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bensbardom:

queerembraces:

David Wojnarowicz wore this jacket in 1988, just 4 years before he’d ultimately die from AIDS. Sadly, just a few years ago some of his artistic work was censored at the Smithsonian. People in power are still content to try and erase his history and the continued struggles of people with AIDS

everyone everywhere please please please reblog this important artist. 

bensbardom:

queerembraces:

David Wojnarowicz wore this jacket in 1988, just 4 years before he’d ultimately die from AIDS. Sadly, just a few years ago some of his artistic work was censored at the Smithsonian. People in power are still content to try and erase his history and the continued struggles of people with AIDS

everyone everywhere please please please reblog this important artist. 

Happy Birthday Let’s Kick ASS!!The grassroots support group for AIDS Survivor Syndrome — a mental health issue facing many of those who lived through the early epidemic — is celebrating its first anniversary today. To mark the occasion, the group is holding a free event starting at 7 p.m. in the San Francisco LGBT Center. Go to eat cake, socialize and provide input on their new Long-Term Survivors’ Declaration and Agenda for Our Future.Keep up the good fight!

Happy Birthday Let’s Kick ASS!!

The grassroots support group for AIDS Survivor Syndrome — a mental health issue facing many of those who lived through the early epidemic — is celebrating its first anniversary today.

To mark the occasion, the group is holding a free event starting at 7 p.m. in the San Francisco LGBT Center. Go to eat cake, socialize and provide input on their new Long-Term Survivors’ Declaration and Agenda for Our Future.

Keep up the good fight!

Joe Burke: Growing up a sickly immediately raises the bar for any child going to school. Being born with Hemophilia Type-A severe, which means less than 1% of clotting factor in my body, I had no idea what was in store for me in the years ahead. By age three I contracted both HIV and Hepatitis C from contaminated Hemophilia blood products from Cutter Pharmaceuticals in the mid 1980’s. Much like the stories of national news headlines of Ryan White and Ricky Ray, I too faced mountains of discrimination and bullying.
There were times my parent’s own care at home was questioned by the school board. Bruise, cripple, peg-leg, hop-a-long were just a few of the names fellow students gave. At one point, my entire right arm from shoulder to elbow was one massive bruise from the physical bullying.But don’t be bullied into silence, and left to deal with this alone, and never allow yourself to be the victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life, thus do not be defined by what others say you are.
Read more…..

Joe Burke: Growing up a sickly immediately raises the bar for any child going to school. Being born with Hemophilia Type-A severe, which means less than 1% of clotting factor in my body, I had no idea what was in store for me in the years ahead.

By age three I contracted both HIV and Hepatitis C from contaminated Hemophilia blood products from Cutter Pharmaceuticals in the mid 1980’s. Much like the stories of national news headlines of Ryan White and Ricky Ray, I too faced mountains of discrimination and bullying.

There were times my parent’s own care at home was questioned by the school board. Bruise, cripple, peg-leg, hop-a-long were just a few of the names fellow students gave. At one point, my entire right arm from shoulder to elbow was one massive bruise from the physical bullying.

But don’t be bullied into silence, and left to deal with this alone, and never allow yourself to be the victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life, thus do not be defined by what others say you are.

Read more…..

Our September Survey: Pop Watch
Pop culture and mainstream media have the ability to influence the masses through the stories and information they relay. They can help educate and dispel myths about HIV/AIDS, but they can also reinforce negative stereotypes.
Do you feel that you and your concerns about HIV/AIDS are adequately portrayed in pop culture?
In general, how would you rate mainstream media’s recent coverage on HIV/AIDS? Let us know.

Our September Survey: Pop Watch

Pop culture and mainstream media have the ability to influence the masses through the stories and information they relay. They can help educate and dispel myths about HIV/AIDS, but they can also reinforce negative stereotypes.

Do you feel that you and your concerns about HIV/AIDS are adequately portrayed in pop culture?

In general, how would you rate mainstream media’s recent coverage on HIV/AIDS? Let us know.

How to Opt Out of HIV Mail-Order MedsStarting this month, United Healthcare patients can now say no to mandatory mail-order requirements for their HIV/AIDS medications. This is thanks to a huge national class-action lawsuit filed in 2013, alleging that the company mixed up meds, delayed deliveries, spoiled shipments and violated serious privacy concerns for their HIV+ customers. So, without further ado, here’s how to do it.

How to Opt Out of HIV Mail-Order Meds

Starting this month, United Healthcare patients can now say no to mandatory mail-order requirements for their HIV/AIDS medications. This is thanks to a huge national class-action lawsuit filed in 2013, alleging that the company mixed up meds, delayed deliveries, spoiled shipments and violated serious privacy concerns for their HIV+ customers.

