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Mark S. King from #AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa: gay HIV advocates speak out

published: July, 19, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, International AIDS Conference , Gay Men, As Prevention , Conferences, Youth, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Newly Diagnosed, Women, Sexual Health, International , Legal, Living with HIV, Sex and Sexuality , Mark S. King

Mark S. King chats with gay HIV advocates from around the world about criminalization, chem sex and PrEP

Mark S. King from #AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa: gay HIV advocates speak out

Mark S. King is in Durban, South Africa for #AIDS2016 and his video coverage begins today. In this first installment it seems remarkable, with such draconian laws in place in their home countries that so many gay men have the courage to even show up. Mark speaks with gay HIV advocates from around the world about what life is like for them back home and the ongoing criminalization of homosexuality in 75 countries. He also chats with them about PrEP, the difficulty of obtaining PrEP in some cou

Gilead’s new price hikes on HIV drugs anger AIDS activists

published: July, 15, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Women, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Gilead hikes price of HIV therapies, other drugs by up to 10 percent

Gilead’s new price hikes on HIV drugs anger AIDS activists

This article by Ed Silverman @Pharmalot previously appeared on the Stat website, where you can read the whole story. As part of a strategy to switch patients to newer HIV treatments, Gilead Sciences late last week raised prices on a pair of older HIV medications that face patent expiration. This sort of maneuver is often found in the pharmaceutical playbook, but is triggering still more criticism by AIDS activists of its overall pricing strategies. Here’s what Gilead did: the company

Why is tackling stigma so difficult?

published: July, 08, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Mental Health, Women, International , Legal, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality

From the U. K., the National Aids Trust details the multiple challenges we face in ending stigma.

Why is tackling stigma so difficult?

This article previously appeared on the National AIDS Trust website here. For many in HIV advocacy addressing stigma is the Holy Grail. Many, if not all, of the factors that drive the HIV epidemic are embroiled with stigma.  The impact it has on the lives of people living with HIV is well documented.  In a recent survey of over half of people living with HIV reported feelings of shame, guilt, low self-esteem and self-blame; one in five had experienced verbal harassment or threats.1 Stigma

Cult of Trump

published: June, 24, 2016 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Women, International , Opinion Pieces, Félix Garmendía

Felix Garmendia addresses the angry bigot who would be president of the United States.

Cult of Trump

Mr. Trump Your vicious, virulent, incessant campaign message to the American people is based on instilling fear, loathing and suspicion of just about anyone who isn’t rich, white, straight, and male. You have been guided by nothing but your insatiable, pathetic, egocentric needs. You have become an expert at consuming the fear and ignorance of some Americans, only to regurgitate your hateful sexist, racist, homophobic, bigoted insulting rhetoric. You do this with the pride of a coward who

My response to Orlando in one sublime performance

published: June, 21, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Music, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Mark S. King

Mark S. King on Orlando, grief and transcendence - and Fantasia

My response to Orlando in one sublime performance

I can’t watch the news anymore right now. I have it muted, but will admit to glancing in its direction every few minutes. On the screen there are police cars and flashing lights and footage of the injured and there is often someone in tears. It makes me wince with emotion, and twice this morning I have blurted out a sob for a moment, which surprises me, frankly, because I don’t cry much anymore. Tears are creeping up on us everywhere. My husband started crying yesterday while we were wai

Poz is here to stay

published: June, 07, 2016 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Aging, Activism, Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Women, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Rob Olver - Editor

A few concerns for long term survivors and their children as Rob Olver looks into the possible future

Poz is here to stay

 “You won't have to wait for the judgment day, Judgment will happen every day. And fear is what will frame you, Not your DNA.” The Paper Chase, “We Have Ways to Make You Talk” OK so you've just been diagnosed Poz and you've got a million questions but the one that looms up first for a lot of people is, “Am I going to die?” And the answer is yes, darn right you are. We all will, but probably not as a result of HIV, not these days at least. Not as long as we're successfully in

Testing testing - when diagnosis isn't just about you (Part 2)

published: June, 02, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Women, Health, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

With the conclusion of "Testing Testing", guest author Rob Newman continues to examine the start of his family's journey with HIV

Testing testing - when diagnosis isn't just about you (Part 2)

"...No sooner did we start the celebration than we realized that the test results for me and the boys did not come back ... odd we thought ... the tests were all done at the same time." The wait for the test results just so happened to coincide with both mine and my partners parents coming to our home over the Christmas holidays as well as my brother’s wedding happening on New Year’s Eve.  I cannot stress enough how impossible this secret was to keep so we decided to metaphorically let s

Testing, testing - "You could have infected your children" -- (Part 1)

published: May, 24, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Newly Diagnosed, Women, Health, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

A family confronts their HIV diagnosis and an insensitive medical establishment in guest writer Rob Newman's "Testing Testing (Part 1)"

Testing, testing -

"The doctor wasted no time in letting us know what was up. In fact he said it so quickly that my partner misunderstood his words and thought he said she had a positive pregnancy test. She was not pregnant." A testing story … I bet we could put a book together about people’s journeys through testing whether the end result was a negative or a positive; the arduous journey of the test itself can be and in some cases is a part of the overall trauma. There was no rapid point of care testing

Who is transmitting HIV most – those who don’t know they are infected or the already diagnosed?

published: May, 04, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Newly Diagnosed, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Mark S. King

Read this Mark S. King for “The Comfort of Blaming Other People for New HIV Cases". The truth may surprise you.

