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We must listen to science not stigma

published: July, 06, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, General Health, Mental Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Lifestyle, Guest Authors, Media

Around 1 in 3 Brits would be ‘uncomfortable’ giving First Aid to someone with HIV on effective treatment, according to Terrence Higgins Trust survey, while nearly 40% would be ‘uncomfortable’ going on a date.

We must listen to science not stigma

Medical evidence has shown that people living with HIV and who are on effective treatment cannot pass on the virus. However, a major new survey by Terrence Higgins Trust has shown that only 9% of the British public are aware of this fact, which has been evidenced by scientific research. Meanwhile around one in three (32%) adults would feel uncomfortable giving first aid to someone living with HIV who is on effective treatment, according to the YouGov survey of 2,022 adults. And nearly 40% o

Life is a puzzle and death is its final piece.

published: June, 29, 2017 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Social Media, Aging, Gay Men, Mental Health, International , Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Félix Garmendía

New York guy Félix Garmendía: "Every day we have left is one more day to dare ourselves to love and be loved."

Life is a puzzle and death is its final piece.

HIV has taught me several things. I actually believe that HIV changed my life forever with a mix of sad and beautiful memories of fighting for my life, after receiving a “death sentence” back in the late 1980s. I mean this literally, I was told over the phone that I had, at the most “6 months to a year to live”. Getting a death sentence is probably one of the most terrifying things I have ever confronted so far. The bleak circumstances surrounding my death sentence were very poignan

How I deal with my problems

published: June, 20, 2017 Written by // Billy Santo Categories // Social Media, Youth, Mental Health, Billy Santo, Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

From the Philippines, Billy Santo on the virtues of keeping life simple.

How I deal with my problems

I can get by even if I have no money. It matters, but it’s not everything. I am used to problems because I’ve had enough of them already and I’ve been at my lowest. I can endure a single day without food because I know how it feels to have no food to eat for almost a week. I can sleep in any house without complaint because I’ve experienced sleeping in the streets. I can go out without having to worry about what brand my clothes are because I only had one uniform in college that I bare

Swiss Grindr survey finds 50% want to use PrEP in the next six months

published: June, 14, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Dating, As Prevention , Gay Men, General Health, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Lifestyle, Media

From AIDSmap, Gus Cairns reports on a survey showing twice as much interest in PrEP as in surveys done last year

Swiss Grindr survey finds 50% want to use PrEP in the next six months

A survey of Swiss gay men and men who have sex with men recruited through the Grindr networking app has found that while only 4.3% had taken HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), 50% would consider taking it within the next six months and 79% would either take it some time in the future or want to learn more about it. The survey was a brief one both in terms of its appearance online (from 5 to 24 January this year) and in terms of its length (only ten questions taking, it was estimated,

Let’s take a look at how gay porn studios have changed their treatment of poz performers

published: June, 06, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Movies, Health, Revolving Door, International , Lifestyle, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media

What it means to be HIV-positive is changing and the porn world is not exempt. From Unicorn Booty, Daniel Villarreal reports.

Let’s take a look at how gay porn studios have changed their treatment of poz performers

To read the complete article by Daniel Villarreal, visit Unicorn Booty, here. Gay porn star, sex worker and gay sexual health advocate Kayden Gray just came out as HIV-positive on YouTube. When gay porn stars Rod Daily and Mason Wyler came out as positive back 2013 and 2011 respectively, their announcements effectively ended their porn careers. So we asked Harlan Yaffe, the editor-in-chief of the gay porn news and video site The Sword (NSFW) and Zachary Sire, the editor-in-chief of the

Run out of rhino

published: May, 19, 2017 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Dating, Social Media, Gay Men, International , Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Alex Sparrowhawk

UK guy Alex Sparrowhawk tries the Tinder app and gets very mixed results.

Run out of rhino

I’m not the most patient of people and I’m also competitive – I’ve mastered being able to ‘win’ at anything, especially when I’m the only person involved. So when it comes to dating despite knowing something will happen unexpectedly and when the time is right I’m easily frustrated.  So whilst hungover over the bank holiday weekend I decided to download Tinder. Having been in a relationship until last August I’m late to the party with this one so I doubt much of what I have

Five tips for living with your boyfriend

published: May, 18, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

From FS Magazine, Scott Roberts suggests five ways to make the most of sharing your living space.

Five tips for living with your boyfriend

Photo: © Dan Hall Moving in together is one of the milestone steps any couple takes. It’s in everyone’s ‘plan’ as being somewhere between saying “I love you” and getting hitched. It seems a very grown up thing to do. Having recently taken the step myself I thought I would share with you the five fears I think are common for everyone about to take the shared property plunge. 1. What will happen to my personal space? It’s a legitimate fear. Up until the point of moving in we

Are women prepared for HIV PrEP?

published: May, 05, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Dating, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Women, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Lifestyle

From KALW.org, Chloe Lessard: "some women and trans folks are wondering why a drug that could potentially save their lives hasn’t been aggressively promoted in their communities."

Are women prepared for HIV PrEP?

