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10/11/12

Permalink 10:49:00 am, by Tom Donohue Email , 46 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Personal

VIDEO: Who's Positive: The OraQuick® In-Home HIV Test

Learn your HIV status at home in 20 mins. $39.99 @ CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Kroger (next to pregnancy tests)  Who's Positive explores the newly FDA approved OraQuick® which is designed for at home use and gives results within 20 minutes.  Follow Who's Positive on Twitter @whospositive or Facebook @ http://www.facebook.com/whospositive

 

08/19/12

Permalink 03:20:00 pm, by Tom Donohue Email , 837 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Personal

Hook up sites: Grindr, Manhunt, BBRT, and A4A

I wonder, how many people have been infected with HIV as a result of the nearly instant ability online hookup sites such as Bareback Real Time (BBRT), Adam4Adam, Manhunt, Grindr and others have on people.

I don't blame these sites however they do help enable folks who are looking for hookups to - well hook up. Don't get me wrong - I too have listed myself on these sites, and recently I have deleted my accounts with the intention of going back to the old days to meet new folks. Well, sort of. I've committed myself to getting actively more involved in my own community - this will allow me to find more likeminded people to associate with in a non-sexual atmosphere. I've also turned to places like Facebook, although about 107 miles from DC, I've met some really awesome guys in a group called DC Hope. It's a community that hosts social events and some of the folks I have met from this group I have socialized with outside of the group.

Online social hookup sites enable those seeking sex to find it. In some cases, GPS has allowed for you to find 'friends' in your neighborhood allowing for just minutes till you are able to engage in some sort of (generally prearranged) sexual act. I know folks in some cases have met the love of their lives and are having a great relationship - in those rare instances these sites can be a great resources. Realistically we all know, deep in inside most folks do not use these sites as dating sites.

It's not just sex. It's drugs too. More and more individuals seeking sex are looking to 'parTy'. No, it’s not your typical college get together. The 'T' refers to crystal meth, or 'Tina" and the party refers to sex, group sex. In most cases, randomanonymous sex in groups and typically HIV status is generally assumed or never discussed. Some sites such as bbrt, or adam4adam actually have fields you can search to seek out other folks who use drugs. This too enables guys to use or even find drugs. You can even post parties - now, both of these sites do not promote drug usage nor can you post ads which suggest you want to use drugs, but come on - there is a large population on these sites who use these sites solely for that reason.

Let’s get real about online hookup sites. They are not dating sites – I don’t care how much you convince yourself they are – they’re not. If your boyfriend is on Grindr – he’s probably cheating on you – surprise! This is 2012, every computer and every phone has a camera on it. If they don’t have a picture, there is a reason – however I do understand those folks who are not out wanting to get in on the craze of online look ups, honey just know, when you hook up – your community instantly knows about you – for the most part the ‘gays’ are usually not a silent partner.

Look, my post is intended to pick on the social gay hookup sites. I myself needed to realize that I was not going to find my best friend, my partner and the one I want to share the rest of my life with on these sites, it hasn’t happened in 10 years, I need to switch it up. That, I am ready for. I know the sites can be good for some – some actually do meet the love of their lives, however for most, it’s a hook up, it’s almost like an online bath house where you can whittle down your perfect guy by using the search option or you can refresh the list until that perfect hunk of a picture shows up, but then what? You send a wink or a oink and the conversation turns to how big are you, or whether you are a top or bottom. What ever happened to the wooing? Has that been redefined or has it disappeared?

I sure hope not.

This is the new Tom, a single very caring romantic & sensuous guy who seeks his life partner, someone to share life with and its experiences with. I don’t care if you are a top or bottom, or how big your cock is, I want to know about you, your hobbies, likes, politics. I want to experience the funny, goofy side of you, the things only we’ll know about, I want to see you disheveled in the morning, I want to make us dinner or hit a movie. I’d like to grab that first kiss when either of us don’t expect it, and fall asleep with you mistakenly while watching a movie on the couch. Meet me, the new Tom, a guy who has renewed his commitment to making a difference in this epidemic, who is not perfect and has flaws but who has made some great changes that make me a much better person and a much better friend.

Mark today. Today is a great day, a day that changes everything.

