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Protestors occupy the steps on the East Front of the U.S. Capitol in protest of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, October 6, 2018 in Washington, DC.

Women With HIV Look Back on Confronting Supporters of Justice Brett Kavanaugh

Unity and struggling together can help us make it through -- and help us heal when we face trauma, lifelong organizer JD Davids writes.

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How One LGBTQ Clinic Practices Trauma-Focused Therapy

Morris Roy, Ph.D., with Callen-Lorde Community Health Center in New York City, explains how therapists can help people who have experienced trauma find peace of mind.

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#MeToo Movement Founder Tarana Burke Opens the Biomedical HIV Prevention Summit -- and a Conversation About Sexual Violence and Harassment

Nearly a dozen speakers related their experiences with sexual assault and intimate partner violence and their relationship to HIV at the third Biomedical HIV Prevention Summit in Los Angeles.

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Violence Against Women and HIV

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Women, HIV and Violence What Is Domestic or Intimate Partner Violence? Questions to Ask Yourself or Someone Who May Have Been Abused Danger Signs in a Partner or Potential Partner Disclosing Safely Decreasing Your Risk ...

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Women Around the Nation Speak Up for the Day of Action to End Violence Against Women Living With HIV

"With community events around the country happening from last week through the first week of November," PWN-USA writes, "our third annual Day of Action to End Violence Against Women Living with HIV is shaping up to be another success."

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Fact Sheet: Criminalization as Violence Against Women Living With HIV

"Women living with HIV are likely to have experienced intimate partner violence, sexual assault, physical and emotional abuse and trauma at rates much higher than the general population in the U.S.," PWN-USA writes. "These different forms of violence...

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My Take on the Violence

"We wish to teach our children to stand up, to fight, to advocate for themselves," Angel S. writes on the Day of Action to End Violence Against Women Living With HIV. "Then the reality of what you're up against becomes very real."

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Women Living With HIV Are Leading the Way

"Virtually all HIV communications in the U.S. exaggerate that there is still a risk of transmission, leaving all of us with HIV vulnerable to stigma, harms and injustice," Bruce Richman writes. "The exaggerated risk and intersecting stigmas leave wom...

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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.

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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.