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HIV Activist Andrew Spieldenner on His New Job and the Year Ahead

MPact Global Action for Gay Men’s Health and Rights — the 15-year-old, Oakland, Calif.-based organization that focuses on the needs of gay and bisexual men living with HIV — spoke to Plus on his first day on the job back in March.“People are trying to hide that they’re still sexually active,” Spieldenner said, referencing the complications of sex during COVID. “I don’t think people should hide it, but I know why they do; there’s a lot of public shaming.

We ought to create our sexual bubbles however we can. For us to pretend we don’t have sexual needs, that’s also a problem.… I do think we need to be more open about our sexual needs and be able to negotiate them.”Spieldenner is taking the reins of MPact at a time when the coronavirus.

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