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The Cofounder of (Possibly) the Nation’s Only Black- and Trans-Led LGBTQ Center Wants to Hit $1 Million

For LaSaia Wade, the journey to activism began with getting fired for being trans.

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This St. Louis–Based HIV Activist Uses Her Own Story to Make HIV Have ‘Meaning Behind the Numbers’

Positive Women’s Network-USA member and founder of Kneeshe Speaks, Kneeshe Parkinson, talks about the importance of connection, women, and telling our stories.

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After Losing a Mother and Two Sisters From HIV, This Woman Became an Advocate for Others

“I’ve walked beside them, so I can recognize the struggles, and maybe I can help make the walk easier.”

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Affordable Housing and Injection Drug Use Crises Make HIV Success Unequal in San Francisco

While the city has become a global model that ending the HIV epidemic is possible, the impact of the tech boom has created problems for the city’s most marginalized residents.

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In Cleveland, Resources to Address Silence and Stigma Matter as Much as Treatment and PrEP

Young black gay and bisexual men in Cleveland wish they had the resources of the state capital, Columbus, to address the HIV epidemic in Northeast Ohio.

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Fighting Philadelphia’s HIV Epidemic Also Means Fighting Its Poverty Problem

The HIV epidemic in Philadelphia is heavily concentrated in its black population. Local caregivers at BEBASHI have seen diagnosis rates drop in recent years, though there’s still progress to be made.

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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.

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Facing Chronic UTIs as a Black Woman Meant Confronting Generations of Bad Sexual Health Education

Urinary tract infections affect many women, but many black women are not given enough information about their bodies to battle them well.

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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.

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How Sex Toys Gave Me Sexual Confidence as a Plus-Size Woman

One woman explores sex toys as a way to allow her to focus on her own pleasure and break free of shame.