A new study helps explain why people with HIV age faster than their HIV-negative counterparts, despite similar lifestyles. Additionally, the findings might offer poz people the ability to calculate how many years certain factors are adding to their biological age.
The study, published in the journal AIDS, suggests that those living with HIV who have had CD4 T-cell counts drop below 200 (and those who have specific co-infections) are especially at risk of experiencing advanced aging.
Researchers have long known that being HIV-positive is linked with an increased risk of disability, illness, and death — and have speculated that those living with the virus are aging faster than HIV-negative peers. But in order to evaluate this, Davide De Francesco, a research statistician at University College London, and his colleagues compared 134 HIV-positive participants with 79 HIV-negative people with similar sociodemographic and lifestyle factors.
Participants were all 45 years old or older. The HIV-positive participants were on treatment and had undetectable HIV viral loads (< 50 copies/ml) for at least 12 months. Thirty-one percent of those with HIV had had a prior clinical AIDS diagnosis.
The scientists looked at associations between a set of 10 biomarkers tied to aging with sociodemographic factors (age, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, education), lifestyle risk factors (smoking, alcohol consumption, and drug use), use of specific antiretroviral drugs, chronic viral co-infections (hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and cytomegalovirus), and specific HIV-related factors (CD4 and CD8 cell-counts; CD4/CD8 ratio; whether one’s CD4 count has ever dipped below 200, the number of years since HIV diagnosis, and whether they’d had a prior AIDS diagnosis).
Incorporating the biomarkers into calculations, the researchers found that those with HIV had significantly greater biological age than chronological age by a mean of 13.2 years in HIV-positive participants compared to a mean of 5.5 years in their HIV-negative counterparts.
No connection was found between age advancement and ethnicity, sexual orientation, or lifestyle factors — including smoking. The latter was so out of step with other studies showing that smoking ages people, that the study authors suggest that the low incidence of smoking among participants may have skewed the results.
But there were correlations between age advancement and hepatits B or cytomegalovirus (CMV) diagnoses, low CD4 and CD8 cell counts, and the CD4/CD8 ratio. Other parameters found to increase the biological age advancement were the time since their HIV diagnosis, the duration of treatment with antiretroviral medications (in particular the protease inhibitor saquinavir), and having had a CD4 cell count drop below 200/mm.
Researchers also calculated specific years increased by particular factors, finding for example an biological age increase of:
+ .28 years for every year since one received their HIV-positive diagnosis
+ .25 years for every year on antiretroviral therapy
+ 3.48 years for having a CD4 count drop below 200/mm
+ 1.70 years for having a prior AIDS diagnosis
+ 1.2 years for each year on saquinavir
+ 7.4 years if also living with hepatitis B
+ 1.9 years per each log increase of CMV IgG antibodies
Researchers admitted they were stumped about the issues with saquinavir, stating that “the reason why we only observed an association between age advancement and exposure to saquinavir, but not other HIV protease inhibitors, remains unclear, and suggests this observation should be interpreted with caution.”
As NAM’s AIDSmap notes, protease inhibitors, are “all known to promote vascular aging,” so only finding correlations between this one PI and increased aging was odd.
However, the impact of comorbities hep B and CMV were far less confusing. Both viruses cause chronic antigenic stimulation, which causes systemic immune activation. “In particular,” AIDSmap reports, “CMV reactivation and concurrent immune responses to control infection have been known to be associated with aging and increased morbidity and mortality in both the general population and people living with HIV.”
Written by: Jacob Anderson Minshall. 05 February 2019. Hivplusmag.com
John Duran, a longtime board chairman and fundraiser for the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles is stepping down at the end of the season over allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment.
Duran who is the current mayor of West Hollywood has denied the allegations and stated that he was planning on leaving the chorus after 20 years of service. His leaving is in part to a “toxic” climate within the organization and the false allegations against him.
In an interview three current or former chorus members said that Duran acted inappropriately towards them and when reported to chorus membership committee they did nothing to address their concerns.
Brain Phillip Nichoalds a chorus member told the Los Angeles Times that Duran made sexually inappropriate comments and put his hand inside of the waistband of his pants. Nichoalds was elected to the membership committee, he learned of other complaints against Duran.
Other former chorus members said they quit the group because of the harassment and subsequent inaction.
Jason Tong said he was forced to leave the chorus after Duran placed his hand inside of the waistband of his underwear before a show. Tong says the incident was “a traumatic and shocking experience.”
