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Kneeshe Parkinson credit Katherine Simóne Reynolds

This St. Louis–Based HIV Activist Uses Her Own Story to Make HIV Have ‘Meaning Behind the Numbers’

Positive Women’s Network-USA member and founder of Kneeshe Speaks, Kneeshe Parkinson, talks about the importance of connection, women, and telling our stories.

Lee Kidd Ariq Cabbler credit Alberto Forbes

South Side Chicago Organization Puts a Family Touch on HIV Treatment and PrEP Adherence Support

With a “for us, by us” approach, Brothers Health Collective reaches a community often missed by larger organizations.

Robert Marquez Keonna Gilmore Precshard Williams Rebecca Nessen Tommy Wright credit Metro Inclusive Health

In Tampa Bay, PrEP and U=U Education Are Needed Most for Young Men of Color and Transgender Women

“PrEP is our number-one priority, but it’s not easy. There’s a lot of misconceptions and misinformation out there.”

Monica and Lance credit Brian Ragas

Affordable Housing and Injection Drug Use Crises Make HIV Success Unequal in San Francisco

While the city has become a global model that ending the HIV epidemic is possible, the impact of the tech boom has created problems for the city’s most marginalized residents.

Terry Smith and Ty Gaffney Smith of APLA

Tackling HIV Racial Disparities in the City of Angels

Amidst skyrocketing housing costs and historic racial segregation, APLA expands its work to Black and brown neighborhoods.

(from top left to right) Laney Henderson, Tiarra McMillan, Toni Holbrook, Aaron Jones, June Gipson credit My Brothers Keeper Inc

In Mississippi, Efforts to Fight HIV Epidemic Clash With Health Care Disenfranchisement

Fighting Mississippi’s HIV epidemic is about more than just getting people living with HIV or at risk for HIV on a pill. It means confronting the reality that for many in the state, their primary care doctor is the emergency room.

Avery and Lance Malone credit Care Alliance

In Cleveland, Resources to Address Silence and Stigma Matter as Much as Treatment and PrEP

Young black gay and bisexual men in Cleveland wish they had the resources of the state capital, Columbus, to address the HIV epidemic in Northeast Ohio.

Kevin Koerner and Morrigan Phillips credit Megan Eaves

In the Boston Metro Area, a Tale of Two HIV Epidemics Emerges

While black and Latinx gay and bisexual men and transgender women make up a larger portion of HIV cases in and around Boston, the opioid crisis has led to spiking HIV rates among injection drug users.

train traveling through Missouri, St. Louis skyline in background

From the Ozarks to St. Louis, Missouri Must Combat HIV on Multiple Fronts

High religious stigma, urban and rural epidemics, and draconian HIV criminalization laws will make Missouri’s HIV plan complex.

Trenice Murphy and Geri DeLaRosa

Sacramento Youth Support Each Other to Live Full, Healthy Lives With HIV and Prevent New Transmissions

Adolescents and young adults living with HIV face many challenges, as do parents. In Sacramento, California, Sunburst Projects is there for both youth and their families.