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Mathew Rodriguez

Mathew Rodriguez

Mathew Rodriguez was an editor at TheBody/TheBodyPro from 2012 to 2015 and from 2019 to May 2021. An award-winning queer Latinx journalist and essayist, he is now a senior culture editor at The Atlantic; his past work has been featured in Mic, Out, POZ, Slate, and The Village Voice. He is also an adjunct faculty member at New York University's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.

Latest by Mathew Rodriguez

in quadrants: Mykki Blanco, Billy Porter, Magic Johnson, and Jonathan Van Ness
Features

Fame and HIV/AIDS: History’s Biggest HIV-Positive Celebrities

By coming out about their status—even in death—celebrities can humanize the virus for many people who don’t otherwise know anybody who’s openly living with HIV. They can also help increase awareness and fight stigma.

By Mathew Rodriguez
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Interviews

Before the Storm: The Inside Story of the Earliest News Coverage on HIV/AIDS

Before Jun 5, 1981—before the infamous CDC report and the article in The New York Times that brought mainstream attention to a new epidemic—there was physician-reporter Larry Mass and the New York Native.

By Mathew Rodriguez
AIDS:COVID-19
Reference

What You Need to Know About the New Coronavirus and HIV

Our updated medical advice from HIV doctors and health experts on how to remain healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic if you're living with HIV in the U.S., including guidance on vaccines.

By Myles Helfand, Ginger Skinner and Mathew Rodriguez
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Interviews

Hari Ziyad’s Memoir ‘Black Boy Out of Time’ Is a Spiritual Look at Growing Up Black and Queer

What is the experience of growing up Black and queer in America? Hari Ziyad’s new book Black Boy Out of Time offers a story that is part memoir, part theory, part manifesto, and part prayer.

By Mathew Rodriguez
SAD
Viewpoints

What to Do When You’re SAD for No Apparent Reason

There are many ways to beat seasonal affective disorder before it beats you down.

By Candis Y. McDow and Mathew Rodriguez
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LGBTQ+

HIV in Latinx Communities

Latinx people living in the United States continue to be misunderstood, underrepresented, marginalized, and stigmatized, putting them at risk for HIV acquisition as well as poor HIV outcomes after diagnosis.

By Mathew Rodriguez
HIV self test
News

HIV Self-Care and COVID-19: Lessons for the Future of the HIV Response

COVID-19 has shown that patients are more than capable of taking a bigger role in their health care. How does that translate to HIV care?

By Mathew Rodriguez
wrecking ball
News

For Trans People to Access PrEP, Systemic Barriers Have to Go

Clinics and AIDS service organizations have a responsibility to make sure their programs are welcoming and accessible to trans people.

By Mathew Rodriguez
HIV population
LGBTQ+

What You Need to Know About HIV in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender People in the U.S.

HIV affects many people of various sexual orientations and gender identities living under the LGBTQ+ umbrella—and the reasons behind the statistics explain a lot about why these groups are still so heavily affected by HIV in the U.S. today.

By Mathew Rodriguez
COVID-19 sex
News

New York City Health Department Releases Safer Sex and COVID-19 Guidelines

Whether you're looking to masturbate or have sex with a partner, there are ways to have the safest sex life possible and avoid COVID.

By Mathew Rodriguez