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Esther Kim

Years After Her Diagnosis, Esther Kim Found Her Long (Literal) Road to Acceptance

“Because of my diagnosis and the struggle that I went through, coming to terms with it, I think it has made me a stronger person. I’ve actually accomplished things I never thought I would.”

By Myles Helfand
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.

By Tim Murphy
man sitting on rock in the water meditating

Healing Is an Important Part of an HIV Diagnosis

Sure, there are physical and lifestyle changes that come along with an HIV diagnosis. But just as important is taking time to heal from trauma.

By De Vonté Williamson, MPH
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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
Portrait of Charles Sanchez on rainbow glitter background

Twinkletoes, Sex, and Abomination: Finding My Pride

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

By Charles Sanchez
Joshua Stovall

Losing My Religion: He Lost His Church, but Joshua Stovall Found His Faith

Growing up in his father's church, Joshua Stovall had a religious upbringing. But it wasn't until he became HIV-positive that he discovered the real meaning of faith.

By Rick Guasco for Positively Aware
Charles Sanchez sits on a sidewalk in New York City

Angels in Arkansas: My 15-Year AIDS-versary

"I hate this!" Charles Sanchez pouted, as he sat helplessly on the floor of his hospital room. "I feel so pathetic. Christ!" The nurse, Anthony, cooed comfortingly: "I know, honey. Just let it out, darlin'."

By Charles Sanchez
Waheedah Shabazz-El Finds Spiritual Freedom as a Muslim Woman With HIV Img

Waheedah Shabazz-El Finds Spiritual Freedom as a Muslim Woman With HIV

"This is spiritual work, and I feel as if I am spiritually guided," explains Shabazz-El of the U.S. Positive Women's Network (PWN). "My story is one where God has purposely placed people in my life."

By Kellee Terrell
A United Methodist Pastor and His Wife Help Open Minds About HIV Img

A United Methodist Pastor and His Wife Help Open Minds About HIV

High school sweeties, Andy and Christy James, reconnected after 30 years, set an example for the faith-based community as they ride in memory of a friend lost to AIDS.

By David Durán
Celebration of Life Womens Support Groups vs the Church Ugh! A Blog Entry by Rev. Andrena Ingram Img

Celebration of Life Womens Support Groups vs the Church Ugh! A Blog Entry by Rev. Andrena Ingram

"[T]here are some denominations, some pastors, some Christians who use the Bible as a lethal weapon against LGBTQ and people living with HIV. Some folks use the Bible to tear you down."

By Rev. Andrena Ingram