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.
"I just hope to be able to use my story to help the next little girl or boy who is suffering silently the way I was," said Basketball Wives star Patrice Curry, "or help another young adult who has to raise their little brother or sister because their parent passed away from this disease."
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.
We offer four perspectives on what the HIV criminalization case of Missouri college student Michael Johnson has taught us about social and political power, and about ourselves.
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The HIV Generation Gap: Enlarging the Room for Young Black Voices While Keeping Everyone in the Conversation
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.