"Sometimes the vulnerabilities we see in each other scare us because we know that it could be us," Shani Akilah Robin writes. "The response to this cannot be distance. We desperately need to walk toward each other."
A recent academy on HIV criminalization centered the voices and demands of people with HIV. But, as a microcosm of the diverse HIV community, it also challenged participants to practice the art of listening.
Our fierce contributor Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad interviews the equally fierce Chicago HIV/AIDS and racial/social justice organizer Maximillian Boykin.
Kellee Terrell empathizes with that little voice in your mind that wants to believe Magic is cured or AIDS is manmade. But if we don't surrender to science, she says, the ones we hurt are ourselves.
Antron Reshaud Olukayode Died of AIDS. We Must Say It.
RIP: Honoring the Life of Antron-Reshaud Olukayode
HIV Leaders of Color Announce Their Declaration of Liberation
HIV Among African-American Gay and Bisexual Men
HIV Among African Americans
We have been bombarded with images and media attention blaming the "down-low brotha" -- the closeted gay man who sleeps with both men and women -- for the AIDS epidemic in black America. But these HIV/AIDS advocates from across the U.S. know what's really to blame.
"This is spiritual work, and I feel as if I am spiritually guided," explains Shabazz-El of the U.S. Positive Women's Network (PWN). "My story is one where God has purposely placed people in my life."
This easy-to-read guide from TheBody.com provides the basics of living with HIV and taking HIV meds.