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How I Navigated Dating and Disclosure After My HIV Diagnosis

De Vonté Williamson writes about his journey of self-love and self-acceptance.

By De Vonté Williamson, MPH
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So You've Disclosed Your HIV Status to a Love Interest. Now What?

Sex and intimacy can be a challenge if your HIV-negative partner is still afraid of you.

By Porchia Dees
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When Using Dating Apps, Disclosing My HIV Status Is Earned, Not Your Right to Know

“Revealing every nuance about my health with someone who doesn’t know my favorite color feels rash,” Juan Michael Porter II writes.

By Juan Michael Porter II
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We Need to Talk About the Downside of U=U

We should always be taking an approach to those living with HIV that centers the totality of their health, not their (detectable or undetectable) status.

By George M. Johnson
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How Mapping Your Desire Can Help Transform Sexual Shame Into Self-Love and Social Justice

This queer feminist developed a project to help others use their sexual histories to heal, find community, and to fuel social justice movements.

By Jaime M. Grant
Steven Spencer

8 Months Ago, I Was Diagnosed with HIV While on PrEP

Australian activist Steven Spencer on how he came to understand HIV stigma once he tested positive, and his renewed commitment to social justice and enjoyment of life.

By Steven Spencer
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Doctor-Prescribed Birth Control Isn’t For Everybody — And That’s OK

Hormonal birth control can cause side effects that are intolerable for many women, whether they are sexually active or not. Candis McDow tells her story.

By Candis Y. McDow
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Tips for Talking About Sex Toys in a More Honest Way

With mutual respect, support, and honesty, a conversation about toys can help you and your friends think about ways you can each increase your sexual pleasure.

By Anni Irish
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Loving Kink Doesn't Make Me a Bad Feminist

Feminist writer Marj Ostani explores how playing with power dynamics in a consensual, affectionate, sexual relationship is empowering for her as an Asian womxn.

By Marj Ostani
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Talking About Sex and STIs With My Nigerian Parents

A young person confronts shame and silence to reclaim their sexuality, with or without their family's support.

By Nwaobiala