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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.

Leon Peoples Aaliyah Messiah Garland Jarmon Steven R Sawyer credit Yvonne Young

Even in Wealthy, Progressive Seattle, HIV Care and Prevention Disparities Persist

Though Seattle is doing well compared to many other U.S. cities, it could still invest more to serve marginalized populations, including black residents and injection drug users.

Gary Bell and Raymond Hayward (l to r) credit Jennifer Melendez

Fighting Philadelphia’s HIV Epidemic Also Means Fighting Its Poverty Problem

The HIV epidemic in Philadelphia is heavily concentrated in its black population. Local caregivers at BEBASHI have seen diagnosis rates drop in recent years, though there’s still progress to be made.

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10 Black Transgender Women to Watch

Black AIDS Institute honors black trans women who are leading the fight for equality, human rights, and civil rights for trans and gender-nonconforming people of color.

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Exhibit in New York Unearths 1990s Activism by HIV-Positive Women in Prison

"Women are dying in here, and we need some advocacy and support," AIDS activist Joann Walker wrote from prison decades ago. 'Metanoia' features Walker, her contemporaries, and currently active women of color AIDS advocates.

Aaron Anderson with Claire Gasamagera and their son Calvin.

I Found Love (and Love of Self) After HIV, and You Can Too

In his first time writing publicly about his HIV status, Aaron Anderson details how he learned to love after being diagnosed with HIV.

Brian Belovitch in 2018 and in 1981.

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.

Credit: Selfie by Michael Lamb

I'm a Young, White, Gay Man Living With HIV, Here's How I Became Committed to Racial Justice

Michael Lamb was a white gay man who thought he knew it all. Then he was diagnosed with HIV, and he realized that if he wanted to end HIV stigma and racism, he had to start with himself.

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Living With HIV and Taking Care of Your Health in Prison

"Living around more than 100 men who aren't all particular with their hygiene habits, I am solely responsible to take care of myself the best way I can," Tim Hinkhouse writes.