Duran, for his part, says he was only made aware of Tong’s accusations, no one else’s, and no corroborating evidence was found in the investigation that followed.
This is a sad chapter in the organization’s history, one known for the positive work in the community Several members have started using the hashtag #ThisIsEnough.
It’s also compounded by the fact that when Duran was a West Hollywood city councilman, he settled a sexual harassment suit for $500,000, brought by a former aide.
Eric Elkins a gay police sergeant from Chicago has resigned in disgrace after becoming the center of a criminal investigation. Elkins has been with the department for nearly 20 years. A spokesman for the Chicago Police Department has confirmed that Elkins stepped down from his post.
Last September Elkins and three other men allegedly beat Thomas Stacha and his boyfriends John Sherwood outside of @mosphere, a popular gay bar in Chicago.
The Chicago Tribune reported that a fight between the men started inside of the club and then outside. The beating left Stacha with a broken cheekbone and a perforated trachea and his boyfriend with a compound leg fracture.
The Chicago Police placed Elinks on paid leave after the incident. However, a spokesperson for the department has stated that he has “resigned under investigation”, and will be ineligible for retired police credentials.
This is not the first time Elkins has had issues at work. There have been 35 complaints made against him – accusations of tasering, conducting illegal searches, verbal abuse, and criminal misconduct–plus 11 use of unnecessary force complains.
In 2015, he was placed on paid desk duty because of sexual assault charges filed against him while in Michigan. Elkins apparently got drunk at a 4thof July family reunion and tried to fondle four teenage boys.
He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor battery count in exchange for probation and $1200 fine.
Then there was a charge of sexually abusing a 16-year-old boy from Chicago’s Admundsen High School in 2003. Elkins worked there part-time as a security guard. He was acquitted because of lack of evidence.
Let’s hope Elkins wasn’t Chicago’s finest!
There are no openly gay players in Super Bowl LIII between the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots. There has never been an openly gay player in the Super Bowl, but four players who were later out have played in the game.
There have certainly been more than four gay or bi men who have played in a Super Bowl, but these are the only four whose sexual orientation has been made known publicly:
Jerry Smith (Washington Redskins tight end, Super Bowl VII, 1972 season); Roy Simmons (New York Giants offensive lineman, Super Bowl XVIII, 1983 season); Esera Tuaolo (Atlanta Falconsdefensive lineman, Super Bowl XXXIII, 1998 season) and Ryan O’Callaghan (New England Patriots offensive lineman, Super Bowl XLII, 2007 season).
Smith is the only one of the four to start in a Super Bowl, rushing one time for six yards and catching one pass for 11 yards in the Redskins’ 14-7 loss to the Miami Dolphins, who capped a perfect season with the win.
Smith, who later died of complications from AIDS, is also the only one of the four to never come out publicly as gay. But his orientation was known by his Redskins teammates, including running back Dave Kopay, who came out as gay in 1975 after retiring from a nine-year career. NFL Films did a fantastic documentary on Smith’s secret life.
Simmons played with the Giants before landing with the Redskins for their 1983 season that ended in a 38-9 Super Bowl loss to the Los Angeles Raiders. In a 2014 obituary on Simmons, the New York Times reported on his Super Bowl experience:
By his own account, Simmons abused his opportunity in the pros, falling quickly into heavy alcohol and drug use. The night before he played with the Redskins in the 1984 Super Bowl, his last game in the N.F.L., he snorted cocaine. In the stands that Sunday, he said, were friends he had invited, including three lovers — two female, one male. Somehow, he continued to keep his complicated sexuality a secret.
Tuaolo played for five teams, including the 1998 Falcons that lost the Super Bowl to the Denver Broncos, 34-19. He has been an advocate for LGBT people in sports since coming out as gay in 2003 and this week hosted a Super Bowl inclusion party in Atlanta, site of this year’s Super Bowl. He held a similar event last year in Minneapolis, having been a longtime Viking.
O’Callaghan finished his NFL career with the Kansas City Chiefs, but was with the Patriots in 2007 when they lost in the Super Bowl to the New York Giants, 17-14. He came out in 2017 and team owner Robert Kraft has been among his biggest supporters. When I asked Kraft last year about having an openly gay Patriot, he dismissed any concerns, saying, “the only thing I care about is can they help us win.”
Written by: Jim Buzinski. 01 February 2019. Outsports.com
A gay historian has revealed that in major western countries, gay men were more likely to vote for right-wing parties.
Samuel Huneke of Stanford University looked at voting data from 14 elections in five western countries US, UK, France, Germany and Brazil.
