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George M. Johnson in 2016

“There’s Going to Be a Narrative Only You Can Tell”

A message of hope and purpose from a leader in HIV advocacy and Black queer empowerment.

Ace Robinson and cousin

African Americans Are Bearing the Brunt of the Coronavirus Pandemic—Including My Family in Albany, Georgia

HIV advocate Ace Robinson writes about the devastating impact of losing several family members to COVID-19.

Bishop Yvette Flunder

Bishop Yvette Flunder Has Spent Decades Challenging People’s Theology Around HIV

For Bishop Yvette Flunder, her work as a Black woman, a lesbian and clergywoman has been to challenge the stigma and rabid homophobia that has exacerbated the worst parts of the AIDS epidemic and instead preach a gospel of radical inclusivity.

Dr. Rik Pavlescak, Gilberto, and Ms. Yolette Bonnet

Palm Beach’s HIV Advocates Hope New Resources Will Change Stagnant Epidemic

Despite its reputation as a playground of the 1%, Palm Beach County has one of the highest HIV rates in the country.

Donna Fuchs and Dante credit Jessica Kloke

Shining a Light on Jacksonville’s HIV Epidemic

“Some people call us southern Georgia,” advocates say.

Amirage Saling Elwood Stroder credit Natalie Faulkenburg

Fighting HIV in a State Facing One of the Nation’s Worst Poverty Rates

Young gay and bisexual men of color, transgender women, and people who use injection drugs are the most vulnerable groups to HIV in Kentucky.

Emil Wilbekin credit Warren White

Emil Wilbekin Is Our Native Son and Afropunk’s Renaissance Man

“I wanted to create a space where we would come together and be forced to look each other in the eye, say hello, speak to each other, and serve as a mirror to each other.”

LaTunja Sockwell and Ashley Young credit Better Community Development

Arkansas Advocates Hope New Federal Funding Will Change the Course of HIV in This State

Poverty, religious conservatism, and a lack of sexual health education drive the HIV epidemic in Arkansas.

man typing on phone

When Using Dating Apps, Disclosing My HIV Status Is Earned, Not Your Right to Know

“Revealing every nuance about my health with someone who doesn’t know my favorite color feels rash,” Juan Michael Porter II writes.