Pittsburgh Mayor Records PSA to Promote HIV Testing

Pittsburgh’s LGBTQ Community Center (GLCC) unveiled a 30 second PSA featuring Mayor Bill Peduto discussing the importance of HIV testing. The Mayor came to the GLCC during regular testing hours to be tested ahead of the National HIV Testing Day on June 27, 2014. ...more

Let's Talk about Sex... With Your Baby?!?!

According to the Kinsey Institute, the average kid loses his or her virginity before he or she graduates high school. For boys, it's an average of 16.9 years, and girls lose their virginity on average at 17.4 years. Heroin use is up amongst teenagers. All of this points to a simple fact: that the time to talk about HIV/AIDS with kids is much earlier than you possibly thought. ...more

Blissful Ignorance and Delusional Thoughts

“I was just thinking that I wish my mother could have seen my kids. But you know what that is. That’s delusional thinking. Because my mother would make a horrible grandmother. Because she was a horrible mother.” – Meridith Grey (‘Greys Anatomy’ 2013 season premier)...more

A Friend In Need Is A Terrible Thing To Have

Sometimes when you meet someone who has somehow impacted your life, it is a meet and greet with a few emails - or an actual paper-envelope-stamped mailed card during the holidays. Very rarely does it evolve into a deep, heart-felt friendship. How do I know, well, it is not like I have actually met a lot of people who have impacted my life, but the few I have - Mike Ditka, Karen Calabrese, Stella Foster, Joanne Bamberger, Barack Obama - are not my " buddies"....more

National HIV Testing Day: Do You Know Your Status?

National HIV Testing Day (NHTD), observed annually on June 27, encourages you to get tested for HIV and know your status. First observed in 1995, NTHD promotes awareness about HIV testing and seeks to reduce the stigma around HIV testing and dispel myths about the virus itself....more
Back when I was an RA in college I took 20 of freshmen residents to get tested.  I wanted to ...more

Living In The Light and Darkness of Life...

Two days ago I wanted to blog about living life to the fullest! Yep, I still have dreams at 51 having lived over half my life with HIV. Then, this morning when I woke, I wanted to blog about drowning, that is, feeling like you're drowning in the shit called life....more

Why Are We Afraid To Talk Before Sex?

Editor's Note: I cannot overstate the importance of having candid conversations about sexual health prior to having sex with a new partner. Even if you've been with someone before, you ought to periodically ask relevant questions to keep abreast of any risks to your own health. It's YOUR body and YOUR responsibility. Stay safe, stay healthy, and have fun!! - Feminista Jones ...more
Having a pitch... and practicing it... is wonderful advice. "Condoms are required- don't worry I ...more

Purpose Over Pride!

I'm so excited that I haven't been able to sleep for the last few nights! I'm headed to the largest and most powerful Blogger's Conference in the country, Blog Her.  I missed the International AIDS Conference because I couldn't afford it. Registration was $975.00, not including travel and hotel. I was sitting around last week all sad, then I thought about missing BlogHer12 too and gloom set in....more

Are You Ready for the Future of Safer Sex?

You're not thinking about safe sex at that moment, and unless neither one of you happen to have a condom handy, this won't even come up as a topic for discussion. And maybe that's the problem. Accidents happen, and even when they don't, some sexually transmitted illnesses can still get by despite protection. But what's the alternative? Letting him take off his jacket, offering white or red and then asking him to detail his sexual history? The last time he got tested? ...more
There is this emerging trend in managing your sexual health online! There's quite a few apps, ...more

How Much Do You Know About HIV?

A week ago, Magic Johnson commemorated the 20-year mark since his HIV diagnosis. On November 07, 1991, he stepped up to a podium in Inglewood, California, surrounded by photographers and journalists and announced that he would be retiring from the National Basketball Association after testing positive for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. ...more