Young, Gay, Latinos Left Behind In The Battle Against HIV In the Bronx

Despite Donald Trump saying that he intends to end HIV transmissions in the United States by 2030 , The Guardian looks at the ways communities can be overlooked. Communities like the young, gay, Latinos in the Bronx whose HIV rates are significantly higher than their peers.

The latest CDC HIV Surveillance report says HIV rates have been increasing largely among young, gay and bi Latino men under 30.

Particularly moving is their story of a 19-year-old, HIV-positive man named Hector from the Bronx who tells his mother he’s gay for the first time after learning about his HIV status.

The good news: The US Department of Health has listed the Bronx as one of its target counties to reduce HIV rates.

But the Trump administration adds to the problems of people on the margins with HIV. It’s difficult to end HIV/AIDS when they are the most highly targeted of Trump’s anti-immigration hatred and vitriol

From The Guardian: In the very same State of the Union speech in which Trump made the HIV/AIDS announcement, he also spent a considerable amount of time railing against immigrants and demanding trans troops be thrown out of the army. “It doesn’t help when at the highest level government, somebody said: ‘We don’t want any more trans in the army,’ Guillermo Chacon, the president of the Latino Commission on AIDS said, in an interview at the Oasis Latino LGBTS Wellness Center in Manhattan. The center welcomes everyone (S is for straight) but specifically targets the Latino community. Chacon continued: “The signal you send is that it’s OK to reject people who are different from you.”

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BREAKING: Venezuelan Police Raid Leading HIV Org and Confiscate Life Saving Meds

Government police have stormed the offices of Foundation Mavid, an HIV service organization in Venezuela, and confiscated donated HIV treatment, infant formula for HIV positive babies,  and other essential medicines destined for people living with HIV in that country a source we’re keeping confidential for their safety,  told Towleroad.

They have also detained three staff including the human rights activist Jhonatan Mendoza. No charges have yet been made.

“We are scared for the safety of our staff in our offices and call upon the global community to help us – not just us, but the people of Venezuela living with HIV,” says our source.

Critics and those close to the The Foundation have publicly denounced the absence of HIV treatments in the country and the barriers erected by the Maduro regime to distribute what little treatments remain in Venezuela.

“We need the UN, NGOs around the world and all people living with and affected by HIV wherever you live to publicly condemn the human rights violations in Venezuela and stand with us in solidarity with the thousands of people living with HIV that continue to wait for their treatments and advocate for their right to live,” said Mary Ann Torres, executive Director at ICASO.

Lack of meds have been a problem since at least last August when NBC News reported that the country was on the brink of a catastrophe: “Since 2015, there have been sporadic shortages of these vital medicines all over Venezuela. But deliveries that were slow to arrive two years ago have now ground to a halt. Public hospitals have given up testing for HIV, and condom supplies have run out. Venezuela’s health system appears to be on the brink of collapse.”

“Over the past week in Carabobo there’s no medicines arriving at all. If you have cancer or are recovering from an operation or have an infection you can’t get any antibiotics. There’s empty shelves in every clinic and pharmacy,” Eduardo Franco, who serves as a spokesperson for the HIV/AIDS foundation MAVID in Carabobo, explained.

Ironically Venezuela’s government funded HIV care was once among the best in the world.

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Nick Jonas, Trevor Noah, Nancy Pelosi, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Who Will Replace Hugh Jackman As Wolverine and More: HOT LINKS

ICYMI Trump’s State of the Union had almost no surprises… except an immigrant got the first standing ovation of the night. Watch Trevor Noah’s take on The Daily Show.

WHO WILL REPLACE HUGH JACKMAN AS WOLVERINE? Marvel Studio’s president Kevin Feige has the answers. At long last, the X-Men are coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

If you wondered where the marvelous mutants were during the attack by Thanos–they were languishing in a contract with 20th Century Fox which owned the rights for many years (all the Bryan Singer films).

There are still two films set for release under the 20th Century Fox banner, Dark Phoenix and The New Mutants, but once those are in the can, it’s off to the House of Ideas. The most significant aspect of Feige’s involvement in the transition involves finding a replacement for Wolverine. Hugh Jackman has been adamant that Logan was his final outing as the character. However, Donner didn’t rule out Jackman reprising the role at some point down the road as an older Wolverine says Comic Book Resources.

2019 IS THE CHINESE YEAR OF THE PIG People magazine breaks down your fate using Chinese astrology.

According to ChineseNewYear.net, those born in a Year of a Pig “have a beautiful personality and are blessed with good fortune in life.” Pigs are likely to find 2019 to be a “transitional year” that contains tricky situations that are best overcome by sticking them out.

WHO COULDN’T USE A KISS To brighten their day!

SELF CARE What are you doing to do to take care of yourself today, or in the near future, as soon as you can?

