This is Not a Flashback: New Meningitis Cases Found in HIV-Positive Gay and Bi Men in NYCIn an apparent resurgence of the 2010-2013 outbreak, 3 men in New York City have been diagnosed with the invasive spinal disease since August 24.
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This is Not a Flashback: New Meningitis Cases Found in HIV-Positive Gay and Bi Men in NYC

In an apparent resurgence of the 2010-2013 outbreak, 3 men in New York City have been diagnosed with the invasive spinal disease since August 24.

If you haven’t yet, get vaccinated. Shots are available at most clinics, as well as Duane Reade, Walgreens and other area pharmacies.

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I Love My Boo campaign features real young men of color loving each other passionately. Rather than sexualizing gay relationships, this campaign models caring, and highlights the importance of us taking care of each other. Featured throughout New York City, I Love My Boo directly challenges homophobia and encourages all who come across it to critically rethink our notion of love.

GMHC is the world’s first and leading provider of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy. Building on decades of dedication and expertise, we understand the reality of HIV/AIDS and empower a healthy life for all. GMHC fights to end the AIDS epidemic and uplift the lives of all affected.

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Aundaray Guess: The Grey Invisibles of HIV

When HIV statistics are branded about, a large focus is placed on the young gay community, and justifiably so. But gay seniors are facing the same crisis:

  • According to the CDC, there has been a steady increase in HIV infections in Americans 65 years and older.
  • Annually, about 10-11% of newly diagnosed U.S. HIV cases occur among older adults.
  • That comes out to about 5,000-6,000 new cases of HIV in this age group every single year.

(images: HIV/AIDS Prevention Campaigns for Seniors and Older Adults on the Streets of NYC, Global Action on Aging)

Gay Shamelessness, Beyond the Crystal Meth Crisis

Thom Gunn, the greatest gay poet since Whitman, was one of thousands of urban gay men who fell victim to crystal methamphetamine in 2004. They were a minority only, but the drug’s Leviathon-like addictiveness could swallow a man whole.

Every few weeks brought news or rumors of someone else who “fell down the meth hole”—an exemplary longtime AIDS survivor, a famous AIDS doctor, the most-lusted-after young man in the old days of ACT UP. The gay leadership spoke of meth as “a second epidemic.”

Study: Pressure to “Man Up” Raises HIV Risk for Black MSMThe perfect storm of repression and distress over conforming to hyper-masculine identities in the black community seems to fuel higher rates of condomless sex among gay and bisexual men of color, and also significantly lowers a man’s likelihood of engaging in monogamous relationships. Here’s why.

Study: Pressure to “Man Up” Raises HIV Risk for Black MSM

The perfect storm of repression and distress over conforming to hyper-masculine identities in the black community seems to fuel higher rates of condomless sex among gay and bisexual men of color, and also significantly lowers a man’s likelihood of engaging in monogamous relationships. Here’s why.

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The recent release of the much-anticipated film “The Normal Heart,” which follows a gay activist trying to raise awareness in the early years of the AIDS crisis, has sparked a renewed conversation about the disease and what exactly went wrong in the early days of the epidemic.

Phill Wilson, president of the Black AIDS Institute, spoke with HuffPost Live’s Josh Zepps about what was going on in New York City during the outbreak of AIDS. He said that not only did gay men in New York not matter at the time, but this same marginalization still applies today.

"Today, the most at-risk population for HIV are young, black, gay men," Wilson said. "And they are at risk at part because it’s yet another population that just doesn’t matter and it seems, in some ways, we’ve not learned lessons [and instead] we’ve just changed the population that doesn’t matter."

The fight against AIDS is not a thing of the past, but the tools to end the epidemic are available, Wilson said, and the question is whether there is the will and desire to take the steps to actually do so.