Matt Ebert is an American writer who lives and works on a dairy farm in Sheshequin, Pennsylvania. In 1987, at the age of 22, he joined the AIDS activist group ACT UP, and has remained committed to a cure for AIDS ever since.
He pursued a film career, and worked on many groundbreaking gay films including: My Own Private Idaho, Longtime Companion and Parting Glances. In 1995, at 29, he tested positive, and received an AIDS diagnosis later that year. Gratefully, this was right before the deployment of triple combination therapy, which saved his life. That same year, he left film for a career in technology, and pursued jobs at Microsoft, Dell and finally Apple.
In 2013 he left all that behind, and at age 48, changed everything up and started writing short prose, essays, and is currently working on pulp fiction novels in the genres of crime and science fiction. He hopes to publish his first book in the next year.
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Reports on higher rates of suicide or self-harm in people with HIV on efavirenz -- particularly among those diagnosed with mental health conditions -- don't surprise Matt Ebert, who says he lived through it, but barely.
Who will make the grade and get Matt Ebert's endorsement for the HIV/AIDS policy most likely to succeed during the next presidential administration? And who is sure to fail?
In the Birth of the HIV 'Super-Spreader' on a Nevada Porn Set, Both AHF and the Film Industry Are Accountable
"Porn is one industry in which zero HIV transmission is a reasonable goal," Ebert writes, but says that producers have excuses for failed safety standards -- including AHF head Weinstein's push for condom mandates.
"Seeing a picture of the Reagans in 2016, I am reminded what a terrible time that was for so many of us," Ebert writes. " Nancy Reagan, in her blood red dresses, was the embodiment of a new ruling class of conservative thought."
"It's time we recognize the difference between a necessary ban on gay blood and real medical discrimination," says Ebert. Nevertheless, he says requiring two months of MSM celibacy -- not a full year -- would suffice.
"I haven't been able to write about HIV much lately," reports Matt Ebert. "Maybe because, with work, I feel like I don't even have HIV anymore."