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Black Gay Boys Struggling With Depression and Crystal Meth -- You're Going to Be OK

Crystal meth use rates seem to be rising among black and Latinx gay and bisexual men in most parts of the U.S. This is one young man's journey to mental health and recovery.

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?"

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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.

A protestor demonstrates near R. Kelly's studio in Chicago on Jan. 9.

R. Kelly, Sexual Predators, and HIV in a Society Where Black Girls Don't Matter

The Lifetime documentary 'Surviving R. Kelly' has helped highlight how sexual assault impacts young black girls and teens. Evany Turk explains how ending rape culture is essential to ending the HIV epidemic.

Thomas Davis in The Catharsis Project

Young, Gifted, and Black: Dancer Thomas Davis and His HIV Catharsis

Since being diagnosed with HIV at age 20, Thomas Davis has used his dance talent to educate and advocate.

Phill Wilson, right, and Paul Kawata speak at USCA 2018

It's Time for the Next Generation of HIV Activists to Lead

"The best gift we could give this movement is to step aside," said prominent HIV activist Phill Wilson at the U.S. Conference on AIDS. "This younger generation is smarter, younger, wiser, more capable, and they have the foundation that we built."

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Grope, Dope, and HIV

After Sherri Lewis realized that childhood sexual abuse was linked to her drug use and HIV status, real change began. Inspired by the #MeToo movement, Lewis is sharing her story here for the first time.

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Youth Advocate Spotlight: Zamora Fellow Ryan McElhose

In observance of National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, AIDS United asks their policy fellow about his journey to understanding HIV prevention, treatment, and care.

We're Still Here: Documentary Tells the Stories of Young People Born With HIV

We're Still Here: Documentary Tells the Stories of Young People Born With HIV

"We were trying to make sense of it all before we could even fully develop into who we were as people ... and these experiences have shaped our lives for better or for worse," says filmmaker Grissel Granados in a voiceover for We're Still Here, a s...

4 Things You'd Say to Your Younger (Positive or Not) Self Img

4 Things You'd Say to Your Younger (Positive or Not) Self

"I decided to reach out to a few people older than me, who have lived longer with HIV, to learn from them," writes Deondre Moore. "What insight do they have for a younger me -- or a younger them?"