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Wiesel, Silence and HIV Img

Wiesel, Silence and HIV

"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.

HIV Advocates Turn to Parole Reform, Seeking Release of Aging Prisoners Img

HIV Advocates Turn to Parole Reform, Seeking Release of Aging Prisoners

"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.

My HIV/AIDS Activism Includes Fighting for Racial Justice: A Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton Img

My HIV/AIDS Activism Includes Fighting for Racial Justice: A Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton

"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...

The Impervious Wall of HIV Silence and Denial in a Texas Prison Img

The Impervious Wall of HIV Silence and Denial in a Texas Prison

"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.

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I Was Attacked for Being Gay and HIV Positive. Here's How I'm Fighting Back.

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.

How HIV Stigma Compounded the Trauma of a Violent Anti-Gay Attack Img

How HIV Stigma Compounded the Trauma of a Violent Anti-Gay Attack

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 Finds Optimism While Incarcerated Under an Unjust HIV Law Img

Jeremy Merithew Finds Optimism While Incarcerated Under an Unjust HIV Law

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.

Facing HIV Prejudice and Stigma on the Job as a Prison Barber: A Blog Entry by Tim Hinkhouse Img

Facing HIV Prejudice and Stigma on the Job as a Prison Barber: A Blog Entry by Tim Hinkhouse

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 Img

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.

I Fight for What's Right: Equal Treatment for All: A Blog Entry by Tim Hinkhouse Img

I Fight for What's Right: Equal Treatment for All: A Blog Entry by Tim Hinkhouse

"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."