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Prevention and Policy

11 8, 2021

COVID has Surpassed AIDS in U.S. Deaths. How Should HIV Activists Respond?

By |2021-11-08T09:59:33-05:00November 8th, 2021|Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

In less than two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has killed more Americans than have died from HIV/AIDS since the AIDS epidemic emerged 40 years ago. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that more than 700,00 Americans have been lost to HIV/AIDS as of 2019, the last full year for which [...]

10 11, 2021

Review: Peter Staley’s Memoir “Never Silent” is a Real Life Thriller

By |2021-10-11T22:07:16-04:00October 11th, 2021|Book Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

Cover art detail from Never Silent by Peter Staley Activist Peter Staley's much-anticipated new memoir, Never Silent, opens with almost unbearable nail-biting suspense, sweeping us into the behind-the-scenes machinations of an ACT UP takeover of the New York Stock Exchange at opening bell. It's legitimately dangerous, timed to the second, and absolutely thrilling, [...]

10 5, 2021

Probing My Aging Penis

By |2021-10-05T15:45:24-04:00October 5th, 2021|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

File this under “things they don’t tell men about getting old.” If you qualify, this might help you. I am a long term HIV survivor at the magnificent age of 60 years old. They don’t tell guys that if you live long enough some clinician is going to slide a tube down your penis. It’s [...]

09 2, 2021

Dentist David Acer: the Murderous AIDS Monster Who Never Was

By |2021-09-03T16:34:00-04:00September 2nd, 2021|Book Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Steven Reigns, author of A Quilt for David You probably don’t know his name, but you might have heard the name of his most famous “victim.” In 1990, dentist David J. Acer was accused by his patient, Kimberly Bergalis, of infecting her with HIV. It was the start of an onslaught of accusations [...]

08 10, 2021

For a Second Year, COVID Reduces USCHA to a Virtual Event

By |2021-08-10T10:23:01-04:00August 10th, 2021|Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

  Ultimately, the organizers of the United States Conference on HIV/AIDS (USCHA) ran out of viable options for hosting the largest annual HIV conference in the country as an in-person event. For weeks, as the delta variant of COVID surged and the prospects for any large in-person gatherings this fall diminished, officials at NMAC, which [...]

07 23, 2021

Not having as much sex? You’re not alone.

By |2021-07-23T15:30:24-04:00July 23rd, 2021|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Photo by Matt Roth My sex life in the 1980s before AIDS came along was glorious.  My endurance level was Olympian, my sexual response time was faster than a wink from a cute man, and body fluids went flying like they were shot from cannons. Today, I am 60 years old. It’s easy [...]

07 23, 2021

A Complete History of HIV/AIDS Will Depend on You

By |2021-07-23T15:21:16-04:00July 23rd, 2021|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

And when you’re gone, who remembers your name? Who keeps your flame? Who tells your story? Who tells your story? Who tells your story? — From the musical Hamilton   In March of 1985, I stood in the kitchen of my West Hollywood condo. The phone was attached to the wall, and I can remember how [...]

06 2, 2021

He Wrote That First AIDS Report in 1981. He Has a Lot More to Say.

By |2021-10-05T15:16:13-04:00June 2nd, 2021|Family and Friends, Film Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

Michael Gottlieb, MD (photo: Elizabeth Nathane) This June 5, 2021 marks 40 years since the famous report in a CDC publication, the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), in which Dr. Michael Gottlieb outlined the troublesome cases of five gay men dealing with pneumonia and skin cancers. It is widely considered the “start” of scientific [...]

05 18, 2021

When Our Masks are Removed, What Will Be Revealed?

By |2021-05-18T09:26:25-04:00May 18th, 2021|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

Last night I sat with my husband and a member of our pod (is there a more 2020 expression than that?) as we watched a perfectly sweet and entertaining movie that gets pretty sad at the end, and throughout its last twenty minutes I cried like my mother had just died. I cried the first [...]

05 12, 2021

Sir Elton John and Olly Alexander Absolutely Crush “Its a Sin”

By |2021-05-15T09:25:28-04:00May 12th, 2021|Film Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Sir Elton John has always shown great generosity towards younger artists, especially those with whom he shares a sense of theatrical DNA. At the Brit Awards last night, the legendary performer and lifelong HIV/AIDS activist proved his taste for talent is still incredibly well-placed, owning the stage with Olly Alexander (Years and Years) for what [...]

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