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AIDS 2014: Cancer Drug May Be AIDS Cure Key

AIDS 2014: Cancer Drug May Be AIDS Cure Key

Fascinating news today out of the International AIDS Conference taking place in Melbourne, Australia, as Danish researchers presented evidence that an old cancer drug may be the key to curing AIDS. One of the primary stumbling blocks in the quest for a cure up until now has been the ""reservoirs""
AIDS 2014: New Report Says PrEP 90% Effective With as Few as 3 Doses Per Week

AIDS 2014: New Report Says PrEP 90% Effective With as Few as 3 Doses Per Week

Hours ago, researchers attending the 20th International Conference on AIDS in Melbourne, Australia, presented new data on the safety and efficacy of HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. Key findings include strong ongoing evidence of PrEP's effectiveness and safety, strong interest in PrEP among gay and bisexual men as well as transgender women and no evidence at all of increased sexual risk behavior on the part of people taking PrEP. This is particularly important news considering recent guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization, both of which recommend expanded use of PrEP among men who have sex with men. The findings
AIDS 2014: Important Findings on PrEP Expected Within Hours

AIDS 2014: Important Findings on PrEP Expected Within Hours

Big news out of the International AIDS Conference currently meeting in Melbourne, Australia, is expected in just a few hours. New findings on the safety and efficacy of the anti-HIV medication Truvada for use as HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) will be presented as a late-breaker at AIDS 2014 and published simultaneously in
Malaysian Flight 17 Shot Down, Carried 100 International AIDS Conference Delegates

Malaysian Flight 17 Shot Down, Carried 100 International AIDS Conference Delegates

The crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in east Ukraine | Photo by ITAR-TASS/Barcroft Media Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) crashed today in war-torn, eastern Ukraine. The flight was traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, and it is believed that of the 283 passengers there were more than 100 AIDS activists, health workers and scientists
'Chaser' is a Raw and Honest Film About Bareback Sex

‘Chaser’ is a Raw and Honest Film About Bareback Sex

This short film tells the story of a young gay school teacher (played by the very charismatic Max Rhyser) who is alienated from his traditional Jewish family and finds comfort in New York's bareback sex scene. In all honesty, I was bracing myself to hate this film. Historically neither Hollywood (I'm looking at you, Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor) nor the LGBT indie film community have handled condomless sex with much nuance. But Chaser never moralizes. There is no dramatic descent into drugs and despair, no heavy-handed HIV test scene. Instead we get a fairly honest examination of a young man who is clearly talented, intelligent and engaging in behavior that could result in him contracting HIV, with an exploration of why such a person would take those risks. The sex scenes manage to instill a sense of mild discomfort along with intrigue
'Club King' Mario Diaz: A History of Raunchy Gay Parties Told Through Vintage Flyers

‘Club King’ Mario Diaz: A History of Raunchy Gay Parties Told Through Vintage Flyers

Photo by Jeremy Lucido Jon Bush’s documentary Club King parts the veil and offers a behind the scenes peek into the world of Mario Diaz, L.A.’s own King of Sleaze—and it is making its L.A. debut tonight as part of Outfest. But Diaz was not born to the crown. Here is a brief timeline of his decades promoting parties, from the early days  as the coolest kid in Seattle, to his time as New York City's Prince of Perv, to his reign as King of Gay Nightlife in the  City of Angels.
Outfest 2014's 'Club King': How Did Mario Diaz Claim His Crown?

Outfest 2014’s ‘Club King': How Did Mario Diaz Claim His Crown?

Jon Bush's documentary Club King offers a peek inside the world of Mario Diaz. From the smoky leather bars of Silver Lake to brightly lit Boystown, L.A.'s own King of Sleaze has shaped our city's gay club scene in his image, but he was not born to the crown. Diaz shares a brief timeline of his decades promoting parties, from the early days in Seattle and New York City to our hallowed gayborhoods in the City of Angels.
The Atlanta Principles Just Might Mean the End of AIDS
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The Atlanta Principles Just Might Mean the End of AIDS

In 1983, during the waning days of a conference devoted to gay and lesbian health taking place in Denver, Colo., a group of men living under the shadow of the newly identified human immunodeficiency virus addressed attendees and delivered what would come to be known as the Denver Principles, a list of 17 demands and recommendations that changed the course of the AIDS epidemic (and arguably the American health care system) forever.
World Cup: Brazil Uses Sex, Patriotism, Tasty Cocktails to Promote Condoms and Testing

World Cup: Brazil Uses Sex, Patriotism, Tasty Cocktails to Promote Condoms and Testing

Many Brazilians remain unhappy about the $11 billion spent to host the 2014 World Cup despite the country’s difficulties funding schools, mass transit and other basic services, but the Brazilian government is using the opportunity of the world’s most popular sporting event—and the global attention that brings—to hand out condoms to World Cup fans and to test people for HIV. “We can’t miss an opportunity like this,” says Ivone De Paula, Sao Paulo’s coordinator for sexually transmitted disease prevention. “The fact that it’s the Cup lightens the mood a bit. People say, ‘Hey I’m going to watch the game. I’m having fun. Why not get tested, too?’”
'Status': An HIV Doc That Falls Short
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‘Status': An HIV Doc That Falls Short