Permalink 12:59:00 pm, by Tom Donohue Email , 191 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Personal

MTV Seeks HIV-positive Youth for Documentary Special

Link: http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1690986/mtv-casting-now-documentary-special.jhtml

As part of a long-standing, broader commitment to sexual health issues, MTV is currently casting for a documentary special about HIV/AIDS in America today as seen through the eyes of young people living with the disease. We are looking for HIV positive people who appear to be between the ages of 16-24 to share personal stories of how HIV has affected their lives, including both the challenges they face as well as how they have triumphed. We are looking to explore the everyday life experiences of those who are positive in their friendships and intimate relationships, work, family and hopes for the future. If you are HIV positive and want to reach and inspire other young people, MTV wants to hear from you. 

If you appear to be between the ages of 16 and 24 and want to be a part of this television special please email us as soon as possible at:mtvspecials@gmail.com. Include the city and state you live in, your contact details, a picture and why you want to share your story on MTV. Also, let us know if you are currently pursuing any specific goals relating to school, career, or relationship.

07/03/12

Permalink 12:20:00 pm, by Tom Donohue Email , 238 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Personal

HIV Organization Applauds FDA For Approval of OraQuick In-Home HIV Test

Link: http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm310542.htm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact Tom Donohue 434-987-0401

HIV Organization Applauds FDA For Approval of OraQuick In-Home HIV Test

Charlottesville, Virginia,  July 3, 2012  -- Who’s Positive a national HIV/AIDS Awareness organization which humanizes HIV through firsthand accounts of those living with HIV/AIDS applauds The U.S. Food and Drug Administration for approving the first over-the-counter, self-administered HIV test kit to detect the presence of antibodies to human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) and type 2 (HIV-2). HIV is the virus that causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).

“It’s time that everyone knows their HIV status” says Tom Donohue, Founding Director for Who’s Positive.  “This over-the-counter test will make HIV testing available to an entire new population of people who have in the past found conventional ways of testing a barrier.  This test will allow anyone to empower themselves to know their HIV status when, how and with whom they want to.  This is a win for the generation which wants to end AIDS”

About Who’s Positive
Who's Positive is committed to raising the awareness of HIV and its consequences. Our organization foregrounds the reality of living with HIV through the first-hand accounts of those coping with the disease. Who's Positive strives to remind the public that this is a virus with no cure. Through the stories of those living with HIV, Who's Positive hopes to reduce the transmission of HIV among teens and young adults - a population with one of the fastest growing infection rates

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06/26/12

Permalink 01:23:00 pm, by Tom Donohue Email , 372 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Personal

Tom's Experience of Ignorance: We still have opportunity

Link: http://www.tomdonohue.org


Today nothing surprises me, however something’s disappoint me.  This past weekend I went on a camping trip with some friends.  They also brought some friends over.  We had a blast, a great time by all.  We went canoeing and we had wine, we were taking the distinguished way of drinking it by passing the bottle around for each of us to get a swig of.

Upon my return, I 'friend’ed' the others who were there on Facebook.  Apparently, one of those who attended became concerned and finally emailed me this:

Hi Tom, 

It was really great meeting you the other day. I have to say, canoeing/swimming was pretty fun. I noticed on your page that you mention your HIV status. I think it's great that you are so strong in supporting others. I do have to ask you (please forgive my ignorance) if there is reason for me to worry about passing the wine bottle between us/ when you accidentally spit wine on me?) Because I work outdoors and have 1 million insect bites, I'm pretty much one big semi-open wound. For the past two days, I've been extremely worried about this, and thought I should shoot you a message to hear your thoughts. I'd like to be more educated. 

Now allow me to be clear, this is a lovely person - who themselves said to excuse their ignorance, but it just frustrates me that society is still ignorant about HIV/AIDS.  It's been 30 years people!  It's safe to say we all have gone through school and have the basic understanding of HIV/AIDS.  It was just a tough one this morning.  Sometimes I just get tired of how others will think -- it's funny for a quick second this thought had gone through my head about if they knew and were not educated.  I was hanging on the side of the canoe and got kicked from someone on the other side of the canoe who was also hanging onto the side of the canoe and so I accidently spit out (and wasted, boo!) my sip of wine from the bottle.

I guess this just comes with the territory huh?  Anyway I wanted to vent a bit, feel free to offer your thoughts & support below.

*hugs*

Tom

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