Who is transmitting HIV most  – those who don’t know they are infected or the already diagnosed?

“More new HIV infections are now caused by people who know they are positive. That’s the truth. And by a wide margin”.  The college student had real concern in his eyes when he asked me a question during a recent presentation at American University. “Isn’t it true,” he asked, “that the HIV epidemic continues because people who know they are positive keep infecting other people?”  It is a question I have heard before, in one way or another, and it always makes me cringe. Not

A Marine with HIV's story

published: April, 22, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, International , Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

North Carolinan Brian Ledford whom we met in Chicago last week writes a blog called A Marine with HIV. Here he tells the story of being diagnosed while on leave, how he reacted to the news and what came next.

A Marine with HIV's story

PositiveLite.com editor Bob Leahy with Brian Ledford in Chicago, April 2016 It was January 2008 when I went to boot camp at Parris Island, SC. to join the United States Marine Corps. I went in knowing I was gay and was proud of it.  On February 23, 2010 I was diagnosed with HIV. It was a life changer for me. I didn’t know where to turn or who to go to. This is the story of what happened to me when being a gay Marine, I was diagnosed with HIV.  I was on pre-deployment leave for a total o

Incredibly Loud, Extremely Close: The Day I Received My HIV Diagnosis

published: April, 05, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Newly Diagnosed, Women, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Incredibly Loud, Extremely Close: The Day I Received My HIV Diagnosis

This article, part of the series Day One With HIV, by Wanda L. London  from TheBody.com first appeared here.   Oh my, God, she has HIV!  This was my personal introduction to the world of HIV/AIDS. I was sitting in this cold sterilize medical exam room and looking out the window as the rain was falling; waiting for my doctor when I heard his voice announcing my status.Just like that rain falling on the windowsill; my whole life was falling before me. As each drop pinging on the window; it

Feeling like a disaster

published: March, 31, 2016 Categories // Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Two years into his diagnosis, Toronto guy Josh’s faith in himself and his need to move on is shaken by a phone call from his former boyfriend wanting to connect again

Feeling like a disaster

I’m not sure how else to put this, so let me just be blunt: fuck, life is complicated.  I’ve been making good progress in, well, life lately; I started a new job, I’ve made some new friends and I’m continuing to work through things with a therapist who has helped me deal with the trauma of infidelity and an HIV diagnosis. While it’s almost been two years, I still am coming through the proverbial tunnel.  So why is it, then, that a simple phone call, derails my life and leaves me

The challenging web series that travels from ‘Unsure’ to ‘Positive’

published: March, 29, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Social Media, Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Movies, Newly Diagnosed, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Media, Population Specific , Mark S. King

Mark S. King on a new web series that’s follows the life of a Boston gay man, literally from the moment he gets his HIV positive test result. Mark recommends it – and talks to its creator, writer and star, Christian Daniel Kiley

The challenging web series that travels from ‘Unsure’ to ‘Positive’

In the gorgeous and sometimes maddening web series Unsure/Positive, we follow the life of a Boston gay man, Kieran, literally from the moment he gets his HIV positive test result. Kieran’s journey in the six-episode first season (available for only $3.99 on Vimeo) covers some difficult terrain – shame, disclosure, sex and drugs – and many HIV positive guys and our friends will identify with it.  This is poz-adjacent art that is absolutely worth your time and a few bucks, most particula

Next stop: unknown

published: March, 22, 2016 Categories // Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Our Toronto guy Josh is changing jobs and his concerns about HIV drug coverage and security and he’s anxious and angry that his HIV status is intruding again

Next stop: unknown

This post is coming at a point where I’m feeling a lot of anxiety, so it might not be concise or even sensible. I needed to get my thoughts off my chest and out somewhere to try and calm down.  I’ve been considering changing jobs for some time now. I value the place I work; it does good things for vulnerable people, and the team that I am on is incredibly supportive and smart. I also have a manager who I value and respect. She’s the only one at work who knows about my status, and she

When you are newly diagnosed . . .

published: March, 17, 2016 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Activism, Newly Diagnosed, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Alex Sparrowhawk

The UK’s Alex Sparrowhawk asks “ Where’s the first place you’d turn?” and makes a case for the government’s continued support for agencies that provide counselling services to people living with HIV

When you are newly diagnosed . . .

Continually attending the Hathersage Centre sexual health clinic in Manchester for my bloods and consultant appointments for the past six years, I find it easy to visualize the male waiting room, the ‘interview’ room and the nurse who delivered my diagnosis.  Calm but to the point, that nurse broke the news to me as best as anyone could. She explained what would happen next and asked if I wanted to provide some further blood samples. What that nurse couldn’t do was provide me with a fi

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