How are people thinking and talking about the role that HIV plays in their lives and in their communities? Below you'll find a diverse compilation of first-person reflections by people living with HIV or affected by the epidemic, and a wide array of responses to some burning questions in our community. Make sure to peruse, ponder and participate in everything this year's World AIDS Day "Perspectives" section has to offer.
What Is Something New You Learned About HIV This Year?
Even for those of us who have been on the frontlines of the HIV epidemic for many years, there's always something new to learn. To celebrate all that we've learned about HIV this year, we asked community members to share something new they learned about HIV in 2014.
The End of AIDS Is a Cynical Lie
"The seemingly imminent 'end of AIDS' has become a rallying cry for everything from AIDS Walk pledges to research dollars. And however well-meaning these contentions might be, I find it to be a sad and cynical ploy for donations and engagement."
Why Did We Immediately Panic Over Ebola but Not HIV?
Homophobia? Immorality? The reasons for the disparities in hysteria between HIV and Ebola are numerous, according to Josh Kruger.
Do HIV-Negative Gay Men Need Condoms if They're on PrEP? Here's What I Tell My Patients
"If you ask most clinicians, researchers and public health officials, the usual answer is: 'Well, you should continue to use condoms because, of course, Truvada does not protect against STIs (sexually transmitted infections).' The problem is THAT IS NOT THE QUESTION PATIENTS ARE ASKING!"
Remembering World AIDS Day: a Love Story
"The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas -- institutionalized -- is brutal. The time between Christmas and New Years Day, even more insane -- groping for closure and resolve, the family unit a percolator boiling the drunk from the pot."
Can You Believe We Are Still Alive?
"We had all tested HIV positive about the same time and we all had the same reaction: let's make the most of life because it was going to be a short one for us. Unbeknownst to us at the time was that we also shared another deadly disease for which there is no known cure: alcoholism/addiction."
Shaking It Off This World AIDS Day
"Hatred comes in all shapes and sizes. In can be overt or clandestine. It can come at you when you least expect it. I think you just have to know who you are, accept and love yourself and like the song says dance and shake it off."
World AIDS Day 2014 and Selfishly Taking Care of Yourself
"But I have been remiss in taking care of myself! And so this World AIDS Day, I believe that is my focal point. Selfishly taking care of self. For quite awhile, I have been selflessly taking care of others. This year, I have been gearing towards really living and being selfish about it."
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