HOW COOL?! Our planet’s auroras do not mirror one another, and their varying shapes result from the interplay of the sun and Earth’s magnetic fields says the Science Times. Earth’s auroras, popularly known as the Northern and Southern Lights, are indisputably beautiful. They are also, perhaps surprisingly, not mirror images. You can imagine the two like mismatched dancers: Viewed from space, the Northern Lights may contort and groove in one direction, while the Southern Lights could perform a routine that doesn’t quite sync up with its partner’s. Research published in December in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, reveals that the cause of this north-south auroral asymmetry is the angle at which the sun’s solar wind and magnetic field approaches Earth.

Aurora borealis, the northern lights, seen near Rovaniemi, Finland, in October. Credit Alexander Kuznetsov/Reuters/NewYorkTimes

LAME OF THRONES New “Exclusive” pics from the highly anticipated final season don’t show much

In the final season of Game of Thrones, everyone will be cold. That’s pretty much all you can learn from these new photos HBO has released from the show exclusively on Vulture. The show returns April 14 for its final six feature-length episodes. HBO’s kept the set tight with few rumor leaks but we do know it’ll kick off with Daenerys’s tense arrival in Winterfell, include a lot of big battle scenes, and will probably not be enough to stop people from misusing memes about the wall in politics.

Vulture adds that HBO is readying a pilot for a Westeros-set prequel with a bunch of cool British actors and Naomi Watts, so don’t worry too much about leaving this whole cold world behind.

JUST JONAS Priyanka Chopra Jonas sat down for an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday night in New York City. On the show, the 36-year-old actress spoke about why she decided to add “Jonas” to her last name.

ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR If you still think you don’t have to worry about HIV and AIDS think again.

“Beau Lester, he was 23 years old — born on May 4, 1994 — when he passed away on February 6, 2017. He was diagnosed sometime between November and January of 2014/15. I’m not sure of the exact dates. Beau took his own life. It was only after his death that I found out that he had completely stopped all treatment because he could not handle the side effects from them. From what I understand, he’d tried several different meds and they all had same effects. I think about him weekly, something always pops up to make me think of him. Sometimes it’s just driving past the mall we went to one day on a whim. Beau drove three hours to come pick me up so we could just go hang out at the mall, that’s just how he was.
He was a special young man and was loved by many and he is missed so much. I choose to believe Beau took his life to spare his family and friends of having to care for him as the illness progressed. It is the only reason I can think of that would cause him to feel as if he couldn’t go on. A few months after Beau’s death, I had a tattoo done in remembrance of him, not that I could ever forget.” Mary Gresham

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— “Beau Lester, he was 23 years old — born on May 4, 1994 — when he passed away on February 6, 2017. He was diagnosed sometime between November and January of 2014/15. I’m not sure of the exact dates. . Beau took his own life. It was only after his death that I found out that he had completely stopped all treatment because he could not handle the side effects from them. From what I understand, he’d tried several different meds and they all had same effects. . I think about him weekly, something always pops up to make me think of him. Sometimes it’s just driving past the mall we went to one day on a whim. Beau drove three hours to come pick me up so we could just go hang out at the mall, that’s just how he was. He was a special young man and was loved by many and he is missed so much. . I choose to believe Beau took his life to spare his family and friends of having to care for him as the illness progressed. It is the only reason I can think of that would cause him to feel as if he couldn’t go on. . A few months after Beau’s death, I had a tattoo done in remembrance of him, not that I could ever forget.” — by Mary Gresham . #whatisrememberedlives #theaidsmemorial #aidsmemorial #neverforget #endaids

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AC/DC A new Netflix show explores gay and straight dating on a show called: Dating Around. Netflix says of the show, “Every episode, one single goes on five first dates filled with flirty banter, awkward exchanges and moments of true connection. Who will get a second date? Netflix’s first original dating show takes an honest and compelling look at the real world of dating.”

AWESOME LA EXHIBIT  The LA Times reviews a history of L.A.’s gay bar scene told in matchbooks. “A time capsule of L.A.’s bar history is now on display at downtown’s Central Library. Todd Lerew, program manager at the Library Foundation, the private nonprofit that oversaw “21 Collections,” curated the exhibition. “It’s like an archive of safe spaces,” Lerew says of the collection. “[These were] sites of solidarity. Many of them are gone now and [the matchbooks] are the only record they ever existed.”

Above: Exhibition of gay bar matchbooks. (One Archives at the USC Libraries)

APOLOGETIC Cubs owner apologizes over racist emails. “I deeply regret and apologize for some of the exchanges I had in my emails,” Joe Ricketts said in a statement. “Sometimes I received emails that I should have condemned. Other times I’ve said things that don’t reflect my value system. I strongly believe that bigoted ideas are wrong.”

FACT The best part of Donald Trump’s SOTU was probably Nancy Pelosi’s hate-clap.

WAS IT MURDER? A new CNN series investigates possible foul play in James Brown’s death.

COMO SAVA? He’s French!

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