Michael Crawford

Bilerico-DC's Dan O'Neill Makes The Advocate

Filed By Michael Crawford | September 14, 2009 12:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Site News, The Movement
Tags: Dan O'Neill, HIV, HIV/AIDS

The work of Bilerico DC contributor Dan O'Neill is spotlight in the current issue of The Advocate. Dan is Chair of the HIV Working Group, a program of The DC Center focused on reducing HIV infections among GBT men.

Thumbnail image for Fuk It.jpgI was to shocked to read the report out of Washington, D.C., suggesting that the number of AIDS cases there among African-American men is 12 times the national average and the rate of HIV infection is higher than in some parts of Western Africa. So you can imagine my pleasure when I first logged on to DCfukit.org, a community-based prevention program and website developed to stop the spread of HIV among D.C. men who have sex with men. What makes this website so special is its provocative approach to prevention. The creators have jettisoned the traditional clinical safe-sex language in favor of sex-positive talk and some steamy NSFW (read: not suitable for work) images while also providing some very useful information.

In addition to his amazing work educating GBT men about HIV, Dan is in his first year of medical school. Congratulations Dan and thanks for all you do.


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At first, it occurred to me that we could copy this program in Indianapolis and call it "IndyFukit!" ... and then all the possibilities across the country began flooding into my brain, kind of like a religious experience ... or maybe it was a sacrilegious experience ...

In the Big Easy, the program might be called "NOLAfukit!" ...

In Chicago it could be "ILfukit!" and in Boise it could be called "IDfukit!" (How many times have I heard that remark before?) ...

In Oklahoma it could be called "OKfukit!" ...

while from Cincinnati to Cleveland, frustrated guys will throw up their hands and say "OHfukit!" ...

In Bangor it will be "ME fukit!" ...

In Detroit, "MI fukit!" ...

In Mississippi it could be "Ms. Fukit!" ...

In St. Louis the guys into hip-hop will love their program "MO! fukit!" ...

The cleanest bottoms will all be in Albequerque with their local program, "NM(ah!)fukit!"

while the guys in Louisville will be all lubed up for "Here's KY - nowfukit!" ...

Cities in Arizona can call the program "PheonixFukit!" and, in the southwest, "Yumafukit!" ... somewhere in Georgia, a program called "SavannahFukit!"

Uncircumcised men will like the program in Charlotte, where it is called "NC? fukit!" ...

while those circumcized will flock to Connecticut for "CT? fukit!"

The doctors will love the program in Maryland, where it will be known as "MDfukit!" ...

and a certain government agency will have a cow when they learn of a program in Richmond called "VAfukit!" ...

And finally ...

Pennsylvania: "PA fukit!" and ... OMG! ...

Boston: "MA fukit!" ...

... or maybe instead they would opt for "NantucketFukit!"


[ * Michael and Dan, I'm not making fun of your superb outreach program --- I'm just having a little fun with the name, which is actually quite creative ... *]

When I started reading the comment, I knew it had to be you AJ. :)

Dan really has done some amazing work in DC. He completely deserves all the kudos.

Thanks so much for the kind words, fellas.

Yes, the campaign is really getting some good press, which is very encouraging considering the magnitude of HIV problem in DC. In particular, the DC Department of Health is going to release its National HIV Behavioral Study data soon for the Men who have sex with men (MSM) cycle, which happens every three years. Anyway, I've been given a sneak peek at the numbers and they're pretty alarming. So we need to find a way to keep this momentum going, not only in DC, but among MSM throughout the country, as well. For a more extensive description of this campaign, check out my post on the topic on the DC.bilerico.com site.

I should also mention Dr. Terry Gerace, who has been the real engine behind this project, investing a great deal of his time, energy and personal funds into realizing and amplifying the message of this campaign. Without him, the FUK!T/TOOLK!T (the more PG version of the FUK!Ts) Campaign would have never gotten off the ground. The FUK!T name was his brilliant invention and his perseverance is what keeps the campaign going strong. Thanks Terry.

Finally, for those of you coming to the march in DC soon, I'll be sure to see you at the Bilerico gatherings! Looking forward to it.