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Juan Michael Porter II

Juan Michael Porter II

Staff Writer

Juan Michael Porter II is a staff writer for TheBody and TheBodyPro. He is also a contributor to Observer, TDF Stages, Time Out NY, and BroadwayWorld Dance, and a National Critics Institute Fellow. His writing has appeared in American Theatre, SYFY Wire, Colorlines, and SNews.

Latest by Juan Michael Porter II

Ronald Reagan
Viewpoints

Trump and Reagan’s Willful Incompetence During Epidemics

Ronald Reagan responded to the AIDS epidemic the way Donald Trump is handling the COVID-19 pandemic—by flouting science and ignoring how social determinants drive infections.

By Juan Michael Porter II
Juan Michael Porter II
Viewpoints

It's National Coming Out Day. Tell Yourself Who You Are.

"I hope that you dance in a sea of oddities and fabulosities even as it feels as if the sky is falling—because whether the world ends tomorrow or continues for another million years, we all deserve to be seen and known on our own terms."

By Juan Michael Porter II
crying
Features

Processing an HIV Diagnosis Mirrors the Five Stages of Grief

Successfully navigating through these stages during one’s HIV diagnosis requires information, communication, emotional support, guidance, and direction.

By Juan Michael Porter II
Cardi B & Offset
Features

Cardi B’s Divorce Is Arousing the Morality Police

It’s nobody’s business what Black women or gay men living with HIV do in their bedrooms—and it’s not our fault if we get HIV.

By Juan Michael Porter II
therapist with patient
Features

Therapy Is Essential for Anyone Who Has Been Newly Diagnosed With HIV

The prospect of a lifelong dependency on medication, fear of rejection, or feelings of personal failure can be emotionally debilitating, especially because there is so much stigma related to the virus.

By Juan Michael Porter II
viral hepatitis
Reference

The ABCs of Viral Hepatitis

Three different viruses cause the liver disease known as hepatitis. Here's what you need to know about the differences between them, including treatment and prevention.

By Juan Michael Porter II
Mark Schlissel
Features

University of Michigan President Draws Students’ Ire After Harmful HIV Rhetoric

Students demand a public apology, closure of the school until safety protocols can be implemented, and a place at the planning table for marginalized communities.

By Juan Michael Porter II
empty pill bottle
News

The Anatomy of a Slip-Up

Why do people living with HIV fall through the cracks of care despite our best efforts, and how do we prevent that during a global pandemic?

By Juan Michael Porter II
rumors
Viewpoints

HIV and STI Disclosure When It’s Not Your Status to Share

If you have questions about whether or not you should disclose someone’s status, the answer is don’t do it.

By Juan Michael Porter II
Donja R. Love
Features

This Playwright Is Helping People Living With HIV to ‘Write It Out!’

Black, queer, HIV-positive playwright Donja R. Love launches a new writing workshop.

By Juan Michael Porter II