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  • Personal Story: an interview with Gordon Scott

    Gordon Scott spent 35 years working in the field of HIV. Read about his early career and the first cases of HIV in Edinburgh during the mid-nineties in this first of a two-part interview.

    22 February 2017 | HIV Scotland
  • How some gay men still stigmatise HIV positive gay men

    I naively thought that I knew no-one living with HIV. I had to ask myself seriously what I would do if I were diagnosed positive: and my immediate reaction was that I wouldn’t tell anybody. Part of the reason I’ve written my play The HIV Monologues is to combat this silencing stigma about HIV.

    01 February 2017 | Dazed
  • Men Behind “Moonlight” Share Their HIV Connection

    Nominated for six Golden Globes, including Best Drama Motion Picture, Moonlight is also considered a front-runner for this year’s Oscars. The story follows a young Black man through three phases of his life—from his childhood in a dysfunctional home in Miami during the crack epidemic of the ’80s and ’90s to adulthood—and also deals with his sexuality.

    09 January 2017 | Poz
  • R.I.P. George Michael (1963–2016)

    George Michael, who died of an apparent heart attack at his home in Oxfordshire, U.K., at age 53, was a champion of and fundraiser for many causes. Some of his charitable gestures were publicized; others flew under the radar; and sometimes, his generosity manifested in anonymous random acts of kindness.

    03 January 2017 | Poz
  • Charlie Sheen Achieves Undetectable Viral Load With Weekly Injectable HIV Treatment

    Actor Charlie Sheen revealed this month that he has achieved an undetectable viral load by taking PRO 140, an injectable HIV drug that's currently being studied. Sheen started taking PRO 140 as a study participant in a phase-3 clinical trial that is looking into the drug's safety and effectiveness in humans.

    08 December 2016 | The Body
  • Jake Sobo: My life on PrEP—4 years later

    We couldn’t be more excited to re-connect with one of our legendary contributors, Jake Sobo, for this feature on BETA. Back in 2012, Sobo was one of the first—if not the first—gay man to write openly about his experience taking PrEP for HIV prevention. He quickly became one of our most read and controversial authors—sparking debates online and off. We recently caught up with Jake to get an update on his life, hear his thoughts on the future of PrEP, and find out what he thinks about rising rates of sexually transmitted infections among gay men.

    30 November 2016 | BETA blog
  • Freddie Mercury Bio Links the Rock Star to AIDS “Patient Zero”

    HIV plays a prominent role in Somebody to Love: The Life, Death and Legacy of Freddie Mercury, a new biography of the rock icon and Queen front man. The book reads almost like two parallel bios—one of Freddie and another of the HIV epidemic.

    25 November 2016 | Poz
  • In 1983, I Used A False Name To Get Tested For HIV - Today, It’s Something To Be Proud Of

    The challenges we face are two-fold. One, we need to make HIV testing as accessible as possible and stop relying on people proactively visiting a clinic - we will never reach everyone this way. Two, we must normalise testing.

    21 November 2016 | Huffington Post
  • One man’s story of what it is like to find out he has HIV and how it’s not a death sentence

    Alex, 27, a marketing account director, has given a candid interview about his experience with HIV. He was diagnosed at the age of 23 and gave us this frank and emotional account of life before HIV, that dreadful day of diagnosis, and how he’s now living a normal life.

    21 November 2016 | Metro
  • Efavirenz Side Effects Include Suicide; It Could Have Been Me

    I was on efavirenz for years. Within six months of dropping the drug altogether, I normalized. For the first time in years, I was not flooded with suicidal thoughts, addictions and crippling mental health woes.

    31 October 2016 | The Body
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