¡HEY GAY MEN: HIV/AIDS IS NOT A ‘GAY THING’!

We’re all typical gay men to some degree. We enjoy partying, social meet ups, new friends and of course lots and lots of sex. Show me a gay man who hasn’t had a one night stand in their time and I would be very surprised. For many of us one night stands are a time…

NATIONAL GAY MEN’S HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY 2018

Thursday, September 27, marks National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NGMHAAD) 2018. This year’s theme is “The Conversation About HIV Is Changing.” This is a reference to the tools we have to end the epidemic in the United States, including treatment and prevention. Notably, we now know that people with HIV who take meds and…

HIV: A CHANGE IN ATTITUDE

Life with HIV, do you think we can most gay men to understand the struggles that others are facing? Why? Because, it costs us nothing to be human and many others are struggling on the inside or have issues that have no “public face.” Unless we’ve been told, we cannot tell by looking at each…

¡THE STIGMA OF HIV & AIDS CANNOT HIDE!

There are many reasons gay men are so strongly associated with stigma of HIV. Some have to do with tired stereotypes, making it so easy to hide one’s status. Despite the focus on stigmatizing the image of HIV, can the stigma of HIV be used to create a safe space to express our sexuality as…

NATIONAL HIV TESTING DAY

National HIV Testing Day is an annual occasion to encourage people to get an HIV test. CDC recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care. People with certain risk factors should get tested more often. People who test HIV positive…

NATIONAL CARIBBEAN-AMERICAN HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY 2018

Thursday, June 8, marks the annual National Caribbean-American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NCAHAAD). Created to provide Caribbean-Americans with HIV-related resources, education testing and opportunities for involvement, NCAHAAD aims to “beat the odds and to ensure that we cultivate a health-conscious atmosphere within our communities,” according to its website. NCAHAAD is organized by several national groups in…

IS PrEP OUR SAVIOUR?

The sexual revolution of the 1960s and ’70s came to an abrupt and brutal end for many gay and bi men the moment AIDS was traced to sexual contact. In the early days of the epidemic, sex between men was equated with AIDS, not just in the mainstream media, but also in prevention efforts by…

LET’S FIGHT HIV & END STIGMA TOGETHER

The first time I knowingly had sex with someone with HIV, I had guessed his status weeks before he told me. I remember feeling relieved when he told me. He placed his trust in me and I was confident that sexual safety was not going to be something I needed to negotiate. We were safe…

A NEW MOVEMENT FOR NATIONAL TRANSGENDER HIV TESTING DAY

Today is National HIV Transgender HIV Awareness Day and Achim Howard is at the forefront of the transgender HIV activism. Howard, the Washington, D.C.-based founder of the social activist group Trans Men Rising, is an advocate for black transgender men living with HIV. As a sexual assault survivor, Howard also identifies with the #MeToo movement, though he faces…

RE-CREATING SAFE SEX

There’s the rub. To engage in discussions about HIV and vulnerability means to have meaningful dialogue about sex and drug use. This is difficult in the world today. We have to do the work of defining the ways that we are comfortable with sex and substance use and vulnerability, by ourselves and with another person….

HIV & INFECTIOUS SEX…

In this queer world where individuals explores his or her personal experience and connects that experience to wider cultural, political and social meanings, how do we track the development of HIV prevention and sex in our lives? This era of our lives point to the creative ways that individuals and communities construct sex lives around…