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…

BLACK GAY MEN & HIV: ¿WHY THE DISPARITY?

It’s time for us to get real. We are not doing enough to help black gay men who are living with HIV. If you don’t believe me, just look at the data. Why are so many black gay men don’t get into care and onto antiretroviral medication? Is it because of discrimination, poverty, stigma, and a…

BLACK HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY

Get Educated The focus of NBHAAD is to get Blacks educated about the basics of HIV and AIDS in their local communities. Learn More Get Tested Testing is at the core of this initiative and is critical for prevention of HIV in Black communities. It is hoped that Blacks will mark February 7 of every…

WHY WE IN THE GAY COMMUNITY NEED TO RETHINK HIV PREVENTION

We’ve come so far in the terms of where we are in HIV prevention. Gone are the days of the tombstone adverts. Now we live in an age where the majority of gay and bisexual men living with HIV have the condition under control. So if this is the case, why are we still seeing…

GAY MEN, GRINDR & HIV…

 “You’re vile.” “What the f*ck’s wrong with you? Why are you on here with your disease?” “You should be ashamed, you’re a walking disease.” These are just a few of the things HIV-positive gay men have reported hearing from other gay men on Grindr. Do you think HIV-positive men should be Grindr looking for connections?…