For one sex worker, the job has come with an unintended responsibility: educating clients about living with HIV and the meaning of community.
Outreach worker Antwan Matthews argues for housing and public health approaches, not criminalization of people living on the streets.
"I consider their ignorance and choose compassion with education and knowledge."
In reality, sex-positive education that supports both HIV-positive and HIV-negative people in living their best sex lives can help us stay healthy and joyful.
But it is doing little else to address a growing HIV epidemic.
Heart and other health complications from "slamming" crystal can be devastating -- even deadly. Thankfully, there are tools to reduce the harm and even get off meth entirely.
New York City's HIV planning body looks at recommendations for ensuring services meet needs of people with disabilities.
"From my perspective, decriminalization is just one step in recognizing the human rights of the members of the queer community," Badr Baabou says.
As a gay man with HIV in South Africa, Wiseman T. Zondi writes, "I realized that to truly be free, I had to come out once again."
"As we observe this Pride season," writes international HIV advocate George Ayala, "let's embrace human rights and gender equity as inherently critical prerequisites to ending the AIDS pandemic."