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  • This Is What It’s Like Using Dating Apps When You’re HIV Positive

    Dating apps aren’t exactly known for sensitive interactions between people, but for gay men living with HIV, there is an extra barrier: disclosing to potential partners their HIV status.

    24 November 2015 | BuzzFeed
  • The rise of gay 'chemsex' parties involving libido-enhancing drugs

    Life is better than ever for London's gay community. So why are some men indulging in drug-fuelled parties of weekend-long, often unsafe, sex with HIV rates on the rise? The writer Matt Cain believes the roots of the dark 'chemsex' scene touch us all.

    20 October 2015 | The Independent
  • PrEP: How the Tiny Blue Pill Changed My Life

    Joel Alcaraz writes: "It's been over one year since I have started taking the FDA approved pill called Truvada for HIV prevention. The only sanctioned medicine (aka PrEP or pre-exposure prophylaxis) that prevents HIV infection. Not even condoms are approved by the FDA to prevent HIV...The LGBTQ community needs to overcome the traumas of the past to heal and move past the stigma of HIV. The HIV rate has held steady for the last decade. Condoms and abstinence alone won't help turn the tide, it's time to kill the fear, because that is what is truly keeping us from being ourselves and living our lives."

    15 October 2015 | Huffington Post
  • Grindr Fatigue And The Dehumanization Of Gay Men

    The increasing popularity and constant accessibility of social media apps has led, in many ways, to the dehumanization of gay men. In other words, Grindr, Scruff and the rest of the lot are creating a bunch of gay sex robots who only know how to communicate with each other via pictures and sexual function.

    24 September 2015 | HIV Equal
  • 5 HIV-Positive Men Give Advice to Their Former Selves

    Here are words of wisdom on surviving and thriving for those newly diagnosed with HIV.

    01 September 2015 | The Advocate
  • PROUD and PrEPared – why I’m waiting for Truvada

    A London columnist describes why he wants PrEP now for him and his partner – and why gay men in the UK can't get it yet. "Why should trust between partners, even irregular ones, be impossible in gay life? Why too should there have to be an elephant in the room every time – fear (even low level), anxiety, guilt, shame, all for having a fun and intimate experience with a nicer person? This week my partner and I attended the premiere of the documentary ‘PROUD and PrEPared’ – a look at PrEP and the PROUD study in the UK, which centred on just these issues."

    11 July 2015 | Beyond Positive
  • What Marriage Equality Means For Couples with Different HIV Statuses

    It goes without saying that love is the best reason for getting married. But for a serodiscordant couple – a couple of different HIV statuses – proclaiming that love and devotion in an official and legal manner is extra important.

    08 July 2015 | HIV Equal
  • Gay Relationship Dynamics Affect Perception of Partner's HIV Status

    A sense of commitment between male sexual partners is connected with a greater likelihood of an accurate perception of the other man’s HIV status among very high-risk individuals.

    25 June 2015 | AIDSMeds
  • What makes you think he’ll never cheat?

    Working in HIV prevention, I can no longer count the number of times I’ve heard someone say that they believed that they were in a monogamous relationship only to find out that they weren’t. That’s a harsh wake-up call at the best of times. When accompanied by an HIV diagnosis it is far from the best of times.

    05 June 2015 | GMFA
  • Surviving Life Itself

    Mark S King on long-term survival: "In the decades since those sorrowful days, I have faced a host of perilous circumstances apart from AIDS, including a car crash, drug addiction, serious medical procedures and weapons pointed in my direction. Like everyone else, positive and negative alike, I am a survivor of life itself. That life has included falling in love, changing careers, teasing my friends, watching my cats wrestle one another, and looking forward to whatever lies ahead with a deep sense of gratitude and joyful anticipation. And it is this prism—one that includes AIDS as only a segment of my life—through which I view the world today."

    26 May 2015 | POZ
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