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

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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N.C. Rep: Government Shouldn't Fund HIV Treatment for People 'Living in Perverted Lifestyles'

In North Carolina this week, state Rep. Larry Brown announced that the government should not spend money to treat adults with HIV/AIDS who "caused it by the way they live."

His unfortunate and ridiculously uninformed comments are the latest in a str...

Fear and HIV Prevention Shouldn't Mix Img

Fear and HIV Prevention Shouldn't Mix

Since its Dec. 7 television debut, New York City's "It's Never Just HIV" ad campaign has polarized the HIV and LGBT communities. But our news editor Kellee Terrell knows where she stands: "To sell HIV prevention using fear (as opposed to using love a...

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Charles King Op-Ed: Shock Tactics Won't Stop HIV

Housing Works President and CEO Charles King on why a controversial anti-HIV video featuring rotting brains and decaying bones is bad policy -- and doomed to fail.

Earlier this month, the New York City Department of Health unveiled a short campaign ...

Routine Opt-Out HIV Testing in 2011: The Road to Civility Is Paved With Forgiveness -- A Blog Entry by Ed Perlmutter Img

Routine Opt-Out HIV Testing in 2011: The Road to Civility Is Paved With Forgiveness -- A Blog Entry by Ed Perlmutter

There have been few dull moments in Ed Perlmutter's first year as an "accidental activist" for routine opt-out HIV testing. Here, he colorfully recaps the progress and obstacles that the cause faced in 2010, and reaffirms the importance of this fight...

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Sue the Bastards, That's What I Always Say: A Blog Entry by Ed Perlmutter

I am fairly certain that the Massachusetts State House is haunted, but only in good ways, by kind spirits. You heard it here first. Under the floorboards, behind portraits of fatigued-looking Governors of yore, in the uneven walls worn and rippled by...

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When I'm Right, I'm Right: A Blog Entry by Ed Perlmutter

"I can't believe no one offered me an HIV test." This became my mantra the summer of 2006, recanted time and again, along with anecdotes from the medical odyssey that began early January 2005 with what I thought were irritable bowel-like symptoms. My...

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Opt-Out and Eliminating Consent for HIV Testing: A Blog Entry by Gary Bell

President Obama's new AIDS Strategy calls for a renewed effort to reduce new HIV infections by 25%, increasing the number of people who know their status from 79% to 90%. Crucial to the success of this benchmark is to test more people for HIV. This i...

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D.C. Mayoral Candidate Wants HIV Status on Driver's Licenses: A Video Blog Entry by Justin B. Terry-Smith

Leo Alexander is one of the candidates for the Washington, D.C. Mayoral Election. A couple of weeks ago on August 11th Alexander made a statement at a Forum that he will push for HIV testing at the DMV [Department of Motor Vehicles]. If most of you...

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Out-of-State Same-Sex Marriage in Maryland? A Video Blog Entry by Justin B. Terry-Smith

In 2006, on Memorial Day weekend, I found out that I was HIV positive. I didn't think I'd ever be loved or love someone else at all. I also felt bad because I couldn't have children and my parents would be so disappointed in me. Being in a relationsh...