Everybody Hurts

Steven Ganzell, Ph.D. Therapists try to create a space and a relationship that allows you to examine your concerns and understand them. BY DR. STEVE GANZELL Most people don’t go to therapy because they have a serious mental illness. Most people try therapy because they feel stuck or are grappling with an issue they don’t quite understand. …

Safe Recovery

7 reasons why choosing an LGBTQ-affirmative program matters. BY MANNY RODRIGUEZ | PHOTO BY AARON JAY YOUNG There is much to consider when choosing a treatment program for substance abuse and addiction, but one of the most important aspects of this process is to make sure the facility of your choice takes all your needs, even those…

Treatment Matters

MATTHEW BIANCHI Pride Recovery LA delivers evidence-based addiction treatment to serve the whole queer person. BY MATTHEW BIANCHI | PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM LGBTQ people are outsiders everywhere they go. Sure, “things get better,” but “better” is in comparison to centuries of “other.”  Under the best of circumstances, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) people are…

The Epidemic

Undetectable—Untransmittable Confidence in the protective power of an undetectable viral load is strengthened by receiving consistent test results, study reports. BY VICTOR MELAMED Having a relationship based on trust, commitment and familiarity helps gay men rely on undetectable viral load as a means of HIV prevention, according to interviews with HIV-positive and HIV-negative members of…

The Epidemic

Dangerous COMPLACENCY Urgent change in approach is needed, researchers warn. The HIV pandemic is not on track to end by 2030 and current approaches to HIV control are not enough to control it, according to a new Lancet Commission led by the International AIDS Society, reports Science Daily. Changes to the HIV response are needed…

The Epidemic

Breakthrough Vaccine We may be one giant step closer to solving HIV thanks to a new vaccine set to start human trials next year. A new experimental vaccine regimen, tailor made to fit of the structure of a vulnerable region on HIV, generated antibodies in mice, guinea pigs and monkeys, and it neutralized dozens of HIV strains.…

Chip Mart

My 12 Step Store offers custom chips for all recovery programs. BY PAULO MURILLO Chip Mart–a division of the My 12 store, the recovery gift store located at 8730 Santa Monica Boulevard, is coming up on one year of providing inspirational custom chips for all 12-step programs of recovery.  Chip Mart specializes in chips that…

The Epidemic

BACK TO THE FUTURE? Doctors issue warning about HTLV-1 virus, an ancient cousin of HIV: “Prevalence is off the charts.” A doctor is sounding the alarm over the spread of human T-cell leukemia virus type 1, or HTLV-1, a cousin of the far better known human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). HLTV-1 infections are surpassing 40% in some…

The Share

Early Recovery We asked three men in early recovery what they find the most challenging about being new in sobriety and what they do to overcome these challenges. NEW FEELINGS “My biggest struggle in recovery right now is definitely learning how to deal with all my new feelings and how to cope with my feelings…

The Epidemic

STUDY AUTHOR GIOVANNI TRAVERSO Once A Week Pill Replacing daily pills with a weekly regimen could help patients stick to their dosing schedule. Researchers at MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital have developed a capsule that can deliver a week’s worth of HIV drugs in a single dose.  This advancement could make it much easier…

The Epidemic

DISRUPTING HIV The goal is to force the virus to be expressed so it is visible to the immune system. BY ORLY LYONNE New research published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation suggests that an epigenetic mechanism that controls gene expression may draw HIV out of hiding and make it vulnerable to antiretroviral therapy (ART), reports…

The Share

ONE DAY At A TIME We asked a few local clean and sober folks, with various lengths of continuous sobriety, what inspires them to stay the course of recovery today.   THROUGH THEIR EYES “What keeps me sober today is finally having self-worth and being able to self-sustain, which I never had before I got…

The Epidemic

New Spit Test More accurate than current tests, it is reportedly able to detect the HIV virus two weeks after exposure. Stanford University scientists are developing a new spit test for HIV, reports GayStarNews.com. The new test is between 1,000 and 10,000 more sensitive than current ones available. Scientists published a report in the Proceeding of the…