The Beginning of the End of AIDS
World AIDS Day has already passed, but make sure to watch (RED) & ONE's World AIDS Day live broadcast -- powered by YouTube -- featuring President Barack Obama, President George W. Bush, President Bill Clinton, Bono, Alicia Keys, Elton John, and others. Event starts at 18:40 in the timer.
Episode 7 of In The Moment - Separations
In the seventh episode, Kyle's body image is challenged as he decides to go on another date with Billy, Carlos decides to try to involve Shaun in helping with Edgar's addiction issues and Mike has a hook-up that's fulfilling in some ways but not in others.
IN THE MOMENT is an online web series that follows the lives of a group of gay guys living in the same apartment complex in West Hollywood, California. Like most of us, they're faced with a huge range of decisions about sex, and the decisions they make impact their lives and the lives of people around them. IN THE MOMENT is also about starting an open, honest conversation among gay guys in the Los Angeles area about these types of decisions.
IN THE MOMENT starts with an authentic, sexy and sometimes humorous web soap opera that explores the full range of factors that come into play in sexual decision making among young gay men. Issues like self-esteem, dating, relationships, age, body image, addiction and others are addressed as key factors in the lives of the characters. The episodes are broken into 3-5 minute “webisodes”, which are a starting-place for discussion.
Check out the seventh webisode below!
AIDS is Not a Bad Persons Disease - Golden Girls
Check out the video below of a classic scene from the Golden Girls when Rose believes bad people get AIDS and Blanche sets her straight. Remember to not believe everything you hear from your friends. There are many myths about sexually translated diseases including HIV and how it is transmitted from one person to another. Remember to get all the facts from a credible source by either visiting our STD pages or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for all of your other health questions.
Does HIV Look Like Me?
The DOES HIV LOOK LIKE ME? United States campaign, produced by Hope's Voice International, a leading HIV and AIDS education organization, is expanding to communities and countries around the world. The campaign consists of videos created by ambassadors; young people between the ages of 15 and 29, living with HIV or AIDS (YPLHIV/A). The ambassadors are human rights leaders standing up to fight misconception, stigma and inequality with their faces, voices and individual stories.
As we pass 30 years of this epidemic, we recognize it is time for an approach that features young people. The fear-based campaigns that have dominated the global response to the epidemic have made people in society afraid of those living with HIV or AIDS. The DOES HIV LOOK LIKE ME? United States campaign is proud not to use fear, but instead corrects the misconceptions and shares the realities surrounding the lives of those living with HIV or AIDS. This helps to end stigma by encouraging communities to have open dialogue.
The DOES HIV LOOK LIKE ME? United States campaign is mobilizing young people to define their disease in turn redefining their life and ending stigma. Watch a few of the videos from this campaign below!
Status is Everything...Know Your Status
It’s not just a slogan anymore. As more young men of color engage in risky sexual behaviors, it’s even more important to know your status—whether or not you are HIV infected. No matter how you get down; gay, str8, bi, DL, trans, top, bttm, or vers…be responsible…SEXsponsible…. because knowing your status leads to a healthier lifestyle.
African American Office of Gay Concerns (AAOGC) has started a new social marketing campaign called, "Status is Everything" in Newark, NJ targeting African American men how have sex with men (MSM). The videos below are featuring local African American MSM telling their stories. Watch the videos below to hear their stories. Visit the "Status is Everything" website.
And remember to "Know Your STATUS" so get tested!
Two Studies Show That Drugs Used to Treat AIDS can be Used to Prevent HIV infection too.
The results, announced early Wednesday, provide more evidence that the drugs responsible for saving the lives of millions of HIV-infected people over the last 15 years may also be the most useful tool for preventing new infections.
In the last 12 months, other research has shown that antiretroviral drugs in either pills or vaginal gels can help prevent infection in specific groups — women and male homosexuals.
Read the entire article from The Washington Post here.
AIDS at 30: The U.S. Epidemic
"AIDS at 30: The U.S. Epidemic" chronicles the thirty years since the first cases of a rare pneumonia found in young gay men were reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. This four minute video highlights landmarks in the history of AIDS from the discovery of the AIDS virus and the banning of Ryan White from attending school to the early twenty-first century when the CDC recommends HIV testing for virtually every American. This video was made by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.
30 Years of HIV/AIDS in the US
Looking back at 30 years of AIDS and much has changed here in the United States and in the world regarding our understanding of HIV and how it affects every single one of us. The way we share information and communicate with each other has changed over the years and this article from Miguel Gomez, the director of AIDS.gov discusses that change and how that can effect the future. Read the article from the AIDS.gov director. Watch the video below which highlights 30 years of HIV in the United States.
Fun Video on How to Use a Condom Correctly: Brent Corrigan's Oral Exam
Here is a fun video that explains the reasons of practicing safer sex, demonstrates the correct way to use a condom and also includes the proper type of lubrication to use as well. Learn how to use a condom correctly in this hilarious spoof on a 1950's sex ed film, starring Matthew Rush and Brent Corrigan. For the adults only, unedited version visit www.dcfukit.org. Stop the spread of HIV. Choose condoms, monogamy or abstinence. To view this informative safer sex website for gay men which discusses all sexual activities and the risks they pose for transmitting HIV or other STDs, CLICK HERE
More than one million Americans are living with HIV infection, and approximately one in five don't know it. CDC recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 be tested for HIV at least once in their lifetime, and those in communities at at increased risk of HIV infection—especially gay and bisexual men of all races, African Americans, and Latinos. —should be tested at least annually. Use the tool below to find a testing site near you!
Everyone needs to know their HIV status. Studies show that once persons learn they are HIV-infected, most take steps to protect their own health (by seeking medical care) and that of their partners. At least 1 in 3 persons in the United States who test positive for HIV is tested too late to get the full advantage of treatment. Early HIV testing reduces the spread of disease, extends life expectancy, and reduces costs of care.
Early testing and diagnosis is key to prevention; treatment and prevention have the most impact when HIV is identified early. Although the importance of HIV testing is undeniable, about 55% of American adults, aged 18–64, have never been tested for HIV. Even among persons at higher risk for HIV infection, 28% have never been tested. In the United States, every "Nine and a Half Minutes" someone is infected with HIV. Watch the PSAs below to find out more info and make sure to Take Control, Take The Test!
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