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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"A Day With HIV" photo initiative empowers people to take their best shot against HIV

On one day, Tuesday, Sept. 9, Positively Aware and TPAN invites everyone around the world, regardless of HIV status, to get in the picture and participate in "A Day With HIV," the magazine's fifth annual anti-stigma photo campaign.

On that day, people across the world, whether HIV-positive or negative, will visually capture and share a moment of their day – A Day with HIV – to focus attention on what it means to live in a world with HIV.

Mama's Kitchen raises over $25K at annual wine tasting

SAN DIEGO, California -- At its annual wine tasting event last Thursday at Bourbon Street in University Heights, Mama’s Kitchen raised over $25,000 for its services.

The event, held for the past 19 years, is one of the organization’s major fundraisers and attracts guests from all over the county to sip wine, mix, mingle and raise money for Mama’s Kitchen’s meal delivery service.

Mama’s Kitchen is a nonprofit organization that prepares and delivers three meals a day, for seven days a week, at no charge to men, women and children affected by AIDS/HIV or cancer.

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Lambda Legal launches “Know Your Rights At Work” for LGBT and HIV+ people

As Labor Day approaches, Lambda Legal has launched its newest section of the Know Your Rights information hub.

Know Your Rights Workplace provides information for LGBT and HIV+ people who face discrimination at work.

Hornet gay social app launches HIV-test finding feature

In an effort to help prevent HIV infections and reduce stigma, the Hornet Gay Social Network has launched a feature that will help users locate HIV testing services and learn more about PrEP and other topics related to the fight against HIV/AIDS.

The app has partnered with to power the feature.

Representatives from Hornet say the feature was used over 30,000 times on its first day.

Mama's Kitchen seeks community members to host food drives in August

SAN DIEGO, California -- Mama’s Pantry, a service of Mama’s Kitchen, provides a nutritional shopping opportunity at no cost for low income men, women and children of San Diego County affected by HIV/AIDS.

Mama’s Kitchen is asking the public to participate in the fourth annual “Independence from Hunger,” an initiative to encourage individuals, businesses, schools and community groups to host food drives through summer 2014 to ensure the pantry shelves are full with nutritious non-perishable food items.

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