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The Italians Honored World AIDS Day with Heart, Music, and Activism

With KOMOS, the LGBTQ choir of Bologna, Italy, as I bear witness to the HIV epidemic during their World AIDS Day event on November 30th, 2019. What a distinct pleasure to be in the company of spirited Italians for the week of World AIDS Day in early December. I was honored to be the guest of Plus Onlus, their national coalition of gay men living with HIV and their allies, and on Saturday, November 30th, they joined forces with KOMOS, the Bologna LGBTQ chorus, for a night of music and…

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Sex Worker Jacen Zhu on Meth, HIV, and Racism in Gay Porn

The fact that sex worker Jacen Zhu is a fiercely intelligent and community-minded young man shouldn’t really come as a surprise, despite our habit of keeping porn stars in their porny boxes. The advent of online opportunities like “Just for Fans” pages on Twitter, which make oodles of money for sex workers while giving us a glimpse into their actual lives, has brought a refreshing and candid look at their real-life interests — if the sex worker in question is brave enough to reveal them. Jacen is brave enough. At…

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BBC NEWS: Mark S. King on Gareth Thomas, HIV Stigma, and U=U

Okay, I will admit I had no idea who Gareth Thomas was, beyond hearing on Saturday that a major rugby star in the United Kingdom had disclosed his HIV status. But anyone living with HIV could relate to the heart-breaking video he released announcing he is HIV positive. His apprehension is palpable, and he makes it clear that the disclosure does not exactly come voluntarily; tabloids were on the verge of telling the world. Gareth, who came out publicly as gay in 2009, chose to disclose his HIV status on…

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USCA Photos from Advocates in the Room Where It Happened

A choral performance during Plenary II of the USCA. (Photo: Luke Hammerman) A picture, and sometimes a video clip, can tell a thousand words. Sometimes they shout those words, or even sing them to you. In these amazing pictures and video clips from the 2019 United States Conference on AIDS (USCA), the activists, advocates, and front-line providers who were there tell the story of the conference. No single collection can capture the enormity of the conference and the community it brings together. For more images, use the hashtag #2019USCA on…

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Watch Jade Elektra sing “Undetectable” at the U.S. Conference on AIDS

Jade Elektra at USCA (Photo: Scott Henrichsen) Toronto drag personality Jade Elektra captivated the Saturday plenary of the United States Conference on AIDS (USCA) with her live rendition of “Undetectable,” part of a program devoted entirely to the “Undetectable Equals Untransmittable” (U=U) movement. Jade Elektra is the stage name of Alphonso King, Jr. (no relation, but we feel like family), a longtime survivor, activist, recording artist and DJ, and the publisher of POZ PLANET, an online newsletter for people living with HIV. Alphonso is also a member of the iconic…

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Activists Halt U.S. Conference on AIDS to Protest CDC

Activists disrupt the USCA opening plenary. (Photo: Derrick Mapp) Dr. Robert Redfield, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) surely saw it coming. Protests are part of the DNA of the United States Conference on AIDS (USCA), and conference organizers have never shied from welcoming dissent from activists. In fact, they schedule time in their finely produced event for just such occasions. Still, when a large group of diverse activists stormed the stage during the opening plenary on Thursday, their sheer number was impressive, as were…

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Barebacking is Dead. Long Live Barebacking!

Treasure Island Media Leave it to science and rational thinking to ruin a popular sexual taboo. The “bareback” label for sex without a condom has faded in the age of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and U=U. People not living with HIV who are taking PrEP are protecting themselves from transmission, while people living with HIV who have an undetectable viral load are unable to transmit the virus to their sex partners at all. As the very definition of HIV risk is being rearranged, the problematic term “barebacking” is finally being relegated…

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