JD Davids

JD Davids was a senior editor and the director of strategic communications at TheBody/TheBodyPro from 2014 to 2018. He runs JD StratComms, works with the Transgender Strategy Center, and serves on the leadership team of the Radical Communicators Network.

A longtime HIV/AIDS activist and communication strategist, JD has had the privilege of organizing people living with HIV and people in the LGBTQ community, as well as those who love them, to stand up for their rights, access lifesaving information, slash the global price of HIV treatment, expand syringe access, win a national HIV strategy for the United States, confront the crisis in prison medical care, and demand HIV prevention tools that actually make sex better.

Along the way, he's collected acronyms as a co-founder of Project TEACH at Philadelphia FIGHT, community organizer at Health GAP, director of mobilization at AIDS Foundation of Chicago, member of ACT UP Philadelphia, and devoted ally of the Positive Women's Network - USA. JD also founded Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project (CHAMP) and the HIV Prevention Justice Alliance (HIV PJA)

Additionally, JD has served as an advisor to the U.S. National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, among many other projects and organizations.

Now living in Brooklyn, N.Y., he parents a kid, cat and snake, and is a member of both the Aftselakhis Spectacle Committee and Jews for Racial and Economic Justice.


Within the past year, JD Davids has had some form of official relationship with each of the following groups/organizations that have a stake in the fight against HIV. These disclosures were last updated on April 19, 2017.

  • Freelance writer, Gay City News and Turn It Up magazine.
  • Member of the Founding Task Force, Prevention Access Campaign.
  • Speaker/scholarship: Positive Women's Network - USA 2016 summit.
  • Speaker: AIDS Education Month 2016, Philadelphia FIGHT.
  • Scholarship: AIDS Watch 2017.
  • Speaker fee/scholarship: Transforming Knowledge into Action: Clinical Update in Transgender Medicine, sponsored by New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute Clinical Education Initiative and the Mount Sinai Institute for Advanced Medicine.
  • Speaker/scholarship: Michigan HIV/STD Conference 2017, sponsored by Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Advisory board: Merce: A Comedy Series

Latest by JD Davids

Mental Health Expert Uses His Life to Help Others Navigate HIV and Gender

Brian Belovitch has learned many lessons about self-care during his long journey with HIV and trans identity. Now he channels those lessons into his work as a mental health provider.

By JD Davids

Brian Belovitch's Journey Through HIV and His Full-Circle Transgender Experience

Diagnosed with HIV in 1987 while living as a trans woman in New York City, long-term survivor Brian Belovitch documents his life and journey in a new memoir.

By JD Davids

On the Day of George H.W. Bush's Funeral, Recalling HIV/AIDS Deaths on His Watch, and How Queers Fought Back

"George Herbert Walker Bush was about to start formally running for a second presidential term," writes JD Davids. "From across the northeastern United States, ACT UP members were traveling to Kennebunkport, Maine, a stereotypically quaint village wh...

By JD Davids

Reflections on World AIDS Day 2018: In Despair and Love, Where Are Our Political Homes?

"When I reflect on 2018, what I feel most of all is a tenuous and troubled balance between despair and love," JD Davids writes.

By JD Davids

Beyond the Basics: Gaines Blasdel on Genital Surgery, Community Wisdom, and Trans Health Justice Today

In an unprecedented action, trans people who have had bottom surgery came together this year through an open letter calling for the accountability of surgery providers. JD Davids spoke with Gaines Blasdel, who coordinated the letter.

By JD Davids

'Organize Our Anger, Defend Our Happiness': Marco Castro-Bojorquez on the Vision of HIVenas Abiertas, a Network of Latinx Immigrants With HIV Resisting Social Neglect

Marco Castro-Bojorquez, a community leader and filmmaker living with HIV, has put out the call for support for HIVenas Abiertas, a national network of Latinx immigrants living with HIV.

By JD Davids

In Memory of HIV Criminalization Survivor David Plunkett

TheBody is sad to share the news of the recent death of David Plunkett, a survivor of HIV criminalization in New York who served half of a 10-year sentence.

By JD Davids

Would a Disclosure Contract With My Sex Partners Protect Me From HIV Criminalization?

TheBody's expert on HIV-related legal issues, Ronda Goldfein, explains how disclosure contracts are a way to try to reduce the risk of prosecution.

By JD Davids

The Cranky Queer's Guide to Chronic Illness

"We've got a lot to talk about; we can help each other through," JD Davids writes.

By JD Davids

Trans People, After Genital Surgery, Urge Oversight

An open letter by trans people who have had genital surgery states that some patients have been given procedures by providers lacking adequate experience, been told inaccurate complication rates based on lack of follow-up or incomplete data collectio...

By JD Davids