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HIV researcher charts “terror sex” in aftermath of 9/11

BY PERRY N HALKITIS, Ph.D., M.S. (with MICHAEL MARINO, MPA)  |  I remember it so clearly. At that time, I was running a research center in Chelsea with my colleagues Jeff Parsons and Michael Marino. That morning, I woke up late as usual and went down to my desk. Jeff called me and told me […]

Is PrEP the future of HIV prevention?

BY SAM SPOKONY  |  According to 2008 data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were approximately 56,300 new HIV infections in the United States in 2006. That number has remained relatively steady since the late ’90s, and has actually increased overall since the early ’90s, when new infections reached a […]

Perry’s pet peeves

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | Plop a prolific researcher down in the middle of a diner in the middle of the afternoon and put an omelet in front of him. Then let the tape recorder roll and ask him to map out the everyday frustrations that come with the territory of having one’s work — often […]

Conference, revival mark 30th anniversary of AIDS

Theater community reflect struggles, resilence BY SARA M. SIMONS, M.A. & PERRY N. HALKITIS, Ph.D.  |  Throughout 2011, the 30th anniversary of AIDS is being commemorated in numerous ways — from renewed activism to conferences exploring innovations in medicine to various initiatives at universities, hospitals and community agencies. The New York theater community is realizing […]

Researchers, on reaching young gay & bisexual men

Working with the Facebook generation BY PERRY N. HALKITIS, Ph.D. & DONOVAN JONES, MA, MPH | The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently held a meeting where HIV prevention researchers, medical practitioners and frontline staff gathered to consider strategies for identifying young gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (YMSM) and […]

U.S. & U.K political climate impacting HIV prevention

BY MELVIN HAMPTON, M.Div. & PERRY N. HALKITIS, Ph.D.  |  A diverse group of students from New York University, my teaching assistant, Melvin Hampton and I, had the opportunity to travel to London in order to participate in our class, “HIV Prevention and Counseling.” We have offered this class for seven years — and in […]

Is a Pill a Day for HIV Prevention Enough?

BY ROBERT W. MOELLER, Ed.M. & PERRY N. HALKITIS, Ph.D. | The New England Journal of Medicine recently reported on the efficacy of an HIV antiretroviral drug for use as a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PREP) — supporting what many of us in HIV prevention have long believed provides the single best opportunity to curtail the HIV […]

A Call for Revised HIV Strategy

BY PERRY N. HALKITIS, PhD & DANIEL E. SICONOLFI, MPH | In 1988, I first tested for HIV.  I was 25 years old and had only been out as a gay man for a few years. At the time — which in the history of the HIV/AIDS epidemic was the Dark Ages — my bloods […]

New Data Reveals Shifting NYC Meth Demographic

BY PERRY N. HALKITIS WITH TODD M. SOLOMON | In 2004, activist Peter Staley used his stature in the gay community and political acumen (as well as his own money) to bring attention to the newest drug problem facing gay men in New York City. “Buy meth, get HIV for free,” his poster campaign advertised […]

Enhancing HIV Prevention Services to Young Gay Men

BY PERRY N. HALKITIS, PhD |   I have chosen to frame this discussion in terms of young gay men. They are the ones being most impacted by the HIV epidemic, yet still have the opportunity to work to make behavioral changes. The resulting ideas are driven by a decade’s worth of behavioral research and the […]