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Living with AIDS.

When I became the first female journalist writing about HIV/AIDS 35 years ago, that phrase was unimaginable.

Now, on World AIDS Day 2018, the disease that once decimated my generation of gay men has become, for most in the West, a chronic illness.

Those in our communities who were diagnosed in the 1980s and early 1990s were essentially given a terminal diagnosis and told that their HIV would kill them. Many in our LGBTQ communities, whether HIV-positive or negative, suffered severe losses and tremendous grief as friends and loved ones lost their lives to AIDS.    

In 2012, a potentially revolutionary medical treatment was introduced that held the promise of wiping out HIV in America. Now, more than six years later, that promise remains unfulfilled. The reason why is a matter of significant dispute among AIDS advocates and medical practitioners.

As the Philadelphia Fins Aquatic Club celebrates its 30th anniversary as a welcoming and inclusive place for LGBTQ swimmers, it continues to try to bridge the gap between LGBTQ athletes and the wider community, said Arthur Zeng, Fins president.

If all you want for the holidays is a space to unleash your desires and fantasies, you needn’t wait for Santa.

SEXx Interactive will host QT Erotica Literary Salon 6-8 p.m. Nov. 30 at Flow State Coffeebar in Kensington. The event will provide the chance — and the space — for participants to be their full erotic selves.

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