"We need to continue to speak out, those living with and those affected by HIV, in order to ensure that we are not forgotten, and that the legacy of those who can no longer speak out continues," Nina Bennett writes.
"People with AIDS are vilified for something they did once in their lives -- for unsafe sex or injecting drugs," says Laura Whitehorn. It's similar with the population aging in prison, she says, held indefinitely due to parole denials.
"People do not need to die, whether it is as a result of AIDS-related illnesses or at the hands of police," Aaron Laxton writes. "What I and many others advocate for might originate from different mechanisms of injustice, but they often impact the sa...
"No amount of self-reliance and confidence could have inured me to the flagrant homophobia, racism and HIV stigmatization I confronted," says Gabriel Torres, an HIV doctor who is in prison as the result of meth addiction.
Two men came to Todd Heywood's home for what they said was a date. Instead, they beat and robbed him in an intentional attack against a gay man with HIV. Months later, he faces the fallout from this stigma-fueled crime.
Even as he testified as the victim of a brutal anti-gay attack, Todd Heywood faced HIV ignorance and stigma. Now he speaks out against HIV disclosure and criminalization policies that he says can increase risk of violence.
Jeremy Merithew shares about his everyday life serving an HIV criminalization sentence in a Michigan prison, the injustice of the law that got him there and how his experiences awoke his spiritual curiosity.
People rely on Tim Hinkhouse to cut their hair and do a good job. To those who stigmatize him for his HIV status, he says: "I will not let you characterize me as disgraceful or brand me with your misunderstandings!"
Gender Inequality and HIV in South Africa: Learning From Dr. Wendee Wechsberg of RTI's Global Gender Center -- A Blog Entry by Lynda Arnold
Just back from a conference on gender inequality, HIV, drug use and violence, Lynda Arnold senses that real change is in the air, thanks to people like Wendee Wechsberg, Ph.D., of RTI International.
"My life seems easier living with an open mind than when I closed myself off to others who choose to live their lives differently from mine," Tim Hinkhouse explains. "Please don't think for one second that I won't accept you."