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Kellee Terrell

Kellee Terrell is the former news editor of TheBody. Her articles and interviews have appeared in Teen Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Al Jazeera, Essence, The Root, The Advocate, and HelloBeautiful.

Latest by Kellee Terrell

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Interviews

Camryn Garrett's YA Novel 'Full Disclosure' Gives Gen Z the Black HIV-Positive Heroine They've Been Waiting For

Simone Garcia-Hampton's journey reminds us that the even the wokest young folks have blind spots when it comes to the epidemic.

By Kellee Terrell
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Viewpoints

The Southern Healing Fund Wants to Bring Innovative and Progressive Mental Health Care to African Americans Who Need It Most

Access to much-needed mental health care isn't easy to come by for people of color -- especially in the South -- but The Southern Healing Fund wants to help fill these public health gaps for those who cannot afford care.

By Kellee Terrell
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Reference

6 Reasons Why People Skip Their HIV Meds

We all know it’s important to take HIV medications every day, but let’s face it: It’s not always the easiest thing to do. Here are six key obstacles that can block the way between you and your meds – and tips on how to get past them.

By Kellee Terrell
What You Need to Know

Interested in Having Gender-Affirming Surgery? Keep These Four Pieces of Advice in Mind

An all-trans group of surgery recipients and providers gives you the scoop on what you need to know.

By Kellee Terrell
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Viewpoints

Why Do People Still Think Magic Johnson Doesn't Have HIV?

Kellee Terrell empathizes with that little voice in your mind that wants to believe Magic is cured or AIDS is manmade. But if we don't surrender to science, she says, the ones we hurt are ourselves.

By Kellee Terrell
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Personal Stories

Waheedah Shabazz-El Finds Spiritual Freedom as a Muslim Woman With HIV

"This is spiritual work, and I feel as if I am spiritually guided," explains Shabazz-El of the U.S. Positive Women's Network (PWN). "My story is one where God has purposely placed people in my life."

By Kellee Terrell
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Personal Stories

This Positive Life: David Robertson on Looking Good and Choosing to Live

David Robertson had to learn the hard way -- through his own diagnosis -- that you can't judge whether people are HIV positive or HIV negative by whether they "look healthy."

By Kellee Terrell
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Viewpoints

Is AIDS in Black America More About Behavior or Institutional Factors?

African Americans report less risky behavior than other groups, yet are still most heavily impacted by HIV. Why, then, are solutions that address factors other than behavior -- factors like institutionalized inequality -- often met with resistance?...

By Kellee Terrell
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Personal Stories

This Positive Life: Tim'm West Dispels Stigma and Shame Around Being Black and Bisexual

Had it not been for HIV, Tim'm West fears he might not have made any real contributions to the world. Being bisexual and black, Tim'm has dealt on a personal level with discrimination, but he fights it head-on in his activism and his artistry.

By Kellee Terrell
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HIV/AIDS and the Aging Population: What's Going On?

Three experts on issues related to aging and HIV provide an in-depth overview of the stigma, health problems and quality-of-life concerns faced by HIV-positive people who are age 50 and older.

By Kellee Terrell