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.
At a recent New York event, ACT UP NY's founding Latino Caucus members recalled a time when community members took the epidemic into their own hands.
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.
Bennington College will name a scholarship after the alum, who died in 2012 after two decades of fierce AIDS activism.
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.