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The National Failure on Sexual Health Education Fuels HIV Transmissions

A veteran teacher makes the case for educating youth about sexual health.

By Alejandro Acosta
Black female patient

Black Women Should Get to Decide Whether PrEP Is an Option

Despite Black women’s increased risk for HIV in the U.S., they are not being told about medication to prevent it.

By Candis Y. McDow
Black woman talking to doctor

Doctor Silent About HIV and PrEP? Here’s How Black Women Can Self-Advocate

If you are a Black woman, and your doctor doesn’t mention incorporating HIV prevention into your care, these questions may help guide the conversation.

By Dali Adekunle
Black woman in prison

To Tackle HIV Among Black Women, We Must Tackle the Racial Disparity Behind Bars

The collective harms of racism within mass incarceration contribute greatly to disproportionate HIV prevalence and outcomes within Black communities.

By Barbara Jungwirth
Character Jill Baxter from It's a Sin

What Is the Inner Life of Jill Baxter on ‘It’s a Sin’?

True-life women caregivers and activists of the AIDS era in the 1980s talk about whether Jill's "angel of mercy" character is realistic.

By Tim Murphy
Sero Project staff members Kamaria Laffrey, Tami Haught, and Cindy Stine during preparations for the HIV Is Not A Crime Conference (HINAC).

Trump May Be Gone, but the HIV Criminalization Fight Goes On

There’s still work to do, even under a more progressive administration.

By Giuli Alvarenga
Black patient

Medical Racism, Casual or Overt, Has No Place in Patients’ Lives

“They’re not treating you like a human being or someone who has a son and loved ones, careers, and dreams. You’re just a Black statistic to them. And that is so painful.”

By Juan Michael Porter II
Amy Coney Barrett swearing-in

How Amy Coney Barrett’s Confirmation Could Affect Queer Americans

The new Supreme Court justice’s extreme right-wing views could affect health care access in many ways, from reproductive health care to funding for HIV prevention.

By Anni Irish
Trump goodbye

As the Trump Era Ends, HIV Activists Need to Go Big or Go Home

In this kind of environment, sticking to our business-as-usual HIV advocacy isn’t going to be enough, argues contributing editor and longtime activist Kenyon Farrow.

By Kenyon Farrow
erasing fear

How to Shift Our Understanding of STIs Away from Shame and Toward Education

Language is a powerful tool in encouraging—or discouraging, if we’re not careful—young people to learn about sexually transmitted infections and protect themselves.

By Gigi Engle