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The Great PrEP Debate

October 24th, 2014 by Dan Gates

Recently I’ve been having conversations about PrEP with clients of ASGCC.   And when I tell people this, they sometimes ask: why are you talking to poz guys about PrEP?

Here’s my theory: PrEP affects us all.  If you are a sexually active HIV+ gay man, odds are you’re going to start hearing about it.  And I’d bet money that if you’re out there dating or meeting guys for hook ups, you’ve in the past experienced stigma and discrimination based on your HIV status.

If you go online – or use any of the social media … err, hook-up … apps – you’ll notice more and more guys talking about PrEP.   Here are a couple of blurbs from app profiles:

“Negative as of May 2014.  On Truvada, or PrEP. 

I do not discriminate based on HIV status.”

“Hey guys.  Don’t use terms like ‘D&D Free’.  Or ‘Clean’. 

What do you think that implies to HIV+ guys?  That they’re ‘dirty’? 

I’m HIV-, I know my status, and I’m on PrEP.  Say hi.”

PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) is a medication (Truvada) which has been used for years to treat HIV, and is now being prescribed for prevention of HIV in HIV- individuals.  Many insurance plans now cover PrEP – and the drug company will often cover costs for a year’s worth of meds for those who don’t have insurance coverage.

Here’s a great article featuring firsthand accounts of guys who are using PrEP:

If you have questions about PrEP, call me or drop me an email ( / 508-487-9445).  And if you know someone who’d like to start PrEP, ASGCC’s UNIT 10 can help facilitate that with a medical provider (call UNIT 10 at 508-487-8311).


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Provincetown Round Up

October 22nd, 2014 by Dan Gates

Hi guys,

This weekend is the Provincetown Round Up.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with it, it’s a long weekend of 12-step meetings and workshops, targeting toward the GLBT community.   The dates of the Round Up are Wednesday 22 October thru Sunday 26 October 2014.

Here’s an (edited) blurb from their website:
“Serenity by the Sea Provincetown is celebrating another year of recovery, unity, and service for the LGBT community and their friends.  The recovery community will again be enjoying the idyllic setting of Provincetown, Massachusetts as the backdrop for this amazing 5 days of 12 Step meetings, workshops and activities. Provincetown offers a dynamic setting for our exciting, friendly, and diverse weekend full of recovery, growth and spirituality. Many folks come early and stay late.”

And here’s a link to their website:

If you have any questions about recovery or specifically about the Round Up, drop me a line:   508-487-9445 /


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New ASGCC Support Group: Pozitively Sober

September 29th, 2014 by Dan Gates

Pozitively Sober Group Autumn 2014

Pozitively Sober Group
Autumn 2014

Provincetown Pozitive Project is launching its newest ASGCC support group in October.  The group – Pozitively Sober – will be a weekly support group, with an initial run of 6 weeks, for HIV+ gay/bi guys how are are interested in changing their relationship with substances (substances can be defined broadly, up to and including drugs, alcohol, compulsive sex, spending, etc.).

Abstinence is not a requirement of the group.   The goal is that group members will have varied levels of experience with addiction and change; some might have “sober time” from a particular substance, while others may be actively using and looking for information on what change looks like.   In order to keep the group participants safe, group members agree to abstain from use of substances immediately before and during the session.

If you’re interested in the group, please contact the group facilitator, Dan Gates (508-487-9445 /  Participants will complete a brief intake before joining the first session.

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The First HIV/AIDS Generation Reaches Retirement Age

September 23rd, 2014 by Dan Gates

Link to Newsweek article:

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Provincetown Pozitive Project Support Group

August 6th, 2014 by Dan Gates

We’re launching our first Provincetown Pozitive Project support group on Tuesday August 12th!  I’ll be facilitating the groups – and my aim is to present 4 different groups between now and May 2015

The first group, Pozitive Changes, will meet weekly and runs from August 12 thru September 16 2014.

