We're telling the stories of the people and places that will be profoundly affected by the "Ending the HIV Epidemic" plan as it unfolds, and seeking to answer the question: Can this plan truly end HIV transmission in the U.S.?
Timothy Hinkhouse, an incarcerated HIV-positive AIDS activist, argues that more resources should go toward finding a cure.
"We still have people here who think you can get HIV from a toilet seat, and families who make HIV-positive members eat on the porch on Thanksgiving. They've heard that you can't get HIV that way, but for some reason they don't believe it."
In conservative Central Indiana, this LGBTQ-run agency transcended its repressive origins and helps people with HIV who are discriminated against at other local institutions.
In North Carolina, Greater Charlotte is booming, but income disparity, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids on immigrants, and spread-out service providers all create challenges to reversing HIV rates.
Using a one-stop-shop model of care and wraparound services, this organization makes sure clients don't have to travel to multiple centers to get their needs met.
Caracole, an HIV/AIDS services provider in Cincinnati, has responded to a spike in HIV there by expanding harm reduction, housing, and pre-exposure prophylaxis.