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I Am a Woman of Color; I Am Who I Am!
By Davina Conner
November 29, 2016

I am a woman of color, someone's daughter, someone's sister, someone's mother and someone's friend. I am a human being who was handed a card in life that made me stronger than I thought I was. Not giving up on dreams or who I can become because of this card.

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When It Comes to HIV Stigma, You Are the Sage You've Been Waiting For
By Matt Ebert
November 29, 2016

I was asked to speak on World AIDS Day about the history of the AIDS activist movement, but my thoughts kept turning to something more contemporary -- that is, the current state of affairs regarding HIV stigma.

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Justin's HIV Journal Videos Showcased at the Brooklyn Museum Exhibit
By Justin B. Terry-Smith
November 29, 2016

GREAT NEWS: Some of the videos from Justin's HIV Journal will be SHOWCASED in the Brooklyn Museum with other HIV activists, including Mark S. King, Carol Leigh, Juanita Mohammed, Luna Luis Ortiz Photography, Southern AIDS Living Quilt, James Wentzy and the late Nelson Sullivan (1948-1989) and Ray Navarro (1964-1990). The exhibit will officially open Dec. 1 (World AIDS Day) but there will be a free showing Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in which I will attend and be a part of a discussion panel at the end. Wow I'm going to be showcased in the Brooklyn Museum!! WOW I did it!! NY here I come Dec. 3 see you there!!

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The Compassionate Truce of Tim Murphy's Novel Christodora
By Mark S. King
November 28, 2016

In the towering new novel Christodora, author Tim Murphy harnesses decades of personal and professional experience as an HIV journalist into a story that sweeps back and forth between the last several decades and beyond. It has the scope of great literature, but Christodora is also a deeply personal chronicle from a man who knows his terrain.

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Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil!
By Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad
November 23, 2016

I was recently in a space where someone said that silence colludes with white supremacy and other constructs of oppression. It was a heavy blow for me, not that I'm silent most times, but there have been moments when I haven't spoken up, haven't said what I felt and didn't speak clearly or with audacity. There have been times when I've kept my thoughts, feelings, visions of work to myself and hoped that a moment would present itself to speak. The work that I'm talking about is work towards black liberation, the work to dismantle any system forged by oppression. To make a gestalt about what oppression is wholly, I think: any system that pretends to own narratives of a people; any system that feels that self-ownership isn't a thing; any system that, based on identities, can predict outcomes of health, incarceration, etc. If outcomes are so predictable, then something at the systems' baseline intends for those outcomes.

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A Drawing for World AIDS Day 2016
By Tim Hinkhouse
November 23, 2016

Tim Hinkhouse sent this work of art to our offices for World AIDS Day. He created the concept for the image, which was then drawn by his friend AJ.

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Celebrate Your Lives, and Think of Me as I Fight for Mine
By Tim Hinkhouse
November 22, 2016

My editor JD at TheBody.com asked me to write a contribution for World AIDS Day reflecting on this past year or this upcoming 2017. As usual, I am hoping for a cure in 2017. Thanks to modern-day science, we have medicines that will suppress the HIV virus and allow a longer life for us.

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We Are Here, and We Are Tired: A Challenging, Amazing, Undetectable Year
By Rev. Andrena Ingram
November 22, 2016

As World AIDS Day approaches, I am daily recognizing the blessing of life, and family and friends. I am recognizing always those in this struggle who have gone on before me, those who will come after me and those in the trenches with me right now. I am especially thankful and prayerful for those of us who are long-term survivors.

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Ending HIV Stigma
By Christina Carta
November 21, 2016

We are not just another case number. We are important to our communities.

You never know who you will run into sometimes, even at the doctor's office. I myself, as so many, live with my status. I don't want to say illness or disease, because both remind me of being sick.

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For Black Boys Who've Considered Suicide When Undetectable Isn't Enuff
By Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad
November 21, 2016

Over a year ago, I was asked to step into a role as facilitator of a group for poz black men.

The new director of the organization had surreptitiously changed the name of the group to "undetectable voices"! He had been challenged on this and kept pressing, thinking this name was his golden ticket to transforming programming at the agency. I had deep feelings about this, and disagreed with and talked with him about how problematic it was to organize a group around undetectable HIV.

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