Jennifer Johnson Avril
Jennifer Johnson Avril is a communications professional and HIV/AIDS activist based in New York City. She is a master's candidate in media studies for social change.
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Not merely an anachronism from a time when HIV was far less understood and preventable, such views were also recently expressed on a white supremacist podcast, the new "test kitchens" of the alt-right.
Last fall, community activists voiced concerns over the roll out of studies on Descovy (TAF/FTC) as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) without adequately involving community advisors.
A moving event in New York City honored journalists and other writers who lost their lives to HIV/AIDS but left behind powerful archives.
Much has changed since the early days of ACT UP taking the media by storm. But remember the golden rule, says Jennifer Johnson Avril: you're not talking to the media, you're talking through the media.
The digital world can be a great place for folks with HIV to connect and learn from one another -- as long as we know how to handle the (occasional) haters.
Rachel Maddow, host of The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC and one of more effective television journalists investigating and commenting on the trials and tribulations of this era, also has strong roots in the HIV community.
TheBody.com spoke with HIV advocates and experts across the United States to learn more about commonly encountered misinformation and how to respond with knowledge and confidence.
Here's what happened when TheBody.com invited #ActivistBasics and dedicated activists to a Twitter chat on facing the political climate in the coming months.
"Women who come forward as former partners have some chance of retaining innocent victim status. Those who don't risk scorn as unknowns who somehow deserve HIV, with sex workers in an acute place of blame," says Jennifer Johnson Avril.
The World Health Organization says all with HIV should start treatment as soon as they can, and anyone at high risk of HIV should have access to PrEP. Community reactions were swift and supportive -- with a dose of reality checking about what it'll t...