Shawn + Gwenn

My HIV in the 90s Experience, HIV Unmuted

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Recently I spoke with The International AIDS Society as part of their HIV Unmuted podcast series. The episode that I am on focuses on the 1990s, you can learn more about… Read more

Hemophilia: The Neglected of the Neglected Pandemic on VICE

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Vice aired a special program called ‘HIV: The Neglected Pandemic’ to commemorate four decades of HIV/AIDS. Jonathan Van Ness narrated the program, and it was bopping along at a nice pace…. Read more

A Bloody Good Time on World Hemophilia Day

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This World Hemophilia Day I thought it would be fun to share some whimsical blood-lettings of days past… having four-and-a-half decades of life with hemophilia under my belt, I’ve certainly seen my… Read more

Do The Ryan White Thing (1998 Positoid Column, POZ Magazine)

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The following is a Positoid column I wrote when I was 22, published in the January 1998 issue of the magazine. I’ll catch you on the other side to explain… Read more

A Telling Moment- Do I Feel TOO Safe?

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Picture it: it’s eight days after my Johnson & Johnson vaccination. I walk into a coffee shop on St. Patrick’s Day. My friend who works there is wearing a festive… Read more

I’m Vaxx’d. Great! Now What?

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On Monday afternoon I got the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. We drove about two hours to get it, because information in Charlottesville (where I live) was slow to come by… Read more

Condoms: A Love Story For International Condom Day

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You never forget seeing your first condom. I was probably 10. One day at my grandparent’s swimming pool, one of the older boys down the street, a rebel who claimed… Read more

Rush Limbaugh and His AIDS Update

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In 1990, then 40-year old Rush Limbaugh aired a short-lived segment on his radio show called “The AIDS Update.” He’d make wisecracks about the epidemic while songs like “Kiss Him Goodbye”… Read more