his latest project should remove all doubt. “The More You Can Ho,” a completely looney set of new HIV public service announcements, is the brainchild of Sanchez and his SkippingBoyz producing partner, Tyne Firmin. The pair is responsible for [...]

02 20, 2021

Rush Limbaugh Mocked AIDS Deaths. These HIV Activists Outlived Him.

By |2021-02-20T14:59:39-05:00February 20th, 2021|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

Rush Limbaugh once mocked AIDS deaths by playing disco music while gleefully reporting who died. Now that Limbaugh himself is dead, here is my first (and last) episode of "Rush Limbaugh is Dead," in which I name just a few of the HIV activists who have outlived him. Rush Limbaugh apologized years later for mocking [...]

02 16, 2021

REVIEW: “It’s a Sin” Really Wants Somebody to Blame

By |2021-02-16T16:58:02-05:00February 16th, 2021|Film Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

The promise of a new, ambitious television series about “what happened” to gay men in the 1980s is tremendously exciting for long-term HIV/AIDS survivors like myself, starved as we are for representation in the media and for another chronicle of our history to be told. It is often a promise unfulfilled. Already, the British limited [...]

02 11, 2021

Why Mario Cooper is the Greatest HIV/AIDS Figure You’ve Never Heard Of

By |2021-02-11T14:12:18-05:00February 11th, 2021|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

The Counter Narrative Project (CNP) continued their boundary-busting content creation by hosting a recent virtual event honoring the legacy of Mario Cooper. Cooper, who died in 2015, has been described as the "Nexus Between AIDS Activists and Black Leaders." Mario Cooper might actually be the most consequential figure in the HIV/AIDS movement you have never [...]

02 11, 2021

Should People Living with HIV Qualify for Early COVID Vaccination?

By |2021-02-11T15:29:30-05:00February 11th, 2021|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Karl Schmid, Jeff Taylor, and Mark S. King during +Talk. Karl Schmid, the plucky television broadcaster who revealed he is living with HIV in 2018, has been putting his notoriety and adorable Auusie accent to excellent use since his courageous announcement. Schmid has created Plus Life, a series of social media posts and [...]

02 1, 2021

He Planned a Bug Chaser Party as an HIV Fundraiser. Really.

By |2021-02-01T15:31:37-05:00February 1st, 2021|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Have you heard the one about the gay porn dude who tried to produce a Palm Springs event for this October that he called the “POZ Pride Fest” to raise money for HIV groups and it would include a “Chaser’s JAMboree!” sex party where HIV negative guys could meet their HIV positive dream date for [...]

01 18, 2021

For This Black Woman Living with HIV, Grief Creates Power

By |2021-01-18T08:52:45-05:00January 18th, 2021|Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Activist and Poet Deirdre Johnson Deirdre Johnson’s poem of grief and empowerment, below, begins a series of guest posts on My Fabulous Disease from Black women living with HIV. It’s my salute to Positive Women’s Network USA’s (PWN) upcoming “Celebrate and Honor Black Women in the HIV Movement Day” on March 12, 2021. [...]

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