Gay Men, Especially Youths, Are Tuned Out Where HIV Is ConcernedIn this recent Kaiser Health survey of American MSM:
56% of respondents said they weren’t personally concerned about contracting HIV.
Among those who reported they were HIV-negative, just 30% had actually been tested for the virus within the last year.
44% of men under the age of 35 said they had never been tested.
55% had never heard of using Truvada as PrEP
Only 25% knew that taking ARV’s greatly reduces the chance of HIV transmission.
61% reported rarely or never discussing HIV at the doctor.

Gay Men, Especially Youths, Are Tuned Out Where HIV Is Concerned

In this recent Kaiser Health survey of American MSM:

  • 56% of respondents said they weren’t personally concerned about contracting HIV.
  • Among those who reported they were HIV-negative, just 30% had actually been tested for the virus within the last year.
  • 44% of men under the age of 35 said they had never been tested.
  • 55% had never heard of using Truvada as PrEP
  • Only 25% knew that taking ARV’s greatly reduces the chance of HIV transmission.
  • 61% reported rarely or never discussing HIV at the doctor.
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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…..

Tracking the Human Rights Response to HIVWith human rights abuses continuing to fuel the epidemic and impacting the health and rights of those most at-risk (i.e., men who have sex with men, people who use drugs, transgender people, and sex workers), targeted funding for a human rights response to HIV is critical. But is that happening? Sadly, no. Recent research from UNAIDS found that less than one percent of the $18.9 billion spent on the overall HIV response supports human rights programming.

Tracking the Human Rights Response to HIV

With human rights abuses continuing to fuel the epidemic and impacting the health and rights of those most at-risk (i.e., men who have sex with men, people who use drugs, transgender people, and sex workers), targeted funding for a human rights response to HIV is critical.

But is that happening?

Sadly, no. Recent research from UNAIDS found that less than one percent of the $18.9 billion spent on the overall HIV response supports human rights programming.

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.