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Your status is nobody’s business but your own

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During a scene in the 2008 film “Milk,” the gay activist and politician Harvey Milk insisted that every gay person working on his campaign...

Positive Thoughts: As a Woman

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As a woman, I know what it feels like to be invisible. As a Black woman, that feeling is sometimes intensified. It gets juxtaposed with...

I Don’t Want to Stop Saying ‘AIDS’

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Like many folks, I’m on a daily text thread with three of my closest Judys (as the young queers, perhaps in a sweet nod...

Decriminalization of Sex Work Is Good Public Health Policy

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Sex work needs to be decriminalized in the United States. My desire to see this come to pass is not (completely) self-interested. It is...

40 Years Ago: Meeting at Larry Kramer’s House as a Pandemic...

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Something was killing us gay men in 1981 and no one knew what was causing it. That summer there was one alarming article about...

Stigmatizing language prevents people from accessing HIV care

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HIV stigma has long been acknowledged for alienating and pushing people living with HIV (PLWH) out of care retention. As Donja R. Love, the...

The Activist Doctor

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Demetre Daskalakis, MD, MPH, remembers the day he felt called to become an HIV doctor: April 23, 1995. He was a college student working...

Black AIDS Institute founder Phill Wilson on living through dual pandemics

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We’re coming off a historic year in 2020. A year that devastated us and empowered us. A year that tested us and made us...

How HIV activists won their fight for inclusion in a major...

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Victory came in the form of a tweet posted in the middle of the afternoon on Aug. 5: Pharmaceutical company Moderna was dropping its...

Positive Thoughts: Partnership Science

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Mark Feinberg and Helen Rees joined Mitchell Warren for a webinar titled “Pandemic Vaccine Development and Lessons for COVID-19.” It is part of the...

I’m a Beautiful Black Queen living with HIV, not stigma

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I am a Beautiful Black Queen living with HIV. It has taken a long time for me to come to terms with that statement...

Yes, You Can Be an HIV Ally

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We all need to do our part to end HIV stigma – and the epidemic itself When beloved “Queer Eye” star Jonathan Van Ness recently...

How I contracted HIV is none of your damn business

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How I contracted HIV is none of your damn business. I’m going to tell you what happened, but not because I owe you an...

Three cheers of victory for ol’ U=U!

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Sure most HIV advocates have heard of U=U, but how do we get the rest of the world to listen? For about the past...

Viral Control

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The Office of HIV and AIDS Malignancy at the National Cancer Institute coordinates cancer and HIV research. Robert Yarchoan, MD, is the director of...

Changing how we age with HIV

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When the dashing and magnificently bearded Dr. Giovanni Guaraldi took to the stage at last fall’s HIV and Aging conference in New York City...

Doctors aren’t offering young people PrEP. That has to change.

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As a young person who identifies as nonbinary, accessing pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) was a challenging quest. PrEP is a once-daily pill regimen that supports...

Last night a drag queen saved my life

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How drag queens are becoming the heroes of HIV prevention My love affair with drag queens goes way back. Since my childhood in the...

Why we share our stories

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Columnist Jeff Berry reflects on his emotional encounter with an HIV-positive woman In early September of last year, I was attending the United...

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