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Pride in Mourning: On the Death of Transgender Activist Roxsana Hernández in an ICE Detention Center

Roxsana Hernández, an HIV-positive Honduran trans woman, died on May 25 inside a detention center in the custody of U.S. immigration officials due to the neglect and apathy of the officers detaining her.

By Giuliani Alvarenga

'Organize Our Anger, Defend Our Happiness': Marco Castro-Bojorquez on the Vision of HIVenas Abiertas, a Network of Latinx Immigrants With HIV Resisting Social Neglect

Marco Castro-Bojorquez, a community leader and filmmaker living with HIV, has put out the call for support for HIVenas Abiertas, a national network of Latinx immigrants living with HIV.

By JD Davids

The U.S. Has Allowed Back an HIV-Positive Mexican Immigrant Who Was Wrongly Deported. But Why Did This Happen at All?

Carlos Bringas-Rodriguez was detained in Kansas on Dec. 20 and, days later, all but dumped at the Mexican border with a limited supply of HIV meds and his cell phone.

By Tim Murphy

Hoping for Clemency, Someday, From My 70-Year Sentence for HIV Nondisclosure: A Blog Entry by Tim Hinkhouse

"This is a second call asking whether you believe that a 70-year prison sentence for nondisclosure is too long," Tim Hinkhouse writes. "Could you please speak up for me?"

By Tim Hinkhouse

Resolutions and New Beginnings: A Blog Entry by Christian Kiley

With job woes resolved and new opportunities to share his HIV story, Kiley says he's no longer a "tightly wound anxiety driven pariah." His mantra for the new year is be brave, be ruthless, be heard -- and be happy.

By Christian Kiley

Jury Finds Michael Johnson Guilty of HIV Transmission and Exposure

Michael Johnson, the HIV-positive wrestler charged with HIV transmission and exposure, was found guilty by a Missouri jury. He will be sentenced in July and faces up to 60 years in prison.

By Mathew Rodriguez

Google Me: Is Blogging About HIV Keeping Me From Getting a Job? A Blog Entry by Brooke Davidoff

"There are more than three pages of links about HIV when my name is Googled," muses blogger Brooke Davidoff as her Texas job hunt heats up; "but that does not mean I'm going to stop anytime soon. It makes me want to blog more!"

By Brooke Davidoff

'I Learned the Hard Way About HIV Disclosure'

What if the day you were diagnosed was also the day that all your coworkers discovered your status -- and you weren't the one to disclose?

By Debbie Gaspar

Interview With Robert Suttle of The Sero Project: A Video Blog by Aaron Laxton

Interview with Robert Suttle from The Sero Project at the ADAP Association Conference in Washington, D.C.

By Aaron Laxton

Nick Rhoades: HIV Criminalization -- A Blog Entry by Robert Breining

Nick Rhoades was convicted of criminal transmission of HIV in Iowa in 2008, even though his viral load was undetectable, he wore a condom and his accuser did not contract HIV. In this interview with POZ I AM Radio, he tells his story of incarceration...

By Robert Breining