August 26, 2013 |
"Hey, stud. Busy?" "Not really," Eiren Shuman, 27, coquettishly typed back in response to what he suspected was an automated message. "Sweet. I've been to the gym a lot, and it's made me really horny. " Some idle minutes later came another sext, asking whether Shuman wanted to view a key body part. He played along, just to prove his suspicion right. "Show me! Show me!" This service, called Grindr, is an app that gay and bisexual men use to hook up over the Internet.
June 16, 2013 |
The drug prevents up to 96 percent of new HIV infections. It sounds like the answer to the prayers of those in danger of being infected, especially in Philadelphia, a national center for the epidemic. So why isn't Truvada - the drug in question - used more often? That was one of the issues discussed Wednesday at the 14th annual Prevention and Outreach Summit held by the HIV advocacy group Philadelphia FIGHT. The meeting at the Convention Center attracted 1,200 people and covered topics from education to the perils of sex work.
July 30, 2012 |
Raenette Fields' voice cut through the din of neighbors chatting and tinkering with cars on 50th Street off Kingsessing: "Robert! Did you get tested, brother?" Fields is a gregarious woman who often sticks her nose in other people's business. But this was a whole new level of nosiness. The day before, curious about a big white van that was parked on the corner, she had encountered outreach workers who told her that zip code 19143, her neighborhood , had among the highest number of HIV/AIDS cases in the city.
July 6, 2011 |
It's Saturday night, and the city's young gay black men have plenty of options. A sex party is percolating in a private home, the "gyms" that have replaced bath houses are open for business, and an underground voguing competition is under way. Noel Ramirez and Quincy Greene know where the action is and understand its allure. But they understand the danger, too. Young gay black men are contracting HIV at twice the rate as their white and Hispanic counterparts, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
October 15, 2010 |
Saturday Pirates of Toms River "All Things Pirate," including music, sword-fighting, demonstrations, encampments, costume contests, and sing-alongs, will be a part of the Toms River Pirate Festival. This fund-raiser will assist Parents of Autistic Children and a children's cancer camp, Happiness is Camping. Performances are planned by the Sea Dogs, Capt. Jack impersonator Steven Dapcevich, and local groups Valhalla's Pirates and Pipes & Drums of Barnegat Bay. Events for children include face-painting, arts and crafts, and storytelling.
August 3, 2010 |
Francis J. "Frank" Renzi, a longtime AIDS activist and counselor, died July 21 of liver disease. He was 47 and lived in Center City. Renzi became a peer counselor at Hahnemann University's Partnership Comprehensive Care Clinic in 1999 and remained with the clinic until the spring, when his illness forced him to curtail his activities. He was a dedicated volunteer at Manna-Philadelphia, an AIDS nutrition program, and at the Mazzoni Center's Washington West Project, a health center for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
May 26, 2010 |
Body bags lined the median strip in front of the Park Hyatt at the Bellevue Wednesday afternoon as about 200 protesters demanded Gov. Rendell restore $2 million in HIV education funding. State money for HIV prevention in Philadelphia was cut by $1.7 million during the last fiscal year, said Kate Kozeniewski, a spokeswoman for the AIDS activist group ACT UP! And the state's proposed budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year likely will cut $2 million from what initially had been $4.8 million, she said.
May 20, 2010 |
I always felt a responsibility to help others, and when I graduated from college in 2006, I decided to dedicate my career to that goal. For two years, I taught HIV prevention and sex education to young people in homeless shelters and detention centers in northern Virginia. But I wanted to make a greater impact, so I decided to head for the trenches of the AIDS epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa. In January 2009, I left for Tanzania, where I spent nine months teaching HIV prevention in a small rural village.