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From Being Gay in Gang Life to Dealing With HIV and Mental Health Img

From Being Gay in Gang Life to Dealing With HIV and Mental Health

Michael Storm is a Latino immigrant who moved to the U.S. when he was only eight. Though he struggled with chronic depression, he chose to ignore his mental health -- which led to a breakdown shortly after his HIV diagnosis in 2007\. Michael had to r...

My Body May Feel Weak Sometimes, but My Spirit Always Pulls Me Through: A Blog Entry by Maria T. Mejia Img

My Body May Feel Weak Sometimes, but My Spirit Always Pulls Me Through: A Blog Entry by Maria T. Mejia

(But even sometimes my spirit has a limit!!) Sometimes I feel like I can't continue. I feel that the energy gets low. This is normal to me ... it has always been like this. Ever since I was a teen I had this fear that I had to live every moment to t...

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Hey HIV

"Thank you, HIV. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, because you actually formed me and changed the little girl and teenager that was full of hate -- an uncompassionate, angry kid that didn't have any direction but to do bad things, and felt so wo...

It's Friday ... and I Still Have HIV: A Blog Entry by Maria T. Mejia Img

It's Friday ... and I Still Have HIV: A Blog Entry by Maria T. Mejia

"At the end of the day, I, like so many people dealing with HIV/AIDS, have to look at my face in the mirror. The face is the same, it ages a little, but the story is still the same, and I think to myself, 'It's Friday I still have HIV.'"

HIV/AIDS and Latinas: What Does Gender Have to Do With It? Part 2

At some point in life, 1 in 106 Latinas will be diagnosed with HIV in the U.S. In addition, while Latinas account for only 14 percent of the U.S. female population over the age of 13, they account for 18 percent of all HIV cases among women and accou...

HIV/AIDS and Latinas: What Does Gender Have to Do With It? Part 1 Img

HIV/AIDS and Latinas: What Does Gender Have to Do With It? Part 1

In this exclusive, two-part roundtable discussion, a group of four Latinas deeply involved in the HIV community talk about a range of major issues that contribute to HIV prevention and treatment gaps among Latin-American women. The tackle issues such...

HIV Helped Me Rediscover Life: A Gay Man of Color Tells His Story

It was the summer of 1982 and I was watching the evening news at a friend's home in the Bronx. The anchorman, with some alarm in his voice, walked us through some disturbing images of intravenous drug users and gay white men who were believed to be t...

Punks and Fags: Homophobia in Black and Latino Communities

"FAGGOT MOTHERFUCKER" said a Black man on the corner of 129th and Fifth Avenue in Harlem to an effeminate gay Black man walking by. Most Black and Latino heterosexual men say they have called a homosexual "faggot" or "punk" at one time or another in ...

AIDS in the Hood: The Invisible AIDS Group -- Black and Latino Heterosexuals

Black and Latino heterosexuals were invisible to the HIV Health and Human Service Planning Council of New York City (The Council), and its PWA Advisory Council in 1996 and 1997. The Council establishes binding priorities for the allocation this year ...