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.)"
CDC Launches HIV Testing Campaign for Gay, Bisexual Latinos
The bilingual program is the first CDC effort nationwide targeting Latino gay and bisexual men. It asks, “What’s your reason?/¿Cuál es tu razón?” for getting an HIV test.
For more information, click here.
Black Shame and HIV
Aundaray Guess on the struggle to align being black, a man, gay and having HIV.
"It seems for many gay black men there exists an unspoken shame that may be one of the factors that contributes to the rise of HIV"
N.Y. Official Concerned About Meningitis Outbreak in Gay Men
The city initially recommended only sexually active HIV-positive gay and bisexual men get vaccinated, but it has expanded that recommendation to all sexually active gay and bisexual men.
To read more, click here.
Wounded AIDS Warriors Suffering, Dying on Their Own by John Voelcker
The death of Spencer Cox prompts a cofounder of the Medius Institute for Gay Men’s Health to speak out.
The death of notable AIDS activist Spencer Cox last month, at age 44, was a wake-up call — a blaring alarm — that highlighted once again the critical need for mental health programs and studies of the powerful trauma experienced by gay men in their 40s through 70s who’ve lived through the loss and destruction of entire communities due to AIDS.
We Can Change This by Jeremiah Johnson
The former Peace Corps volunteer who helped change its discriminatory HIV policy reflects on five years of living with the virus.
January 11 marks five years since I was diagnosed with HIV. Since then, I have undergone a transformative journey filled with highs and lows, peaks and valleys. Yet through it all—through every single challenge I have faced as a gay man living with HIV—I have had tremendous support. I had a father who was brave enough to stand by me even when he didn’t understand me. I had friends who loved me when the negativity from others and from within myself felt like it would crush me. I had a loving and caring doctor who patiently listened to all my questions (even the ones I was afraid to ask) and helped me get on life saving treatment.
Advocates Ask Obama, Romney to Wear Purple on Spirit Day
Friday, October 19, is Spirit Day, which raises awareness about bullying. Anti-bullying advocates are asking President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to both wear purple on Spirit Day to stand against bullying and support LGBT youth.