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Illinois Poised to Become Second U.S. State to Decriminalize HIV Non-Disclosure Before Sex

It's 2021, and three quarters of U.S. states still have some form of HIV non-disclosure criminalization law on the books. But that number is about to drop by one.

By Tim Murphy
Rachel Levine, M.D., U.S. Assistant Secretary of Health

“I Understand How Important This Is”: Rachel Levine, M.D., on the Early Days of HIV and Being an Advocate for LGBTQ Youth

The U.S.'s new Assistant Secretary for Health reflects on 40 (official) years of AIDS and the long legacy of HIV and LGBTQ advocacy.

By Terri Wilder, M.S.W.
Donja R. Love

Respectful Communication Can Save HIV-Positive Lives

If medical providers want to ensure adherence and linkage to care for people living with HIV, they will need to check their humanity.

By Juan Michael Porter II
Carmarion D. Anderson-Harvey

Anti-Transgender Bills Are Active in Dozens of States. Here’s How Trans Folks and Allies Are Fighting Back

This is a record year for bills aiming to block trans youth from medical care or school sports—and some have already passed.

By Tim Murphy
Asian American patient

Asian-American Health Data Is Guilty of Erasure by Aggregation

Are Asian Americans really at low risk for HIV? And which Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities are we talking about? Research methods need to change so we can see where the needs are.

By Juan Michael Porter II
SOAR syringe-exchange and harm-reduction services

Harsh New Restrictions in West Virginia Show Just How Fragile Needle Exchange Programs Can Be

Both the state and the capital city just made it almost impossible to protect drug users and their service providers—despite HIV outbreaks and the nation’s No. 1 overdose crisis.

By Tim Murphy
Ritchie Torres

Why LGBTQ People Should Run for Political Office

One of the most effective ways to make sure LGBTQ+ rights are on the agenda is to get a seat at the table.

By Juan Michael Porter II
Deirdre Johnson

Virginia Proves HIV Criminalization Laws Are Harder to Repeal Than They Should Be

Advocates in Viriginia got much—though not all—of what they wanted, providing a strategy blueprint for several states where a second look at such laws is imminent.

By Tim Murphy
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NYC Working Group Urges Policymakers to Recognize COVID-19 as a Chronic Condition

A new report calls for action towards health justice and healing for New York communities disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.

By Terri Wilder, M.S.W.
Anthony Fauci, M.D.

Learning From HIV Research, $1.15 Billion for NIH Long-Term Studies of COVID-19 Must be Wisely Spent

We must recognize long COVID-19 as a chronic condition—and that starts with an equitable, community-led, and long-term response.

By JD Davids