• ‘Status’: An HIV Doc That Falls Short

    A new documentary produced by the My Status is Not a Secret campaign in association with several LGBT health and HIV advocacy organizations and directed by John Saint-Denis—perhaps best known to WeHo audiences for his smart and sexy short films Knowing and Open, which deal with gay relationships in the modern age—Status premiered June 18 at the WeHo Council Chambers as part of the annual One City One Pride arts and culture festival.

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  • ROFL: L.A.’s Gay Comics Debate the Merits of Advocacy Comedy

    The role of a comedian is to make the audience laugh at a minimum of once every 15 seconds,” Lenny Bruce once remarked. The infamous satirist wielded his comedy like a saber, decapitating necessary targets—things like facism, anti-Semitism and the Ku Klux Klan. Despite the heavily political nature of Bruce’s stand-up, his ultimate goal was to always tickle the funny bone. If he were still alive today, could he have made safe-sex funny? And even if he could, would he?

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Laboratory Testing for the Diagnosis of HIV Infection: Updated Recommendations
This document updates recommendations for HIV testing by laboratories in the United States and offers approaches for reporting test results to persons ordering HIV tests and to public health authorities. In brief, testing begins with a combination immunoassay that detects HIV-1 and HIV-2 antibodies and HIV-1 p24 antigen. All specimens reactive on this initial assay undergo supplemental testing with an immunoassay that differentiates HIV-1 from HIV-2 antibodies. Specimens that are reactive on the initial immunoassay and nonreactive or indeterminate on the antibody differentiation assay proceed to HIV-1 nucleic acid testing for resolution.
Quick Reference: Recommended Laboratory HIV Testing Algorithm for Serum or Plasma Specimens
This document provides a snap shot of the updated recommendations for laboratory testing for the diagnosis of HIV infection.
MMWR: Routine HIV Screening in Two Health-Care Settings — New York City and New Orleans, 2011–2013
Approximately 16% of the estimated 1.1 million persons living with HIV in the United States are unaware of their infection and thus unable to benefit from effective treatment. Since 2006, CDC has recommended health-care providers screen all patients aged 13–64 years for HIV, unless prevalence of undiagnosed HIV infection has been documented to be <0.1%. This report describes novel HIV screening programs at the Urban Health Plan, Inc. in New York City and the Interim Louisiana Hospital in New Orleans.
(VIDEO) The Juicy SILENCE=DEATH Stories You Never Knew
There was no way I could attend a recent conference with Avram Finkelstein, one of the artists behind the iconic SILENCE=DEATH image, and not make him sit down with me and spill all the juicy […]
Sally Field, Rational Relating, and a Comedy of Life with HIV
Charles Sanchez skips a lot. It is a natural, vivacious skip, an outpouring of unabashed joy that melds the cheerfulness of The Sound of Music with the bliss of the Pharrell Williams “Happy” video. Nothing […]
VIDEO: The Powerful “HIV is Not a Crime” Conference
The most powerful speaker at the recent “HIV is Not a Crime” conference was a man named Kerry Thomas. He held the crowd of more than 150 advocates spellbound for a full twenty minutes. And […]
Ten Things HIV Positive Guys Want Negative Guys to Know
When Donald Sterling dissed Magic Johnson for being promiscuous and unworthy, it was nothing new for people living with HIV. They’ve heard it all over the years. A lot of those misconceptions persist today, even […]
Was I a Teenage Predator?
We’re on a dirt road in the cotton fields, sitting in the back of his Plymouth. It had been my idea to stop and look at the sky, and it doesn’t come off like a […]
The Battle for the Soul of AIDS
While growing up gay in Bossier City, Lousiana, I would get saved at the drop of a hat. I loved the pageantry of church youth revivals, the thrill of coming forward to give my life […]
Secrets of the Masturbating Gay Male
May is National Masturbation Month – Hurry, folks! Only a few days left to celebrate! — and I will admit to feeling smug, because I have more experience with gay men masturbating than anyone else I […]
NEGATIVE: HIV Negative Gay Men Speaking for Themselves
“Talk to me like you talk to your friends when no one is around.” That was my only request when I sat down with each of four HIV negative gay men to create a short […]
When People with HIV Became Suicide Bombers
Maybe we should blame the criminal prosecutions of people with HIV on the mythical legend of Gaetan Dugas, also known by his slanderous nickname, Patient Zero. Dugas was a gay flight attendant from Canada who, […]
Lessons Learned from Kissing a Straight Boy
Last night I kissed a straight guy full on the lips. Then he tenderly put his arms around me and kissed me back. Tonight I’m going to do it again. It sounds like conquest. Or […]