Can There Be a Fourth Great Wave of AIDS Activism?
Raymond Smith writes:
"The major new opportunity that has arisen recently has been encapsulated in the term "treatment as prevention." Powerful new evidence has emerged that ARVs not only can preserve the lives and the health of people with HIV but, by lowering their viral load, can significantly reduce the odds of new transmissions….
Talk of ‘the end of AIDS’ has begun to feel, for the first time, like an attainable reality—but only if HIV/AIDS once again receives enough focus and energy.”
Don’t Get Me Wrong
In his latest blog, David Mixner asks: “Has the LGBT Community Become Mean?”
"For the first time in the history of this blog, I deleted many comments filled with hate, derogatory terms… and completely lacking of good taste."
Want to know what the candidates for NYC’s mayor have to say about HIV/AIDS?
Watch this video from last month’s GMHC HIV Mayoral Forum. Candidates covered HIV/AIDS budgeting, the city’s HIV/AIDS Services Administration and a proposed 30 percent rent cap for HIV-positive New Yorkers on public assistance.
Weiner Should Have Let it All Hang Out
At GMHC’s Mayoral Candidate Forum Focusing on HIV/AIDS, “Weiner was in the perfect position to illustrate how the public’s focus on sexting, instead of his record as a City Councilor and a member of the House of Representatives, was just one example of the stigma attached to sex that makes safer sex education, prevention campaigns, and getting people on treatment more difficult.
He was well poised to discuss sexting as a safer sex method, yet not without risks.
He was in a place where he could easily distance himself from his predecessors, such as Koch and Giuliani, whose puritan approach to sex not only cost people’s lives (in Koch’s case), but also gutted in the city (under Giuliani’s rule).
And, he was situated to establish himself as something we know him to be, and someone relatable - a sexual being.
While talking about sex could be seen as a political risk, the pay off for ushering in a frank discussion may be worth it.”
"I became HIV positive in 1996—back then they gave you five years tops to live, so I ran away from my home in Texas. I decided to travel and do the things that I dreamed of doing and enjoy my last years. I went to San Francisco, then Chicago and then New York City….In the beginning I was against taking medications because I heard they were like poison, but the staff at GMHC opened my eyes"
New Weiner Details Distract NYC HIV Mayoral Forum
The forum was supposed to address concerns over HIV/AIDS budgeting, the city’s HIV/AIDS Services Administration and a proposed 30 percent rent cap for HIV-positive New Yorkers on public assistance. Instead, new revelations about Anthony Weiner turned the evening into a press circus, as the former congressmember held a press conference at GMHC’s offices just prior to the forum to address additional sexting allegations.
To read more ABOUT THE ACTUAL EVENT, click here. (& a video coming soon!)