HIV/AIDS

Why the HIV prevention drug, PrEP, remains so divisive among the LGBT community

Many in the gay community have been divided on the HIV/AIDS prevention drug Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP, since it was first introduced in 2012. Some medical sources have argued that the side effects of its use are unclear, and that patients' adherence to taking the pill regularly could be erratic. 

Sign-up for AIDS/LifeCycle 2016 now

AIDS/LIfeCycle is a life-changing experience for everyone who participates…and a life-saving support line for the Center’s clients in need of high quality, compassionate medical care.

For 7 days on the ride, we are what the world should be: a world without stigma, a world in which differences are celebrated, and a world in which people care about and wholeheartedly support one another. After the ride, the money raised helps us create more of what the world should be: one in which HIV and AIDS-related care is provided with the respect, professionalism, and compassion every client deserves.

Gilead Sciences is Presenting Sponsor of this year's AIDS Walk & Run San Diego

SAN DIEGO, California -- The San Diego LGBT Community Center has announced that Gilead Sciences is the Presenting Sponsor of the 26th annual AIDS Walk & Run San Diego, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 26.

Being Alive's Food Pantry re-opens

SAN DIEGO, California -- Being Alive San Diego, the longtime HIV/AIDS support services nonprofit located in Hillcrest, recently announced the return of Daniel’s Market Food Bank.

The nonprofit relocated earlier this year and was unable to continue their normal pantry services.

"Daniel’s Pantry has been an integral part of the community for the last 20 years," said Shannon Wagner, Being Alive’s executive director in a press release.

Registration now open for the 26th annual AIDS Walk & Run San Diego

SAN DIEGO, California -- The San Diego LGBT Community Center has announced that registration is now open for the 26th annual AIDS Walk & Run San Diego, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 26.

This year’s event will feature a 5K Walk, 5K Fun Run and a 10K USA Track & Field Certified Run. The walk and runs will take place on Saturday and utilize the same routes as last year, starting and ending at Normal and Harvey Milk streets, in the heart of Hillcrest.

To register as a team, or as an individual, click HERE.

Meet the winners of "Gay Wine Weekend"

Meet Robert Terry and Andrew Shayde, the winners of the Gay Wine Weekend contest who will be going to Northern California’s wine country, Courtesy of Alaskan Airlines and Out in the Vineyard.

In April, readers and wine lovers were invited to enter the Gay Wine Weekend getaway which takes place during Pride Month and will benefit Face to Face, the Sonoma County AIDS network.

The Red Dress Party, a fundraiser for local HIV/AIDS services, expected to come to San Diego in September

SAN DIEGO, California -- The Think Red Project Inc. has plans to bring an event called The Red Dress Party to San Diego in September, with the sole mission of increasing awareness and funds for organizations that serve the San Diego HIV/AIDS community.

Despite current HIV prevention and treatment strategies and programs, national rates of HIV continue to rise. It is estimated that "more than 1 million people are living with HIV in the United States, an increase of 60% over the previous 15 years, [and] a net increase of about 30,000 persons with HIV each year.

#AskTheHIVDoc discusses HIV risk among gay men

If you're a gay man, there may be different levels of risk to contracting HIV based on the kind of sex that you have.

#AskTheHIVDoc is a new web series that aims to educate viewers and break down cultural stigma surrounding HIV. In this third video in the series, the doctor tackles the question: are there different levels of risk for gay men to contract HIV based on if they're the top or the bottom in a sexual encounter?

The short answer: yes. The HIV Doc explains further,

Mama's Kitchen fundraiser raises over $176,000

SAN DIEGO, California -- The 24th annual Mama’s Day 2015 on May 8 raised $176,500 for Mama’s Kitchen, a nonprofit organization that prepares and delivers hot, nutrition-specific meals for free to people affected by AIDS or cancer throughout San Diego County.

The money raised will provide 57,680 home-delivered meals for Mama’s Kitchen’s clients.

HRC San Diego to host launch party for #DailyBlue campaign tonight

SAN DIEGO, California -- HRC San Diego's next CONNECT event is scheduled for tonight, May 19, with the local launch of the #DailyBlue campaign to raise awareness about PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis).

PrEP is a medication that keeps HIV negative people from becoming infected. Approved by the FDA, PrEP has been shown to be safe and effective. A single pill taken once daily, it is highly effective against HIV when taken every day.