Today is the National Gay Blood Drive
, a campaign
dedicated to bringing attention to the fact that the FDA still bans any men who have had sex with other men (MSM), at any
time since 1977 from becoming blood donors.
This month, the US Public Health Service released
(PDF) the first comprehensive clinical practice guidelines for PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) which outlines the criteria for determining a person’s HIV risk and indications for PrEP use. (PrEP FAQ
) The CDC states
, "When taken consistently, PrEP has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection in people who are at high risk by up to 92%. PrEP is much less effective if it is not taken consistently." The FDA's approved drug — Truvada — that was previously approved for H.I.V. treatment in 2004, is now approved it for prevention of HIV transmission. (Truvada previously
) [more inside]
Sean Sasser – perhaps best known as Pedro Zamora's love interest on the Real World: San Francisco
– passed away
from mesothelioma. He was 44. [more inside]
Two weeks ago, Lee Thompson ("Uncle Poodle" of Honey Boo Boo fame) gave an interview
stating that he had successfully prosecuted his ex-boyfriend for transmitting HIV to him. Now, one blogger has come out saying that Uncle Poodle might actually be lying. [more inside]
In 1971, "decades before any state had seriously considered legalizing gay marriage, long before anyone had thought of creating—never mind repealing—a policy called “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” before Reagan, before AIDS, before the American Psychiatric Association determined that homosexuality was not a mental illness, and before half the people currently living in America were even born, a man named John Singer stepped into the King County marriage license office in Seattle." Meet Faygele ben Miriam, the radical activist who pioneered the fight for same-sex marriage in Washington State, 41 years ago. Via.
"The best way I can describe our predicament to someone outside our culture
is to call up the sensation of orgasm. You lose control of your destiny, and you are grateful for the loss. Time dissolves. Nothing that came before matters. You lose all sense of consequences and would sacrifice anything to safeguard the moment.
Then, just seconds later, the blighted past and an uncertain future rush back in to drown you."
writes in Walrus Magazine
about coming of age in the long shadow of the AIDS epidemic. via utne
. [more inside]