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Prevention and Policy

06 1, 2020

I Am Racist, and That’s a Good Place to Start

By |2020-06-01T17:27:48-04:00June 1st, 2020|Book Review, Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

Credit: Isaac Hale, Star Tribune There is a fact I have always wanted to argue. I thought I was different from those other white men. If you just had let me explain, just let me tell you about me, me, me, then you would surely see the real truth for yourself, proven by [...]

05 16, 2020

A Message for HIV Vaccine Advocacy Day

By |2020-05-16T22:47:10-04:00May 16th, 2020|Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

To commemorate HIV Vaccine Advocacy Day in Nigeria on Monday, May 18, I recorded a brief video as part of an awareness project for the New Vaccine and Microbicide Advocacy Society. My message was simple. Vaccines take time, factual science, and patience. I will never forget listening to HHS Secretary Margaret Heckler in 1984, right [...]

05 8, 2020

The ‘Plandemic’ Video Fooled People. Deborah Birx is Still Trying.

By |2020-05-12T09:10:43-04:00May 8th, 2020|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

Drs. Judy Mikovitz and Deborah Birx Hucksters and charlatans know their cue: their traveling salvation shows typically arrive when we are at the nexus of public panic and willful ignorance. It should have come as no surprise, then, to find Dr. Judy Mikovitz' dusty wagon come creaking into sight this week with its [...]

03 31, 2020

Nursing Student Faces COVID-19 at Work and Fears at Home

By |2020-04-01T21:24:40-04:00March 31st, 2020|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

There are trials by fire, and then there are trials by wildfire. Nursing student Brian Thomas never imagined his on-the-job education would transform into fighting on the very front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, or that he would be forced to take extreme safety precautions each time he arrived home from his internship at a [...]

03 20, 2020

The Very Best of Humanity is Coming. So is the Worst.

By |2020-03-20T14:12:21-04:00March 20th, 2020|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

The flyer was in my mailbox, folded and placed by an unknown neighbor. “NEED CORONAVIRUS HELP?” it read, explaining a local “Self-Quarantine Response Team” was here to support those “with compromised immune systems, those in quarantine – or even those who must work or have kids or feel isolated due to social distancing. Please retain [...]

03 14, 2020

Stop Comparing Coronavirus to Early HIV/AIDS. Just Stop.

By |2020-03-14T16:11:55-04:00March 14th, 2020|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

Alon Reininger Contact Press Images People ask me if our lives today feel like the early years of HIV/AIDS, and I want to scream.  There is no comparison. Just stop. No one cared about people dying of AIDS in the early years of the pandemic. The stock market didn’t budge. The President didn’t [...]

02 25, 2020

My ‘Trump Trauma’ is Real. And I am Not Alone.

By |2020-02-25T15:03:07-04:00February 25th, 2020|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

(This essay appeared in the Jan/Feb 2020 issue of POZ Magazine. It plays off the fact that it was written in advance of publication, in late 2019, and how fast-paced the downfall of our democracy news cycle can be. One thing is certain: my Trump Trauma remains, and I intend to do something about it [...]

02 7, 2020

NMAC Changes Conference Name from ‘AIDS’ to ‘HIV.’ So What?

By |2020-02-07T16:16:24-04:00February 7th, 2020|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

First things first. I don’t believe the national HIV agency, NMAC, acted thoughtlessly toward people living with AIDS – only one of the accusations leveled against them -- when NMAC decided to change the name of their annual conference from “the United States Conference on AIDS” to “the United States Conference on HIV.” The announcement [...]

01 28, 2020

The Uproarious Launch of ‘Merce 2’ in Photos

By |2020-01-28T12:21:56-04:00January 28th, 2020|Film Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Tyne Firmin and Charles Sanchez (Photo: Mark S. King) Something struck me, maybe halfway through the uproarious screening of the new, second season of the musical comedy web series, Merce. I surveyed the packed room at the LGBT Center in New York City, the audience laughing, clapping, cheering on the characters and growing [...]

01 13, 2020

The HIV ‘Bug Chaser’ Who Changed His Mind

By |2020-01-13T15:29:09-04:00January 13th, 2020|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

The gay men online who get off on seeking HIV infection (“bug chasers”) aren’t exactly known for their thoughtful introspection. After all, they are eroticizing something that works exactly once -- and has life-long consequences. So, a tweet posted a few weeks ago from a self-titled bug chaser stunned me with its honestly and vulnerability. [...]

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