He found that in the US, LGBTI people overwhelmingly supported the Democratic Party. But gay men were more likely than the general electorate to support conservative or far-right party in other western countries.
‘LGBT voters in other [non-U.S.] countries were less likely to support the conservative (or in some cases far-right) party by an average of only seven percent,’ Huneke wrote in the LA Review of Books.
‘And when you look only at gay men, the results are even more striking. In other countries, gay men were, on average, more likely than the general electorate to support the conservative or far-right party.’
In 2018 US midterm elections, 82% of voters who identified as LGBTI voted for the Democratic Party.
But ‘in virtually no other country have LGBT groups and leftist parties forged such a durable or fruitful alliance’.
‘In many other Western countries, right-wing and virulently homophobic parties enjoy considerable support among gay voters,’ Huneke wrote.
For example, in Brazil, 29% of LGBTI voters cast their vote for notoriously homophobic candidate Jair Bolsonaro. He would go on to win the election and strip LGBTI rights on his first day in office.
In France a 2015 poll showed 26% of gay and bisexual male voters supported the anti-gay, conservative Marine Le Pen. Whereas only 16% of straight voters supported her.
The poll also showed that, 38% of gay male couples voted for Le Pen’s party, the far-right National Front. But only 29% of straight couples did the same.
Gay men throw those with less status under the bus
Huneke argued that gay men voting more for conservative parties ‘makes a certain degree of sense’.
‘As Michael Segalov wrote in The Independent in 2017. Gay men have begun to “throw those with less status under the bus to cling onto their new-found privilege”,’ Huneke wrote.
‘Endowed with the right to marry and no longer encumbered by sodomy laws or employment blacklists, gay men have begun to vote more like men, full stop.
‘Lesbians and trans individuals, who still face considerable prejudice and even legal barriers, have more to gain by supporting left-wing parties and more to lose should the right triumph.’
Written by: Shannon Rower. 03 February 2019. gaystarnews.com
An unidentified man, 31, was executed after being found guilty of raping two males, and kidnapping charges.
The hanging took place in the southwestern city of Kazeroon on January 10. ISNA claimed the 31-year-old kidnapped two 15-year-old males and was charged with laws covering homosexuality, not pedophilia.
Iran’s homosexuality law is strict and under sharia law, the active partner is a consensual gay criminal case is usually punished with 100 lashes and the passive partner is most likely punished with death.
However, the law also states that if the active partner is convicted of rape then he would face the death penalty and the passive is declared innocent.
Several human rights advocates claim that in most situations the family member would force men charged with gay sex to accuse their partner of rape.
If should be noted that in this case, The Iranian government has acted uncharacteristically. If the man was also convicted of kidnapping, he should have served 15 years in prison for that charge. Under the Iranian law criminals who face multiple sentences would complete their “lightest” punishment first.
Lawyers can often free their clients of the death penalty. Therefore, human rights advocates suggest that the government may have executed him before questions could be asked.
The bigger question is was the trial fair? Mehri Jafari an Iranian human right lawyer stated: ‘We don’t believe the trial to be fair.’
Jafari also said that Iran’s judicial system doesn’t allow human rights advocates and lawyers to have access to information, and there often nothing that can be done.
‘The gay community needs to react and clarify this is not a gay case,’ Jafari said.
‘It’s about the reputation of the gay community. Gay people are not kidnappers or child abusers.
‘In Iran, it’s so important to clarify this because there’s so much pre-judgment. The danger is very real.’
Reports suggest that between 4,000 and 6,000 gays and lesbians’ have been executed since 1979.
Over the past 10 years, there have been some positive changes. Activists say that LGBT people are becoming more open about who they are. Some have even said they are gay to get out of military conscription.
Since 2010 images of a ‘secret Pride’ have been taken in Iran. It is important to note no faces are shown, but the message has a strong meaning of acceptance and tolerance.
Ranginkamaniha (or rainbows) a group of LGBT individuals has said:‘Awareness is brightness and by that, we will take back our days from the night we all have drowned in, more than ever. Because we believe that humankind is remedial, and human being is beautiful and kind as strong as that can be relied on it.’
‘It’s possible to overcome ignorance that dominates the world.’
#SOCIAL NOBODY SERIES
A fringe group of so-called “radical feminists” – including at least one lesbian and a man who said he used to be trans – joined a far right conservative foundation panelthis week to bolster the group’s arguments against transgender rights.