To read the complete article by Chloe Lessard, visit KALW.org, here. Did you know that you can take a drug to reduce your risk of getting HIV? If you’re a gay man, you’ve probably heard of it. It’s a daily regimen called PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis. Maybe you’ve even seen ads for it on BART trains or clinic brochures, usually targeting men who sleep with other men. But PrEP doesn’t only benefit men, and some women and trans folks are wondering why a drug that could potential

How HIV made me look at dating differently

published: May, 04, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Dating, Social Media, Gay Men, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

From FS Magazine, Ruaidhri O’Baoill on dealing with dating and stigma in the wake of his diagnosis.

How HIV made me look at dating differently

I recently met up with a friend of mine who laughed when I mentioned that I was writing my next article on relationships. I can’t blame him. I’m single. I’ve been consistently single for the past nine years. My relationship with relationships isn’t great. When I was younger I couldn’t wait until I was older so I could find ‘the one’. I was such a romantic. I would obsess over how we would meet. How he would propose. Where we would live and what our lives would be like. Even thou

2,100 miles on a bike: Barry Haarde is in the saddle again

published: April, 25, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Hep B and C, Fitness and Exercise, Features and Interviews, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy talks to long-time HIV and Hep C survivor Barry Haarde as he prepares to tackle his sixth marathon bike ride to raise awareness and money for hemophilia

2,100 miles on a bike: Barry Haarde is in the saddle again

Bob Leahy: Hi again Barry. Tell us about your route you will be travelling this time.  Barry Haarde: After completing five trans-continental tours in the U.S., including last year’s 5,000 mile trek from Seattle to Key West in 60 days, we decided to change things up a bit and ride the length of the Alaska Highway. The ride starts at “Mile 0” of the AlCan route in Dawson Creek, B.C. and tracks northwest in to Alaska, finishing near Fairbanks. Then, I’ll be riding an additional 650 mile

Passing the torch in high style.

published: March, 20, 2017 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Aging, Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, Health, International , Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Félix Garmendía

Félix Garmendía recalls Bill, the man who taught him that self presentation is self celebration -- and that both are important.

Passing the torch in high style.

I used to see him very often in the neighborhood. I didn’t even know his name but there was something about this man that was very pleasant and captivating. My husband, Denis and I used to comment on how handsome and dapper he always appeared. He was a really sharp dresser, a very elegant man with a well-crafted retro sense of fashion. With his linen suits, alligator shoes, ascots, and meticulously crafted handlebar mustache, he was always a sight to behold. Every time he crossed our path,

Form & function in men's spring style.

published: March, 13, 2017 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Philip Minaker

Philip Minaker reports on this spring's casual looks for men.

Form & function in men's spring style.

Many of us have opted for a less structured approach to dressing that accommodates our lifestyles. Incorporating clothing specifically designed for workouts and other athletic activities into our work, casual and social wardrobes has become a new standard of dressing. And since it has begun chipping away at sales in casual (think jeans) and ready to wear commodities it has created one of its own. Pieces specifically designed for true sportswear have now expanded into everyday wear. Whether fo

HIV and dating: toe in the water

published: March, 13, 2017 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Dating, Social Media, Gay Men, International , Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Alex Sparrowhawk

Newly single after a long time in a relationship, the UK's Alex Sparrowhawk braves the currents of modern dating.

HIV and dating: toe in the water

Following my diagnosis it was a mere three months before I met my ex-partner. He was someone I spent another six and a half years with until we broke up at the end of last summer. I think I am in a little bit of an unusual situation; living with HIV for 87 months but during that period only being single for nine of them. I’ve been avoiding dating since the split, enjoying time by myself and busying myself with work, family and friends. Over the past few weeks I’ve been toying with the

HIV prevention for people who inject drugs: New biomedical approaches and time-honoured strategies

published: March, 06, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, International , Treatment, Lifestyle

From CATIE, Camille Arkell looks at the risk of HIV transmission through injection drug use, and explores some of the factors that contribute to an increased risk among people who inject drugs.

HIV prevention for people who inject drugs: New biomedical approaches and time-honoured strategies

Une version française est disponible ici. In Canada, people who inject drugs are disproportionately affected by HIV compared to the general population. Among people who inject drugs, HIV transmission happens primarily through the sharing of injection drug use equipment, but also through sexual transmission. This article will look at the risk of HIV transmission through injection drug use, and will explore some of the factors that contribute to an increased risk among people who inject dr

No more sex shaming: why my 2017 will be sex-positive.

published: February, 21, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Dating, Gay Men, Mental Health, Sexual Health, International , Revolving Door, Lifestyle, Guest Authors, Media, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality

From FS, Vish says, "Perhaps it’s time we banish the world ‘slut’ from our vocabulary or at least reclaim it to mean something more sex-positive."

No more sex shaming: why my 2017 will be sex-positive.

This article originally appeared in the UK’s FS magazine, a publication of GMFA, here. I want to be a ‘slut’. There, I said it. You might be thinking, “why would anyone want to be a slut?” After all, this word is deeply misogynistic, where  women are criticised for dressing a certain way and for having openly active sex lives. Heaven fucking forbid! This negativity also spills into the gay world to some extent, particularly when STIs are involved, and people get on their high hor

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