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Ignoring Self-Testing: It's an AIDS, Inc. Thing

I saw two items in the HIV/AIDS news world that struck me - not so much for what they mentioned, but for what was not mentioned.  The first was a study of HIV-testing patterns of black men who have sex with men.  While self-testing was not a part of the study, it certainly would have been useful information to know whether study participants knew about the option of self-testing and whether or not...

Facebook Group Raises HIV-testing Rates

A small study was just released showing that facebook can help raise HIV-testing rates.  In the study, the target group was MSM, with the author's of the study noting that social networking may be a cost-effective way of increasing testing - especially with the option of self-testing on the market.  It's great to finally see some numbers to support what some of us have known all along - that we are not using the latest...

Gay Pride, HIV and Equality: A Provincetown View

I had the great privilege of spending the last three weeks in Provincetown, MA on the tip of Cape Cod.  This was on the heels of almost 3 weeks camping and working on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in SD, so it was a bit of a culture shock to go from the poorest and most neglected places in the country to the playground of the well-to-do.  But there I was, first during "family week", where thousands of mostly white gay and lesbian couples paraded around town with...

Gay Pride, HIV and Equality: A Provincetown View

I had the great privilege of spending the last three weeks in Provincetown, MA on the tip of Cape Cod.  This was on the heels of almost 3 weeks camping and working on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in SD, so it was a bit of a culture shock to go from the poorest and most neglected places in the country to the playground of the well-to-do.  But there I was, first during "family week", where thousands of mostly white gay and lesbian couples paraded around town with...

Don't Wait and See, Create and See

"Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make the right thing happen."

-Horace Mann

Yesterday, I gave a presentation at the HIV-Prevention Summit in Philadelphia, part of a series of "AIDS Education Month" events organized by Philadelphia FIGHT. This was a very well-attended event, although I...

Norfolk Teen Groups hits the streets with self-tesing

A teen education group is taking a radical approach to promoting and offering HIV-testing.  It is bringing rapid self-tests to the places where teens congregate, talking to teens and offering testing on the spot.  Not surprising, the "system" is giving a lot of push-back, trying to implement their protocols, or perhaps watching for any opening to shut this program down. 

I say...

Commemorating 10 Years of PEPFAR: Let's Do the Timewarp

"It's so dreamy. Oh, fantasy free me. So you can't see me. No, not at all" 
From "The Time Warp"

I attended an event yesterday at one of the Senate office buildings commemorating the 10th anniversary of the establishment of PEPFAR.  This event was co-hosted by organizations such as UNICEF, UNAIDS, Medical Teams International, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, World...

From Cacophony to Symphony

Earlier this week, I attended the annual meeting of the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN). I am on one of the Community Advisory Groups. At these meetings, I tend to be the only person who is actually not actively working in the HIV/AIDS industry, so I tend to have a bit of a different perspective of things. At this meeting, I noticed a few things:

  • There is a lot of good, important information in these meetings. The people in these meetings are super-smart, very passionate, and very committed.
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"The HIV prevention fight has stalled"

This is the heading of a recent article in the Washington Post. Armed with lots of data and references to attempts to shift policy, it basically affirms what many of us know: The cultural mindset regarding HIV is stuck, but "stalled" when we have increasing numbers of infections and decreasing dollars for treatment really means we are losing ground.  This article...

Research Supports Self-Testing, but "AIDS, Inc." Still Silent

Increasingly, there are clear indications that home-based rapid HIV-testing can be a game-changer. This study just released out of Canada fairly clearly supports this.  But for this to happen, HIV/AIDS organizations are either going to have to get actively involved or those of us at the grassroots level are going to just have to work around them.  ...