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Ron Simmons
Features

Remembering Dr. Ron Simmons, Black Gay Activist and HIV Champion Who Was So Much More

From the Vietnam anti-war movement to HIV/AIDS, TheBody remembers this trailblazing activist.

George M. Johnson in 2016
Personal Stories

“There’s Going to Be a Narrative Only You Can Tell”

A message of hope and purpose from a leader in HIV advocacy and Black queer empowerment.

Stacy Jennings and Naina Khanna of Positive Women’s Network
Features

Here’s How One Organization Is Helping Women Living With HIV Cope With the COVID-19 Era

“The impact ... has been devastating on women living with HIV,” says Naina Khanna of Positive Women’s Network.

HIV doula
Features

What Would an HIV Doula Do? Collective Turns Attention to Radical Care in Time of COVID

By raising questions and considerations, these activists remind us to build community in a time of distance by loving, not fearing, each other.

Deloris Dockrey
Interviews

Remembering HIV Activist Deloris Dockrey, Recently Lost to COVID-19

The activist for the rights of Black women and immigrants living with HIV is remembered by friend and colleague Martha Cameron, M.P.H.

Fred Hersh
Interviews

Acclaimed Jazz Pianist and HIV Long-Term Survivor Fred Hersch Is Giving Free Daily Facebook Concerts During the COVID-19 Crisis

He’s playing a mix of his own works, jazz classics, and the American songbook daily at 1 p.m. ET on his livestream.

Magic Johnson, Jonathan Van Ness, Mykki Blanco
Features

Fame and HIV/AIDS: History’s Biggest HIV-Positive Celebrities

By coming out about their status -- even in death -- celebrities can humanize the virus for many people who don’t otherwise know anybody who’s openly living with HIV. They can help increase awareness and fight stigma.

Lorena Borjas
News

Lorena Borjas, New York City–Based Trans Activist, Dies of COVID-19

Borjas, a leader in Queens, New York’s Latinx trans community, died on March 30 and was honored with a virtual memorial.

Candy Marcum and Howie Daire
Interviews

Candy Marcum, a Therapist and Lesbian, Has Helped Gay Men in Texas Since the Early Days of AIDS

In the underfunded world of early 1980s HIV care, Candy Marcum worked at a Dallas-based resource center that opened up a hotline for gay men with HIV when it was still called GRID.