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An Award for the Days in Our Lives
By Myles Helfand
August 7, 2013

We got word late last week that we won an award with significant meaning to us. The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) announced the winners of its annual Excellence in Journalism Award on July 31, and we snagged the Excellence in Multimedia Award for our A Day in the Life video series.

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"1 in 2, Could Be Me": On Being an HIV Statistic and the Violence of Numbers
By Mathew Rodriguez
July 30, 2013

When I was in college, my best friend and I used to get into a lot of spirited, friendly debates. He was a sociology-oriented person who always extolled the virtue of macro-scale studies with numbers and data, while I was a literary person who would rather read a work of fiction to learn about people. He would claim that my literary pursuits were too myopic, and I would warn about the violence and judgment that lie behind the numbers of many major studies. We were constantly stalemated.

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Obama, Trayvon, HIV and the Problem of Empathy
By Olivia Ford
July 23, 2013

This past Friday, President Obama held a press conference to share his reactions to the Trayvon Martin verdict. His speech has been heralded by some as among the most important he has ever given and lambasted by others as too little, too late at best. I encourage you to listen to the speech, if you haven't already, and form your own opinions. I had my own cascade of thoughts, but I'll get on to what all this has to do with HIV.

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On Grief, and Connecting to a Community
By Becky Allen
July 16, 2013

I was raised by parents who didn't just tell me that it was important to do good things and help my community, they demonstrated it in the way they lived their lives. Dad was a volunteer firefighter. Mom was a nurse. Together, they helped cofound our tiny town's emergency rescue squad in upstate New York. They were often first responders -- the kind of people who don't rubberneck at accidents, they pull over and help.

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The HIV Cure Chatter Is Real, but It's Only Part of Our Story
By Myles Helfand
July 10, 2013

I don't know about you, but I'm starting to have trouble telling apart one HIV cure story from another.

Just one short year ago, it was all so simple: Whenever anyone talked about a person being cured of HIV, we knew exactly who they referring to. How could we not? There was literally only one guy they could be talking about.

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I See Why HIV Testing Can Make You Nervous
By Warren Tong
June 25, 2013

In light of this year's National HIV Testing Day, I got tested last week at GMHC (Gay Men's Health Crisis) here in New York City. It wasn't my first HIV test (I routinely get tested at my annual physical checkup), but it was my first time going to a free testing site.

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A Brazilian Lesson in Body Positivity
By Mathew Rodriguez
June 11, 2013

I have five tattoos. My first one, an Aries symbol in rainbow, I bought myself as a high school graduation present. It was to remind myself that I should remain true to myself and never apologize for the way I was born (both as a gay man and a stubborn Aries). My second is an homage to my favorite author Flannery O'Connor. My third is an homage to my favorite film Hedwig and the Angry Inch. My fourth is a poem by E.E. Cummings, and my fifth is a quote from To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar.

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Let's Talk About the HIV Cure News
By Warren Tong
May 9, 2013

One of the best parts of my job is covering HIV cure stories. They offer hope and they serve as amazing examples of human tenacity and the wonders of modern medicine. First there was the case of Timothy Brown, the so-called "Berlin Patient," who underwent a stem cell transplant using donor cells that were resistant to HIV. After almost three decades of the epidemic, his case proved that HIV could be cured.

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Inside TheBody.com: What We've Been Up To

May 6, 2013

It may not look like it, given how huge this website is, but TheBody.com is run by a small, close-knit team: just five, full-time employees, plus a handful of part-time folks. We thought it might be cool to give you a glimpse of what it is we all actually do here, and what we've been working on lately to make our home on the Web a larger, more complete, more welcoming place for you to come and visit.

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Why Does Mainstream Media Continue to Throw Young Black Gay Men Under the Bus?
By Mathew Rodriguez
April 28, 2013

This past Wednesday, April 24, the New York Daily News published an article entitled "Young Black Gay Men Who Hide Sexuality May Be Behind Brooklyn's HIV Epidemic, Doctors Say." The article, from the headline on in, is stigmatizing, racist, heterosexist, shortsighted and misinformed. It does what all the best journalism does: It packs quite the punch in a few short paragraphs. Unfortunately, it reserves its worst jabs and most powerful punches for young black gay men -- a population already at the intersection of many oppressed identities -- and does nothing to further healthy, productive conversation on the fight against HIV/AIDS, ending homophobia or respecting the lives and bodies of Brooklyn residents.

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