Wow, another year has passed, and for the most part, the partying is over. I had a good time New Years Eve, with a small group of friends, we welcomed in the new year. In one part of the evening we did get into a discussion about sex (what else do 6 college aged guys talk about?), and with that came the topic of AIDS and HIV. I found it incredible, that a few of them had a very casual attitude toward the topic, and what I questioned was why?
CHVRCHES, one of the biggest breakout acts of 2013, have released a video PSA in support of #MusicFightsAIDS, a major new campaign from Lifebeat; Music Fights HIV/AIDS that runs from November 29th through World AIDS Day (December 1st).
New York, NY (November 27, 2013) – In honor of World AIDS Day, December 1st, the biggest names in the music and media industry are joining Lifebeat; Music Fights HIV/AIDS to draw urgent attention to the dramatic rise in HIV among young people. Continue reading
With HIV on the rise in gay men, here’s a healthy reminder from YouTuber Jack Merridew to wear a condom. And don’t fall for any of those lame-ass excuses either. So watch the video, and warning, NSFW language.
Man this sure looks like a fun way to fund-raise! Swim For Life is a swim-a-thon raising money to help combat AIDS in Brussels, Belgium. If you speak french (or are using Chrome) check out their website! Otherwise take a look at their Facebook for us English-only handicapped people.
While the AIDS LifeCycle is great, I think we need to get something like this going in the U.S.!
Check out this great event for the HIV+ community in Montana next month. A weekend of healing for gay and bisexual men. Stay strong. Stay smart. Stay sexy. This event sponsored by the Montana Gay Men’s Task Force.
I just watched the most compelling 60 minutes segment on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and all the fascinating work they are doing all over the world. I’m literally speechless. I’ve been very aware of Bill Gates and his move from Corporate America to the altruistic work he’s been doing to conquer treatable sickness and disease in third world counties. This updated 60 Minutes piece I watched just jarred me all over again.
I received an email about this highly intriguing event in New York, it’s a visual and physical representation of the spreading of AIDS. If you’re in the area, I highly suggest going!
Butter. Jam. Legs. Rumors. What do you want to spread? On this walk, participants will investigate the language and actions of spreading. The group will spread itself like a virus, disseminating secrets and offering our desires to each other and passersby. All are welcome. Spread the word.
This walk holds 12 people and is presented in partnership with Visual AIDS. Visual AIDS utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over.
And HOLY COW 2,700 participants raised $14.2 million for the HIV/AIDS services of L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation!
If anyone has done this before, I’d love to talk to you about it! Email me firstname.lastname@example.org so we can chat.
For more information about AIDS/LifeCycle 2013, go to their website here.
You’ve probably heard by the headline by now “Doctors Cure Child Born With HIV,” the awesome thing is, it’s sort of true! However it’s not so much a cure as it renders the virus inactive, and it only worked because they fought the virus right after birth. So it wouldn’t work as a cure for any adult or kids that have the virus.
Here’s the rundown, a mother in Mississippi had HIV and didn’t know it until she was in labor, which is too late to receive standard treatment to reduce the risk transmitting the infection. Because the mother hadn’t received any treatment, 30 hours after birth the doctor decided to take a more aggressive approach and put the child on a course of three antiretroviral drugs, instead of the usual single antiretroviral drug. The baby was tested for HIV several days later, and the tests came back positive.
I was waiting for the BART today when the above ad caught my eye. As I read the ad I thought, “Oh it’s about AIDS, how fitting since today is National Black HIV/AIDS awareness day.” Then I read a little closer and realized it was put up by Chevron. I was a little taken aback, big bad oil company doing something socially right? I was almost floored. I had to check out their website. Next to a similar ad right at the top reads: