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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
RAIN: Darlena Blackwell, Traye Gaines, Chelsea Gulden

Keeping Positive and Caring for Kids as You Cope in the COVID Era

“Helping other people that are in worse positions than me has really been the highlight of this.”

By Tim Murphy
Nilda Rodriguez

Nilda Rodriguez on the Happiness, Sadness, and Education of the Early AIDS Epidemic

Nilda Rodriguez was a newly sober lesbian when she was diagnosed with HIV in 1986. Those two events would change the course of her life forever.

By Terri Wilder, M.S.W.
Dr. Rik Pavlescak, Gilberto, and Ms. Yolette Bonnet

Palm Beach’s HIV Advocates Hope New Resources Will Change Stagnant Epidemic

Despite its reputation as a playground of the 1%, Palm Beach County has one of the highest HIV rates in the country.

By Tim Murphy
LaTunja Sockwell and Ashley Young credit Better Community Development

Arkansas Advocates Hope New Federal Funding Will Change the Course of HIV in This State

Poverty, religious conservatism, and a lack of sexual health education drive the HIV epidemic in Arkansas.

By Tim Murphy
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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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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.

By Tim Murphy
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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.

By Theodore Kerr
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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.”

By Theodore Kerr
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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.

By Tim Murphy