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Movie: Fifty Shades of Black

Theater: Cypress Creek Regal Theater

Time: 7:30

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This spoof from the Wayans Brothers parodies the ultra-popular novel/film series Fifty Shades of Grey.

The topic this Wednesday February 10, 2016 is dedicated to Valentine’s Day.     We’ve done this before, but not in awhile.   Name 3 things you want in a partner then 3 deal breakers.   We’ll write those down and read them anonymously and comment.

FRIDAY MOVIE – FEB. 5, 2016

HAIL, CAESAR!

Stars George Clooney (all star cast comedy)

GATEWAY   7:30PM – Meet in Lobby 7 PM

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Now, that’s hot.

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Produced, Written and Directed by: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen Produced by: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner Executive Producer: Robert Graf

Four-time Oscar®-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men, True Grit, Fargo) write and direct Hail, Caesar!, an all-star comedy set during the latter years of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Channing Tatum, Hail, Caesar! follows a single day in the life of a studio fixer who is presented with plenty of problems to fix.

The comedy is produced by the Coen brothers under their Mike Zoss Productions banner alongside Working Title Films’ Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner.

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Limited Tickets – $40/advance  $50/door

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FRIDAY MOVIE – FEB. 5, 2016

HAIL, CAESAR!

Stars George Clooney (all star cast comedy)

GATEWAY   7:30PM – Meet in Lobby 7 PM

channing-tatum-hail-caesar-coen-brother

Now, that’s hot.

hail-caesar-quad

Hail-Caesar-(2016)-poster

 

Produced, Written and Directed by: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen Produced by: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner Executive Producer: Robert Graf

Four-time Oscar®-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men, True Grit, Fargo) write and direct Hail, Caesar!, an all-star comedy set during the latter years of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Channing Tatum, Hail, Caesar! follows a single day in the life of a studio fixer who is presented with plenty of problems to fix.

The comedy is produced by the Coen brothers under their Mike Zoss Productions banner alongside Working Title Films’ Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner.

 

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Pozitive Attitudes is part of

WORLD AIDS MUSEUM & Educational Center

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$10 discount tickets available for Group Members

Limited Tickets – $40/advance  $50/door

Contact Museum at (954) 390-0550 to purchase

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SPECIAL GROUP DISCOUNT  

POZitive Attitudes group members receive $10.00 discount to attend the 2016 Humanitarian Award event. $40 advance tickets – $50 at door. Call museum at (954) 390-0550 today to obtain tickets. Discount tickets limited while supply lasts.

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The topic this Wednesday February 3, 2016 is Gilead’s ‘I like to Party’ advertisement.   Click on “I Like to Party,” to view Ad.

In what looks to be the first direct-to-consumer drug advertising directly funded by Gilead Sciences for use of its AIDS treatment, Truvada, as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent HIV infection in non-infected individuals, Gilead paid for an ad that violates FDA guidelines for PrEP by promoting off-label use of the drug by encouraging situational PrEP use for those who “like to party.”

Since April 2014, AHF President Michael Weinstein has been harshly criticized by the gay and AIDS communities after Weinstein was prophetically quoted in an AP article calling PrEP a “party drug.”

January 07, 2016 05:13 PM Eastern Standard Time

LOS ANGELES–In what looks to be the first direct-to-consumer drug advertising paid for by Gilead Sciences,  Inc. for use of its AIDS treatment, Truvada, as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent HIV infection in non-infected individuals, Gilead has paid for an ad that violates Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines for PrEP by promoting off-label use of the drug by encouraging situational PrEP use for those who like to party.”

A November 8, 2015 news article on Australia’s ‘Gay News Network’ titled “New US PrEP Ads Target Men Who Like to Party,” appears to promote situational—rather than daily—use of Truvada for PrEP for men who enjoy recreational sex and drug use but do not test regularly for HIV.” The article also noted, “The campaign is supported by Gilead Sciences, manufacturer of Truvada.” The TV ad, titled “I Like to Party,”includes a slate at the end of the spot reading: “Supported by funding from Gilead Sciences.” The ad also credits Public Health Solutions, a New York City-based non-profit and Connected Health Solutions, a Brooklyn-based “organizational development consultancy” on the slate at the end of the ad.

Gilead’s Truvada was first approved for treatment of HIV/AIDS patients in August 2004. The FDA formally approved use of Truvada as PrEP on July 16, 2012. Guidelines issued by the FDA for PrEP for individuals include 1) an initial baseline negative HIV test; 2) daily adherence to the Truvada medication; 3) ongoing periodic HIV testing to ensure the individual on PrEP remains HIV-negative; and 4) continued use of other prevention methods, such as condoms.

It now appears AHF President Michael Weinstein made a prophetic comment to an Associated Press reporter in April 2014 when he offhandedly referred to PrEP as a “… party drug.” Since then, both he and AHF have been repeatedly and harshly criticized by the gay and AIDS communities for the observation, while Gilead itself now funds and promotes party use of Truvada as PrEP in violation of the law and FDA regulation.

