Paying for PrEP without breaking the bank

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Tennis legend Martina Navratilova in Atlanta for AARP conference

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On Saturday, Oct 5, out and proud tennis legend Martina Navratilova appeared at the AARP’s Life@50 National Event & Expo in Atlanta to talk about health and wellness for seniors and to lead attendees in an early morning fitness routine that began at 8:30 a.m.

That seems a bit early for Navratilova these days, given that she is still in bed at 9 a.m. when she agreed to talk with GAVO from her home in Miami.

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Health: Fighting addiction, working out, and inspiring others

Jason Davis

Chicago Pride pics, work-out Instagrams and a meme that says “no matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch” led to an odd silence on Jason Davis’ Facebook last summer.

Usually busy with cheeky updates and promos for the nights he tends bar at Mary’s in East Atlanta, his feed went mysteriously dark for three months starting last August before he returned quietly with more of the same.

Until Nov. 19.

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Health: Facing cancer as a couple

Patt Cianciullo and Maggie Lopez

Maggie Lopez and Patt Cianciullo have been partners for six years and are married in Cianciullo’s home state of Connecticut. Now living in Atlanta, they have spent the last two years coping with cancer through faith, hope and humor.

Cianciullo was no stranger to caring for a cancer patient when Lopez was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2010.

“Patt was with her one and only other partner for 25 years and for the last 12 years of her life, she battled the highest and rarest form of ovarian cancer. …  Patt’s experience from that was a tremendous help to me when I was first diagnosed with breast cancer,” Lopez said.

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Health: Quitting (smoking) hot

Rev. Paul Turner

After more than four decades where Rev. Paul Turner’s hand was never far from a cigarette, he finally got mad enough to quit for good.

New Year’s Eve marked nine weeks since his last cigarette.

“I quit something that I should have never have started,” Turner said.

His last cigarette came from a pack he bought in late October, and it followed an almost spontaneous decision to lay down the cancer sticks.

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Georgia receives $2.5 million grant for HIV prevention

The Georgia Department of Public Health has received a $2.5 million from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention to be used to help HIV-positive people not receiving medical treatment get the treatment they need.

"We're talking about people who may or may not know they're HIV-positive and for whatever reason are not in care." said J. Patrick O'Neal, director of DPH's division of health protection, in a statement. "Linking these patients with treatment is essential to reducing HIV transmission in Georgia."

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Grindr: Friend or foe to the gay community?

By now, most people have heard of Grindr, and many of us have profiles. Our contact at Grindr reports that there are 4 million users worldwide, 1.3 million of whom are in the U.S. The average user logs on to Grindr 8-10 times per day and spends about 90 minutes using the app throughout the day. So if you find yourself Grindr-addicted, you’re not alone!

News headlines about the app are pretty extreme:

EXPOSED: The seedy underbelly of hook-up apps (News.com.au, September 2012)
A deadly dating game (China Daily, September 2012)
Grindr: Welcome to the World’s Biggest, Scariest Gay Bar (Vanity Fair, May 2011)
Popular gay dating app Grindr blamed for syphilis outbreak (Examiner.com, August 2012)

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Operation MOVE ARCA needs $10k to help HIV agency find new home

The AIDS Research Consortium of Atlanta is being forced out of its office space on Ponce de Leon Avenue after the facility it has rented for 22 years was sold to real estate developers, the organization recently announced via its Facebook page.

ARCA, founded in 1988, focuses on HIV treatment and prevention research, as well as free HIV/STD testing services. Thousands of Atlantans have participated in more than 75 trials at ARCA, according to its website. “Our trials have contributed to the licensing by the FDA of 25 HIV/AIDS therapies that have been responsible for a dramatic increase in the length and quality of life for persons with HIV,” the agency states.

ARCA's currently facilities are located at 131 Ponce de Leon Ave., NE, between Ponce and North Avenue. The organization has been given until Oct. 22 to vacate the current space and needs some $10,000 to make the move happen, the group announced.

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[Video] ‘My Life’ speaks to masculine identified lesbians about women’s health

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Real Bois Talk, a program of the Health Initiative, released a public service announcement today urging masculine identified African-American gay women to make sure to get check ups, including Pap smears and mammograms.

"The PSA addresses the need for masculine-identified gay females to get chest and cervical exams. We don’t see ourselves in traditional messaging for things such as breast cancer awareness, so we often don’t see those things as our issues," said Real Bois Talk program manager Amber Moore in a prepared statement.