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.


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

Categories Covered:HIV-Related Policy Issues, Other Populations, HIV Stigma and Discrimination, Gay Men, Mental Health, Nutrition and Fitness, HIV Advocacy and Activism, Living Well With HIV, HIV Treatment and Medical Care, Starting HIV Treatment and Medical Care, Tools and Tips for HIV Advocacy, Legal Issues, HIV/AIDS Outside the U.S., Financial Issues, African-Americans, HIV Advocates in the Spotlight, People Over 50, Personal Stories from the HIV Community, Finding HIV Support Groups and Services, Latinx People, Non-Medical HIV Prevention, Women, HIV in the Trump Era, Trans People, HIV Testing, Non-HIV Sexually Transmitted Infections, HIV Prevention and Transmission, Spirituality and Religion, Disclosing Your HIV Status, People Under 30, Curing HIV, Relationships and Sex, Conceiving and Having a Baby, HIV in Specific Countries, Body Fat, Lipodystrophy and HIV, HIV in Film, TV, and Media, PrEP (HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis), Truvada (Tenofovir/FTC), Newly Diagnosed, HIV in Arts and Entertainment, Gastrointestinal (Gut) Issues and HIV, Anemia, Fatigue, and HIV, Physical Health Issues, Flu (Influenza), Colds, and HIV, Myths About HIV/AIDS, HIV in the Arts, Switching or Stopping HIV Treatment, Regional/Global Anti-HIV Efforts, History of HIV/AIDS

Latest by Olivia G. Ford

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....

By Olivia G. Ford

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.

By Olivia G. Ford

Welcome to TheBody.com's Resource Center for Trans People and HIV

Much remains to be learned about HIV and the health and well-being of people of transgender experience. This resource center seeks to make a small contribution to filling that knowledge gap.

By Olivia G. Ford

Rest in Peace and in Power: Remembering HIV Activism Pioneer Prudence Mabele

Prudence Mabele, a veteran, pioneer and guiding light in activism for people living with HIV across the globe, passed away on July 10 in her native South Africa.

By Olivia G. Ford

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.

By Olivia G. Ford

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.

By Olivia G. Ford

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.

By Olivia G. Ford

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.

By Olivia G. Ford

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.

By Olivia G. Ford

Report Reveals Long-Standing Anti-Black Bias in Canadian HIV Criminalization Reporting

To end racial bias and misinformation in Canadian HIV criminalization stories, journalists must draw on the expertise of people with HIV, HIV service organizations and human rights advocates, researchers suggest.

By Olivia G. Ford