“When I referred to PrEP as a party drug two years ago, it created a nationwide scandal. Now Gilead—in what looks to be its first official paid advertising for Truvada as PrEP—explicitly promotes PrEP as a party drug for situational use in direct violation of FDA regulations. This is illegal and we will seek to hold them accountable for their irresponsible and illegal advertising,” said Michael Weinstein, President of AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which has criticized and cautioned against the widespread deployment of PrEP as a community-wide public health strategy, such as the CDC’s recommendation that 1.2 million individuals go on PrEP, but supports its use on a case-by-case basis decided upon between a medical provider and his or her patient.

 

The miracle AIDS drug that people refuse to take

The Truvada pill (Jeff Chiu/AP)
By Richard Morgan January 29
When the FDA approved a drug to reduce the risk of HIV infections in July 2012, gay men rejoiced. If taken daily, Truvada works like a vaccine against HIV, effectively halting its spread. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hailed it as an “important new tool” in the fight against the disease. Slate described it as “a miracle drug.” President Obama imagined an “AIDS-free generation.”

It hasn’t worked out that way. Truvada isn’t making gay men healthier and safer; few are using the drug at all. And after years of decline, sexually transmitted diseases are spreading fast across the United States. From 2005 to 2014, HIV diagnoses jumped 6 percent among men who have sex with men, with spikes of 101 percent among Asians, 24 percent among Latinos and 22 percent among blacks. Six in 10 gay African American men will be HIV-positive by their 40th birthday, according to some estimates. Transmission continued to climb even after Truvada hit the market.

Doctors worry that we’re heading toward a health mega-crisis, fueled by the fantasy that sex in 2016 is safer than it was in 1986. And gay rights groups are largely to blame. Rather than educating men about Truvada, they’ve focused on stamping out the stigma around HIV. Not only do these campaigns minimize the dangers of the disease, they tiptoe around strategies for prevention. After all, why worry about catching something that isn’t a big deal?

Truvada has tumbled into a culture of careless cheerleading that is putting gay men in danger.

In 2004, Truvada hit the market as an HIV treatment called PEP, or post-exposure prophylaxis. But scientists quickly saw the drug’s potential. With a couple of tweaks, PEP became PrEP — pre-exposure prophylaxis. It works like birth control: Users who pop a pill every day are up to 99 percent protected against HIV, even if they have unprotected sex with someone who’s positive.

The FDA approved Truvada’s use as PrEP in 2012. It was precipitous timing. The rise of successful HIV treatments and broader cultural acceptance of gay life had turned HIV from grim reaper to nagging doctor, emboldening gay men to view condoms as cliche or passe, fear-mongering hetero-normative shackles bullying their inner unicorn spirit animals. Indeed, gay slang for condom-less sex is “uninhibited.” Unprotected sex among gay men jumped 20 percent between 2005 and 2013; 57 percent of gay men said they had had unprotected anal sex at least once in 2011. As national sex-advice columnist Dan Savage told me, “People are acting like it’s 1978 again and we’re all at the Mineshaft.”
Truvada, researchers figured, would offer another form of protection against HIV, which 492,000 gay U.S. men are at high risk of contracting, according to the CDC. Yet so far, only 21,000 prescriptions have been written.

One problem is cost: Truvada runs about $1,300 a month. But it’s covered by most insurance plans, and Medicaid and many municipalities regularly distribute the drug for free. Gilead, Truvada’s maker, offers discounts, too.

Additionally, many men are reluctant to take on the burden of a daily medication regimen. Others are just bad at keeping up with a daily pill. From 2012 through 2015, one set of researchers tried to get 557 men and transgender women who have sex with men to take the pill for 48 weeks and attend a handful of study visits. A fifth didn’t stick with it. In another 48-week study, 200 young men were given Truvada and told to take it daily. By the end, only 35 percent were regularly doing so. An additional 30 percent had stopped their intake entirely. In other words: Though Truvada saves us from HIV, we still need saving from ourselves.

There’s also the stigma. While Truvada is gay America’s guardian angel, its users are persistently labeled “Truvada whores”: men who sleep around, unsafely. Others worry that they’ll be pegged as HIV-positive, since Truvada can be used as a treatment for those already infected. One ongoing study of young gay men found that 79 percent knew about Truvada but only 11 percent had tried it. Many non-users said stigma kept them away.

Even doctors are reluctant to prescribe it. Melanie Thompson, the principal investigator of the AIDS Research Consortium of Atlanta, told NPR in 2014 that some medical professionals worry that their patients will stop using condoms if they take PrEP. In that same story, a CDC spokeswoman cautioned that health-care providers’ lack of awareness is one of the major challenges to PrEP’s success.

