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?…

¿REMEMBER WHEN WORLD AIDS DAY USE TO BE IMPORTANT?

 Do you remember December 1st as a day when people gathered in terror and grief with candles and tears listening to words that couldn’t begin to touch the pain and anger and sadness? Do you remember when it was a time for all kinds of people to gather together, people that probably wouldn’t be in…

KEEP HIV/AIDS AWARENESS…

It’s bad enough that we have people dying from of AIDS, but no one should die of ignorance. – Elizabeth Taylor  

WORLD AIDS DAY {2K17} #LetsEndIt

End isolation End stigma End HIV transmission You’ve helped us fight HIV. Now, let’s end it. This World AIDS Day join the fight to end the negative impact of HIV. This year in the UK there have been the first significant reductions in HIV diagnoses for gay men in London, thanks to frequent testing, rapid…

HIV: ¿WHY CAN’T WE STOP BAREBACKING?

Of course, “skin on skin” has special meaning in the age of HIV, particularly around the role of condoms. I don’t think anyone would dispute that having sex without a condom feels pretty good. However, I have a couple of questions. The first question is: How much do we really love ourselves? Admittedly, that is…

SEX UNCOVERED…

Sex is great – we love it! So believe me when I say that I am not trying to rain on anyone’s parade by saying there are risks involved. I just believe that the more informed you are about the risks, the easier it will be for you to navigate them. What would life be…

WHY NATIONAL GAY MEN’S HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY IS AS IMPORTANT AS EVER

National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (#NGMHAAD) is on Wednesday, September 27, a day that should be focused on action toward ending this global epidemic. The following is a guest post byRichard George III, GMHC Policy Intern. At Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) we know that National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is just as important…

¿IS THIS ‘GENERATION BAREBACK’?

It’s been 35 years since the New York Times reported on a ‘rare cancer seen in 41 homosexuals’ – an article from the summer of 1981 that’s considered the first major news story about HIV/AIDS. A generation of gay men have since grown up with condoms and safer sex campaigns a familiar part of everyday…

¿IS UNDETECTABLE THE NEW NEGATIVE?

It is impossible to have a modern conversation about HIV and HIV stigma without having the term “undetectable” used, misused and abused. Those involved in HIV advocacy certainly have strong opinions on how the term that refers to an HIV positive person’s undetectable viral load should be used (and who is using it incorrectly). Some…

WHY EVERY GAY MAN SHOULD TEST PROUDLY TODAY

I almost went in disguise the first time I got tested. It felt like I was about to pull the trigger in a game of Russian Roulette. Was this the moment everything would come to a halt? Did I make a “mistake” along the way that I would regret forever? I could hear the voice…

THE EMPOWERED BOTTOM: "SAFER" SEX IN THE TIME OF PrEP

Until recently, condoms were considered the only viable option for safer sex practices among gay and bisexual men. Once it was first discovered that HIV was a sexually transmitted infection, condoms became the centerpiece of safe-sex culture. Although this tool kept many gay and bisexual men HIV-negative through the worst of the epidemic, but the use…

THE DOs & DON’Ts OF DISCUSSING HIV

With HIV diagnoses up by 132.5 percent among young gay and bisexual men since the 21st century began, it has never been more evident that conversations about HIV among young people are painfully needed. And the best way for these discussions to begin is by empowering newly HIV-positive folks to use their voices to bring awareness to…