R.I.P. Roy Simmons, HIV-Positive NFL Player
Simmons played football for the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins from 1979 to 1985. Post-retirement, in 1992, Simmons came out on the Phil Donahue talk show that he was gay.
He tested HIV positive in 1997. He died in his apartment in the Bronx, NY on February 20. He was 57 years old.
Mark S. King: The Fog of a Thousand Years
In his latest blog, King writes about childhood, black eyes and brotherhood from the eyes of “a pimple-faced pansy”:
"I resented [David’s] effortless masculinity and the fact I had to watch this annoyingly handsome straight dude grow up right beside me, reminding me on a daily basis of all I would never be…He became the default stand-in for the injustices of my youth."
Federal Appeals Court Orders New Trial for HIV Antitrust Case
In 2007, Abbott Laboratories raised the price of its HIV drug Norvir by 400%. GSK soon after filed an antitrust lawsuit against Abbott, but ultimately lost the suit. Now, San Francisco’s Court of Appeals has officially ruled that a new trial is warranted, saying a potential juror was wrongly removed because he is gay.
Longitudinal Studies Shed Light on MSM Per-Contact HIV Risk
Turns out younger men who have sex with men and MSM of color have a higher risk of the contracting the virus. Also, click here for your infection risk based on whether or not you have: protected/unprotected sex, insertive/receptive partners, and HIV+/unknown partners.
In his latest blog, POZ founder Sean Strub writes about the FY2014 National Defense Authorization Act — Congress’ first direct action against HIV criminalization used in military courts. What’s more the legislation also acts to finally "repeal the offense of consensual sodomy" in the military, a huge win for LGBT troops as a whole.
Michigan GOP Official: People With AIDS Lie to Get Health Care
Dave Agema: “Folks, they [gay people] want free medical because they’re dying [when they’re] between 30 and 44 years old. To me, it’s a moral issue. It’s a biblical issue. Traditional marriage is where it should be, and it’s in our [national] platform. Those in our party who oppose traditional marriage are wrong.”
New research finds that men who have sex with men (MSM) who attend church are more likely to receive an HIV diagnosis late in the course of their infection….. Thoughts on Why?
Stop Bludgeoning Young Gay Men with Our AIDS Tragedy
In his latest blog, Mark S. King writes:
"Lesley was my closest friend to become sick in the 1980′s, and he fought bravely until his death from AIDS…I often write about him, the first of many friends lost to the epidemic.
But there’s something I will not do. I will not dig up Lesley’s body and beat young gay men with his corpse. Lesley didn’t perish so I could use him as a scare tactic. He wasn’t a cautionary tale. He wasn’t a martyr. He was a man with the same passions and faults as anyone else, and I won’t use his death as a blunt instrument.”
Remembering Reinaldo Arenas
Reinaldo Arenas is an official honoree for LGBT History Month 2013, which this year, has awarded a significant number of HIV-positive honorees.
Reinaldo Arenas was a gay Cuban poet, novelist and playwright, whose writing often brought him into conflict with the Communist government. His fictional and nonfictional works discuss the “secret history” of post-revolutionary Cuba, modern colonial dissent, LGBT identity, criticisms of the Catholic Church and other controversial topics.
HIV Disclosure Advice From a New York Times Columnist
Timothy Rodriguez from Healdsburg, California, asks ‘Civil Behavior’s’ Steven Petrow:
"I’m married to a wonderful man, 51, and have lived quite well with the virus for 15 years…. While I’ve never specifically hidden the fact of my serostatus, it’s always been a bit of work to tell others…. What’s your advice on how (or if) people who learn that they’re HIV positive should tell others? (I’m not asking about dating situations.)"