Open Thread: National HIV Testing Day.

Today is National HIV Testing Day.  How up-to-date is your status?

Tell us about the first (or last) time you were tested. Where’d you go? Were you worried? Did you bring a friend or partner along for moral support or to co-test?

We believe it’s important to keep the conversation about HIV prevention and [...]

Shaming, Young Men, and HIV in D.C.

Maybe my standards are low (actually, they probably are), but this interview Amanda Hess did with Justin Goforth, community health director at the Whitman Walker Clinic, kind of blew my mind with its humanization of young gay black men:

For a sexual health provider like the Whitman-Walker clinic, getting HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment to [...]

Last Words on the Down Low.

Crossposted from TAPPED.

On Tuesday, I wrote about President Obama’s visit to The View today and suggested he bring up his new initiative to fight the HIV/AIDS in the black community. But as I predicted, Obama did not mention it, nor did he confront host Sherri Shepherd for blaming high rates of HIV/AIDS in the black [...]

About Race, Poverty, and that CDC HIV Study.

Kai Wright breaks down a recent CDC study about the effect that poverty has on HIV transmission. The study shows a much higher rate of HIV infection among heterosexual poor people in the U.S. But Wright debunks the following too-obvious takeaway from the study: that poverty, not race has the greatest effect on HIV transmission [...]

Go Read This.

Theresa Wilitz, the culture editor at The Root and a former professional dancer, has a great piece about watching her friends die in the ’80s and ’90s from AIDS.

What I didn’t know, as I was watching, was that my roommates, Darryl and Gary, were keeping a secret from me: They had just discovered that [...]

Breaking Silence.

by Kiana, x-posted from ProperTalks.

It’s been three years since my father’s mother, my Nana, died after a lengthy battle with AIDS. It’s been a year since I decided to write openly about it here for Worlds AIDS Day. And it’s been about three hours since I first attempted this post and allowed myself to [...]

Don't Fall For This Imitation Lambskin Fool Over Here.

H/T to fantastic 90s flashback site EverythingIsTerrible.com. Warning: you will get lost in a sea of teased hair, douches, and Charo doing the Macarena.

(I actually remember watching this whole film at some point in the mid ’90s: Time Out: The Truth About HIV, AIDS and You. Directed by the one and only Theo [...]

Of Jimmy Hats, the Motherland and the Pope.

(x-posted from False Hustle) I swear — probably a bad choice of verb – that I’m not picking on The Church today. But this picture over at The Daily Dish – labeled “The Pope’s Message to Africa” —  quite obviously caught my attention.

Background: Ahead of his first trip to Africa, The Pope [...]