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Toraje Heyward
Personal Stories

How I Contracted HIV Is None of Your Damn Business

Knowing your status, and having the current information on treatment and care, is everyone's business, Toraje Heyward writes.

Noel Twilbeck, Donna Ford and Dorian-Gray Alexander
Features

In Post-Katrina New Orleans, HIV Rates Have Fallen While PrEP and HIV Care Have Increased

Poverty, stigma and racial health disparities drive HIV rates that are among the nation's highest. But expanded Medicaid and PrEP access seem to have contributed to a recent drop in new cases.

Diane Duke and James Sanderson
Features

In the Bible Belt, Memphis HIV Advocates Work Against Religious Stigma, Poverty, and Miseducation

"We still have people here who think you can get HIV from a toilet seat, and families who make HIV-positive members eat on the porch on Thanksgiving. They've heard that you can't get HIV that way, but for some reason they don't believe it."

RAIN: Darlena Blackwell, Traye Gaines, Chelsea Gulden
Features

HIV and the Charlotte Metro Area: What You Need to Know

In North Carolina, Greater Charlotte is booming, but income disparity, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids on immigrants, and spread-out service providers all create challenges to reversing HIV rates.

Jesús Guillén
Interviews

Happy Fourth Birthday to Facebook's HIV Long Term Survivors Group! Here's a Chat With Its Founder

Diagnosed in 1985, Jesus Heberto Guillen Solis has created a digital community for 5,000 people living with HIV/AIDS ... and counting.

linda seiter and brent hartke
Features

Injection Drugs Enhance a Surge of HIV Along the Ohio River

Caracole, an HIV/AIDS services provider in Cincinnati, has responded to a spike in HIV there by expanding harm reduction, housing, and pre-exposure prophylaxis.

Christopher Harris
Interviews

Longtime HIV Survivor Reminisces About the Atlanta Buyers Club

Christopher Harris recently shared his compelling story with StoryCorps. He gave us a taste of the uncut version.

Portrait of Charles Sanchez on rainbow glitter background
Personal Stories

Twinkletoes, Sex, and Abomination: Finding My Pride

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

Gynecological chair in doctor's office
Personal Stories

Accessing a Safe, Legal Abortion in the South Felt Like A Perilous Journey. It Shouldn't.

Through The Afiya Center, an organization run by black women in Texas, this anonymous writer was finally able to get the abortion she needed.

View of the George Washington Bridge and Hudson River from above
News

Retired HIV/AIDS Researcher Disappears During 120-Mile Swim

Charles van der Horst, M.D., battled HIV in the clinic and the lab -- and put his own body on the line as an activist for health care access.