Judge: Requiring Employers To Provide Coverage For PrEP Violates Religious Rights

Legal eagle Chris Geidner reports that US District Judge Reed O’Connor in Texas has ruled that requiring employers to provide coverage for PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) drugs  which prevents the transmission of HIV, violates the religious rights of employers under the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).

Legal eagle Chris Geidner reports that US District Judge Reed O’Connor in Texas has ruled that requiring employers to provide coverage for PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) drugs  which prevents the transmission of HIV, violates the religious rights of employers under the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). Continue reading “Judge: Requiring Employers To Provide Coverage For PrEP Violates Religious Rights”

40 Years Ago Today In The NY Times

Headline in the New York Times on July 3, 1981 - first mention of what would become the AIDS epidemic

Forty years ago today, the New York Times published its first report on a “rare cancer seen in 41 homosexuals” – the first mention of what would become the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

According to the author of the piece, Lawrence K. Altman, “gay” wasn’t yet approved by the Times‘ style manual.

The cancer was Kaposi’s sarcoma, and until then it had seldom been seen in otherwise healthy young men.

We all know what happened next…

(h/t Boy Culture)

Bianca Del Rio Spills The Tea On HIV

Drag diva Bianca Del Rio
Drag diva Bianca Del Rio
Drag diva Bianca Del Rio (screen capture)

British adult film star Kayden Gray recently launched a humorous, thought-provoking adult film, U Equals Fucking U.

The film aims to destigmatize HIV and support public health’s messaging of Undetectable Equals Untransmittable (U=U) – the concept that people living with HIV who achieve an undetectable viral load cannot sexually transmit the virus to others.

The movie co-stars adult film actor Bishop Black, and features comedian/Ru Paul’s Drag Race fan favorite Bianca Del Rio, who appears throughout the film with an upbeat, light-hearted approach to doling out the facts about HIV and U=U.

Porn stars Bishop Black and Kayden Gray
L-R Bishop Black and Kayden Gray in ‘U Equals Fucking U’

“A lot of people are behind U=U in theory,” says Kayden Gray in describing the film. “But when it comes to practice, people tip-toe around the idea and aren’t comfortable when it comes down to it.”

Jose Ramos, the founder of Impulse Group, doubles down against HIV-positive odiums stating that “having condomless sex while someone is undetectable eliminates the risk to being exposed to HIV.”

Ramos founded Impulse Group in Los Angeles in 2009 with the mission to help gay men make healthy lifestyle choices. What started in the city of West Hollywood as a local grassroots social movement has now become the only international volunteer gay group in the world, with 25 Impulse Chapters in 12 countries.

I can’t post the the adult film here, but for those interested click here to see Part One (available now), and Part Two available on February 17.

I can share with you Del Rio’s over-the-top and fun contribution to the film in this short clip “Bianca Del Rio spills the tea on HIV.”