Gay Men

The terrifying crystal meth story I have never told

published: August, 21, 2017 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, General Health, Health, International , Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Media, Mark S. King

Mark S. King shares "one terrifying night during my #Meth #Addiction that I must share to get well."

The terrifying crystal meth story I have never told

When my guard is down, it comes to me. It flashes across my mind, an uninvited assault, sometimes when I am beginning to drift off to sleep or, more cruelly, when my mind is enjoying a pleasant reverie. It is then that the dark memory rushes in like a raid. He lived in a house with nice furnishings. That reassured me when I arrived for the hookup, given that so many of the other crystal meth addicts I encountered were barely holding on to the remnants of their lives. The others might have a s

I'm black, gay and living with HIV

published: August, 21, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From FS Magazine, Maximus Crown writes about his experience of racial prejudice within the gay community.

I'm black, gay and living with HIV

Photo: © Chris Jepson I was born in Nigeria but I became a Londoner long before I was able to read or write, which according to some of my relatives makes me “a black man living in a white man’s world.” I know that this combined with the facts that I identify myself as a homosexual man who also happens to be HIV-positive hasn’t exactly set the scene for the most scar-free rainbow, but I have never given any of my negative experiences influence over how I viewed the world or what I

Beyond Grindr: racism, fetishisation and reimagining queer black masculinities

published: August, 15, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Gay Men, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From FS Magazine, Otamere Guobadia examines the current state of racism within the LGBTQ community

Beyond Grindr: racism, fetishisation and reimagining queer black masculinities

Report after report and survey after survey demonstrates that for BAME people in LGBTQ communities racism is a near universal experience. While there is enough evidence, both empirical and anecdotal, to back up the claims, very rarely do these reports answer more difficult questions about the nature of this racism. The result is often a very ‘water is wet moment’ for queer people of colour at the heart of the matter, frustrated as to the lack of depth into these investigations, which stop

Meaningful engagement

published: August, 11, 2017 Written by // Jeff Potts Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Research, Living with HIV, Media, Jeff Potts

Jeff Potts of the Canadian Positive People Network (CPPN) calls for unity among HIV peers as together we plot CPPN's 5-year course. Complete the survey here and help to set CPPN’s future direction.

Meaningful engagement

Like so many, and always with appreciation, humility, and just a little bit of shock (sometimes), I lived well beyond my ‘best before date’. These many years later, I celebrate my life with HIV and my life – period – every single day, trying not to take its extraordinary complexities for granted. I also spend a whole lot of time reflecting on the incredible efforts of the community-based movement which has, over too many decades and in countless ways, made it possible for me, and for s

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for August: keep moving!

published: August, 09, 2017 Written by // Ed Wolf Categories // Aging, Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, International , Ed Wolf, Living with HIV, Media

Longtime activist Ed Wolf with 14 things to do as Twitnit comes into power.

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for August: keep moving!

Student with a backpack   photo found on the internet . . . Day 66. The worrying mind Sixty-six days since the election and my worrying mind won’t leave me alone. Today it’s our health care and Planned Parenthood, yesterday a photo of a polar bear swimming in an iceless sea, tomorrow the Muslim Registry and nuclear codes; it’s all too much. Long ago I told a young man he was HIV positive. When I’d met with him at the clinic two weeks before, he’d described going to an infamous Fo

Reflections: My first LGBT+ pride

published: August, 08, 2017 Written by // Joshua Middleton Categories // Community Events, Pride, Social Media, Gay Men, Youth, Events, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Joshua Middleton

Joshua Middleton gives an account of his first LGBT+ Pride as an out bisexual man.

Reflections: My first LGBT+ pride

Disclaimer: The views represented in this blog are entirely my own and do not represents the thoughts, opinions, views, of any particular organization including those of the San Diego LGBT Community Center.  The day was quickly approaching, it all felt so surreal. A week prior I had taken one of the biggest steps in my life and come out as bisexual to my family, friends, and followers. And now I was taking part in my first ever LGBT+ Pride event in San Diego by marching in the parade in fro

It is best that I am HIV-positive (Antithesis for the uneducated)

published: August, 04, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From the Philippines, guest author Posit Bo on responding philosophically to HIV stigma.

It is best that I am HIV-positive (Antithesis for the uneducated)

It’s been more than two years since I was diagnosed with AIDS, as my baseline CD4 then was only 195. From 2015 to this day, a lot of things have happened in my life as a person living with HIV, as a student and as a son. This is PositiveLite.com and I am writing as a person living with HIV, so I’ll recount my experiences as – Posit Bo. Exactly two years ago, I started a blog called the “Voice of Positivism.” It was a convenient way of expressing my thoughts and reaching out to indi

¡QuE viva la vida! (Long Live Life!)

published: August, 03, 2017 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Aging, Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, General Health, Mental Health, Health, International , Living with HIV, Media, Félix Garmendía

New York guy Félix Garmendía: "It’s not just another day, it is also one precious day less. I am going to make it count!"

¡QuE viva la vida!  (Long Live Life!)

