"All I had seen in the news about HIV is that 'you're going to die," Guy Anthony says. "I didn't want to accept that narrative for myself; neither did I want to accept that narrative for my friends."
Prevention activist Justin Lofton says that HIV agencies aren't doing enough to tell clients about PrEP. And that's a problem.
"I learned that people felt they were entitled to my body and health status," writes Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad, after he refused taking HIV meds as a protest.
"All of the sudden, he wasn't really interested in sex," recalls Alleen King-Carter. "Even though I had educated him about how HIV undetectable = untransmittable, his counselors and parole officers said he was still endangering himself."
Our fierce contributor Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad interviews the equally fierce Chicago HIV/AIDS and racial/social justice organizer Maximillian Boykin.
"The acquisition of HIV was as ingrained in my destiny as the necessity of attending college to escape intergenerational poverty."
Not an HIV Poster Child: Why I, as a Black Queer Person, Left Non-Profit Work -- A Blog Entry by Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad
Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad digs into the insidiousness of racism and his experiences at non-profit organizations.
In observance of National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, AIDS United asks their policy fellow about his journey to understanding HIV prevention, treatment, and care.
Meta Smith-Davis' journey has taken her from being a "torn up from the floor up, ex-con, drug addicted homeless black woman living with HIV," to working as a coordinator for the Stigma Index Project.
"As I contemplate turning 52 a few weeks ago, I thought of what I would say to my younger self that could sustain me for my life to come," Art Jackson writes.