“Facebook peer groups may be useful for HIV education” 1


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Andrew M. Seaman, Reuters

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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Groups on the popular networking site Facebook may help educate men about HIV prevention and testing, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that specially-created Facebook social media groups helped encourage men who have sex with men to reach out for information about testing themselves at home for HIV.

The study is “really demonstrating a way to take what we already know to be effective… and translating it into the digital realm,” Sheana Bull, professor and chair of the Department of Community and Behavioral Health at the Colorado School of Public Health in Denver, said.

“I think it does have a lot of potential and a lot of promise,” said Bull, who wasn’t involved with the new study.

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“Nude activists storm John Boehner’s office” – Chris Godburn


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Budget cuts got stripped down to the naked truth Tuesday when a group of activists stormed Speaker John Boehner’s office in protest of a proposal to reduce funding to AIDs prevention and research.

Protesters from ACT UP and the Student Global AIDS Campaign locked arms inside the

Naked AIDS activists, with painted slogans on their bodies, protested inside the lobby of the Capitol Hill office of House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday, prior to World AIDS Day. (Susan Walsh/AP Photo)

Longworth House Office Building moments after disrobing.

“Budget cuts are really rude, that’s why we have to be so nude,” seven naked protesters shouted from the middle of the room.

The activists were protesting proposed budget cuts to AIDS funding that could be included in the looming fiscal cliff. They painted their bodies with slogans, such as ”AIDS cuts kill” and “Fund PEPFAR.”

Three were arrested, including two organizers for Queerocracy, according to NBC New

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“How to be gay in 10 easy steps”


 “How to Be Gay in 10 Easy Steps”

The title caught me off guard too, I admit. This is a blog from UK news site The Guardian that somewhat jokingly discusses whether or not there are markers of gay culture that unify the LGBT community.

The author starts by talking about how an acquaintance of his wanted to “revoke his gay card” when he tweeted that he didn’t like a Kylie Minogue song. That ticked him off, and so he explains that, as we all know, you don’t have to like Kylie Minogue to be gay, just like you don’t have to watch Glee or worship Cher or any of those other stereotypes.

But then he suggests – again, partially jokingly – that there are key experiences that bring gays together. (Disclaimer: he seems to be mostly listing experiences relevant to gay men.) Some of them are somewhat meaningful, like paying tribute to Stonewall or honoring the people we lost to the AIDS epidemic, but others buy into the very stereotypes he seems to be against, like diva worship or knowing how to cruise. Here’s the full list (explanations at the link above):

  1. Have a diva
  2. Dress in drag
  3. Cruise
  4. Know about poppers
  5. Protest
  6. Go to Pride
  7. Develop a Gaydar
  8. Appreciate camp
  9. Visit the AIDS quilt
  10. Come out

What do you think of this piece? Are there certain things every gay person should do, like go to Pride and come out? Or is the author discrediting the wide variety of ways a person can be gay?

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