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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.
Rochelle Walensky, M.D., M.P.H., speaks during a news conference at the Queen Theater in Wilmington, Delaware, on Dec. 8, 2020

HIV Ally Rochelle Walensky Will Lead the CDC Under Biden. Can She Rehab the Agency After Four Years of Trump?

Walensky is an expert on implementing health care solutions and is widely respected among HIV advocates. She’s also the second recent senior CDC hire who’s white, at a time when health crises are hitting people of color especially hard.

By Tim Murphy
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What HIV Activists Are Adding to Their Quarantine Music Playlists

Four nonprofit leaders share the music that keeps them inspired.

By Emmett Patterson
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Remembering Rusti Miller-Hill, Whose Life Spanned Multiple Women’s Movements

“She just didn’t know how many people she touched, and helped, and made feel good.”

By Olivia G. Ford
Angela Motsusi

Meet the South African Nurse Living With HIV Who Inadvertently Sparked a Global Anti-Stigma Movement

Angela Motsusi created the hashtag #NormalizingHIVChallenge on a whim—and watched it catch fire in a matter of days.

By Tim Murphy
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Anti-Stigma “I Can Give U” Campaign Takes Social Media by Storm

This DIY PSA campaign has spread internationally, telling the world about the wonderful things people with HIV can give, while successful treatment allows them to not give HIV.

By Charles Sanchez
Henry van Ameringen

Fairy Godfather: Remembering Henry van Ameringen, Who Gave Nearly $150 Million to HIV and LGBTQ Causes

The gay fragrance heir constantly opened his checkbook for projects to support the queer community’s most vulnerable.

By Tim Murphy
Felix Gonzales-Torres

The Lasting Legacy of Artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres

Gonzalez-Torrez’ installations and their commentary on loss and time speak to us during the present pandemic.

By Anni Irish
Donja R. Love

This Playwright Is Helping People Living With HIV to ‘Write It Out!’

Black, queer, HIV-positive playwright Donja R. Love launches a new writing workshop.

By Juan Michael Porter II
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What’s a Pride Without Latex? COVID-19 Cancels GMHC’s 30th Anniversary Latex Ball

The event, which serves as party and HIV prevention model, hopes for a COVID-free future.

By Stephen Hicks