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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

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Features

Providers Can Save Black Women’s Lives by Listening Without Judgment

Black women face health disparities that can shorten their lives. Why aren’t doctors taking their concerns seriously?

By Juan Michael Porter II
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Interviews

HIV Self-Testing Improves Care Among Queer Men

Cedric Bien-Gund, M.D., explains how at-home HIV self-testing, while improving options for gay and bisexual men, also makes it more likely they’ll be connected to care and preventative services.

By Juan Michael Porter II
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Features

To Keep Indigenous Communities Safe, We Need to Broaden COVID-19 Vaccine Access

Indigenous people have the highest mortality rates from COVID-19 and HIV among all racial and ethnic groups in the country. When paired with illicit drug use, that vulnerability explodes.

By Juan Michael Porter II
Breonna Taylor's mother
Features

Honoring Breonna Taylor Means Recognizing the Harm of the War on Drugs

Since Taylor’s death just over a year ago, Drug Policy Alliance has compiled an interactive timeline of what happened the night she was killed, with key points about the history of laws that enabled those actions to take place.

By Juan Michael Porter II
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News

Black People Have Concerns About the COVID Vaccine—Don’t Call It Fear

Surveys show Black respondents trust government sources of vaccine information more than whites, but media narratives denying that Black people want the vaccine have flourished—and hampered access.

By Juan Michael Porter II
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News

The CDC Has Released Guidance for Fully COVID-Vaccinated People

Two weeks after you receive the last required dose of vaccine, you can visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or staying 6 feet apart.

By Juan Michael Porter II
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News

Grindr Survey Says Romance Is Bringing Sexy Back

Among 10,000 survey respondents, 58% say that they’ve become more interested in long-term relationships than they were before the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Juan Michael Porter II
Black female patient
Features

Medical Racism Was Meant to Hurt Black Women—And It Does

We need to take an active approach as a society to end health disparities among Black women that are caused by racism.

By Juan Michael Porter II
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News

Stable Housing Is Essential to Ending the HIV Epidemic

Will President Biden keep his promises to fund affordable housing and prevent homelessness?

By Juan Michael Porter II
Greg Millett
Interviews

Reviving the Office of National AIDS Policy Is Crucial to Ending the HIV Epidemic

We talked with longtime HIV/AIDS policy expert and former ONAP official Greg Millett, M.P.H., to better understand why.

By Juan Michael Porter II