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Day 2 of Michael Johnson Trial: Opening Statement and Initial Testimony -- A Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton Img

Day 2 of Michael Johnson Trial: Opening Statement and Initial Testimony -- A Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton

Aaron Laxton recounts the first day of opening statements and testimony in the HIV criminalization trial of Michael Johnson, who faces felony charges in Missouri.

Let Me Clear My Throat on White Men in Communities of Color: A Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton Img
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Let Me Clear My Throat on White Men in Communities of Color: A Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton

In the middle of turbulent times, when we are trying to prove that #blacklivesmatter, how can white gay allies add to the conversation? And what does this conversation mean for those in the fight against HIV?

Why You Might Not Want to Start HIV Medications: A Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton Img
Personal Stories

Why You Might Not Want to Start HIV Medications: A Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton

"I do not take medications out of a sense of obligation to society. I do not take medications in order to reduce the transmission of the virus. I chose to take medications for myself."

I Am a Survivor of Intimate Partner Violence: A Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton Img
Sexual Abuse & Trauma

I Am a Survivor of Intimate Partner Violence: A Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton

I am an award-winning International HIV/AIDS activist. I am a social worker, a writer. What I want you to know, however, is that I am also a survivor of intimate partner violence (IPV).

Ferguson, Missouri, Activism and ACT UP: A Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton Img
Personal Stories

Ferguson, Missouri, Activism and ACT UP: A Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton

"Today, I have access to life-saving medications thanks in no small part to the direct actions that ACT UP took. Today, most who are protesting in Ferguson, Missouri are doing so with the intent to bring about a future where police brutality is great...

The Real Casualties in the PrEP-Battle: A Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton Img
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The Real Casualties in the PrEP-Battle: A Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton

I sit waiting at a coffee shop in the Central West End at the Washington University in St. Louis Medical School. This meeting, like most these days, are spent working on strategic planning for implementing PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis), a one-pill-...

Let HIV-Negative People Decide Their Own Prevention! A Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton Img
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Let HIV-Negative People Decide Their Own Prevention! A Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton

"Regardless of whether opponents want to admit it or not, 'bio-medical prevention' is the key to reducing new-HIV infections in the highest-risk groups where previous risk-reductions methods have failed."

I Am Considered an HIV Criminal: A Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton Img
Mixed-Status Couples

I Am Considered an HIV Criminal: A Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton

"Publicly, we create campaigns and memes that tell us that 'HIV is not a death sentence,' yet 34 states have laws that say it is."

Meth, PrEP and What Could Have Been: A Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton Img
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Meth, PrEP and What Could Have Been: A Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton

Let me take a second to debunk a commonly held myth: "Meth is not fun or pleasurable." That simply is not true, in the beginning. The fact is that there is something about the experience of using meth that seemed attractive to me. The truth is that t...

Starting Antiretrovirals Wasn't an Option Img
Personal Stories

Starting Antiretrovirals Wasn't an Option

How do you access necessary HIV treatment without a job and without insurance? If you're Aaron Laxton, you get creative.