1 11, 2020

HartStrings 4: Before Pose

By |2020-10-25T21:43:16-04:00November 1st, 2020|Categories: guest|Tags: , , |1 Comment

"Before Pose" Guest Writer: Bishop Hartsel Clifton Shirley Pose is the current television program that unapologetically displays the lives of gay, lesbian and transgender individuals. For some of us, it’s just short of sacred as it helps to reveal the hidden lives, pains, heartbreaks, and joys of a segment of the population all too often overlooked, ignored--and even worse--forgotten. Mainstream television has [...]

13 09, 2020

HartStrings 3

By |2020-10-14T15:03:27-04:00September 13th, 2020|Categories: guest|Tags: , , |1 Comment

"A Devastating Truth"  Guest Writer: Bishop Hartsel Clifton Shirley     History’s gatekeepers often write it, omitting crucial characters and events.   While they shine a more positive light on the misinformation, this does history an egregious disservice. The history of AIDS--particularly in the United States--is no different.  A case in point is the ethnicity of the individual suggested to represent the earliest [...]

16 08, 2017

The “Undetectability” Of It All, Part Two

By |2017-08-16T00:46:28-04:00August 16th, 2017|Categories: blog|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

     This past March, I penned “The Undetectability Of It All,” for  The article stated that the AIDS United Public Policy Committee declared that it has “strongly affirmed the conclusive evidence proving that people living with HIV who have achieved a sustained, undetectable viral load cannot transmit HIV to sexual partners.  This evidence-based declaration reinforces AIDS United’s programmatic, policy and advocacy work to expand access to antiretroviral medications to [...]

15 03, 2017

The “Undetectability” Of It All

By |2017-03-15T16:59:07-04:00March 15th, 2017|Categories: blog|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

     For years, I’ve been reporting and writing about HIV/AIDS.  When I’ve asked individuals the question, “Would you be sexually intimate with someone who’s undetectable?,”  I’ve gotten some rather blunt and curt responses.   Here are three:     “Uh-uh.”     “But doesn’t pre-cum contain the virus?”     “Nah…I’ll think I’ll pass!”      However, the 44-member AIDS United Public Policy Committee—the largest and longest-running [...]

10 03, 2016

Jamal Hailey:  Being a Frontline Soldier in the War on HIV is Personal, Part Two

By |2016-03-10T21:58:54-05:00March 10th, 2016|Categories: blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

     HIV expert JAMAL HAILEY has his own personal stake in the war on HIV he’s helping to wage: he’s had family die from the disease.     In Part Two of my exclusive Huffington Post Queer Voices interview with Mr. Hailey, he discusses stigma, the intersection of HIV and IPV/A, HIV prevention and care from a radical social justice perspective, and the practice [...]

28 04, 2015

Death Claims A Phenom Way Too Soon: A Tribute To Essex Hemphill

By |2015-04-28T17:31:25-04:00April 28th, 2015|Categories: blog|Tags: , , |1 Comment

     This month, Essex Hemphill—the openly gay, African-American poet and author—would’ve turned 58.  Truly groundbreaking, Mr. Hemphill blazed the way for talents including James Earl Hardy, E. Lynn Harris…and myself.       I cannot allow the month of April to fade away before I pay homage to this gifted artist—who certainly was before his time.  Therefore, I’m reprinting my Huffington Post tribute, [...]

20 02, 2015

Breaking:  HIV Is Killing Fewer Blacks

By |2015-02-20T11:48:09-05:00February 20th, 2015|Categories: blog|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments

     HIV is losing a critical bout in the long and grueling boxing match called AIDS.  And this victory for persons of color certainly is a cause for celebration.       According to Michael Smith, writer for the health media outlet MedPage Today, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has reported that that the mortality rates of blacks in the U.S. fell [...]

12 12, 2014

HIV Infection Soaring Among Brooklyn MSMs

By |2014-12-12T17:19:31-05:00December 12th, 2014|Categories: blog|Tags: , , |1 Comment

      There’s both good and bad news coming out of HIV stats from New York’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH).      First, the good news:  in the past 10 years, HIV infection rates have been cut in half.      Now, the bad news.  More than half of new HIV infections occurred among MSMs (men who have sex with men)—specifically [...]

17 11, 2014

Sir Elton John Continues to Step Up to the Plate, Batting Home Runs

By |2014-11-17T18:12:43-05:00November 17th, 2014|Categories: blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

     While conducting my usual round of research, I uncovered a rather timely article by Darryl Hannah for Inside Philanthropy entitled, “With HIV Infections Rising among Gay Men, This Funder Aims to Sound the Alarm.”  Hannah stated, “Here in the U.S., AIDS can feel like yesterday’s news, and many funders long ago moved on to other issues, including many LGBT funders [...]

6 09, 2014

Kickin’ One Back May Be One Too Many

By |2014-09-06T10:14:29-04:00September 6th, 2014|Categories: blog|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

      Some time ago, I wrote a Huffington Post Gay Voices column entitled, “Kickin’ One Back May Be One Too Many.”  The piece deals with such an important and timely issue, that I’ve decided to re-introduce it.       So, here it is:  in a group of U.S. men who have sex with men (MSM), heavy drinking plus having more than one unprotected [...]

25 03, 2014

The Quiet Invader within Native Americans

By |2014-03-25T14:16:34-04:00March 25th, 2014|Categories: blog|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

     A rather disturbing report just hit my desk that really gave me pause.  Therefore, I decided to make it a exclusive.       According to Neal Broverman’s article, “Are the Odds Stacked Against Native Americans with HIV,” recently published at, “The most recent studies of HIV among Native Americans living on the Navajo reservation in New Mexico found alarming [...]

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