A new documentary produced by the My Status is Not a Secret campaign in association with several LGBT health and HIV advocacy organizations and directed by John Saint-Denis—perhaps best known to WeHo audiences for his smart and sexy short films Knowing and Open, which deal with gay relationships in the modern age—Status premiered June 18 at the WeHo Council Chambers as part of the annual One City One Pride arts and culture festival.
Sizzling Summer Playlists from 3 of Our Favorite L.A. Venues

Sizzling Summer Playlists from 3 of Our Favorite L.A. Venues

It can be hard to discern for those just breezing through the City of Angels, but Pride has come and gone and summer is truly here. In celebration of the halcyon, golden days, three of L.A.’s hottest music venues—the El Rey, Fonda Thatre and The Roxy—have put together Rdio playlists inspired by their upcoming summer line-ups.
Margaret Cho and Snoop Dogg Smoking Marijuana is the Best Thing on the Internet

Margaret Cho and Snoop Dogg Smoking Marijuana is the Best Thing on the Internet

LGBT America’s sweetheart, the irrepressible Margaret Cho, dropped by the product placement-laden studio of GGN—the weekly celebrity interview webcast hosted by none other than the D-O-Double-G himself, Snoop Dogg—to talk about her influences (Richard Pryor and Tamayo Otsuki), her current projects (Drop Dead Diva? Who knew?) and her career aspirations (among them, recording a song with Snoop, natch) all the while smoking copious amounts of marijuana.
Tony Awards 2014: Most Memorable Moments

Tony Awards 2014: Most Memorable Moments

Last night, Sunday, June 8, was the 68th annual Tony Awards. Often considered the proverbial “red-headed step child” of the big awards shows, in recent years the annual celebration of musicals and theatre has been garnishing more attention, in large part thanks to the contributions of perennial hosts/honorees Hugh Jackman and Neil Patrick Harris—and this year was no different.
Black Cat Riots Remembered

Black Cat Riots Remembered

How do you mark the beginning of a revolution? The Stonewall Riots are often thought of as the birth of the modern Gay Rights Movement, but as formative as the events of that hot summer evening and the days that followed were to our people, they often overshadow another, equally pivotal, event in our shared history--the Black Cat Riots right here in Los Angeles.
Iowa Repeals Nation's Harshest HIV Criminalization Law

Iowa Repeals Nation’s Harshest HIV Criminalization Law

Earlier this month, Iowa’s Senate and House chambers unanimously voted to repeal its draconian HIV criminalization laws. And today Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed the historic bill into law, making Iowa the first state to completely modernize its legal code to reflect the realities of HIV understand and treatment as it stands today.
David Cruz: From Matchmaker to Wedding Planner

David Cruz: From Matchmaker to Wedding Planner

David Cruz—blogger, radio personality and matchmaker to millionaires—is making a change. No longer content to help the lovelorn meet Mr. Right, Cruz (who graced the cover of Frontiers’ recent “Love and Sex” issue) told us that he wants to do more than “talk about love”; he wants to go a step further and help couples plan and execute their dream weddings, even going so far as to become an ordained minister so that he can legally officiate at the weddings himself.
Shock Jocks Suspended Indefinitely for Transphobic Remarks (UPDATE)

Shock Jocks Suspended Indefinitely for Transphobic Remarks (UPDATE)

Recently the city of Rochester, New York announced that it would be including transgender medical benefits for employees and their families in the municipal health plan and two local early morning radio shock jocks— Kimberly Ray and Barry Beck of the 98.9 Breakfast Buzz took the opportunity to unleash a torrent of disturbing and inaccurate vitriol against trans people. This morning the station released a statement announcing the indefinite suspension of the two hosts.
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69 Leading AIDS Service Organizations Endorse New CDC Guidelines on PrEP, Condemn AIDS Healthcare Foundation

In the wake of new guidelines for the recommendation of once-daily HIV prevention pill PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) released yesterday by the CDC greatly expanding PrEP’s potential role in the fight against HIV, an alliance of 69 leading AIDS service organizations from across the country have released a joint statement endorsing the CDC’s decision and reiterating their “strong support for PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) as an important HIV prevention strategy for men and women at risk of HIV infection.”

16-Year-Old High School Student Develops Near Instant HIV Test

In a remarkable development that has the potential to radically change the nature of the fight against HIV, iflscience.com is reporting that a 16-year-old Canadian high school student has discovered a method of testing for HIV which not only produces results nearly instantaneously, it is also cheaper than any HIV test currently in use.
Did Houston Mayor Annise Parker and HRC Just Throw the Trans Community Under the Bus?

Did Houston Mayor Annise Parker and HRC Just Throw the Trans Community Under the Bus?

Right now through the miracle of the internet you can watch the City Council of Houston debate the merits of the LGBT non-discrimination bill Houston Mayor Annise Parker introduced in April. But the bill currently under discussion differs from the bill originally introduced by Mayor Parker in one significant regard—it lacks key language designed to explicitly protect trans folk attempting to access restrooms that match their gender identity. The protections for trans individuals had drawn the particular ire of conservative groups, who had vowed to derail the entire bill.

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