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Raif Derrazi
News

Bodybuilding and Fitness Helped Raif Derrazi Cope While Living with HIV

Like many people, bodybuilder Raif Derrazi is trying to find balance during the stress of COVID times. His balance just happens to include his social media presence and living with HIV.

By Katherine Abando
Dr. Julio Montaner, head of the BC Center for Excellence in HIV/AIDS
News

How One Canadian Province Hit Its Lowest Rate of HIV Transmission Ever

Despite the interruptions in testing and treatment caused by the COVID-19 pandemic elsewhere, Julio Montaner, M.D., and colleagues in British Columbia have nearly eliminated HIV there.

By Ray Mwareya
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Interviews

Curtis Smith Turned His AIDS Loss and Pain Into Service to Others

Curtis is the founder of Families Living with AIDS Care Center, a lifeline in what once was an HIV services desert in Southern California.

By Tim Murphy
HIV power couple Amy Kililea and Lauren Banks-Kililea and their children
Interviews

This HIV Power Couple’s First Convo Was About Medicaid Expansion

It’s all advocacy all the time for policy-wonk wives and moms Amy Killelea and Lauren Banks Killelea. But they like it that way.

By Tim Murphy
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Interviews

Sean Coleman Made His Dream of Housing for NYC’s Trans/GNC Sex Workers Come True

Even amid COVID, the City Council–funded Bronx supportive residence is open for business—and reflects just the beginning of Coleman’s plans.

By Tim Murphy
Positive Women's Network
News

Positive Women’s Network Wants You to Celebrate and Honor Black Women in the HIV Movement

Leading up to and on March 12, Positive Women’s Network will be holding an art contest, town hall, and more events honoring the work of Black women in the fight against HIV.

By Tim Murphy
Sonnabend
News

Joseph Sonnabend, Brilliant Early AIDS Doctor, Would Treat Patients for Free

The amfAR and ACRIA cofounder, a hero in 1980s and ’90s New York City, died in London on Jan. 24 at age 88.

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Interviews

Meet the Founders of the Molly House, Where Masculine-of-Center Sex Workers Are Mobilizing Online

A COVID-19 relief fund and a digital space for support help break down isolation.

By Emmett Patterson
Pamela Sneed
Interviews

The ‘Funeral Diva’ Pamela Sneed Remembers AIDS, Art, and Activism in New Book

Black lesbian poet and activist Pamela Sneed discusses her latest collection of essays and poems, ‘Funeral Diva.’

By Kenyon Farrow
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Features

First PrEP, Now the COVID-19 Vaccine: Why I Faced Medical Mistrust Head On

Black communities have many reasons for mistrust of medical authorities. But getting vaccinated can help us get to a place where we can be together again, safely.

By Michael Chancley Jr., M.S.W.