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Sanjay Johnson

Sanjay Johnson Faces Prison Sentence in Arkansas HIV Crime Trial

Sanjay Johnson's attorney seeks to overturn state law, and even his accuser worries Johnson's potential sentence is too severe.

Nikko Briteramos

Denied Service Because of His Status, Nikko Briteramos Wants to End HIV Stigma in Barbershops and Beyond

Nikko Briteramos just wanted a haircut. The rejection was especially acute because it had come from one of the few safe spaces he knew: the black man's barbershop.

Tiffany Marrero

Becoming My Mother's Child: Afro-Latina and Living With HIV

"In my dreams, I believe she tried as hard as she could to make it right," Tiffany Marrero writes about her mother she never knew. "By naming me, it proves to me that she in her own way tried to tell me she loved me."

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Spotlight: Edward Jackson

"The challenges of HIV and aging still represent an enormous gift and paradox," Edward Jackson writes. "This gift defines my commitment to this life-giving, life-changing vision to the reduce stigma, provide education, and end HIV in our lives."

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His Lifelong Journey to Being Poz and Proud

Rae Colyer tells the story of his older brother, from coming out as gay as a teen to receiving an HIV diagnosis, and eventually finding love and a new purpose in HIV activism.

Hataria James

'One Little Prick of the Finger Determined My Life'

While Hataria James is in an incredibly stable place in her life right now, 16 years ago she would have never imagined where she is at today.

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I'm Undetectable, but My CD4 Dropped: I Thought I Was an Outlier, but I'm Not So Different After All

"Something is happening in my body, and I'd like to know what to do about it," Takia Miller writes.

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Milestones of a Mississippi Man

Just days before his 20th birthday, Antwan Matthews tested positive for HIV. It only took him a few hours to make the bold decision to not let his new status bring him down, and to use it to somehow help others.

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Anything for My Children: A Reflection on Being an HIV-Positive Mom

"I still hear people talking about the terrible discrimination they face because of their HIV," says Lisa Thompson. "I can't stand to be silent any longer."

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National Book Award Finalist Danez Smith Discusses Writing One's Whole Self: Black, Queer, HIV Positive

"The more I learn to live with my own complexity and contradictions, the more I'm willing to also allow those contradictions to be seen in the work," states poet Danez Smith.