1996: Guyhood … The Early Years (Part II)

White House, AIDS, AIDS Quilt, Names Project, Washington D.C., National Mall

The last full viewing of the AIDS Quilt is among the many events within the second half of 1996–your childhood.

The Death of Jekyll & Hyde


Riffing on a familiar narrative, Steven Cordova presents a narrative of disease and duality which is both achingly beautiful and oddly sweet.

I Was Jailed for My Work on HIV in Iran, But the Tide is Turning


The inspirational story of two brothers who worked to combat HIV, and the Iranian government who wanted to quiet them.

Revolution vs. Reform: Marriage, Floats and Rose Parades


Two men, Aubrey Loots and Danny Leclair, made history of sorts by holding their marriage ceremony atop a giant wedding cake float in front of an estimated 80 million viewers world-wide at the 125th Rose Parade on January 1, 2014 in Pasadena, California.

Life on the Societal Fringe: Marginalization & HIV


Wilhelm Cortez on a few ways we marginalize others, and the devastating impact this can have on individuals and societies.

Homelessness is a Major LGBT Issue


As a new report from the Center for American Progress details, LGBT people, especially LGBT youth, are at a far greater risk not only of winding up homeless, but being abused on the streets as well.

UN Celebrates ‘Dramatic Progress’ in Global Fight Against AIDS


The international organization credited the “dramatic progress” in combating the disease to the steadily expanding access to treatment.

An Open Letter to the Author of ‘How Circumcision Broke the Internet’

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Brian Earp believes circumcision is worth talking about. And he would like Mr. Stern and the editors of Slate to know why.

Arkansas Public School Bans Three Students for Possibly Being HIV-Positive


Despite significant medical advances that help HIV-positive Americans live increasingly longer and healthier lives, many people still have widespread misconceptions about how the virus is actually spread.

HIV Vaccine Passes First Round of Trials


A new drug out of Canada may offer some hope against the deadly virus.

The Reluctant Intactivist

Kenny Shults Reluctant Inactivist

Kenny Neal Shults wants to take “An un-serious look at a the serious subject of why we circumcise our kids with two short comic films that poke fun at American secular circumcision.”

Would You Marry Someone With HIV?


HIV still offers a particular stigma, a particular brand of isolation.

My First At-Home HIV Test

April Saul, AP

Dennis Milam Bensie remembers what it was like being tested for HIV in the middle of the AIDS crises. Decades later, he tries the new at-home HIV test for the very first time.

Bug Chasers

HIV Infected T Cell

Dennis Bensie had lived his entire life practicing safe sex in the era of AIDS, so he was shocked to learn about “bug chasers” – people who seek out HIV+ partners to have unprotected sex with.

Instagram Gratification

Kenny Shults MyMediaLife

Kenny Shults discusses the problems social media is causing for today’s teens—from accidental bullying to ‘digital aprosodia’—and looks to new forms of media to solve them.

When Life Gives You Lemons…

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Dr. Rob Garofalo survived cancer only to be diagnosed HIV+ a few years later. He was depressed and alone until his new Yorkie puppy inspired him to take his lemons and make lemonade for everyone else.