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Olivia G. Ford

Contributing Editor

Olivia Ford is a contributing editor for TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com, as well as a full-time freelance editor and writer based in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Olivia began her engagement with HIV-related media at TheBody.com. She was a proud full-time staff member from late 2007 through early 2014, starting her tenure as a proofreader/copyeditor and ending as the site's executive editor.

Olivia went on to serve as communications director at Positive Women's Network - USA, a national advocacy network of women living with HIV, with which she still regularly collaborates and volunteers. In 2015, Olivia was part of the inaugural cohort of the Rockwood Leadership Institute's Fellowship for Racial and Gender Justice Leaders in the HIV Movement.

Currently a full-time freelance editor and writer, Olivia has consulted with organizations and programs such as Echoing Ida, InPartnership Consulting, the Women's Foundation of California and The Well Project. In addition to TheBody.com, her work has appeared in Black AIDS Weekly, Positively Aware and POZ, among other outlets. A trained birth doula and native Brooklynite, she has been based in New Orleans, Louisiana, since June 2015.

Disclosures

Within the past year, Olivia Ford has had some form of official relationship with each of the following groups/organizations that have a stake in the fight against HIV. These disclosures were last updated on March 2, 2017.

Editorial Contributor/Consultant Roles

  • Black AIDS Weekly
  • HIV Justice Network
  • International Association of Providers of AIDS Care
  • Positively Aware
  • POZ
  • Remedy Health Media (TheBody.com/TheBodyPRO.com)
  • Ribbon Consulting Group
  • Sero Project
  • The Well Project

Volunteer Roles

  • HIV Is Not a Crime National Training Academy: conference planner, presenter
  • Louisiana Anti-Criminalization Movement
  • Michael Johnson Legal Defense Fund
  • New Orleans Week of HIV/AIDS Awareness: social marketing committee
  • Positive Living Conference: conference presenter
  • SPEAK UP! National Leadership Summit for Women Living With HIV: conference presenter, volunteer

Latest by Olivia G. Ford

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Using Lessons From HIV Activism, People With 'Chronic Fatigue Syndrome' Fight for the #MillionsMissing

The onset of mysterious, severe symptoms led Terri Wilder to a diagnosis of myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), or chronic fatigue syndrome. Using lessons learned from her years of HIV activism, Wilder promotes ME awareness against indifference and bias....

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Should I Get a Flu Shot? Flu Vaccine Advice for People Living With HIV

If you’re living with HIV, you might have a lot of questions around your annual flu shot. We’ve got all your answers here.

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How Do You Advise the President About HIV When He Doesn't Want to Be Advised?

Gina Brown, one of six resigning PACHA members, says, "We know that the squeaky wheel gets the oil. And we will squeak, squeak, squeak" till people living with HIV have our voices heard and our needs met.

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Meet Jada Cardona: HIV Gave Her the Strength for Her Gender Transition

Jada Cardona is the first openly trans person to be hired by the state of Louisiana and heads a trans justice group. But her sweetest role is as mom to her dog, Curio, who brought her out of isolation.

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Black Gay and Bisexual Men Create an Immersive, Intimate Performance in Two Southern Cities

As Much As I Can was brought to life by a mix of professional actors -- many from Baltimore and Jackson -- and community members acting for the first time.

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Michael Johnson's HIV Criminalization Trial: Reversal, Reactions, New Developments, Next Steps

Despite resistance from the state where he is incarcerated, former college student and star athlete Michael Johnson may soon have another chance at justice. Get the latest legal and community reports.

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Stigma in Action: 10 Infuriating HIV Criminalization Stories

HIV is not a crime; all HIV criminalization cases are egregious. This roundup presents some particularly heinous, unjust, painful or just plain ridiculous instances of this unfair practice.

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Top 10 Events in HIV Medicine in 2016

The year 2016 has by no means been typical, and the world of HIV medicine is no exception. Olivia G. Ford and Warren Tong bring you this adaptation of TheBodyPRO.com’s annual “Top 10 HIV Clinical Developments.”

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What's at Stake in Trump's America? HIV Community Leaders Share Their Opinions

HIV community voices offer perspectives, plans, wisdom and encouragement after the election of Donald Trump.

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The Lives They Lived and Loved: Remembering 10 HIV Advocates Who Passed Away in 2016

The year 2016 has, for many, been experienced as one of continuous and significant loss. In the HIV community, while nowhere near the volume of loss that defined the 1980s and '90s, it seemed we were losing community members every month. Here, friends …