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Charles Sanchez

Charles Sanchez

Contributing Editor

Charles Sanchez is an openly gay, openly poz writer/director/actor living in New York City. He has written for WritingRaw.com and HuffPost's Queer Voices. As a performer, musical director, and director, he has worked in venues ranging from Lincoln Center and off-Broadway to dinner theater in Arkansas. His award-winning musical comedy web series, Merce, is about an HIV-positive guy living in New York who isn't sad, sick, or dying.

Latest by Charles Sanchez

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Personal Stories

I Got a Colonoscopy; If You're Over 50 and Living With HIV, Please Do It Too

A colonoscopy is gross, uncomfortable, and utterly uncool. But it could save your life.

By Charles Sanchez
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Features

The Show Mustn’t Go On: COVID-19 and the Broadway Shutdown

Broadway inspires people everywhere, but we’ll have to wait for its return.

By Charles Sanchez
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Personal Stories

Finding Love in the Time of Coronavirus

Even the COVID-19 pandemic can’t stop our vulnerable, human hearts from wanting connection.

By Charles Sanchez
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Features

Author Victoria Noe’s Book on Straight Women in the AIDS Community Finds a Voice

‘Fag Hags, Divas, and Moms: The Legacy of Straight Women in the AIDS Community’ was released on audiobook last month.

By Charles Sanchez
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Personal Stories

One of ‘Those’ Mexicans: My Journey to Embracing My Heritage

As I’ve grown older, I’ve realized that the best things about me are because of my Mexican-ness.

By Charles Sanchez
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Features

Anti-Stigma “I Can Give U” Campaign Takes Social Media by Storm

This DIY PSA campaign has spread internationally, telling the world about the wonderful things people with HIV can give, while successful treatment allows them to not give HIV.

By Charles Sanchez
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Features

COVID-19, HIV, and Loneliness: Help From Dr. David Fawcett

Reaching out to old friends, helping others, and scheduling weekly social time can make a difference.

By Charles Sanchez
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Interviews

This HIV Activist Started Blogging With TheBody and Is Now Winning GLAAD and Other Journalism Awards

Charles Sanchez chats and wisecracks with the award-winning writer and HIV activist Mark S. King.

By Charles Sanchez
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Personal Stories

The 10-Year Anniversary of My Booze Breakup

Ten years ago, Charles Sanchez passed out on the street and was rescued by his therapist. Today, he’s sober—and life is better than ever.

By Charles Sanchez
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Features

COVID-19 Doesn’t Stop HIV Support Group From ‘Living Successfully’

Zooming in on new technology, these New Yorkers battle an old problem.

By Charles Sanchez