Gay men’s health advocate and author, 'Everything a Gay Man Needs to Know About HIV, Sex and Staying Healthy'
Dick has a Ph.D. in biology and is a writer of over a dozen scientific papers. Married in a monogamous relationship for 27 years and the father of two great sons, he came out as a gay man at the age of 51. After 14 years of living openly and experiencing every facet of gay life in America, at age 65 he learned during routine testing that he was HIV-positive.
Dick is the author of A Gay Man's Guide to HIV, Sex and Staying Healthy, a first-person testimonial relating his coming out late in life and the joy and relief of accepting his sexual orientation, the tumult and turmoil of negotiating life socially among other gay men, the physical and mental challenges of living with HIV, and navigating the complexities of the health care industry. This book is a direct, no-nonsense guide for living as a gay man today.
The tragedy is that we do not really have solid data to support all aspects of risk reduction, and with infection rates remaining steady at 50,000 a year for the past 12 years, the current approach is clearly not effective.