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PACHA members meet in October 2019 at a summit hosted by Florida's Care Resource HIV agency.
News

Will the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS Ever Be Useful Again?

PACHA started with a bang in the Reagan era. Since then, and especially under Trump, it’s never had much real impact. Could that change?

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).
Viewpoints

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
Rochelle Walensky, M.D., M.P.H., speaks during a news conference at the Queen Theater in Wilmington, Delaware, on Dec. 8, 2020
Features

HIV Ally Rochelle Walensky Will Lead the CDC Under Biden. Can She Rehab the Agency After Four Years of Trump?

Walensky is an expert on implementing health care solutions and is widely respected among HIV advocates. She’s also the second recent senior CDC hire who’s white, at a time when health crises are hitting people of color especially hard.

By Tim Murphy
Amy Coney Barrett swearing-in
Viewpoints

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
depressed in house
Features

The COVID-19 Pandemic Is a Perfect Storm for People With Substance Use Disorders and Addiction

Between social distancing, depression caused by loss and unemployment, and the shortage of services caused by austerity measures, people struggling with substance use have many challenges and little support.

By Tuyishime Claire Gasamagera
Trump goodbye
Viewpoints

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
President-elect Joe Biden And Vice President-elect Kamala Harris fist bump after election win
Features

Trump’s Leaving, But Health Care Challenges Remain. Where Do We Go From Here?

We checked in with some top advocates about why (and how) the HIV community must continue to mobilize in the face of an undecided Senate majority and an uncertain future for health care in the U.S.

By Tim Murphy
Tanya Asapansa-Johnson Walker and Cecilia Gentili
Interviews

NYC Trans Warriors Cecilia Gentili and Tanya Asapansa-Johnson Walker Talk Beating Trump’s Anti-Trans Health Care Rule in Court (for Now)

The Trump administration has until the end of October to respond to the decision, but the recent pro-LGBT Supreme Court ruling makes its argument pretty weak.

By Tim Murphy
Arianna Inurritegui-Lint
Interviews

This Trans Latina Living With HIV Is Serving Her Florida Community—And Suing Trump for Health Care Discrimination

“Access to health care is a human right,” says Arianna Inurritegui-Lint, the founder of Arianna’s Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

By Tim Murphy
Max Westerman and Sean Strub
Interviews

Being a Gay, HIV-Positive Mayor of a Small Town: New Film Documents an Activist's Rise in the Trump Era

Sean Strub founded the HIV publication POZ and the advocacy group The Sero Project. Now he's showcased in a documentary that tells the story of how he became the mayor of Milford, Pennsylvania.

By Terri Wilder, M.S.W.