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A very dirty 30

Birthday party to raise funds for local HIV/AIDS organization

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AID Atlanta hosts happy hour on Monday

Local HIV / AIDS organization AID Atlanta is hosting a happy hour today from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Woofs for gay and bisexual men new to the organization.

AID Atlanta is looking for participants to discuss the program, fill out a little bit of information and enjoy a few drinks while finding new ways to discuss safer sex.

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Health blog: The Top 10

It’s funny how much power we assign to numbers and rankings.  As a child, I can remember the playground conversations of children picking their “top friends.”  Many recall the sting of being the last to be picked for sports teams in gym.  Early on we learn that there is distinct significance to where we rank in society – and how others view us.  The power of the social caste system increases as we grow older; high school greets us with senior superlatives denoting you as “the most popular” or “the best dressed.”  By the time we enter adulthood, it is clear that the way we make our mark is in numeric listings of status.  We want to be ranked in the top of our class, in hopes that one day we may be employed by the top company in our field.  In fact, we even go on to rank places as “the best place to live” or the “the best place to raise children.”

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Outspoken: D.L. Hughley, GLAAD and more…

Actress Lindsay Lohan spends time in jail

“The gay inmates wear their shirts inside out to let others know they are available. So if Lindsay doesn’t want someone to grab her ass she’d better keep her shirt on straight. Women grab each other like animals when the guards aren’t looking. It’s disgusting.”

Tamara Haley, an inmate at Century Regional Detention Center in Lynwood, Calif., on what actress Lindsay Lohan can expect during her incarceration there for probation violations. (New York Daily News, July 15)

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Obama AIDS strategy targets gay, bisexual men

A long-awaited National HIV/AIDS Strategy document the White House released July 14 calls for devoting more funds and attention to HIV prevention programs that target four high-risk population groups, especially gay and bisexual men.

The 45-page strategy document that took 15 months to prepare says state and federal AIDS prevention programs have so far failed to adequately target gay and bisexual men and transgender people.

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Young gay men less likely to get HIV testing, CDC says

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Atlanta

The Centers for Disease Control released results from a survey today citing an alarming trend in HIV testing for young men (ages 18 -24). The survey, conducted using a website where men go to meet other men for sex (the website was not identified in the press release), found that younger sexually active gay and bisexual men were three times less likely to have been tested for HIV in their lifetime. The results were presented at the XVIII International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria.