https://www.thebody.com/author/juan-michael-porter
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

Black patient
Features

Medical Racism, Casual or Overt, Has No Place in Patients’ Lives

“They’re not treating you like a human being or someone who has a son and loved ones, careers, and dreams. You’re just a Black statistic to them. And that is so painful.”

By Juan Michael Porter II
healthcare bureaucracy
Features

People Living With HIV Need Advocates to Help Them Navigate Health Care

Even if you are the most capable and self-sufficient person in the world, there is no reason to deal with an HIV diagnosis by yourself.

By Juan Michael Porter II
vaccine virus
Features

I Am Jealous of COVID-19

What would happen if we doubled the budget for an HIV cure? It would still be far less money than has already been spent on COVID-19 vaccines. Both are worthy of investment.

By Juan Michael Porter II
TikTok
Features

This Health Care Provider Is Using TikTok to Teach Young Adults About Sexual Health

“I really believe that we can totally stop all new [HIV] infections in our lifetime,” says Natalie L. Wilson, Ph.D., D.N.P.

By Juan Michael Porter II
options
Features

Having More Options Makes PrEP More Viable

PrEP in the form of injections, vaginal rings, or medicated anal douches can give people options that work with their sexual life and desires.

By Juan Michael Porter II
filling syringe
Features

For Long-Acting PrEP to be Effective, It Might Be Best for Patients to Inject Themselves

Meera Shah, M.D., M.P.H., hopes there will be an option for women to take home a year’s supply of injectable PrEP to administer themselves instead of relying on regular appointments.

By Juan Michael Porter II
Mayor Dinkins
News Analysis

Remembering New York City Mayor David Dinkins and His Love for People Living With HIV

The city’s first Black mayor died at age 93 on Nov. 23.

By Juan Michael Porter II
Donja R Love
Interviews

Write It Out! Celebrates 12 Playwrights Who Are Living With HIV on World AIDS Day

Award-winning playwright Donja R. Love created a program that gave opportunities to people who often face barriers and gatekeepers in the theater world.

By Juan Michael Porter II
Nina Martinez
Interviews

Meet the Woman Who Made Sure Voters with HIV in Georgia Got Registered to Vote

Nina Martinez talks about how activists are winning the fight against HIV criminalization in her state.

By Juan Michael Porter II
Being Seen
News

With ‘Being Seen’ Podcast, Black Queer Men Tell Their Own Stories

Darnell Moore takes listeners on an adventure that expands their understanding of the many contributions that Black LGBTQ+ men have made to culture.

By Juan Michael Porter II