Poor, religious, and rife with racial inequality, Alabama embodies the challenges of ending the epidemic in the Deep South, where rural areas and young black men who have sex with men carry the HIV burden.
"I'd rather stay where I am and keep doing this work for others."
Medicaid Block Grants Will Sabotage Health Care for Women, Communities of Color, and LGBTQ Community
The public health insurance program remains a favorite political target of conservatives.
"My gayness -- my identity -- is not a sin," says Rev. Aquarius Gilmer, the director of governmental affairs and advocacy at the Southern AIDS Coalition. "The sin is that people don't have access to prevention or care, not how a person contracts HIV or that they are living with HIV."
In a gentrifying city in the shadow of wealthy San Francisco, HIV service providers think of everything -- housing, food assistance, a spiritual community, and electrolysis -- they need to meet people's needs.
The organization is committed to serving the community despite the political challenges.
Zee Strong creates the digital living quilt.
It may be suburbia, but Prince George's County HIV service providers are hard at work fighting poverty-related health risks and expanding sexual health education.
Local HIV advocate Lisa Britt shares her story of how the city's unspent HOPWA funding mess has impacted her family.
Poverty, stigma and racial health disparities drive HIV rates that are among the nation's highest. But expanded Medicaid and PrEP access seem to have contributed to a recent drop in new cases.