I am finding it difficult to write at this moment in my life. Every time I try to do so, my mind goes blank. The reality is that for the first time in a long time, I am scared. I have noticed that there’s a feeling of sadness pervading my mood these days. The loss of friends by natural causes and by life choices, my elderly mother’s issues and the deterioration in my mobility all contribute to this feeling of malaise. I am having dreams that are very vivid and intense, where I am still

'There's people that have survived': Windsor filmmaker explores HIV and aging

published: August, 01, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Movies, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From the Windsor Star, Tamar Harris reports on "HIV and Aging", a documentary film being shot, fundraised and directed by Amanda Gellman.

'There's people that have survived': Windsor filmmaker explores HIV and aging

Portrait of Gregory Scratch, who is featured in a dicumentary called HIV and Aging, a project being shot/fundraised/directed by Amanda Gellman.  Photo: Jason Kryk, Windsor Star. In 1995, Gregory Scratch was told he had 12 hours to live. His list of ailments was long and life-threatening: pneumocystis pneumonia, cryptococcal meningitis and shingles. The underlying disease? HIV. Scratch was one of thousands to be diagnosed with HIV in the ’80s and ’90s. The then-mysterious disease claime

Gay men using HIV self-tests promptly seek confirmatory testing and linkage to care, New York data suggests

published: July, 24, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, General Health, Sexual Health, Health, International , Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Are people who self-test for HIV less likely to engage with the support and treatment services they need? From AIDSmap, Roger Pebody reports on a US study that suggests not.

Gay men using HIV self-tests promptly seek confirmatory testing and linkage to care, New York data suggests

Data from the partner services programme in New York City suggests that gay men who have previously used an HIV self-test tend to seek confirmatory testing without delay, according to an article published online ahead of print in Sexually Transmitted Diseases. The study also highlights socio-demographic differences between those using self-tests and other people with new HIV diagnoses, suggesting that the price of the kit discourages its use by those with lower incomes. One of the mai

Learning to make friends with uncertainty

published: July, 24, 2017 Written by // Dennis Battler Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Pets, Dennis Battler, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

Dennis Battler on dealing with the uncertainty that arises when someone we love is threatened.

Learning to make friends with uncertainty

... we had a visit from Pat (no writing group for me today). Shanti was quite normal except for heavy breathing. Tried various food, he did eat some - crazy combination of tuna and plain cookie. Brief walk to Pet Valu where he enthusiastically pleaded staff for treats and won. His breathing is way too laboured.  Posted pics to FB of his pre-vet visit state and post- vet visit state, with Pat warmly and lovingly spooning him the tuna-cookie treat of the day.  Spoke with my friend Kari in

Us and them

published: July, 21, 2017 Written by // Michael Yoder Categories // Aging, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Mental Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Media, Michael Yoder

Michael Yoder: "Unfortunately, we're all too human and we're all too convinced that we are separate from each other and everything else in the Universe."

Us and them

"If you understand, things are just as they are... If you do not understand, things are just as they are..."  Anonymous Something's been bothering me for a while now and I wanted to write about it, but couldn't put my finger on it until just the other day. What's been bothering me is how factions are appearing everywhere - Black Lives Matter, U=U, Politics and Pride parades, anger at just about everything and separation from each other. My little "aha" moment was that all this is about dual

U=U

published: July, 20, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, General Health, Youth, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Women, Treatment, Media, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

From CATIE's Positive Side: It means different things to different people but the science is clear and it's reason to celebrate.

U=U

The evidence is in: If you are HIV+, take treatment and maintain an undetectable viral load, you can have sex knowing that you won’t pass HIV to your sex partner. In short, when HIV is undetectable, it’s untransmittable. How can I make this work for me? You can make this HIV prevention strategy work for you by taking your HIV treatment as prescribed and seeing your healthcare provider regularly. Your ongoing healthcare should include blood tests to check your viral load and ensure that

US: advocates launch consensus statement on HIV “Treatment as Prevention” in criminal law reform

published: July, 20, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Women, International , Legal, Media, Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From the HIV Justice Network, this report on how the ‘Undetectable = Untransmittable’ campaign might best be understood to impact HIV criminalization advocacy.

US: advocates launch consensus statement on HIV “Treatment as Prevention” in criminal law reform

Yesterday saw the launch of a Consensus Statement on HIV “Treatment as Prevention” in Criminal Law Reform, to provide guidance for efforts to reform or “modernize” HIV-specific laws across the United States. The concern, as highlighted by Charles King, President and Chief Executive Officer, Housing Works, Inc, is that if HIV criminalisation reform focuses soley on changing laws so that those who are virally suppressed are not considered ‘a risk’ that this approach will not addres

Embracing a broader population, not erasing AIDS: government official, living with HIV, reflects on the name change to 'HIV.gov'

published: July, 19, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, International , Media, Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From TheBody.com, JD Davids interviews Richard Wolitski, Ph.D., director of the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Embracing a broader population, not erasing AIDS: government official, living with HIV, reflects on the name change to 'HIV.gov'

To read the complete article by J. D. Davids visit TheBody.com, here. Last year, eight million people went to AIDS.gov to find information about, well, HIV/AIDS. But from this point forward, those millions and more will instead find themselves at HIV.gov. After years of planning, the central United States government website on HIV/AIDS has changed its name to reflect the changes of the fourth decade of the epidemic, when people with HIV who receive effective treatment can expect a near-nor

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