Articles tagged with: Russia

Moscow Buyers Club: Russia's AIDS patients work together to overcome medication shortages

published: October, 10, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Activism, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Current Affairs, Sexual Health, Health, International , Treatment, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

"Russia is virtually the only developed country where the number of new HIV infections and the number of AIDS-related deaths is on the rise." From Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty, this report by Robert Coalson and Anastasia Kuzina.

Moscow Buyers Club: Russia's AIDS patients work together to overcome medication shortages

When the Russian government's system for purchasing and distributing the vital drugs needed to combat the virus that causes AIDS breaks down, patients use social-media networks to give one another medicine and hope. (file photo) MOSCOW -- Many of the posts on the website Pereboi.ru -- a chat room for Russians diagnosed with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS -- are alarming. "Today my husband went to the clinic and they told him that they gave out all the medicine on Monday," wrote Nelli from U

Trump policies snag first HIV-positive gay asylum seeker.

published: May, 09, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Current Affairs, International , Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From A&U Magazine, Hank Trout reports on the case of Denis Davydov, who fled persecution in Russia only to be detained in the United States.

Trump policies snag first HIV-positive gay asylum seeker.

To read the complete article by Hank Trout, visit A&U Magazine, here. Denis Davydov, a native of Magnitogorsk, Russia, came to the United States from Moscow in September 2014 on a six-month tourist visa. He has been living and working in San Jose, California, since then, as he completes the process for obtaining political asylum in the U.S. He never suspected when he flew to the U.S. Virgin Islands on March 6, 2017, for a weeklong vacation that he would be detained at the Krome Service P

Nearly two-thirds of European HIV cases are now in Russia

published: January, 16, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Health, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

AIDSmap.com: Static picture in other countries conceals local change, especially in gay men. Gus Cairns reports.

Nearly two-thirds of European HIV cases are now in Russia

The annual number of new cases of HIV increased by at least 8% in 2015 in the whole of the World Health Organization (WHO) European region, and by 60% in the last decade, according to last month’s annual surveillance report by the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) and WHO Europe. A continued increase in new diagnoses in Russia was responsible for most of the increase. The previous year, as aidsmap.com reported, 60% of European-region new cases were in Russia. In 2015 this increase

Side by Side, part six

published: February, 11, 2014 Categories // Festivals, Movies, Arts and Entertainment, Current Affairs, International

Ed Wolf at the LGBT film festival in St. Petersburg, Russia. Things are not going smoothly as a screening is interrupted by a bomb scare.

Part Six: Angels Welcome  Monday, November 25th My hotel room is my safe space. When I close the curtains and write to you, I feel lighter. The terrible situation here can weigh you down; I can see it in the eyes of the people I’m with each day. I went to a supermarket down the street and bought a lot of cookies and I munch on them while I type; there are crumbs everywhere. The room is very warm, the air dry and I have the occasional nosebleed, sometimes a sneezing fit. Earlier I sneezed

Side by side, part five

published: February, 04, 2014 Categories // Festivals, Gay Men, Movies, Arts and Entertainment, Current Affairs, International , Living with HIV, Population Specific

Ed Wolf continues his narrative about taking the AIDS documentary We Were Here to Russia. A bomb scare interrupts the LGBT festival for a day so he goes sightseeing in St. Petersburg instead

Part Five: Paradox  Sunday November 23rd It’s 9 am, and it’s still dark outside. I’ve received a message from Bard who is staying here at the hotel. Bard is a member of this year’s festival jury as well as the programming director for a similar film festival in Oslo, Norway. He suggests we have breakfast together. I hop in the shower and get dressed, happy to have something other than my orange outfit to wear. In the hotel restaurant, Bard tells me that the festival screening has

Side By Side, part four

published: January, 28, 2014 Categories // Festivals, Movies, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, International , Travel, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Ed Wolf has landed in Russia, minus luggage, to present We Were Here at an LGBT film festival. Here’s his first day in St. Petersburg where he makes contact with the film festival organizers

Part Four: I See You  Saturday November 23rd  I hear someone laughing outside my hotel room and suddenly I’m wide awake. It’s 7 am and I’ve been able to sleep for six hours. I go downstairs to eat breakfast. Most notable are two hot porridges: one made of semolina, the other, pieces of bread. Excellent comfort food, as I am still worrying about my lost luggage and what to do if it doesn’t arrive. When I return to my room I put everything I have on the bed:  1. Cargo pants with co

Side By Side, parts two and three

published: January, 21, 2014 Categories // Festivals, Gay Men, Movies, Arts and Entertainment, Current Affairs, International , Living with HIV, Population Specific

Senior writer Ed Wolf arrives in St. Petersburg, Russia where he is to present the AIDS documentary We Were Here in a country notorious for it’s treatment of gays and lesbians

Part two  I have a busy last day in San Francisco. Emergency visit to the dentist; I need a root canal when I return. And then to several banks, looking to buy some Russian rubles. It seems like everyone I speak to is aware of the hateful events that are happening to LGBT people in Russia. The receptionist, the hygienist, the dentist, the bank teller; it feels like the whole world is watching. But clearly, that isn’t enough. It starts to rain, the first wet day in a long time. I check the

Should I be afraid?

published: January, 14, 2014 Categories // Festivals, Movies, Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Travel, International , Lifestyle, Population Specific

From November 21st to November 28th, 2013 Ed Wolf documented his trip to the Side-By-Side LGBT Film Festival in St. Petersburg to present We Were Here, the AIDS documentary in which he appears.

First of a nine-part series  I’m sitting here looking at my Russian Visa. Getting it was the final obstacle before flying off to St. Petersburg Russia this coming Thursday morning, November 21. I’ve arranged a ride with Homobile, San Francisco’s LGBTIQQ car service, to come and take me to the airport. I’m thinking I could use a final queer blessing before I get on the plane.  I’ve been invited to attend the Side-by-Side LGBT Film Festival to represent David Weissman’s award-win

The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming!

published: September, 05, 2013 Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow, talking about online dating scams, says “be very careful what you wish for. No matter how much you want it to be true, it probably isn’t.”

The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming!

I like to think that I’m a good judge of character, I always try to see the good in everyone;  if there is bad, I prefer to leave it to them to bring that part out. It gets a little tricky though when it’s someone online. My niece met a young man from England about 11 years ago. There were people in the family who weren’t overjoyed about the relationship. She would share with me what was happening and I developed a belief that “hey this guy is alright”. Today he lives here in Canad

On police entrapment – and kicking the bushes

published: August, 15, 2013 Categories // Gay Men, Current Affairs, International , Legal, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Josh Kruger says the police are trampling on LGBT constitutional rights through cruising stings

As more LGBT Philadelphians return to the City of Brotherly Love from vacations in Rehoboth, down the shore, and, for the discerning few, on Fire Island, they encounter more news of the atrocities going on in Russia and questions swirling about American participation in the upcoming 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.  With one local bar owner courageously affirming that he’ll boycott Stoli vodka, while sheepishly admitting that he never carried Stoli to begin with while also curiously leav

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