Using demeaning language and bogus claims, the “feminists” gave the audience what they paid for – complete bullshit in defense of discrimination. But after the faux feminists left town, things got even uglier.
Shortly after a group of parents with transgender children met with members of Congress and gave eloquent testimony to the group about the struggles their families face, two of the hateful women burst into a meeting to demean and harass Sarah McBride, the National Press Secretary of the Human Rights Campaign.
McBride was the first transgender woman to address the Democratic National Convention.
Posie Parker and Julia Long, a lesbian woman, barged into a private meeting McBride was having after the congressional get-together to demean her and accuse her of harming lesbians. After the stunt, Parker posted video of the verbal assault on social media to crow about their despicable antics.
“This is Sarah McBride,” Parker says at one point, deliberately misgendering McBride, “He gets paid probably quite a lot of money to lobby the government to try and make sure that women and girls have no right to any space anymore.”
The women continually mis-gender McBride through the attack.
The twisted bigots demand to know why McBride is advocating for the Equality Act, legislation that would outlaw discrimination against LGBTQ people in employment, public accommodations, and housing.
Both women are British and would not be affected by the law. They have a history of anti-trans activism. Parker has been investigated by police for harassing a trans woman.
“I won’t let this incident diminish the love, pride and solidarity that filled that room just moments before,” McBride said in a Facebook post. “The sad truth is that this kind of harassment is the reality for far too many transgender people, particularly trans women of color, across the country and around the world.”
“It is disturbing but not at all surprising that anti-transgender extremists brought to the United States at the behest of the Heritage Foundation would stoop to harassing a transgender woman and parents of transgender youth,” HRC’s Senior Vice President for Communications and Marketing, Olivia Dalton, said in a statement.
“That the targeted harassment occurred following a moving meeting between parents of trans kids and members of Congress reinforces the massive gap between our message of love and their agenda of bigotry. No one advocating for their basic human rights should face such hate and hostility.”
Watch below as the odious pair try to get a rise out of McBride, who reacts calmly and gives them the attention they deserve – none at all.
But also, be sure to watch the video of brave parents talking to members of Congress about their families. You’ll need something cleansing after watching the repulsive attack on McBride.
Written by: Bil Browning. 31 January 2019. lgbtqnation.com
5,400 Singaporeans and 8,800 foreigners have had their HIV-positive information leaked online. The information also included their names, addresses, and phone numbers.
The government stated that the information hasn’t been published publicly and believes that the information was leaked by a former government employee to his HIV-positive boyfriend.
Mikhy K Farrera Brochez has been identified as the boyfriend who lives in Singapore until May 2018. Brochez was deported by the government after serving a 28-month prison sentence for drug offenses and fraud.
All HIV-positive foreigners are prohibited by law from getting permanent residence or employment visas. It appears that Brochez lied about his HIV status in order to live in the country with his boyfriend. Ler Tech Siang was a doctor working for the National Public Health Unit and submitted his own blood for Brachez’s.
After being deported Brochez publicly leaked the National HIV Registry online. The government is unsure how he gained access to the database, but confirmed that he is under investigation. If guilty, he could face a $2000 fine and up to two years in prison.
The nation of 5.6 has a low incidence of HIV, with only about 265 new diagnoses in 2018. However, homophobia and HIV-stigma could mean trouble for the named in the leak and could face social repercussion if their names are made public.
Those affected could be targeted for harassment, turned away for medical care, lose work or shunned by friends and family.
HIV and homosexuality are usually conflated due to the high prevalence among men who have sex with men. This leads to Singapore is very welcoming to people perceived as gay.
Same-sex sexual activity is a crime and punishable with up to two-year prison sentences. There are also vague laws against “gross indecency,” public annoyance and “immoral purposes” which allow prosecution of men looking for same-sex encounters.
Singapore’s Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports gave $61,500 to Liberty League, an anti-LGBT organization that promotes “ex-gay” conversion therapy. Singapore also forbids LGBTQ citizens from serving in the military and the TV and move codes prohibit any storylines that “promote, justify or glamorizes such lifestyles.”
A naked speed dating event has come under fire for allowing men under 35 through the doors. The U.K. event was hosted by Date in a Dash and appears to have a strict “no one over age 35” policy.
This is a brief description of the event:
On arrival … eager speed daters will be given dressing gowns to change into. From here on in, all guys in attendance will line up facing one another and then reveal themselves to each other.
After the big reveal its time to get dressed and compose yourself, grab yourself a well-earned drink just before the speed dating begins! The fun begins here as you get to mingle, chat and flirt with the gorgeous bunch of guys you’ve just seen naked.
