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…

The Ex Factor

Overcoming a break up. Utilizing your pain as an opportunity for growth. BY JAMES GUAY, LMFT Remember the exquisite pain of your first long-term relationship break up? Going through the ending of a significant relationship can be exponentially more difficult for LGBTQ people, having been rejected, demeaned and devalued by society-at-large and too often by our…

The Epidemic

HIV & Diabetes People infected with HIV may be more susceptible to developing diabetes. BY VICTOR MELAMED The prevalence of diabetes is higher among HIV-infected individuals living in the United States compared with the general adult US population, suggests research published in the online journal BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care. “Nationally representative estimates of…

The Epidemic

Pumping PrEP Coming soon: a tiny drug pump implanted underneath the skin to prevent HIV infections. BY VICTOR MELAMED As the world celebrates a brand new year and a bevy of medical breakthroughs in 2016, the international scientific community could be one step closer toward discovering a cure for HIV and AIDS—in part thanks to billionaire…

The Share

KeepComingBack By Paulo Murillo Jacqueline Habhab on being newly sober again, life as a transgender woman and what’s it like coming out (twice) to a Muslim family from Des Moines, Iowa. FACING FACTS Coming back and getting sober again is overwhelming. I now identify as transgender. Coming from a family that’s Muslim in Des Moines, Iowa,…