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Queensland's (Autralia) Positive People Launches Self-Testing Program

US still has no such thing

It's a simple observation with a serious question. The observation is that a program is being rolled out in Queensland, Australia to provide free self-testing kits to people primarily in rural areas where people face more barriers than in urban areas (although, no doubt, here in the US, there are many barriers to testing in urban...

World AIDS Day 2016: More of the Same for AIDS, Inc.

With the usual “feel good/aren’t we incredible” glad-handing gathering of AIDS, Inc., politicians, government employees, and funders, along with the usual platitudes of “heroes”, the DC Department of Health and Mayor Bowser unveiled DC’s “bold” new plan to end the HIV/AIDS pandemic. “90-90-90-50” is the title of this latest go at things – essentially using the right words about innovation and change, claiming to have gotten input...

US Launches Self-Testing Service in Vietnam 

USAID is providing funding to launch self-testing services in Vietnam. This makes it now 16 countries that USAID has funded to include self-testing in national HIV-strategies. What is one country NOT on that list? The US. Despite the research that shows that presence of self-testing dramatically increases testing rates...

When HIV Divides, It Multiplies

I recently met Adam Singer at his shop, Adam’s Nest, in Provincetown. What drew me in were t-shirts he had hanging in the display window. One was “Silence = Death”, the message that first hit the scenes back in the 1980’s when much of the non-gay, mostly-religious powers of society (such as President Reagan) were largely silent about HIV while people were dying. It was this shirt that drew me in. I was curious to whom Adam was...

Calling BS on AIDS Inc.

Sanders spurned meeting” shrieked the headlines on the google-alerts for two days. The news? Bernie Sanders cancelled a half-hour meeting with AIDS activists. The purpose of the meeting was to hear their demands that he commit “to end the HIV epidemic by 2025, provide billions of dollars in additional funding to support a government-backed program to find a cure and appoint HIV campaign advisers”. The drama? Some attendees had purchased costly last-minute travel...

Hey Hillary, Want to Lead the HIV Conversation? Get Tested

As most of the community that has been impacted by HIV know, especially those who remember the awful and hateful response of the Reagan Administration, Hillary Clinton made a pretty awful gaffe last week praising Nancy Reagan’s “effective, low-key advocacy on HIV/AIDS.  This was yet another example of a completely unforced error by Clinton, something that keeps so many people...

The Breakthrough that is yet to happen in HIV: Us/Them

Last week, Dr. Anthony Fauci from the National Institutes of Health wrote an editorial published in the Washington Post declaring no more excuses for why we should not be able to bring an end to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. In my mind, he is absolutely right – no more excuses. In fact, I think it’s been that way for...

Another World AIDS Day has passed, but nothing seems to really change. This morning in The New York Times, there was an op-ed piece that starts with a mention that new infections outpace the rate of people getting on anti-viral treatment, which is no different than it was during all the feel-good early PEPFAR days. And here in the US, hundreds...

If we can't do better in the Nation's Capital, what can we expect?

I recently went to a diagnostic lab to get some blood taken.  Nothing serious. Just seeing how the liver is doing with a new combination of HIV drugs I started last month. As I went in to the small room for the blood draw, there was not much space for my bicycle bag and helmet, so I put the bag on the floor and the helmet laying across the top of the small trash can on the floor. The phlebotomist came in and, noticing my helmet, proceeded to move it, saying she uses the...

HIV Outbreak in Indiana is about more than Indiana

There has been much in the news recently about an outbreak of HIV in rural southern Indiana (...