“The impact ... has been devastating on women living with HIV,” says Naina Khanna of Positive Women’s Network.
“As with AIDS, the political machinations, denial, and ignorance over the proven science has been traumatic and a source of anger, despair, and depression at times.”
In the underfunded world of early 1980s HIV care, Candy Marcum worked at a Dallas-based resource center that opened up a hotline for gay men with HIV when it was still called GRID.
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One man's online memorial is "a potentially beautiful project," Giuliani Alvarenga writes. However, "[t]he problem? His project lacks diversity."
"Unfortunately, due to the current housing crisis in East Los Angeles, people are being displaced, leaving the memorial increasingly without the community it was built to commemorate," Giuliani Alvarenga writes.
A moving event in New York City honored journalists and other writers who lost their lives to HIV/AIDS but left behind powerful archives.
"Today has been hard," says Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad, after the loss of a friend. "It is hard to love someone who's vulnerability piques yours and whose struggle reminds you of just how fragile we all are."
"Although it may be hard to think about having to plan for the end of your life, it's better to endure the uncomfortable moments way in advance, while these decisions are still yours to make," writes David Duran.
Just as AIDS has challenged us to rethink much about individual and community health, so too has it expanded our understanding of grief. For those of us who are long-term survivors and those of us who have been connected to communities ravaged by AID...