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Personal Stories

In My Feelings: 16 Years Since My AIDS Diagnosis

Living with HIV for the past 16 years and being over the age of 50, Charles Sanchez is showing signs of aging, but no sign of slowing down.

Angel
Interviews

This Immigrant Living With HIV Lost His Leg -- But Gained a Clown Career

"I was in a coma," Angel recalls, "and God spoke to me and said, 'I don't want you to sit down in a corner -- you're going to walk again and live your life with a purpose.'"

Doctor in white gloves putting bandaid on young man's arm after giving vaccine
Viewpoints

Hepatitis A, Preventable by a Vaccine, Is Spreading Among Gay, Bi and Trans People

Few people know that hepatitis A could be spread through a host of sexual acts -- and that it is on the rise among queer and trans people.

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.

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Reference

Injecting Meth? Here's What You Definitely Need to Know

Heart and other health complications from "slamming" crystal can be devastating -- even deadly. Thankfully, there are tools to reduce the harm and even get off meth entirely.

Close up of nurses hands holding buccal cotton swab and test tube
Features

Why Aren't More Queer Men Getting Anal Pap Smears?

Very few people access -- or even know about -- the test that can help detect whether you have HPV in your anus. But it should be a staple of gay and bisexual men's health care.

man in wheelchair gesturing towards doctor
News

People Living With HIV and Disabilities Are Doing It for Themselves

New York City's HIV planning body looks at recommendations for ensuring services meet needs of people with disabilities.

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.

HepConnect meeting in Kentucky
Features

HepConnect Initiative Aims to Reduce Hepatitis C in the Heart of the Opioid Epidemic

The Harm Reduction Coalition is launching a new strategy of supporting local advocates in five key states of the Appalachian region.

First Kidney Transplant From Donor Living With HIV Challenges Longstanding Stigma Img
Viewpoints

First Kidney Transplant From Donor Living With HIV Challenges Longstanding Stigma

"Society perceives me and people like me as people who bring death," said Nina Martinez, the first HIV-positive organ donor. "And I can't figure out any better way to show that people like me can bring life."