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Tim Murphy

Contributing Editor

Tim Murphy, based in Brooklyn, has been writing about HIV/AIDS for 25 years, for publications and organizations including TheBody, TheBodyPro, POZ, New York Magazine, The Nation, Housing Works, and Lambda Legal. He is the author of the 1980s New York City AIDS saga Christodora and the new novel Correspondents, which is set between two families in Boston, Beirut, and Baghdad during the years of the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

Latest by Tim Murphy

John Barry in rural New York.
Features

Philly Proves It: Opening Safe-Injection Sites in the U.S. Will Be a Long, Hard Slog

What seemed imminent a few years ago is bogged down in community resistance in cities nationwide. But while overdose deaths continue, activists go on chipping away at the backlash.

Fred Hersh
Interviews

Acclaimed Jazz Pianist and HIV Long-Term Survivor Fred Hersch Is Giving Free Daily Facebook Concerts During the COVID-19 Crisis

He’s playing a mix of his own works, jazz classics, and the American songbook daily at 1 p.m. ET on his livestream.

Cuomo press briefing
News Analysis

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Used His Coronavirus “Hero” Status to Slash the Health Care Budget

Cuomo strong-armed $2.5 billion in Medicaid cuts even after COVID-19 started breaking his state’s health system.

Jawanza James Williams of VOCAL-NY
Incarcerated People

Will New York Governor Cuomo Release Thousands of Aging Prisoners Before COVID-19 Kills Them?

The activist group Release Aging People in Prison has launched an urgent campaign to get the governor to enact mass clemency before the coronavirus sweeps through New York’s 52 prisons.

Leilah Babirye and Amanda Lugg
Personal Stories

At This Harlem Meetup, LGBTQ Immigrants Seeking Asylum in the U.S. Bond and Laugh

The group is a chance to iron out legal challenges, trade tips on shelter and jobs, and simply enjoy some food and fellowship.

Dr. Jason Kindt (left), director of the Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts, supported by Broadway Cares/The Actors Fund, with actor (right).
Features

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Has Started a COVID Emergency Fund for the Struggling Performance Community

Halfway to its $2 million goal, the fund is there for anyone who can document that last year they made at least $6,000 in the performing arts industry.

Tim Murphy selfie.
Personal Stories

Being Trapped Sick in the House Is Making Me Think of the AIDS Days

"It’s a relief to have zero sex drive. It makes you realize that sex can be wildly fulfilling from time to time, but that we probably wouldn’t even bother having sex if the need to have it weren’t always nagging away at us."

Dwayne Steward, Devin Quinn, and Chad Braun
Interviews

In Central Ohio, Advocates Work to Correct HIV Misinformation and Structural Barriers to Care

Columbus is Ohio’s largest city—and home to the state’s largest number of people living with HIV.

Dexter Komakaru in Columbus, Ohio
Features

Some HIV Agencies Providing Housing for Vulnerable Clients Not Living with HIV

Some HIV organizations are coming up with innovative sources of funding to help HIV-negative people, especially LGBTQ youth, stay housed and healthy.

Let's Kick ASS Support Group of Chicago
Features

These Chicago HIV Longtime Survivors Are Kicking ASS Weekly—Together!

If you or others are longtime survivors who meet regularly for support or fun, TheBody wants to hear from you.