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 [...]

8 01, 2016

HIV Crim Rates: Riddled with Disparities

By |2016-01-08T12:18:26-05:00January 8th, 2016|Categories: blog|Tags: |1 Comment

     HIV criminalization rates in California and across the nation might be much higher than originally believed, concluded a new study by the Williams Institute. Additionally, Black men and women—as well as white women—were much more likely than white men to be charged under HIV-related laws.     Entitled “HIV Criminalization in California: Penal Implications for People Living with HIV/AIDS,” this seminal and eye-opening report [...]

17 06, 2015

Homophobia:  HIV’s Dependable Partner In Crime

By |2015-06-17T23:12:35-04:00June 17th, 2015|Categories: blog|Tags: , , |2 Comments

     HIV has many allies, collaborators and accomplices, which include denial, poverty, stigma, and the “it can’t happen to me” syndrome.  And,homophobia is a member of that club—and a dominant one at that.    According to, the leading and renowned news site dedicated to HIV news and prevention, “Homophobic attitudes and laws in European nations keep men who have sex with men [...]

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 [...]

11 08, 2014

Let’s Have Some “Poz(itive)” Talk

By |2014-08-11T07:45:30-04:00August 11th, 2014|Categories: blog|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

     Dating and/or having sex can be a daunting challenge for MSM (men who have sex with men), particularly those who are HIV-negative.  But only if you let it.  And, I’ll explain exactly what I mean about that a little later.      But first, stats on HIV.  Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that 1 [...]

4 04, 2014

Socio-Economics as a Driver of HIV in Black MSM

By |2014-04-04T17:57:26-04:00April 4th, 2014|Categories: blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

     Fenway Health, a Boston LGBT group, has just reported that although Black men who have sex with men (MSM) is a very small part of the population, they make up more than 20 percent of new HIV infections in the United States. Additionally, an analysis of data from a recent six-city study of African-American gay, bisexual and MSM reveals a [...]

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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