Despite amazing advances there remains no cure and new infections continue to be reported. Today is world AIDS day; make a commitment to know your status if you’ve not been tested recently and encourage your friends to do the same.
Tonight the Prudential Building in Boston will be lit red to honor and remember those we have lost and raise awareness. The lighting will also be used to mark the launch of the 30th AIDS Walk Boston. The ceremony will take place at The Shops at the Prudential Center (by the Belvedere Avenue) from 4:30 – 6:30 PM.
AIDS Service Organizations (ASO) around the country and the world, still need your support. Here in Boston, our largest ASO is The AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts. Visit their website, make a donation or volunteer.
AIDS Action Committee of MA
It is that time of the year when guys grow mustaches during the month of November to spark conversation and help raise funds for Movember men’s health programs. Movember organizers say that 4 million mustaches have been grown to date and the organization has raised $559 million dollars to date that have helped to fund 800 programs in 21 countries.
Would you like to show your support? Check out the Movember website.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I love SWAG – so I was pleasantly surprised when a package of free products from Boots No7 Men arrived at my place last week. I’m really feeling the love from Boots No7 Men, because this is the second surprise package sent my way. Earlier this fall I wrote about Boots No7 Men surprise delivery in my post, “gym essentials gift box“.
This package included Boots No7 Men Anti-Friction Shave Gel, Post Shave Recovery Balm, Men Energising Face Wash and Boots 3 Blade Razor. All these products, which I’m currently enjoying, are available for a limited time at Walgreens and Walgreens.com starting today. Although I’m not much of one for using product, I have to admit I enjoy Boots No7 Men. Thanks Boots No7 Men.
This weekend the largest U.S. gay-rights organization, HRC, endorsed efforts to promote the use of Truvada, a once-a-day pill to prevent HIV infection. They are now calling on insurers to provide more generous coverage of the drug.
Truvada’s preventive use has been endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and many HIV/AIDS advocacy groups, but America’s puritanical tendencies alongside valid concerns that the drug might promote risky sexual behavior that won’t protect against other STDs has led to some doctors being reluctant to prescribe Truvada.
I welcome the HRC’s efforts in this area and hope their new policy paper which strongly supports the preventive use of Truvada and encourages health insurers to provide better insurance coverage will help increase awareness of the drug and make it more accessible to all.
You can read more about this here: Is PrEP Right for Me?
The Sacramento Bee published this cartoon last week and I think it perfectly sums up the hysteria that seems to be perpetuated by many of the 24-hour cable news networks.
It was inevitable I suppose, but looking to capitalize on the social media success of this summer’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, U.K. based Check One Two has created the “Crotch Grab Challenge” to raise awareness about testicular cancer and to encourage men to regularly examine themselves.
Recently Hugh Jackman decided to lend a hand (so to speak) to support the cause and tweeted out the above photo signalling his acceptance of the challenge. He then nominated Niel Patrick Harris, Michael Strahan and Ricky Gervais.
Earlier tonight I was pleasantly surprised by a gym essentials gift box courtesy of Boots No7. I wanted to say thank you for all the great product and the gym bag. I like the scent of Boots No7 face wash as well as the hair and body wash and look forward to using them in the morning.