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How I Took on Trolls Shaming My HIV Status and Short Shorts

George Johnson awoke to find that his tweet on swimming, race and the Olympics went viral. Then came shaming about his style and openness about living with HIV. The result? He reaffirms his commitment to speak out.

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Will the ManDate Model Tackle HIV Rates in Black Gay Men?

The ManDate Health Model looks at the financial, political, sexual, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, psychological, physical and social aspects of black, gay men. Can it make a difference in the HIV epidemic?

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The Orlando Massacre Revealed Hyper-Homophobia and HIV Stigma Outweighing Need for Blood Donors

"In Orlando, the 'donor deferral' policy showed its ugly face, putting dozens of people at possible risk as their closest friends, family and members of the community had to be turned away due to their sexuality," George Johnson writes.

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Personal Stories

With Nutrition and Exercise, Harm Reduction Practices Help Me Live Well With HIV

Living well with HIV is more than just taking a pill a day. George M. Johnson explains how he uses "harm reduction" to analyze what he's doing and taking steps towards a better life, particularly with food and exercise.

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9 Beyoncé-Inspired Affirmations for Making Lemonade From HIV

Who better than Queen Bey herself to help remind us (in nine dynamic GIFs) that people with HIV possess power and are more than their virus?

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To All the People Who Bottom in Sex: Stay Powerful

"Being a bottom is a statement that displays dominance, control, power and, most importantly, consideration of others that may never be given in return," says Johnson. "The shaming needs to stop."

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Language Stigma and 'Disease Free' Dating

"When we use language such as 'are you clean,' we are walking a tangled web of dangerous miscommunication and discrimination," writes George M. Johnson.

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HIV in the Black Community: Honoring the Legends We've Lost and the Many Who Have Survived

Taking pride in how strong and resistant his community has been in fighting against this epidemic, George M. Johnson walks through the timeline of key moments in the HIV experience in Black America.

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Reaching the Ballroom Community With Respect, Not Just HIV Testing

"Behind the numbers and results are people -- people who deserved to be treated as more than a means to another funding source," writes George M. Johnson of Us Helping Us in Washington, D.C.