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My name's John. I'm 49 years old. I'm a lawyer by profession. I now live in beautiful San Francisco, California, after spending a long time on the east coast. I was diagnosed in 2004, so I've been positive for something like five years.

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A Question of Priorities: A Blog Entry by fogcityjohn Img
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A Question of Priorities: A Blog Entry by fogcityjohn

Why has HIV/AIDS fallen off the agendas of most mainstream LBGTQ advocacy organizations? "HIV/AIDS used to be an existential threat to our community, and we treated it as such," fogcityjohn laments. In this article, he looks at what several organizat...

With Friends Like These: Dr. Monica Sweeney's Gift to the Religious Right -- A Blog Entry by fogcityjohn Img
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With Friends Like These: Dr. Monica Sweeney's Gift to the Religious Right -- A Blog Entry by fogcityjohn

The conversation about "It's Never Just HIV" -- the controversial HIV awareness campaign launched by the New York City health department -- is far from over, blogger Fogtcityjohn writes. In the latest development, a right-wing conservative politician...

Stigma as Prevention: The Homophobia Behind a PSA -- A Blog Entry by fogcityjohn Img
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Stigma as Prevention: The Homophobia Behind a PSA -- A Blog Entry by fogcityjohn

Adding his thoughts to the mountain of criticism against New York City's "It's Never Just HIV" ad campaign, blogger fogcityjohn writes, "The message seems to be that, even if you're young and beautiful, it absolutely sucks to be gay." In this blog en...

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Making Darkness Visible: Seeing the Relationship of Laws, Homophobia, and Suicide -- A Blog Entry by fogcityjohn

And because no breeze stirs this caldron, because there is no escape from this smothering confinement, it is entirely natural that the victim begins to think ceaselessly of oblivion.

-- William Styron, Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness

I ha...

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"You Can't Handle the Truth!": Gay Men and HIV Education

In 1994, psychologist Walt Odets published a scathing critique of what was then called "AIDS education." Writing in the now-defunct AIDS & Public Policy Journal, Odets examined the approaches used to educate gay men about HIV, and to put it mildly, h...

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Raw Emotion: Thoughts on Why Gay Men Bareback: A Blog Entry by fogcityjohn

"The lonely I ecstatically dissolving into the we ... It's the common denominator of every form of bliss -- romantic, sexual, political, religious, mystical. Everyone wants and welcomes this blissful merger."

Irvin D. Yalom, Love's Executioner

Can ...