The Independent: Five HIV patients left ‘virus-free’ with no need for daily drugs in early vaccine trials

By no means is this a cure or a vaccine. They are still in early trials and testing and there are positive (pun intended!) results and this is merely a status update about the significant progress that they are making towards HIV research. The article is talking about treatment that improves upon the current ART/ARV…Read more The Independent: Five HIV patients left ‘virus-free’ with no need for daily drugs in early vaccine trials

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We can end AIDS together

It's World AIDS Day today. This my ninth year to celebrate World AIDS Day as a person living with HIV. In the Philippines, the HIV situation is considered an epidemic and recently it has been touted as a "youth epidemic" with the most-at-risk and most vulnerable sector of society are young men and women ages…Read more We can end AIDS together

It might be over soon

I woke up today with this article (and similar ones to this all over my FB newsfeed): HIV cure close after disease 'vanishes' from blood of British man (link / Telegraph) I was overwhelmed. I didn't actually believe that I would be alive to see the cure for HIV. I didn't think it was going…Read more It might be over soon

Better People

Okay, this is going to be a long one. And I'm going to try to stay calm. This is going to be about HIV. A few days ago, I got a message from someone I had met a long while back through Grindr when I still had Grindr. We never met up but we used…Read more Better People

The Price of Intimacy (Out Magazine)

I just read this article from Out Magazine called The Price of Intimacy: The Time I Hired a Sex Worker by Andrew Gurza. It was quite powerful. It sort of framed the notion of intimacy in such a way that wasn't shameful, the way we are programmed to think it is because of all the…Read more The Price of Intimacy (Out Magazine)

Free HIV screening with Love Yourself on November 29

So, let's get serious about our HIV status, why don't we? World AIDS Day is coming up on December 1 and it's always a good time to ask ourselves: what have we done to stop the rise of HIV infections in our immediate circle/vicinity? Because you may not be at risk but, for sure, someone…Read more Free HIV screening with Love Yourself on November 29

Seven years today

At around this time, exactly seven years ago, I got a call from the clinic telling me my lab results from my HIV test had just come in and I had to go there to receive the news. That was exactly seven years ago, August 26, 2008. I consider sort of like my first death…Read more Seven years today