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The reincarnation of HIV stigma

There’s a powerful subtext in Charlie Sheen’s “revealing personal announcement“on the Today show that he is HIV positive in November 2015 — one that the media has missed but is critical to the public conversation about HIV/AIDS. People living with HIV are accustomed to being publicly blamed for their condition.  The public tends to see…

U.S. ban on gay blood donation needs to end

I’ve got some damn good blood. I don’t mean genetically — but hey, shout-out to the ‘rents. I mean physically: That succulent red goo pulsing through my healthy, bulging veins is top-shelf: high in iron, low in cholesterol, disease-free. But I still can’t donate blood. I can’t donate blood simply and matter-of-factly because (drumroll please)…