Diggs became celibate about four years ago shortly after learning she had an undetectable viral load. She knows that because her load is suppressed the risk of transmission is negligible. But the ignorance and stigma she faces is not worth investing in dead-end hook ups when she wants a relationship, she said.
The HIV justice movement has radical roots. Advocacy, activism and sexual rights birthed this movement that was once about how larger structural systems affect people?s lives and sometimes, lead to their death. Today, on the other hand, transphobia, misogyny, racism and anti-blackness are well and alive within the world of HIV treatment and prevention. This has resulted in marginalized communities (African Americans, Latinos, trans women, cis and trans men who have sex with men/MSM) experiencing high rates of HIV.
Straight or gay, aspiring parents who have HIV in the mix have numerous options for conceiving a child without transmitting the virus.
BETA wanted to distill some of these important findings by asking some prominent San Francisco Bay Area HIV experts to give us their take on the International AIDS Conference. We asked, ?What did you find interesting? What did you find exciting? And, what did you learn??
While stuck in Washington DC traffic, a highly respected HIV researcher and a cab driver have time to chat. Both are Black women. Both are painfully aware of HIV.
PrEP is a disruptive innovation in the HIV prevention dialogue, introducing choice and the possibility for shared decision-making. We have the opportunity to develop a prevention approach responsive to women?s reproductive and sexual preferences and values across a lifetime. Let?s take advantage of it.