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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

digital funeral
Features

Dealing with the Loss of Intimacy in the Time of Digital Funerals

“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.”

AIDS activism
Viewpoints

Our COVID-19 Response Is Living in the House HIV Activists Built

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.

When I Refused My HIV Medication as Protest, Uncomfortable Truths Emerged Img
Viewpoints

When I Refused My HIV Medication as Protest, Uncomfortable Truths Emerged

"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.

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Personal Stories

Black Lives, Health Care Justice, HIV Stigma -- and Beyoncé's Lemonade!

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 Img
Personal Stories

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 Img
Personal Stories

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 Img
Personal Stories

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 Img
Personal Stories

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."

Who Loves Us When We Are Messy? A Blog Entry by Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad Img
Personal Stories

Who Loves Us When We Are Messy? A Blog Entry by Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad

"Today has been hard," says Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad, after the loss of a friend. "It is hard to love someone who's vulnerability piques yours and whose struggle reminds you of just how fragile we all are."

Moving the Humanity of People With HIV Out of the Equation: How HIV Surveillance Traumatized Me -- A Blog Entry by Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad Img
Personal Stories

Moving the Humanity of People With HIV Out of the Equation: How HIV Surveillance Traumatized Me -- A Blog Entry by Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad

"I felt alarmed that not one notice or attempt at contact had happened prior to the knock on my door. This felt overwhelming and like contact with law enforcement," Abdul-Aliy A. Muhammad recalls.