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.
The Counter Narrative Project writes, "With all the promise in reducing risk for acquiring HIV, we must ask: 'How are we still failing Black gay men in 2016?'"
"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.
"We know that Black MSM and young Black MSM are the most at-risk populations on the planet," Phill Wilson writes. "We call upon Emory University and the CDC to focus their efforts on appropriately quantifying the AIDS epidemic among them."
In a poignant article about "The Perfect Storm Facing Black Men on HIV," Marvell L. Terry II spoke to some of the reasons black gay and bisexual men, particularly those living in the South, continue to bear the brunt of new HIV transmissions.
"Being a bottom is a statement that displays dominance, control, power and, most importantly, consideration of others that may never be given in return," says Johnson. "The shaming needs to stop."
Taking pride in how strong and resistant his community has been in fighting against this epidemic, George M. Johnson walks through the timeline of key moments in the HIV experience in Black America.
"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 ...
Following an opinion piece on why Hillary Clinton is bad news for black women with HIV, Fung received several comments with a similar refrain: "Hillary is better than the competition." But is she really?
"It's sad that we have to jump up and holler to be recognized 30 years into this epidemic," writes Corrie Franks about being a heterosexual man with HIV.