HIV / AIDS

By Phill Wilson / theGrio.com Today is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Like other days of observation, it is a time to reflect, face sometimes hard-to-acknowledge realities, celebrate triumphs, and lament tragedies. This year’s theme is “Changing the Course of HIV/AIDS, One Black Life at a Time.” Despite initially being mischaracterized, HIV/AIDS has disproportionately affected […]

Andre Davis, a former professional wrestler, who went by the names Gangsta of Love and Sweet Sexy Sensation, has been sentenced to 32 years in prison  for having sex with women without telling them that he’d tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS. SEE ALSO: Welfare Office Bans Pajamas Davis, a 29-year-old man, was […]

Government-funded researchers tested AIDS drugs on hundreds of foster children over the past two decades, an Associated Press review has found. SEE ALSO: How Jerry Sandusky Played The New York Times Worst Kardashian Lawsuits

In his 2005 hit, “Heard Em’ Say,” Kanye West rhymed: “And I know the government administered AIDS/ So I guess we just pray like the minister say.” Kanye’s not the only black person who believes the Feds are behind this devastating disease. The Rand Corporation reported in a study that, of the 500 black participants […]

President Obama pledged to help 6 million people in countries hardest hit by HIV, by helping to provide greater access to antiretroviral drugs by the end of 2013 during a World AIDS Day event in Washington, The Daily Beast reports. RELATED: AIDS DAY Powerfully Personal for Larger-Than-Life Alvin Ailey During his remarks, Obama stressed that […]

In 2006 William Brawner revealed in a magazine article that he had AIDS. The news shocked his friend and former Howard University classmates. Brawner was somewhat of a ladies man and was so in denial of his status that he often practiced unprotected sex. SEE ALSO: World Records Broken In 2011 Now he is on […]

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials said Thursday they are recommending that any person living with HIV be offered AIDS drugs as soon as they are diagnosed with the virus, an aggressive move that has been shown to prolong life and stem the spread of the disease. Standard practice has been to have patients put […]

An HIV/AIDS prevention agency in Harlem has launched a new campaign concentrating on a demographic that is not normally targeted: black heterosexual men. Its campaign posters can be seen throughout Central Harlem, East Harlem and the South Bronx, where its other branches are located. The poster, illustrating a brawn, black male standing poised is currently […]

Hormonal contraception may increase the chances of transmitting HIV between sex partners, according to a new study conducted in Africa. Researchers from the University of Washington in Seattle conducted a study on 3,790 women in Kenya, Botswana, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. They found that the women using hormonal contraceptives were twice as […]

The Grio has an opinion piece on the Black Church and its response to HIV and AIDS. They claim that the Black church is affected by ignorance towards virus and its affects. The term Christian Ignorance Virus was coined by Otis Moss III, pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Barack Obama’s former […]

In November 1991, 5-time NBA champion Earvin “Magic” Johnson abruptly retired after announcing that he was HIV-positive. The moment was a turning point in the history of the virus, bringing HIV to the forefront of the American consciousness and opening African-American eyes to what was then known at the time as a “gay/white” disease. Twenty years […]

Despite successful efforts to quell the rate of new HIV infections among African-Americans, a particular sliver of the community — young Black gay and bisexual men — are being infected at an alarming rate. According to a new report by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Black gay and bisexual men of all ages […]