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Aaron Anderson with Claire Gasamagera and their son Calvin.

I Found Love (and Love of Self) After HIV, and You Can Too

In his first time writing publicly about his HIV status, Aaron Anderson details how he learned to love after being diagnosed with HIV.

A protestor demonstrates near R. Kelly's studio in Chicago on Jan. 9.

R. Kelly, Sexual Predators, and HIV in a Society Where Black Girls Don't Matter

The Lifetime documentary 'Surviving R. Kelly' has helped highlight how sexual assault impacts young black girls and teens. Evany Turk explains how ending rape culture is essential to ending the HIV epidemic.

Credit: Selfie by Michael Lamb

I'm a Young, White, Gay Man Living With HIV, Here's How I Became Committed to Racial Justice

Michael Lamb was a white gay man who thought he knew it all. Then he was diagnosed with HIV, and he realized that if he wanted to end HIV stigma and racism, he had to start with himself.

Thomas Davis in The Catharsis Project

Young, Gifted, and Black: Dancer Thomas Davis and His HIV Catharsis

Since being diagnosed with HIV at age 20, Thomas Davis has used his dance talent to educate and advocate.

Toraje Heyward

Newly Diagnosed With HIV, I've Got Challenges and a Lot of Blessings in Store for the New Year

After being diagnosed with HIV in April 2018, Toraje Heyward realized that there was much work to do.

Joshua Stovall

Losing My Religion: He Lost His Church, but Joshua Stovall Found His Faith

Growing up in his father's church, Joshua Stovall had a religious upbringing. But it wasn't until he became HIV-positive that he discovered the real meaning of faith.

Yolo Akili

Meet Health Equity Hero Yolo Akili Robinson

The executive director and founder of the Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM) recently oversaw a multimillion-dollar NIH research initiative focusing on improving health outcomes for young black and Latino men.

Marnina Ross-Miller

Marnina Ross-Miller Is a Young Leader Who Wants to Learn From Older HIV Activists

An interview with Marnina Ross-Miller about the obstacles young black women still face in taking on leadership roles in the HIV movement, as well as opportunities they have.

Phill Wilson, right, and Paul Kawata speak at USCA 2018

It's Time for the Next Generation of HIV Activists to Lead

"The best gift we could give this movement is to step aside," said prominent HIV activist Phill Wilson at the U.S. Conference on AIDS. "This younger generation is smarter, younger, wiser, more capable, and they have the foundation that we built."