Rebel With A Cause [cover interview]

MedMen co-founder Andrew Modlin on reshaping the cannabis industry.  BY CAITLIN DONOHUE  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Over the course of his 10 year career in the marijuana industry, Andrew Modlin, oil painter turned brand designer turned co-founder of the SoCal based marijuana investment firm MedMen, has made it his firm’s goal to bring professional…

The Epidemic

Eradicating HIV New treatment method might lead to the end of AIDS. BY VICTOR MELAMED Researchers believe they have found a new method to execute the “shock and kill” strategy aiming to eliminate HIV hiding in viral reservoirs inside our own T cells, reports David Artavia at hivplusmag.com. Even though an HIV-positive person on antiretroviral therapy…

The Share

Galvanizing The Community Robert Gamboa, one of the producers of the sober #SIZZLE at the LA Pride Festival, on staying on track, the #ResistMarch and “Take a Sober Stand.” The way I stay sober during Pride season is I am of service. I get to be of service at a multitude of capacities. Being of service…

House Republicans Vote for 30 More Years of HIV

The Republican controlled House of Representatives voted 217 to 213 today to kill Obamacare. And I’ve been trying to write about that vote for the last several hours but I have to keep stopping because I can’t see through the tears. 217 men and women voted to snatch basic healthcare out from underneath millions of…

The Epidemic

TSRI Senior Staff Scientist Jia Xie.  Resistant Cells A new generation of cells is able to block HIV.  BY VICTOR MELAMED Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have found a way to stick HIV-fighting antibodies to immune cells, which may foster a cell population resistant to the virus. The experiments under lab conditions show resistant…

The Final Fight

The Fathers Project  Imagine a world where AIDS never happened and our heroes lived. Who would they be? Who would we be? BY BRENDEN SHUCART AIDS has been the defining feature of gay culture and politics for more than 30 years. It decimated us, changed the course of our history, and robbed us of almost an entire generation…

The Share by Paulo Murillo

Returnees In Recovery  We asked a few local clean and sober guys what it was like to get sober again and stand up as returnees in recovery after their last relapse.   WALK THROUGH SHAME I had eleven months before I relapsed. Coming back wasn’t hard for me because I knew I wanted to get sober and…

Better Sex

“I am happy I had the surgery, the results have been incredible. The implant is easy to use, not noticeable, and sex has been fantastic.” BY VICTOR MELAMED Joshua R Gonzalez, MD, an L.A. based fellowship-trained urologic surgeon specializing in men’s health, treats men dealing with erectile dysfunction (ED). “There are solutions for ED.  And…

The Good Fight

Dining Out For Life Returns to Los Angeles on Thursday, April 27. BY ORLY LYNNE APLA Health is excited to announce the return of Dining Out For Life to Los Angeles on Thursday, April 27. The fundraiser features a diverse roster of restaurants throughout the city, which will donate a portion of their day’s receipts…

The Epidemic

Lurking HIV Unique protein that gives away the presence of inactive HIV detected. BY VICTOR MELAMED Sniffing out hidden caches of the HIV virus is something researchers have been trying to do for decades. Now that we have a lead, the finding could speed up research on a cure, reports Science Alert. Thanks to modern antiretroviral…

The Share

Crystal Clear We asked a few local clean and sober folks with various lengths of clean time to share about their experiences with crystal meth. ULTIMATE FREEDOM Crystal meth became my everything really quickly. I put the drug in front of my family and everything I loved about myself went completely by the wayside. I just…

WeHo Paints the Town Blue (for PrEP!)

The City of West Hollywood is going blue! This week the WeHo City Hall building will be lit up in blue lights in support of F*ck W/out Fear, a PSA campaign promoting pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) the once daily pill which, if taken as directed by an HIV-negative negative individual is more than 99 percent effective in preventing…

Let’s Talk About Sex

“I think the most common misconception about erectile dysfunction (ED) is that it’s all in your head and that’s just totally untrue.” An interview with urologic surgeon Joshua R Gonzalez, MD. BY JOE FARAGHER Joshua R Gonzalez, MD, is an L.A. based fellowship-trained urologic surgeon specializing in men’s health, erectile dysfunction, hormonal management, and female…

Revenge Body

When his boyfriend of 20 years voted for Trump, Fired Up Athletics founder Eldon Hernandez didn’t just get upset. He got physical. BY SEAN GALUSZKA Humans are negatively affected by break ups.  It’s universal.  After all, hope and stability just “broke up” with America.  Now we face a slew of blind dates with insanity and…