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HIV Positive People Are Part of Pride, Too!

As a gay man with HIV in South Africa, Wiseman T. Zondi writes, "I realized that to truly be free, I had to come out once again."

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What Being Diagnosed With HIV During LGBTQ Pride Month Taught Me About Resilience

Christopher Kennedy tells his story of being diagnosed with HIV, fighting shame in the face of loved ones' confusion, and finding unexpected love.

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Twinkletoes, Sex, and Abomination: Finding My Pride

Charles Sanchez tells his story of coming of age and coming out.

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I Moved Back to Atlanta from Boston, and I've Been Out of HIV Meds for a Month

HIV care is separate and unequal in America, health activist Mason writes, as "the system of care here feels no urgency around my survival."

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I Moved to Atlanta Four Months Ago, and Getting Into HIV Care Was Hell

Spoken word artist Michael "Miss Mikey" Lamb shares his saga of fighting for health coverage -- and why people fall through the cracks.

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Mental Health Expert Uses His Life to Help Others Navigate HIV and Gender

Brian Belovitch has learned many lessons about self-care during his long journey with HIV and trans identity. Now he channels those lessons into his work as a mental health provider.

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HIV Activism Without Pleasure and Healing: Leave It in 2018

Tiffany Marerro reflects on a year of activism and honors those who came before her.

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Reflecting on Life and HIV Outside Prison Pending My Hoped-for Release

"As we get closer to November, the reality is starting to get to me about the real possibility of being a free man once again after multiple decades of being in prison," Tim Hinkhouse writes.

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A Lust for Life and Anthony Bourdain

In contemplating Bourdain's suicide and her own battle with depression, Sherri Lewis writes, "I discovered that my problems were not about dying, but about how to live."

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I'm Undetectable, but My CD4 Dropped: I Thought I Was an Outlier, but I'm Not So Different After All

"Something is happening in my body, and I'd like to know what to do about it," Takia Miller writes.