So, without further ado, here’s how to do it.

jewsee-medicalstudent
jewsee-medicalstudent:

Where did HIV come from?
HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, is the causative agent of AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome). There are actually two types of HIV; HIV-1 and HIV-2. HIV-1 is the dominant virus worldwide, whereas HIV-2 is largely confined to West African countries and those with links to this area such as France and Portugal. 
According to a 2005 survey of African Americans living in the US, almost 50% of the respondents believed that HIV was manufactured in a lab. Furthermore, over 25% believed that this was done by the government. A significant number also believed that it was created in order to control the population of black people/homosexuals.
There is absolutely no evidence in support these theories and a lot of evidence to suggest they’re baloney. Some of the earliest documented cases of HIV were in the late 1950s; it’s absurd to think that scientists would have had the knowledge or technology to create viruses back then. We only identified the structure of DNA in 1953. We’ve only just managed to create the first synthetic bacterial genome, let alone create a virus from scratch. Creating a virus would require knowledge of genetic manipulation. We simply did not have the expertise to be able to achieve something like this at that time 
There are a few different theories about how these viruses got into the population. The simplest explanation is that humans came into contact with the blood or other secretions of infected primates which is perfectly plausible since, for example, sooty mangabeys were both kept as pets and slaughtered for bushmeat in West Africa, the same region that HIV-2 is most prevalent. It would be easy for infected bodily fluids to come into contact with broken skin during the bitchering process.
Given the fact that medical resources are costly, it is plausible that during immunization programs in Africa, healthcare professionals would have shared needles, providing ample opportunity to spread infection through the population. This, coupled with an increase in international travel alongside sexual promiscuity and intravenous drug use, seems a logical explanation for the emergence of HIV.
Another theory is that humans became infected from contaminated oral polio vaccines. The vaccine in question was called CHAT which required the use of living tissue for production. The idea was that the kidney cells used in the production line came from SIV infected chimps and thus a large number of people were exposed. However, this theory falls down because as we have seen, not all of the HIVs came from chimps. It’s also extremely unlikely that oral vaccines would result in transmission since, unless compromised, the mouth is a pretty good barrier to infection. Furthermore, researchers found stocks of the vaccine used and when it was tested, no traces of SIV were found. This theory has therefore largely been refuted.
In sum, while it is difficult to definitively prove where HIV came from, we can make assertions based on the best available evidence. This evidence points to a simian (monkey or ape) origin, not the government. Everyone loves to hear about a good conspiracy theory, but it really does not add up here.
(Source: I fucking love science).

jewsee-medicalstudent:

Where did HIV come from?

HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, is the causative agent of AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome). There are actually two types of HIV; HIV-1 and HIV-2. HIV-1 is the dominant virus worldwide, whereas HIV-2 is largely confined to West African countries and those with links to this area such as France and Portugal. 

According to a 2005 survey of African Americans living in the US, almost 50% of the respondents believed that HIV was manufactured in a lab. Furthermore, over 25% believed that this was done by the government. A significant number also believed that it was created in order to control the population of black people/homosexuals.

There is absolutely no evidence in support these theories and a lot of evidence to suggest they’re baloney. Some of the earliest documented cases of HIV were in the late 1950s; it’s absurd to think that scientists would have had the knowledge or technology to create viruses back then. We only identified the structure of DNA in 1953. We’ve only just managed to create the first synthetic bacterial genome, let alone create a virus from scratch. Creating a virus would require knowledge of genetic manipulation. We simply did not have the expertise to be able to achieve something like this at that time 

There are a few different theories about how these viruses got into the population. The simplest explanation is that humans came into contact with the blood or other secretions of infected primates which is perfectly plausible since, for example, sooty mangabeys were both kept as pets and slaughtered for bushmeat in West Africa, the same region that HIV-2 is most prevalent. It would be easy for infected bodily fluids to come into contact with broken skin during the bitchering process.

Given the fact that medical resources are costly, it is plausible that during immunization programs in Africa, healthcare professionals would have shared needles, providing ample opportunity to spread infection through the population. This, coupled with an increase in international travel alongside sexual promiscuity and intravenous drug use, seems a logical explanation for the emergence of HIV.

Another theory is that humans became infected from contaminated oral polio vaccines. The vaccine in question was called CHAT which required the use of living tissue for production. The idea was that the kidney cells used in the production line came from SIV infected chimps and thus a large number of people were exposed. However, this theory falls down because as we have seen, not all of the HIVs came from chimps. It’s also extremely unlikely that oral vaccines would result in transmission since, unless compromised, the mouth is a pretty good barrier to infection. Furthermore, researchers found stocks of the vaccine used and when it was tested, no traces of SIV were found. This theory has therefore largely been refuted.

In sum, while it is difficult to definitively prove where HIV came from, we can make assertions based on the best available evidence. This evidence points to a simian (monkey or ape) origin, not the government. Everyone loves to hear about a good conspiracy theory, but it really does not add up here.

(Source: I fucking love science).

plannedparenthood

plannedparenthood:

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Someone asked us:

My boyfriend has HIV and we always wear condoms as a result, but we’ve always wanted to have children together and have danced around the fact our condom use prevents that. Is there anything we can do to have children with IVF while still keeping me (and our future…