My Fabulous Disease
Five Things About HIV They're Not Telling You
Photo credit: National Advisory Committee on AIDS (NACAIDS)
We refer to Swiss experts who suggest people with HIV with undetectable viral loads may be non-infectious. We discuss an infamous 1987 Australian commercial called "The Grim Reaper," and refer to research that concludes that fear-based messages do not change long-term behavior.
You might enjoy comparing the difference between the NYC "It's Never Just HIV" spot (in all its frightful foreboding) to the life-affirming Japanese campaign "Little Taiko Boy," which presents sexuality in a straightforward manner (complete with music and sexy-time lyrics!).
Does anything in our talk surprise (or offend) you? Did you know HIV negative people could take a drug regimen immediately after exposure (sexual and otherwise) and greatly reduce the risk of becoming infected? Do you agree that stigma against those living with HIV may be greater now than ever before?
This is an important community discussion, and I hope you will consider sharing this with friends and colleagues. I'm always up for constructive debate or dissent.
Meanwhile, my friends, please be well.
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Mark S. King has been an active AIDS activist, writer and community organization leader since the early 1980s in Los Angeles. He has been an outspoken advocate for prevention education and for issues important to those living with HIV.
Diagnosed in 1985, Mark has held positions with the Los Angeles Shanti Foundation, AID Atlanta and AIDS Survival Project, and is an award-winning writer. He continues his volunteer work as an AIDS educator and speaker for conferences and events.
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