The group’s focus will be to help clients affect change in any one area of their lives.  The change can be anything from quitting smoking to breaking a pattern in relationships.  While this isn’t a traditional HIV support group in the classic sense, the goal is that for members of the group, being HIV+ will be one component that will be shared by all participants.

2014 - Pozitive Changes flyer edit

You must RSVP in advance!  I’ll be scheduling a brief intake (phone or in-person) with each person before our first group session.

To register for the group – or if you have any questions – please call or email me at / 508.487.9445, ext. 16.

– Dan Gates

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Treat Lipodystrophy Coalition Update

July 25th, 2014 by Dan Gates

GLAD is asking us to get calls/emails out today and Monday, to have people contact their state rep and request that leadership bring the bill to a vote.
We need help getting this act relative to HIV-associated lipodystrophy treatment brought to a vote this session.
For those unfamiliar with the emotional and physical toll brought on by HIV-associated lipodystrophy, it is a debilitating side-effect of some of the HIV medications that causes significant body shape changes.  People with lipodystrophy often suffer terrible physical pain; many experience such disfiguration that they isolate from their normal daily activities and remain at home; untreated lipodystrophy is associated with depression, anxiety and even suicide.
The good news: there are treatments available.  The bad news: they are cost prohibitive and often not covered by insurance companies in Massachusetts because they are categorized as “cosmetic”.
This bill aims to remedy that, forcing insurance companies to treat HIV-associated lipodystrophy as a valid and real health condition.  It would require MassHealth to cover treatments such as liposuction and dermal injections
To contact your representative(s), call the general switchboard (617.722.2000) or follow the following links:
Click here: Mass Legislature
For those of you in Barnstable County:
State Senator Daniel A. Wolf
Click here for Daniel A Wolf contact info
State Representative Sarah K. Peake
Click here for Sarah K. Peake contact info
U.S. Representative William R. Keating
Click here for Bill Keating contact info
Thank you for helping continue the fight.


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Update on the Malaysian Flight MH17 Tragedy

July 19th, 2014 by Dan Gates

While the number of AIDS 2014 Conference attendees on the plane has been significantly reduced, it is confirmed that among those killed was Dr. Joep Lange, a prominent AIDS researcher, known for his early work in triple combination therapies for HIV/AIDS, as well as the current energy behind assessing “community viral load” as a means of combating the spread of HIV.  Two links follow, the first a video from MSNBC which discusses Dr. Lange’s work and impact on the epidemic, the second a NY Times piece on Dr. Lange from early this morning. July 18, 2014: It has been confirmed that among those killed on Malaysian Flight MH17 were “as many as 100 researchers” headed to AIDS 2014 Conference in Australia.

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How To Survive A Plague

June 19th, 2014 by Dan Gates

This week marks the 25th anniversary of the game-changing ACT UP! demonstration @ The International AIDS Conference in Montreal.  If you haven’t yet seen HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE, it’s a must see.  


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P.R.E.P. Debate

June 16th, 2014 by Dan Gates

Interested in the P.R.E.P. debate?  Here’s an interview with Peter Staley on Truvada, condom use, and slut-shaming:

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Treatment for Lipodystrophy

June 6th, 2014 by Dan Gates

Here’s an update letter from GLAD and the Treat Lipodystrophy Coalition:

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

I wanted to update everyone that the bill to require private insurers and MassHealth to cover treatment for lipodystrophy has been given a favorable report by the Joint Committee on Financial Services. That is a huge hurdle and allows us to move on to the next step in the legislative process. The bill (which has a new number- H 4141) is now in the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing.

A huge thanks to our bill sponsor, Rep. Sarah Peake, and to Arline Isaacson of the Mass. Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus, for really fabulous work getting the Committee to vote on this bill so quickly after the cost analysis was issued. They are working with Health Care Financing to keep the momentum going.

We will keep you posted on further progress.

Ben Klein                                Andrew Fullem and Beth Hastie

GLAD                                     Co-Chairs, Treat Lipodystrophy Coalition


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