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In the interest of raising awareness about HIV/AIDS, SexIs presents a series of essays that speak to the innate mistakes and inherent kindnesses of the human animal, our spirit of community, the necessity of anger—and the absolute power of hope.

  • Letter from the Editor - World AIDS Day 2012

    I never know what to say when it comes to World AIDS Day. You'd think a topic so broad as HIV/AIDS awareness would give a writer idea-overload, but it always leaves me speechless. So I default to "Use protection. Get yourself tested. Tell someone."

  • Define This: Cocktail

    Regarding AIDS and HIV: World aids day is December 1st

  • Why AIDS is Still a Big Deal

    I've heard a lot of people say, "AIDS just isn't a big deal anymore." Thinking on this, and the approximate 34 million people who are living with it worldwide (and that's just the people who KNOW they have it), I want to know why anyone would say it's not a big deal anymore. It is to the people who have it, and it will be a big deal for those who don't know when they find out. And it would be a big deal for those who don't have the money or insurance to cover the expensive costs of AZT.

  • How AIDS Affected My Life

    As a child to a parent with AIDS, I had a lot of challenges not normally faced in childhood. I learned to make the most of each day.

  • The End of an Era: Saying Goodbye to a Safe Haven of the AIDS Crisis Era, The Starlite

    The Starlite Lounge, founded in 1959, was Brooklyn’s oldest gay bar and the first black owned gay bar in the city. It was more than a gay bar; it was more than a neighborhood safe haven; it was both and so much more to those who gathered on World AIDS Day to remember the times they shared.

  • A Message for World AIDS Day from Edenfantasys

    In honor of World AIDS Day 2011, the staff of Edenfantasys got together to share our personal messages of hope, remembrance and encouragement.

  • Letter From The Editor — World AIDS Day 2011

    As World AIDS Day 2011 approaches, on December 1st, I've been thinking about what I have to say that I have not said before on the topic. My thoughts inevitably turn to my daughter who, each year, as I write about WAD, has just had a birthday, bringing how her life has changed in the last year to the forefront of my thoughts. At her age (now 14) things change quickly.

  • Stitch and Bitch: Not Your Granny’s Sewing Circle

  • A Message for World AIDS Day from Edenfantasys

    In honor of World AIDS Day 2010, the staff of Edenfantasys got together to share our personal messages of hope, remembrance and encouragement.

  • In the Blood: AIDS and the Arts, Part 2

    Yesterday, we explored expressions of artistic imagery touched firsthand or via inspiration by HIV/AIDS. Today, a poet and songstress felled by this deadly killer, whose voices have become anthem to a landscape of both hope and loss.

  • In the Blood: AIDS and the Arts, Part 1

    In honor of World AIDS Day, Sexis offers a retrospective of fine artists and performers whose lives and works were informed by the disease. While some viewed HIV/AIDS through the lens of loving observation, and others have passed on, their creative efforts serve to inspire us all.

  • The World AIDS Day Project: No Dominion

    When a novice swimmer dives head-first into the deep end of gay culture and emerges illuminated, her path to sexual emancipation via safer means becomes stunningly clear.

  • The World AIDS Day Project: Live Through This

    The July 2, 2009 ruling of Naz Foundation v. Government of NCT Delhi decriminalized homosexuality in India, and the world declared this a groundbreaking victory for the Indian gay rights movement. While India going gay made for sensational news, the issue that caught the world’s attention wasn’t actually the primary focus of the ruling. The issue at its heart of was HIV/AIDS.

  • The World AIDS Day Project: One by One

    In candid interviews, Guy and Debra from the AIDS Service Center NYC make true ASC’s promise of ‘helping many one by one’.

  • The World AIDS Day Project: Boogeyman Logic—A Requiem for Matthew

    Seeing the future doesn't mean you can change it. Remembering the past won't keep it the same. But sometimes, though separated by long years and even death, a friendship can endure.

  • The World AIDS Day Project: Learning Out Loud

    Two decades as an HIV educator and counting.

  • The World AIDS Day Project: An Inside Look at the AIDS Service Center NYC

    Director of Business Development and Communications Anne West Church provides an up-close and personal glimpse into the heart of ASC-NYC’s Union Square facility.

  • The World AIDS Day Project: Anatomy of an AIDS Activist

    AIDS activists are a diverse group. The faces, the voices, the hearts, the minds, the goals vary from each to each, but they all have one thing in common: the courage to act on their convictions. What does one look like? Anyone. Everyone. Take a look in the mirror. It might even be you.

  • The World AIDS Day Project: On the Frontlines of the Forgotten War

    For Executive Director, Sharen I. Duke and the dedicated staff at the AIDS Service Center NYC, the battle rages on. In this video interview, she provides an overview of ASC's ongoing mission.

  • Dr. Dick on Demand: Human Rights, Sexual Rights and World AIDS Day

    World AIDS Day brings into focus the micro-strategies needed to combat a macro problem.