¿IS UNDETECTABLE REALLY 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…

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…

¿IS THIS ‘GENERATION BAREBACK’?

It’s been 38 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…

NATIONAL HIV TESTING DAY (NHTD) 2K19

Today marks National HIV Testing Day & this year’s theme, “Doing It My Way,” is the same as last year’s and highlights the many ways people can make HIV testing a part of their lives. In today’s world, HIV is no longer a death sentence. Thanks to antiretroviral medications, living with the virus is like…

¿CAN THE HIV CONVERSATION BE THE DEFINING PRIDE EXPERIENCE FOR US ALL?

Many of us are into some pretty kinky stuff. At least once a day, the thought passes through our minds on how lucky we are to be alive now, in a time when we can enjoy the things we enjoy without debilitating, immobilizing fear. Our forebears fought for this. Countless lobbyists, antagonists, and grassroots activists…

10 THINGS YOU SHOULDN’T SAY TO AN HIV-POSITIVE PERSON ON GRINDR

The gay hook-up app, Grindr, is anonymous — which is of course what makes it wonderful — and what opens the door for trolls spewing hateful comments with virtually no consequences. Even worse, thanks to a report from BuzzFeed News, it was revealed that the company has been sharing its users’ data (including their HIV status…

WHY BLACK GAY MEN NEED PrEP

Black gay and bisexual men are far less likely than their white counterparts to take PrEP. Since the introduction of PrEP, HIV incidence in white gay and bisexual men has fallen greatly, but the fall in black men hasn’t been as big. There are many reasons that contribute to this, which include structural racism, homophobia,…

¿CAN WE STOP SHAMING MEN THAT LIKE TO BAREBACK?

Over the years condom use has changed drastically. Many gay men see it a pain in the ass. Now I know this is not the case for all gay men, but for far too many, condoms are more than just a minor nuisance. That said, when it comes to our sexual appetite, many of us…

HIV: ¿HOW DO WE MOVE OUR HEARTS & MINDS?

HIV ad campaigns, whether encouraging people to get tested, treated, or learn about PrEP presumably want to encourage people to take action, but they rarely capture what actually motivates gay men.   As our community brainstorms how future efforts could better educate gay men, we must draw from past failures and successes in social marketing, and…