🤲🏽 WE ALL FALL DOWN 🙌🏽

The lengths many of us go through for passion and fun always seem like such worthy and necessary pursuit. Many of us drank and do drugs thinking we were creating something so brilliant when in reality we were simply blocking the best parts of ourselves from surfacing. For many finding out that they are HIV+…

A FAIRER HEALTH SYSTEM MUST INCLUDE A PLAN TO END HIV

America’s long-overdue reckoning with racial disparities in our public health system is a conversation that we’re finally ready to have. The devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic over the past two years is fueling a generational conversation on how we build a fairer system — something those of us in the HIV and AIDS sector have…

U=U PLUS…YOU❓

U=U equals… you involved? Over the last several years, U=U has really inspired the community and broken down some of the walls in terms of how HIV is viewed. For decades, the basic understanding was: if you are HIV positive you must use protection when engaging in sexual activity. Shaky laws were built around the…

🍆 💦 ¿BAREBACK, WHEN IS THE RIGHT TIME? 🍑 👅

At what point in your relationship would you decide that yes, it’s now the right time to go bareback with your boyfriend? And what if it’s a hookup, would you have raw sex with him? We all know that having sex without condom is risky, as not wearing it means you increase your risk of getting a…

🍆 F*CK W/OUT FEAR 🍑

“F*ck w/out Fear, PrEP Is Here” is the sex-positive message being delivered in an HIV prevention campaign. The goal is to use “raw and real language” to get the word out about Truvada as PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, which is a daily pill to prevent someone from contracting HIV. It’s widely believed that a two-pronged…

¿DO YOU BAREBACK?

“Do you bareback?” is a phrase I have heard so many times now I reckon it’s up there with how many times Adele’s album is being played round the world this second. I’m a HIV-negative guy (as far as I know from my last test!) who really wants to get to the bottom of why…

¿WHY ARE HIV-NEGATIVE MEN STILL CHOOSING STIGMA?

A recent study confirms that fear of HIV continues to trump scientific knowledge of the virus. According to a recent study in the Journal of the International AIDS Society, a disturbingly high amount of HIV-negative gay men doubt the veracity of the statement “Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U).” If you haven’t heard that motto before, it’s pretty simple. People living with HIV…

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…