Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad
Abdul-Aliy is a Black Magical Queer, Non-Binary Philly Jawn who was made well/raised well in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They worked in prevention for six years and currently organizes with the Black and Brown Workers Collective and facilitates anti-oppression trainings with the BlaQollective. They've pushed through with HIV since being diagnosed in 2008.
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Latest by Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad
The popular drama on OWN doesn’t even get the basics of HIV right.
There are no monsters, just viruses.
“The heart emoji, the prayer hands emoji, the crying face emoji—and the last touch, the flower emoji. These are goodbyes on this plane, as we yearn to be forever connected in the life that comes after.”
Let’s honor those whose labor built the pathways to address this global crisis, and in doing so, remember a valuable lesson: that plagues and epidemics impact the most vulnerable, disproportionately.
"I learned that people felt they were entitled to my body and health status," writes Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad, after he refused taking HIV meds as a protest.
Our fierce contributor Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad interviews the equally fierce Chicago HIV/AIDS and racial/social justice organizer Maximillian Boykin.
In the Loaded Act of HIV Disclosure, Violence Is Often Unspoken: A Blog Entry by Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad
Discussing disclosure without considering stigma and how criminalization weaponizes HIV status is like pulling leaves off a plant rather than truly uprooting it, writes Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad.
Not an HIV Poster Child: Why I, as a Black Queer Person, Left Non-Profit Work -- A Blog Entry by Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad
Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad digs into the insidiousness of racism and his experiences at non-profit organizations.
Desiring Intimacy After an HIV Diagnosis, in a Time More Naked Than Sexy: A Blog Entry by Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad
"It was so liberating when I rediscovered how to be intimate after my HIV diagnosis," Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad writes. "I remember looking at someone I found attractive and daring to flirt again."
Missing My Mother, I Recall How Stigma Stopped Me From Telling Her My HIV Status: A Blog Entry by Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad
"My mother worked at an ASO in the early '90s when people were on AZT and dying at alarming rates," recalls Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad. "I figured that I'd be crushing her now if I said anything about my status."