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U=U

U=U

What does this jumble of acronyms mean?

What is their bearing on who I am as a gay man?

As a coach?

For over thirty years I have been an activist for quality care for all individuals living with HIV and an advocate to end the stigma of living with HIV. I believe U=U is one of the most significant advancements in the history of HIV since combination therapy.

Undetectable Equals Untransmittable, or U=U, is the result of several scientific studies. The studies have shown that if the partner with HIV, within a serodiscordant couple, has an undetectable viral load, there have been no documented transmissions of HIV to the HIV negative partner through condomless sexual intercourse, whether anal or vaginal. U=U, at this point in time, is only conclusive regarding sexual transmission. U=U has been endorsed by over 600 organizations in 75 countries including the very conservative US Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The current scientific data relies on an undetectable viral load for a minimum of 6 months for a designation of Undetectable = Untransmittable. Currently under scientific investigation are studies which examine an undetectable viral load and transmission of HIV through breast milk and injection drug use (IDU).

PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) is the use of antiretroviral medications (ART) after potentially being exposed to HIV to prevent becoming infected with HIV. PEP should only be used in emergency situations and must be started within 72 hours after the possible exposure to HIV.

PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is the use of ART, one pill with two medications, taken once a day to prevent HIV infection.

PrEP and U=U are potential tools in your sexual health tool box. The choice to use or not to use a condom is a discussion to have with your sexual partner(s). Condom use does decrease infection with other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) also referred to as sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) including Gonorrhea, Syphilis, Chlamydia.

Knowledge = Power
Education creates awareness. Awareness encourages options.
U=U
Undetectable = Untransmittable.
Know your status.
Get tested.
Know the facts. Eliminate stigma!

Doug Moffat ACC

[1] One partner is HIV positive the other partner is HIV negative
[2]The amount of virus in the blood

Touch Me! success at Easton Mountain

Touch Me! success at Easton Mountain

I facilitated the weekend program, "Touch Me!" at Easton Mountain, April 26-April 29th. The program was very successful. Participants opened up, let go of old stories and bravely explored new ways to ask for and receive touch and nurturing, as well as bonded as a group. Another touch workshop is being planned for October, 2018.

Also, I will be leading a 90 min. version of "Touch Me" at the GCA Conference on Saturday evening, May 12th. Anyone attending is welcome.

Arnie Katz

Super-Vision for Coaches

Super-Vision for Coaches!

I am excited to announce that Dr. Terry Hildebrandt and Jeff Nally have completed the Coaching Supervision Certification Program facilitated by Damian Goldvarg, PhD, MCC of The Goldvarg Consulting Group, Inc. This program is recognized by the European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC) with their European Supervision Quality Award (ESQA), which is an independent quality award given to providers of coaching and mentoring supervision training, recognizing that their programs meet stringent, professional standards. In case you missed it, Damian, Jeff, Terry, and Wil Fisher served on a panel discussion on Super-Vision for Coaches during the September 14, 2017 GCA Community Call, see http://www.thegaycoaches.com/community-toolbox.html. Coaching Super-Vision is the interaction that occurs when a coach brings their coaching work experiences to a supervisor in order to be supported and to engage in reflective dialogue and collaborative learning for the development and benefit of the coach, their clients, and their organizations (EMCC). If you have never experienced the power of Super-Vision, please reach out to Terry or Jeff for more information or for a complimentary sample session. Terry Hildebrandt, PhD This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Jeff Nally This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Training Opportunity for Experienced Coaches

Training Opportunity for Experienced Coaches

The Second Week of the Coaching Certification Program at EASTON is open to experienced coaches who are interested in deepening their skills and enhancing the work they do with their clients. We will focus on three dimensions:
1) specific gay coaching issues such as coming out, disclosing HIV status, dating, self-esteem, etc.,
2) coaching presence and mindfulness
3) reflective thinking

We will work with three books:
The Velvet Rage, A. Downs
Coaching Presence from D. Silsbee
More Time to Think from N. Kline

The dates are March 18 – 23, 2018

If you are interested in joining please contact Damian at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Testimonials for Damian’s Coaching Training:

"I received my International Coach Federation Certified Professional Coach training from this fantastic program. This is the ONLY program in the world that has additional content to better serve LGBT! Being fully immersed in the world of coaching was transformative for me personally. As a result, I decided to change careers, leave my full-time job and pursue my life's work. I am now 100% self-employed and empower others through coaching to make their dreams reality."

-Michael Patrick
Centered Presence, Ltd.

"My training with Damian Goldvarg was incredibly valuable. His stylistically diverse lessons, coupled with hands-on practical exercises and activities helped me feel, and act, like a competent professional coach in a relatively short amount of time. I feel very grateful for the opportunity to work with Damian, and I highly recommend his program."

Wil Fisher

“Damian Goldvarg is an amazing teacher. Actually, that descriptor falls very short of conveying the depth and breadth of not only his knowledge of content but his skills as a trainer. Curiosity is a fundamental of coaching and Damian continues to be curious and nurtures that characteristic in his students.

I was fortunate to not only be a student and graduate of the first gay coaches training at Easton but was privileged to support the students and Damian for the first 5 days of the second gay coaches training. Both experiences nourished my passion for coaching.”

Douglas Moffett

 

“I attended my first GCA Conference in 2017, and I don’t know why I waited so long to participate! I learned from professional coaching peers, and I found my gay coaches tribe! GCA members created a warm and welcoming atmosphere for me and other first-timers, and I created lasting friendships that continue throughout the year. Easton Mountain is the perfect place to get away from the busy-ness of my coaching business and re-energize with fellow gay coaches. I marked my calendar for the 2018 GCA Conference, and you need to be there, too.”

Jeff Nally, PCC

Summary of ICF conference

Summary of ICF conference from Terry Hildebrandt

International Coach Federation (ICF) Converge Conference
Washington, DC, August 24-26, 2017

The ICF held a global conference with over 1,600 attendees in Washington DC. See https://www.eventscribe.com/2017/ICFConverge/index.asp?launcher=1/?navItemNumber=608. The Gay Coaches Alliance (GCA) was well represented at the conference. The event started out with a gay coaches networking dinner on Wednesday evening, organized by local DC GCA member, Marshall Brown, at the Lebanese Taverna restaurant, also attended by Damian Goldvarg, Tim Kincaid, and several guests. GCA members Damian Goldvarg, Jeff Nally, and Terry Hildebrandt actively promoted Super-Vision for Coaches by staffing a dedicated table and by offering complimentary, sample supervision sessions throughout the conference. Damian also hosted a networking event for experienced supervisors on Thursday evening and a special evening workshop to introduce coaches to supervision. The conference was a great opportunity to network with other coaches around the world. Many of the workshops were literally standing room only due to the popularity of the event. The ICF plans to do their next global conference in 2019. 

The Hero’s Sherpa

The Hero’s Sherpa
with Brian Gorman

I have just received approval from ICF to offer 36 CCE’s (9 Core Competency and 29 Resource Development) for my online coach training The Hero’s Sherpa: Guiding Your Clients Through Life’s Challenges. This six month, 12-session program offers coaches—regardless of the field of practice—a clear path through any change their clients are facing. Participants will receive a copy of the eBook The Hero’s Sherpa, tools and templates for applying what is being learned, and a set of powerful questions for each of the five elements of the journey. I am offering a 20% discount for the first offering to Gay Coaches Alliance members. The course will begin later this fall. For more information, please contact Brian Gorman, Certified Professional Coach This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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