Stopping HIV? The Truvada Revolution – Part 1

Vice Media A drug called Truvada is the first FDA-approved means of preventing HIV infection. If an HIV-negative person takes the pill every day, he or she is nearly 99 percent protected from contracting the virus. Controversy continues to surround the broad uptake of Truvada, but the landscape of safer sex and HIV prevention changes…

Routine screening key to fighting Florida HIV epidemic

Jonathan Appelbaum, M.D., My View | Tallahassee Democrat The recent HIV outbreak in Indiana demonstrates that an apathetic approach to HIV testing and treatment can have devastating consequences. Saturday is National HIV Testing Day, when our country recognizes the importance of testing. Fittingly, just a few days later, a new HIV-testing law will go into…

Transgender Women Vulnerable to HIV

By Nadege Green | © Health News Florida Florida’s transgender community, specifically trans women, are among the groups most at risk of contracting HIV. The series, HIV In Florida: The Rising Tide of Infection, explains that an estimated third of transgender women are HIV positive. Read the Full Article…

Meet an Artopian: Denise Boineau

Who has been your biggest, artistic influence? So many artistic influences! In fashion – Calvin Klein and Anna Wintour. I love clean, stripped-down images. As for painters – Alice Neel and Luc Tuymans – their expressionistic nature with the human form. What is you favorite album? Favorite Album – Chicago – Greatest Hits. I’m a…

Meet an Artopian: Chiara Saldivar

What is the best part about creating art? We all have a bit of an artistic mind in some level. Whether it is cooking, carpentry, business, painting. The best part about creating to me, is to be in your own zone, connected to another world, with what is inside of you pouring it out. Since an…

Meet an Artopian: Schelley Cassidy

Why have you continued to support Big Bend Cares? Sense of community has always been a value of mine, and considering I’ve lived in this area my entire life, giving back to my community helps me feel involved. I originally joined the BBC Board of Directors because of a strong drive to help and to…

Meet an Artopian: Kayleigh Kirkpatrick

What makes you laugh? Puns. I love puns. Who or what has the ability to inspire you to create? Harry Potter movie marathons and rainy days. My mood is absolutely critical to my art and few things make me happier than rain and HP. Why are puppies so cute? Ugh. Puppies. I love puppies. I…

Meet an Artopian: Tripp Farrell

What is your favorite color? NavyBlue Why support Big Bend Cares? I’m honored to be helping a non-profit that is revolutionizing our world & focuses on giving back to the local community. Who is your biggest influence? My Father & Pharrell Williams. What is one thing most people don’t know about you? I’m the real…

Meet an Artopian: Stuart Riordan

Where does your energy come from? My energy comes from my curiosity and music & the beach at dawn. Who our what has inspired you the most? I’m inspired by the way light hits the human figure. What is your favorite color? My fav color is turquoise. If you could meet one artist, living or…