Note: I ran the POZ Planet column’s EARTHWATCH map for nearly a year. I also researched and wrote copy blocks for other POZ Planet content.
I wasn’t always Octavio. My first 20 years — spent in a sleepy provincial city — I was Javier, the nombre everyone called me, my middle name. For 10 more years — as a doctor, then an epidemiologist, living in Mexico City, succumbing to the widespread homophobia of my culture — I remained Javier. (Read More)
Note: Editors at POZ asked me and legendary AIDS activist Rodger McFarlane to collaborate on creating this infographic, which we did: Rodger fed me facts and I came up with the copy. (See Image)
He’s positive, she’s not. The sex? Amazing… Shawn Decker: I like to say Ryan White hooked us up. We met at a talk his mother gave. Gwenn Barringer: We’re speakers who do HIV education with college students. We’ve been together five years. I’m negative, so we’re doing something right!