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Protecting Black Women From Unnecessary Hysterectomies: An Interview With Joy Sewing

Black women disproportionately undergo an invasive treatment for fibroids, even when other choices exist.

By Juan Michael Porter II
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SisterReach Makes HIV Support Accessible to Black Women

Founded in 2011, SisterReach is a nonprofit that supports the reproductive autonomy of women and teens of color, poor and rural women, LGBTQIA+ people, and their families through reproductive justice, a public health movement that champions culturally competent and trauma-informed medical care.

By Ciarra Jones
HIV power couple Amy Kililea and Lauren Banks-Kililea and their children

This HIV Power Couple’s First Convo Was About Medicaid Expansion

It’s all advocacy all the time for policy-wonk wives and moms Amy Killelea and Lauren Banks Killelea. But they like it that way.

By Tim Murphy
menopause guide illustration from Sophia Forum "We are still here" campaign

This Charity Is Carving Out a Safe Space for Women Living With Menopause and HIV

Many people who experience menopause are not prepared by their health care providers—and for people living with HIV, it’s even more confusing. With a recently published guide and other outreach efforts, Sophia Forum aims to change that.

By Terri Wilder, M.S.W.
Pamela Sneed

The ‘Funeral Diva’ Pamela Sneed Remembers AIDS, Art, and Activism in New Book

Black lesbian poet and activist Pamela Sneed discusses her latest collection of essays and poems, ‘Funeral Diva.’

By Kenyon Farrow
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This Digital Exhibition Uses Oral Histories to Break the Silence for Women Living With HIV

I’m Still Surviving is a collaborative digital and print exhibition that launched in December 2020, featuring hundreds of excerpts documenting the stories of 39 women living with HIV in the U.S.

By Terri Wilder, M.S.W.
Collage of comic book covers and pages from Luna Unleased

‘Luna Unleashed’ Takes a Superpowered Approach to HIV Prevention for Black Women

Black women are disproportionately impacted by HIV, yet they're frequently left out of conversations about HIV prevention. A new comic written by Nakesha Powell and Giovanni N. Dortch aims to change that.

By Terri Wilder, M.S.W.
Nina Martinez

Meet the Woman Who Made Sure Voters with HIV in Georgia Got Registered to Vote

Nina Martinez talks about how activists are winning the fight against HIV criminalization in her state.

By Juan Michael Porter II
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Why Pelvic Health Matters—and What Trans People Need to Know About It

We spoke with Patrick Wenning, a physical therapist in the Washington, D.C. metro area, who gave a presentation entitled “Pelvic Health for Trans Health” at a recent HIV community conference.

By Terri Wilder, M.S.W.
Amber Martin's Bathhouse Bette

Amber Martin Will Recreate Bette Midler’s 1971 Gay Bathhouse Show via Your Laptop on Oct. 22

The beloved downtown New York City vocal powerhouse recorded the socially distanced show this summer on Fire Island.

By Tim Murphy