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Why I Got a Biohazard Tattoo for Pride

"I hope some newly positive kid at a sex club asks me about it," the author writes; "I hope other people living with HIV see it and know that we are in this together."

By Alex Cheves

I'm on PrEP, but I Swallowed Someone's Semen. Am I at Risk for HIV?

Q: I have been on PrEP for close to a year. A week ago, I sucked a person two times, they came in my mouth, and I swallowed twice. Now I'm super anxious, even though I'm on PrEP. What if I get infected?

By Damon L. Jacobs, L.M.F.T.

I Moved Back to Atlanta from Boston, and I've Been Out of HIV Meds for a Month

HIV care is separate and unequal in America, health activist Mason writes, as "the system of care here feels no urgency around my survival."

By Mason

I Moved to Atlanta Four Months Ago, and Getting Into HIV Care Was Hell

Spoken word artist Michael "Miss Mikey" Lamb shares his saga of fighting for health coverage -- and why people fall through the cracks.

By Michael Lamb

HIV: The Experience Is Your Own, But You're Not Alone in the Room

"I want people to understand that living with HIV is not an obstacle," says Armando Ramirez-Guzman, who has been living with HIV since 2003. "You can live life, go out and have fun, and enjoy a movie date."

By Rick Guasco for Positively Aware

Daniel Franzese Advocates for the HIV Community in Hollywood and the Halls of Congress

The actor and comedian speaks on his work at the AIDSWatch 2019 advocacy event -- and about playing an HIV-positive character.

By Charles Sanchez

YouTuber Gives LGBTQ Millennials a Place to Talk Honestly About Sexuality and Identity

HIV activist Louie Ortiz-Fonseca is working to create a safe space for LGBTQ youth of color with Kikis With Louie, a biweekly YouTube series that confronts conversations around sexuality and identity with ease and confidence.

By Daisy Becerra

10 Black Transgender Women to Watch

Black AIDS Institute honors black trans women who are leading the fight for equality, human rights, and civil rights for trans and gender-nonconforming people of color.

By Whitney Alese for The Black AIDS Institute

New Documentary Shows Life After Meth Addiction for Gay Men

'Crystal City' is the latest documentary addressing 'party and play' culture -- and its director hopes it will reduce stigma against people in recovery.

By Tim Murphy

A Play in NYC Wittily Explores the Emotional Toll on HIV Plague-Era Survivors

'Still at Risk' is about long-term survivors, but it's for younger gay men too.

By Tim Murphy