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My Gonorrhea Nostalgia
By Mark S. King
January 13, 2015

The first time I contracted gonorrhea, which in my day was affectionately called The Clap, I was 20 years old and had just moved to West Hollywood, California. It was 1981, disco was still thumping in the bars, and the bath houses were packed. My dance card was filled.

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The Disguised Blessings of HIV-Positive Poet Mary Bowman
By Mark S. King
January 13, 2015

When Mary E. Bowman stepped to the stage five years ago at SpitDat, an open mic night in Washington, D.C., she was 20 years old and terrified. She was about to perform "Dandelions," her first poem to reveal a secret that her own family had long kept quiet: that Mary had lived with HIV since birth, the result of a mother addicted to drugs who died when Mary was only three.

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15 HIV Advocates to Watch in 2015
By Mark S. King
January 6, 2015

They come from different cultures and regions of the world, but these fifteen HIV activists all share one important trait: a fierce devotion to HIV issues and a commitment to leave their mark on 2015.

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Stigma "Lite": The FDA's Revised Ban on Gay Blood Donors
By David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.
January 5, 2015

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently revised its decades-old policy on a lifetime prohibition of gay men donating blood. This ban, rooted in the early days of the HIV epidemic when transmission was poorly understood and (full-blown crazy) levels of stigma and discrimination abounded, has long needed to change. For me, the revised guidelines represent minimal progress because they exclude any gay man who has had sex with another man in the last year.

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Let Me Clear My Throat on White Men in Communities of Color
By Aaron Laxton
December 15, 2014

Recently, communities of color have ignited a movement that has taken the world by storm in the wake of the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases. The problem being highlighted is one that goes back to the very foundations of our country: racial inequality. As I have been at various protests and demonstrations, including many in St. Louis and Ferguson, I have tried to figure out what this means for the HIV/AIDS movement, considering that communities of color are disproportionately bearing the burden of new infections. The irony of the situation is not lost on me; even as much as I want to help address inequalities within the communities of color, I must do so while considering my place in the movement.

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Remembering World AIDS Day: A Love Story
By Matt Ebert
November 29, 2014

One day the shame train arrived at the gates and out rolled another set of beats. In this particular crowd was a brick shit-house named Leo. He was six-five, layered in tats, and Cuban -- in other words fucking gorgeous. Vics arrived in their orange prison garb, some came in chains, and it was my job to take them downstairs to the lockers and get them "new-used" clothes.

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Can You Believe We Are Still Alive?
By Jimmy Mack
November 29, 2014

In my last blog, I spoke of the "gay family" I established in NYC back in the early '80s and how I had lost all but one to AIDS. Sadly, I lost my last remaining HIV-positive friend from those days when he died in a car crash this past May. His name was Mark Weins, aka Marcus, and we had been best of friends for the past 35 years speaking almost daily. He and I had outlived our close-knit group of gay friends that we considered family and would constantly wonder why we were the ones left alive.

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Shaking It Off This World AIDS Day
By Lynda Arnold
November 29, 2014

My favorite song for this year is by Taylor Swift "Shake it Off." I love the music but I especially find the lyrics fitting. She sings about finding your own beat, doing your own thing, dancing to your own music and shaking it all off! Letting the players play and the haters hate! My future daughter-in-law and I went to the West Hollywood Halloween Carnival this year and she was both startled and upset by the small group of assembled protesters. She stopped to listen as they spewed their hatred and read their hideous poster board signs all as a slight drizzle started to rain down upon us. She wondered why I was not intrigued. I explained that I have been at plenty of events where they had gathered and they were old news. I learned to ignore them as most of the crowd was doing. Why give them the time of day. They were always present at the AIDS WALK as well. Their words were nothing I hadn't heard before; their methods were nothing new.

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World AIDS Day 2014 and Selfishly Taking Care of Yourself
By Rev. Andrena Ingram
November 29, 2014

Oh my goodness, I can't believe I haven't written anything since July of this year! Where has my head been at?

Activists and advocates should always be on the ball! Out there on the front lines, moving the cause forward and ever "in your face."

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The Other HIV Stigma: An Inside Job
By David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.
November 21, 2014

On World AIDS Day, it is gratifying to see increased attention paid to stigma, which has a devastating impact on prevention, testing and treatment. Creative and thoughtful campaigns utilizing social media and other venues are beginning to make a difference. Some anti-stigma programs are even being mandated as part of international aid. While many programs don't yet effectively address institutional, governmental and religious power structures that perpetuate stigma, they are impacting education and skills to build empathy, each of which is extremely important.

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