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HRC endorses PrEP, urges affordable access to anti-HIV drug

WASHINGTON DC – In a policy paper released over the weekend, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) explicitly endorsed the use of Truvada for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP).

Profiles in Advocacy: Sabbaticals, shadow cities and San Diego

The summer is over, and so is my “sabbatical,” if my three months away can be termed as such. It’s been a change-filled summer and I’d like to think I’m coming back as a changed man.

I hit the big “4-0” in August and have embraced my silver hair (see my new headshot). I’m shifting career focus and timidly stepping back into school. I can now also cross off my bucket list the item of playing Tom Collins in “Rent.”

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In San Diego, a traditional Mexican memorial will celebrate lives lost to AIDS

SAN DIEGO, California -- Tonight, the sidewalk from the Hilton San Diego Bayfront to the Embarcadero Marina Park South will come to life with the spirits of the dead.

It’s too early for Halloween and almost a month before Dia de Los Muertos, yet attendees of the United States Conference on AIDS (USCA) will make the walk amid festive, costumed dancers to celebrate those they’ve lost to AIDS.

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Mama's Kitchen's Pie in the Sky Thanksgiving bake sale fundraiser turns 10

SAN DIEGO, California -- Mama's Kitchen annual Pie in the Sky Thanksgiving Bake Sale will return this year for the 10th year, featuring bakers from over a dozen local restaurants, hotels and catering companies.

The fundraiser benefits Mama’s Kitchen work to provide nutritional support at no cost to San Diego men, women and children affected by AIDS or cancer who are vulnerable to hunger.

Sales will begin Oct. 6 and continue through Nov. 23.

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The shocking lack of care and treatment of gay, bisexual men living with HIV

Among gay and bisexual men in the United States who have been diagnosed with HIV, only half are receiving care and treatment for their infection, according to a new analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

And just 42% have achieved viral suppression – meaning their virus is under control at a level that helps keep them healthy and also greatly reduces their risk of transmitting HIV to others.

San Francisco politician comes out of the PrEP closet

Each morning, I take a pill called Truvada to protect me from becoming infected with HIV. This strategy, also known as pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, reduces the risk of HIV infection by up to 99 percent if the pill is taken once a day. This makes PrEP one of the most effective HIV-prevention measures in existence. After consulting with my physician, I went on PrEP to further protect and take personal responsibility for my health. I'm HIV-negative, and I want to remain that way.

The Center's Young Professionals Academy to host YPC Feud fundraiser on Saturday

SAN DIEGO, California -- The Center's Young Professionals Council (YPC) is hosting a fun "YPC Feud" fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 2 pm at Flicks to raise money for AIDS Walk San Diego.

Everyone is welcome to attend this event, which will include a mix of comedy, drink specials, and game show-style fun. Teams of graduates from the 2012, 2013, and 2014 YPC Academy classes will compete on stage in a game similar to the popular television game show "Family Feud."

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The Center's #BeTheGeneration campaign challenges San Diego community to end HIV

SAN DIEGO, California -- Can San Diego cut the number of new HIV cases to zero in the next 10 years?

Delores Jacobs, CEO of the San Diego LGBT Community Center, thinks so. In a message to the community in the organization’s weekly newsletter last month, Jacobs urged San Diegans to reinvigorate the national #BeTheGeneration campaign.

#BeTheGeneration was launched in 2006 by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institute of Health, as a call to action to help end the war against HIV and AIDS.

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Save your life: A primer on HIV

SAN DIEGO, California — In San Diego County there are nearly 13,000 cases of known HIV infection. The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency estimates there are nearly 2,000 more men who have sex with men (MSM) who are HIV-positive but don’t know it.

With the recent headline-grabbing story of Thomas Guerra, a man accused by an ex-boyfriend in San Diego of deliberately infecting him with HIV, Social Media nationwide has been abuzz with questions about HIV, what “exposure” means and the confounding question of informed consent.

AIDS Walk Founders Concert to be held Sept. 28

SAN DIEGO, California -- As part of this year's 25th anniversary AIDS Walk San Diego weekend, the first-ever Concert For Life will take place at Heat Bar & Kitchen on Sunday, Sept. 28 from 5:30-8:30 pm.

Produced by Susan Jester, who founded the first Walk for Life in 1985 (which eventually became known as AIDS Walk), the event will feature three hours of live music featuring Tori Roze and The Hot Mess, Roman Palacio Group, and the Manny Cepeda Trio.

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