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Until We End the HIV Epidemic, ACT UP Is Still Here Fighting Back

TheBody interviews three current ACT UP New York members about their current campaigns and the challenges of organizing during another pandemic.

By Terri Wilder, M.S.W.
George M. Johnson in 2016

“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.

By George M. Johnson
Kneeshe Parkinson credit Katherine Simóne Reynolds

This St. Louis–Based HIV Activist Uses Her Own Story to Make HIV Have ‘Meaning Behind the Numbers’

Positive Women’s Network-USA member and founder of Kneeshe Speaks, Kneeshe Parkinson, talks about the importance of connection, women, and telling our stories.

By Theodore Kerr
Steven Spencer

8 Months Ago, I Was Diagnosed with HIV While on PrEP

Australian activist Steven Spencer on how he came to understand HIV stigma once he tested positive, and his renewed commitment to social justice and enjoyment of life.

By Steven Spencer
Atlanta Skyline with lake Lake Clara

Atlanta Can Do Better to Make Sure People With HIV Have Stable Housing

Local HIV advocate Lisa Britt shares her story of how the city's unspent HOPWA funding mess has impacted her family.

By Lisa Britt
Clockwise from top left: Tiffany Marrero, Tyler Hurt, Corey Clark, and Ariel Sabillon

We're Young, We're Living With HIV, and We've Come a Long Way

In these brief videos, young adults living with HIV answer the question, "What have you learned about yourself since your diagnosis?"

By Daisy Becerra
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Daniel Franzese Advocates for the HIV Community in Hollywood and the Halls of Congress

The actor and comedian speaks on his work at the AIDSWatch 2019 advocacy event -- and about playing an HIV-positive character.

By Charles Sanchez
Louie Ortiz-Fonseca Builds Digital Bridges Between Youth and the Not-So-Young Img

YouTuber Gives LGBTQ Millennials a Place to Talk Honestly About Sexuality and Identity

HIV activist Louie Ortiz-Fonseca is working to create a safe space for LGBTQ youth of color with Kikis With Louie, a biweekly YouTube series that confronts conversations around sexuality and identity with ease and confidence.

By Daisy Becerra
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10 Black Transgender Women to Watch

Black AIDS Institute honors black trans women who are leading the fight for equality, human rights, and civil rights for trans and gender-nonconforming people of color.

By Whitney Alese for The Black AIDS Institute
From Rural New York, Rolake Odetoyinbo Fights for the Rights of Nigerian Women and Girls With HIV Img

From Rural New York, Rolake Odetoyinbo Fights for the Rights of Nigerian Women and Girls With HIV

For National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on March 10, we honor the work of Rolake Odetoyinbo, who fights for the human rights of women and girls, the LGBT community, and people with HIV in Nigeria.

By Sam Avrett