Posts tagged "hiv"

Village Wants HIV-Positive 8-Year-Old Kicked Out

The stigma of having HIV is alive and well in a small Chinese village: Its residents want to banish 8-year-old "Kun Kun" (a fake name being used to protect his identity) for his illness, UPI reports. At least 200 Xichong locals, including the boy's own grandfather, signed a petition on Dec. 7 to get "Kun Ku…

By: Newser / December 19, 2014

FDA Considers Lifting Antiquated Ban On Blood Donations From Gay Men

In 1983, the FDA put a policy in place that forbids any man who has had sex with another man since 1977 from donating blood. The policy, which still stands today, was implemented at the height of the AIDS epidemic. The LGBT community was devastated by the virus, and gay men were at a higher…

By: Claire Hannum / December 1, 2014

37 Thoughts I Had After Receiving (False) Positive HIV Test Results

To my surprise, it turns out that my doctor doesn’t consider HIV an STD.  So that sweet relief I felt when she said my organ function was great and that I'm STD free?  Yeah, it didn't cover the fact that she was about to tell me that she believed I was in the early stage…

By: Anonymous / October 3, 2014

Donald Sterling On Magic Johnson: “He Acts So Holy, He Made Love With Every Girl In Every City, And He Catches HIV”

Donald Sterling sure has a funny way of "apologizing" for making racist remarks and trying to get back into the good graces of the NBA. The Los Angeles Clippers owner appeared on "Anderson Cooper 360" last night, and in addition to denying that he's a racist and claiming he was baited into making those racist…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 13, 2014

HBO’s “The Normal Heart” Visits The Start Of The AIDS Crisis

As a child of the '90s who learned about HIV in elementary school (from a puppet, I believe), sometimes it's difficult to imagine a world where HIV/AIDS was so misunderstood. There was once a time when people used the word "quarantine" when talking about this public health crisis. And it's painful to remember that i…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 18, 2014

Porn Industry Shuts Down As Yet Another Adult Film Performer Tests HIV-Positive

Another adult film actor has tested HIV-positive, making this anonymous person the fifth case in the industry this year. Filming has shut down for a third time since this summer as doctors trace the outbreak. The Free Speech Coalition, which is a trade group for the porn industry, announced the halt on filming on Friday. "We…

By: Claire Hannum / December 10, 2013

“Dallas Buyers Club” Is Going To Make Me Have All The Feelings

The first trailer is out for the new film "Dallas Buyers Club." The movie is based on the true story of Ron Woodruff, a Texas man who was diagnosed with AIDS and given less than a month to live. Rather than accepting his death sentence, Woodroof went to extreme lengths to find and smuggle medicatio…

By: Julie Gerstein / August 28, 2013

Sydney Leathers Exposed To HIV While Filming Her Porn Debut?

Sydney Leathers, who told the world that Anthony Weiner was still sexting, apparently may have shared a partner with an HIV-infected porn star. [Huffington Post] It's Kristen Wiig's birthday! Here are a bunch of GIFs that prove she's an everyday woman... [Celebuzz] "Pitch Perfect"'s Anna Kendrick did a sexy photoshoot with GQ. But where are her cups?!

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 22, 2013

True Story: My Ex-Boyfriend Announced That He’s HIV-Positive On Facebook

This piece originally appeared on Role/Reboot. Republished here with permission. An email arrives from an old friend with the name of your ex-boyfriend in the subject line. In the body of the email, just this: “I'm totally shocked. When was the last time you talked to him?” You sigh, what now? Is he getting married?

By: Emily Heist Moss / June 18, 2013

HIV-Positive? You Probably Don’t Want To Be In Kansas Anymore

My college best friend and I coined the term "bipolar week."  It was used to describe a week filled with both overwhelmingly amazing events and truly terrible moments: winning a prestigious award and then getting dumped by your boyfriend, or perhaps acing a midterm and losing a childhood pet. When reflecting on this past week, in terms

By: Sarah Gray / March 29, 2013

Amazing News: Doctors Say They Have Cured Baby With HIV

Yesterday, doctors announced that they had, for the first time, cured a baby who was born with HIV, an incredible achievement that could lead to more aggressive treatments used on babies born with HIV and a reduction of the number of children living with the virus that causes AIDS. Dr. Deborah Persaud, associate professor at the…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / March 4, 2013

An Anti-HIV, Disappearing Female Condom Is On The Way

Researchers at the University of Washington have developed the technology to create the all-purpose condom of the future. This new kind of female condom, made of "electrospinning" micro-fibers, will protect against pregnancy, release anti-HIV medicine (or other STI preventatives), and then, get this … just dissolve over a period of days, or even minutes. Here'…

By: Ami Angelowicz / December 7, 2012

HIV/AIDS Ad Is So Clever, Yet So Tacky

Clever use of Facebook Places, Finnish condom PSA! Too bad you had to resort to slut-shaming to do it. Twenty sexual partners might sound like a lot, but all you need is one roll in the hay with one person with HIV. The number of partners a person has really isn't the point. (And FWIW, there'…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 3, 2012

Gays Are “More Dangerous” Than Terrorism, Says Wackadoodle Politician

"Which has destroyed and ended the life of more people? Terrorism attack here in America or HIV/AIDS? In the last 20 years, 15 to 20 years, we’ve had maybe three terrorist attacks on our soil with a little over 5,000 people regrettably losing their lives. In the same time frame, there have been hundreds of…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 12, 2011

Today’s Lady News: MTV’s New iCondom App Helps You Find Places To Buy Condoms

MTV's Staying Alive HIV prevention campaign partnered up with iCondom for a new iPhone app that allows users to search via GPS for places to buy condoms. While I commend MTV commitment to promoting safe sex, I also think it's stupid to make it seem to adolescents that condoms are hard to find. You ca…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 11, 2011

American Sex Ed Sucks, Says Elton John

“The stigma [around HIV/AIDS] hasn't gone away after 30 years, and young people are still getting infected. We can't get to the young people in this country because it's very conservative and you can't get into schools to teach people about sex. We can in Africa, but we can't seem to over here. With young…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 2, 2011

HIV+ Porn Star Speaks Out

The L.A. Times has an interview with Derrick Burts, the 24-year-old male porn star who contracted HIV recently. Burts, who has worked in gay and straight porn, as Derek Chambers and Cameron Reid respectively, discovered in early October through the adult industry's AIM Healthcare Foundation that he had contracted the virus. Burts believes that he…

By: Susannah Breslin / December 8, 2010

I Have HIV

Kate is just like you or me: She is 29, lives in Ohio with her husband, holds down a job, and is the mother of a 3-year-old son. But for the past few years Kate has been living with the knowledge she is HIV+. Kate blogs about HIV+ life at A Girl Like Me, a

By: Anonymous / December 1, 2010

Pope Says Condom Use “Justified” For Male Prostitutes, I’m Not Impressed

Hey, great news, male prostitutes with HIV/AIDS! The Pope has given you his blessing to use condoms! In the upcoming book Light of the World: The Pope, the Church and the Signs of the Times, Pope Benedict XVI concedes that in very rare cases, condom use could be considered justified to help stop the spread…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 22, 2010

Damn The Man, Save The Howard Brown Health Center!

Help! The Howard Brown Health Center, which has been serving the LGBT community since the ‘80s, needs donations, baaaaad. Two top officials were dismissed earlier this year for financial mismanagement of grant funds, and now the new CEO, Jamal Edwards, has regretfully announced that the center needs to raise $500K by Jan. 1, or it…

By: Simcha / November 10, 2010
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