Meanwhile, the number of new HIV infections has begun to rise among gay men, even though it is declining in the overall population. In some cities, the numbers are downright apocalyptic: Gay black men under 25 in Atlanta have one of the highest incidences of HIV ever recorded in the developed world. One in 3 people there learn that they’re HIV-positive only after they already have AIDS. Young people — that is, under 30, younger than the epidemic itself — are the largest group of new HIV cases, especially young minorities. In the past decade, diagnoses among black and Latino men younger than 24 who have sex with men rose 87 percent, compared with 56 percent among their white peers.
In other words, HIV is bubbling into an epidemic again.

While the crisis isn’t exactly in spite of the work gay groups are doing, they enable it. Some, such as the Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation, actively opposed FDA approval of Truvada, arguing that it gives users a false sense of security because most users don’t take the drug consistently, making it less effective.

Others pretend that the hard, important mission around HIV is not preventing people from getting it but rather the more familiar battle of accepting those who are infected, of sharing stories and cloying hashtag slacktivism. Rather than trying to destigmatize Truvada, in other words, they’re destigmatizing HIV. “Since the ’90s, HIV education has been about ‘awareness’ and demystifying, destigmatizing the virus, much, much more than actual prevention,” Savage says. “They’re mostly [HIV-positive] guys themselves who are in it to reclaim their place in society. They talk about gay men like they’re all smart and rational, ignoring the fact that people with erections are often reckless.”

Take the bewildering social-media campaign in which gay men and allies posed with glasses — trendy! — next to the phrase “HIV Smar+” (see what they did there?). The posters offered no information about what “smart” might be. Or HIV Equal, which operates under the slogan, “Everybody has an HIV status. We are all HIV equal.” Sample ads show shirtless men with the words “Status: Fly” and “Status: Fun.” The campaign’s stated mission is to “help end stigma against people living with HIV (PLWHIV), and to link or relink HIV-positive individuals into proper care and treatment.”

The sunny froth reflects a broader shift in gay culture — a focus on celebration over investigation. The Out 100, an annual who’s who of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender influencers (and straight allies) that was published in November, included 15 activists, two YouTube stars, one meteorologist, one president of Food Network and zero doctors, researchers or public health officials. In an interview with Obama, Out’s Ally of the Year, HIV came up once, briefly, as a nod to the president’s early days fighting housing discrimination in 1980s Chicago. It felt as long-ago as “Angels in America,” “Philadelphia,” “Rent” or any other artifacts of the ’90s heyday of AIDS awareness.
Of course, nobody should be ashamed of having HIV. It’s not a death sentence, but it’s not a new lease on life, either. Everyone who has HIV wishes they didn’t. Today’s power-of-positive-thinking optimists ignore that, leading by example with a model that aims to be laissez faire but ends up as plain lazy.
Even when gay groups embrace Truvada education, their efforts seem silly. Take Public Health Solutions, a nonprofit whose self-described mission is to “help illuminate critical public health issues.” In November, it debuted a profanity-laden public-service announcement on YouTube ending with the tagline “WTF is PrEP.” So street! So effective! If that’s what the group went with, what were the ideas it rejected?

I happen to know, because, as luck would have it, in April I was part of a Public Health Solutions focus group. Twenty-five gay men, almost all white, were assembled to give feedback on some scripts and share general thoughts about Truvada. The session was managed by Kenny Shults, a comedian who told HIV+ magazine (which goes by Plus, of course): “Why get tested? What’s the point if testing has no impact on how I live my sex life.” His day job, for the record, is working for a health consultancy.

At the focus group (full disclosure: they gave me $50 and a sandwich), one script involved a gay man readying for a big night out — getting dressed, fussing with his hair and popping a Truvada. The line was something like: “I like to party. But I like to be safe, too.” The slogan was something like: “Prep for life. Prep for possibilities.”

No, no, we all told Shults; maybe the scriptwriters were too corporate and out-of-touch to know this, we explained, but “party” is gay slang for lots of dangerous activity, including the use of crystal meth, sometimes with needles. Shults nodded, made notes and thanked us for our input.

But later, along with the WTF ad came another one: It shows a blond white man dancing shirtless at a club and saying, “I like to party.” Then it cuts to him sitting on a couch, prowling Grindr, when an alert pops up on his phone: “Time to prep!” It’s not just that he uses the line we in the focus group all warned against. It’s that the very title of the video is “I Like To Party.” It was the activism equivalent of using the AIDS Memorial Quilt for a boys-will-be-boys toweling off after sex with a stranger.

These ads, Shults and others say, are supposed to reach people who aren’t motivated by the “this can protect you” message. Really, though, they just turn safe sex into a joke. That’s a mistake. More than 60 percent of new HIV infections in the United States are transmitted by people who know they have the disease. An additional 30 percent are transmitted by the 13 percent of HIV-positive Americans who don’t know their status.

With numbers this serious, the time for sunny slogans has passed. It’s time to make knowledge infectious. It has side effects we can live with.

 

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