"I consider their ignorance and choose compassion with education and knowledge."
In North Carolina, Greater Charlotte is booming, but income disparity, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids on immigrants, and spread-out service providers all create challenges to reversing HIV rates.
Caracole, an HIV/AIDS services provider in Cincinnati, has responded to a spike in HIV there by expanding harm reduction, housing, and pre-exposure prophylaxis.
Following months of uncertainty, funding of transgender and black gay organizations will continue in partnership with AIDS United.
"What's covered up cannot heal. I want this foundation to move forward and do great things," said Carleisha Murry, the new executive director.
"If you educate yourself, you can protect yourself," says Thelma Garcia, the HIV service director of East Los Angeles Women's Center. "Helping different women in my community is the passion that keeps me going."