Advocacy groups claim NY City Health Department PSA demonizes gay men and persons living with HIV

From LGBTQ Nation:

The PSA, which is intended to encourage condom usage among gay and bisexual men, claims that those with HIV face a higher risk of bone loss, dementia, and anal cancer. While older adults living with HIV may be at greater risk of these conditions, GLAAD and GMHC assert the PSA creates a grim picture of what it is like to live with HIV that could further stigmatize HIV/AIDS, as well as gay and bisexual men.

“While it’s extremely important that we continue to educate New Yorkers about HIV/AIDS prevention, the sensationalized nature of the commercial, including its tabloid-like fear tactics, misses the mark in fairly and accurately representing what it’s like to live with HIV/AIDS,” said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios.

Read the full commentary on LGBTQNATION.com.

Writing for the New Yorker, Michael Specter defends the PSA saying: “Nasty messages are unpleasant and they don’t always work. But they do work sometimes, and there is research to suggest in cases like this, where it has become easy to shrug off the truth, harsh reminders are particularly effective.”

Read Specter’s editorial on the New Yorker’s Website.

Can it be true??

From the Huffington Post:

On the heels of World AIDS Day comes a stunning medical breakthrough: Doctors believe an HIV-positive man who underwent a stem cell transplant has been cured [of HIV] as a result of the procedure.

Timothy Ray Brown, also known as the “Berlin Patient,” received the transplant in 2007 as part of a lengthy treatment course for leukemia. His doctors recently published a report in the journal Blood affirming that the results of extensive testing “strongly suggest that cure of HIV infection has been achieved.”

Read the full article on the Huffington Post.

Circumcision may not curb gay HIV transmission

From Reuters Health, New York, Tue Dec 7, 2010:

While circumcision has been shown to lower a man’s risk of contracting HIV through heterosexual sex, a new study indicates that the value of circumcision for gay and bisexual men remains questionable.

In a study of more than 1,800 men from the U.S. and Peru, researchers found that overall, the risk of contracting HIV over 18 months did not significantly differ between circumcised and uncircumcised men.

For the full Reuters’ article, go to their Website.

The Pitt Men’s Study and PA Prevention Project Sponsor New Webcast “Positive OUTlook”

This past summer, The Pitt Men’s Study and The PA Prevention Project began sponsoring a live Webcast called Positive OUTlook. The purpose of the show is to get health related information to the LGBT community in the greater Pittsburgh area. Positive OUTlook airs every Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m. on www.outonline.com. If you catch the show live you can connect online and submit questions to the show’s guests. You can also call in. After the show airs on the Internet, it is archived on outline.com for future viewing.

Some of the topics that have been covered so far include: the overall health issues of the LGBTQ community, mental health issues, and sexuality. If you would like to be a guest on the show or just want more information, contact the show’s host, Nayck Feliz at  412-383-2612. You can also send an email to nbf5@pitt.edu.