Can a movie help stop HIV in Alabama? The cast and crew behind Blackbird—the sleeper hit about a closeted African-American teen — certainly hope so. Associate editor Daniel Reynolds talks to everyone from the stars (including Mo'Nique, Gary L. Gray, and Julian Walker) and producer Keith Brown to former NFL champ turned LGBT activist Wade Davis to find out how black Hollywood is responding to HIV and why these entertainers partnered with AIDS Alabama to educate young men there about PrEP.
Our exclusive interviews with How to Get Away With Murder star Conrad Ricamora and Looking star Daniel Franzese — the only actors to play HIV-positive characters on TV this year — look at whether Hollywood is finally ready to get real about HIV. TV foodie Ted Allen takes us inside Chopped and HIV fundraising. Plus: Our giant annual treatment guide goes over every medication prescribed for HIV or HIV-related conditions, as well supplements and complementary therapies that work (and the ones to avoid), and how to pay for it all.
After his critically-acclaimed one-man, off-Broadway show, Swimming With the Polar Bears, garnered attention from an former White House occupant, actor Mel England went on to star in a string of indie hits including Ron and Laura Take Back America, Little Big Top, Highlights, Archeology of a Woman, and Persona Au Gratin. In our exclusive interview, the actor talks about coming full circle with his new gay midlife crisis flick, Best Day Ever, and what it’s like to be one of the only HIV-positive actors out in Hollywood. In the same issue, our Just Diagnosed feature answers dozens of the most pressing questions our readers have asked us about living with HIV. In our special Back to Work section, we look at best places to work, employee programs helping poz workers stay on the job, what Levi’s is doing right, and how to fight discrimination based on your HIV status. Plus: New Hep C treatments, why you could be at risk for oral cancer, new scientific discovery that’s luring HIV to its death, and the story of how one serodiscordant couple used treatment as prevention to have a child without transmitting HIV.
Superstar Rihanna joins other millennial celebs in using social media to get the word out about HIV while Elizabeth Taylor’s grandchildren carry on her AIDS activism. In our Answers Issue special, we tackle some of the biggest questions about HIV, tell you how to build a support network, how to stop obsessing over your diagnosis, whether you need a testosterone shot, how to get (or stay) fit when you have a chronic condition, and so much more. PLUS: Our inaugural 20 Most Amazing HIV-Positive Women of 2015. From presidential advisers to rural working moms agitating for change, these 20 powerful women show just how much impact women can have.
Supermodel turned actor Tyson Beckford has graced hundreds of magazine covers, but never one like this. In this exclusive interview for our African-Americans and HIV issue, Tyson talks about losing a family member to AIDS, his commitment to finding an HIV cure, riding a motorcycle cross country, and his new roles in films like Addicted and Chocolate City. In the same section, black gay men tell us what they need to really tackle HIV (with some solutions few are discussing), while Jay-Z and Puffy’s former hip-hop promoter talks about losing her husband, finding her path, and living happily with HIV. Plus, a hugely popular Christian musician comes out as gay — and HIV positive — and reinvents himself with a new album and restored faith in God; we offer up 20 Ways to Live to 100 and 10 symptoms to never ignore; and the surprising news on treatment, testing, and prevention.
Inside this special World AIDS Day 2014 issue, we take a look back at the years new research and news about a cure, vaccine, and medications. Longmire star Katee Sackhoff talks about her first experience with HIV, raising money for amfAR, and why playing Starbuck on Battlestar Galactica changed her life. Plus, we tackle the bisexual myths, why gay men are now dating across the viral divide, and why one doctor is pushing PrEP.
It's time for our annual gay issue, and this time we have profiles of 20 Amazing HIV+ Gay Men, including Erasure's Andy Bell, Florence and the Machine trainer Sam Page, legendary activist Sean Strub, drag performer Cyon Flare, HIV Equal's Tyler Curry, The Stigma Project's Chris Richey, fashion designer Greg'ry Revenj, and 13 more impressive guys. We also look at the now infamous Partners study and ask whether “undetectable” is the new “safe sex” and meet a filmmaker who revisits her gay uncle's life and death from AIDS-related complications decades ago and asks tough questions about his deathbed decisions. Plus, we talk to The Doctors' co-host Rachael Ross, a 16 year old immigrant fighting HIV stigma, the top 25 cities with HIV, and why gene editing may hold the key to an HIV cure — if federal regulators will allow it.
Inside Matt Bomer’s star turn in The Normal Heart; the actor tells us what it was like to inhabit the role of a man living with and then dying of AIDS. Plus, this bonus issue contains The Complete 2014 HIV Plus Treatment Guide, our most comprehensive look ever at the medications approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat HIV and opportunistic infections, as well as a state-by-state map of drug assistance programs, complementary therapies, and drug trials.
Since he came out as HIV-positive on national TV, Project Runway star Mondo Guerra has gained widespread fame, renown as an activist, a new TV gig or two, and a boy friend who is the “cutest boy ever.” He tells HIV Plus what’s next in this cover story. In the same issue, Foxy Brown and The L Word star Pam Grier talks about her foodie obsessions, Daniel Reynolds explores how gay couples’s sexual agreements affect HIV transmission, and U.K. Celebrities get naked for AIDS charity. We also investigate whether an ingredient in marijuana could treat HIV and whether de-gaying the epidemic led to higher HIV rates among gay men. And don’t forget to check out why poz men make good boyfriends, how to self-sooth on a shoestring, a filmmaker who won’t let HIV subvert his dreams, and a therapists advice for sticking to your meds.
Carlton Wilborn, actor, dancer, writer, toured the world with Madonna, but only hit his stride once he came out about having HIV. Now the self-help guru shares his secrets to a happy, healthy, positive life with HIV Plus. In the same issue, fighter Forrest Griffin talks about battling stigma, Perry Halktis talks about surviving the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s, and Alexander Smith explains viral mindfulness, using yoga and meditation to life healthfully with HIV. We investigate why transgender women are finding justice isn't blind when it comes to criminalization laws around HIV. The biggest feature here, though, is our bonus "Just Diagnosed" section, a special HIV 101 series that answers every question a newbie has about living with the chronic condition, and offers advice on disclosing, finding the right doctor, affording medication, and how this does or doesn't need to affect your dating life.