Admission to get into the event is £20 ($25 U.S.) plus a $2 processing fee. Not only is there an ageist policy, but the promoters also stated that there is “100% no guarantee” you’ll actually find anyone you like.
This isn’t the first-time gay parties and promoters have come under fire for having inequitable policies and discriminatory promotional material.
Here are a few gay bars and parties that have been caught discriminating patrons.
This Australian circuit party was under fire this month after a photograph showing guidelines describing the “types” of people should not be photographed. The imaged surfaced online and outlined who shouldn’t be photographed: all women, “skinny boys”, “boys with bad skin” and “messy boys.”
Once the document was licked, a spokeswoman said: “no brand is squeaky clean and perfect” and has claimed that organizers have updated their policy, however, she couldn’t confirm nor provide the new policy in writing.
ANONYMOUS GAY SEX PARTY IN BROOKLY
A Brooklyn popup sex club was shown to charge different admission prices for “tops” ($25) and “bottoms” ($65). Promoters tried to defend the price disparity by stating they had to do for “obvious safety reasons”, but never listed those safety concerns.
While not discriminatory, it certainly cringe-worthy…
Drek, a gay Tel Aviv gay club promoted an event by posting an image inspired by the Isis beheadings. One image shows a half-naked man in a desert kneeling before another man, who is dressed in black and looming over the other man. The promoter Amiri Kalman stated that the image was supposed to be satirical. “This is satire,” he said, “and our way of showing our contempt of [Isis] and their videos.”
We’re just going to leave it at that!
MONSTER BAR'S RACIST MANAGER
Last October New York’s Monster bar received some ugly publicity when a racist text exchanged between a DJ and the bar manager was leaked. The bar manager decided to criticize drag queen Davenport, saying that she turned the bar into a “black night” and this was “bad for business.”
Davenport decided to inform a packed crowd of the behind-the-scenes drama, proceeded to drop her microphone on the floor and exited. This prompted several other drag queens and the DJ to follow.
Understand that this “party by men, for men” never existed, but a fake advertisement for it was being circulated on social media last year. This isn’t uncommon to see around the gayborhood, many events and parties advertise “no drag queens, women”, “straight gogo dancers taking your money,” “no one under/over a certain age,” or “no fem, etc…”
Just when you thought it was safe to get back into the water, it appears that there is a Twitter feud between vers-bottom Kurtis Wolfe and Sergeant Miles. Producers at Raging Stallion had to pay Wolfe double to “take one for the team” to perform in a scene with tattooed top Sergeant Miles. Miles if you don’t know by now is a Trump-supporter and no other porn actor it appears don’t want to perform with him.
This past Saturday Miles said that Wolfe was the “worst scene partner I’ve ever worked with” stating that Wolfe was low-energy from “doing drugs all week.” This was for a scene that was done in March 2018 entitled “Shut Up and F*ck Me!”
Wolfe in his defense wasted no time in responding and stated that his lack of energy was because he was gogo dancing the night before at Hustlaball and added: “I was begged last minute to replace the two scene partners who backed out on your scene because you are a vile human being. My scene rate was even doubled because I was ‘taking one for the team.’”
Miles then replied to Wolfe the two had been scheduled to work with each other for at least a week. He also claimed Wolfe’s scene partner from the day before claimed he has been doing drugs. Do you have a headache yet?
Don’t get too comfortable, it continues.
It was further claimed that Wolfe had to fake it with this other “scene partner”. Something Wolfe already admitted to in a March 2018 interview.
Miles said Wolfe acted unprofessionally during their shoot by getting upset after Miles asked him about his test results for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Wolfe responded by saying that Miles asked him about his STI test results before even saying “hello.” He added that it shouldn’t have mattered as much anyway seeing as their scene involved condoms, significantly reducing possible STI exposure.
However, you look at the situation, the spat ended when Wolfe stated that Sergeant has not been back to the studio. This might be true, but we do know that Sergeant had two scenes released in June 2018 and it’s possible that the studio shot those scenes before March 2018.
If you wondering why someone would dislike Sergeant so much it’s in a Feb. 14, 2018, tweet, Miles wrote, “We should be teaching kids/people to fight back instead of cowering in closets. Stop the institution of cowardness. Teach people to stand up and fight back,” and “Those kids wouldn’t be shot if there were teachers with weapons.”
And Miles has publicly stated that he voted for Trump and that the President supports gay people.