Kenyon Farrow spoke with two activists living with HIV to hear, from their perspectives, where activism fits into the work to change the course of the epidemic for black gay men's lives.
"So many other people that are of trans experience want to have a family and want to have love and want to go to school. I don't take that for granted," says Octavia Lewis, who was diagnosed with HIV at 25 a decade ago.
"In most inner city communities of color, there aren't many places that provide sanctuary for us to live, love and celebrate," says Jason Walker. As a young person with HIV, he found that sanctuary as a queer club kid.
"I just hope to be able to use my story to help the next little girl or boy who is suffering silently the way I was," said Basketball Wives star Patrice Curry, "or help another young adult who has to raise their little brother or sister because the...
"Two weeks before, my doctor assured me that I did not have anything to fear. He didn't really see the need for me to be tested," London recalls. "Well, where was he now? Why wasn't he here to reaffirm those feeling?"
One of the hardest parts of being an HIV tester was telling someone they are positive, Smith said, especially when testing young black men like himself. Then he tested positive and realized, "learning that you are HIV+ is a series of moments over a l...
"The thrilling advances of PrEP and treatment as prevention have ushered in a new prevention paradigm -- one that requires collaboration across HIV care and prevention and one that depends on culturally appropriate clinical providers," writes Murray ...
Through the story of an uneducated sharecropper and her family, the documentary Wilhemina's War shows the devastating toll HIV/AIDS has on black women in the rural Southern U.S.
"A greater percentage of blacks in West Virginia who have been diagnosed with HIV are dying than anywhere else in the U.S. and people don't seem to care," writes Gibson. "How many more have to die before people do?"
"This is spiritual work, and I feel as if I am spiritually guided," explains Shabazz-El of the U.S. Positive Women's Network (PWN). "My story is one where God has purposely placed people in my life."