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Newly Diagnosed With HIV, I've Got Challenges and a Lot of Blessings in Store for the New Year

After being diagnosed with HIV in April 2018, Toraje Heyward realized that there was much work to do.

By Toraje Heyward

Remembering Horacio N. Roque Ramirez, Scholar and HIV Activist, Three Years After His Death

"Horacio's desire for 'queer survival' is a consciousness we as queer, transgender people of color know all too well," writes Giuliani Alvarenga. "We understand that our bodies are marked with loss and painful memories."

By Giuliani Alvarenga

2018 Sucked Ass. Will 2019 Be Any Better?

"It can't all be bad, right?" Charles Sanchez writes. "There are things in the coming year to look forward to, I know it, things that give hope."

By Charles Sanchez

Losing My Religion: He Lost His Church, but Joshua Stovall Found His Faith

Growing up in his father's church, Joshua Stovall had a religious upbringing. But it wasn't until he became HIV-positive that he discovered the real meaning of faith.

By Rick Guasco for Positively Aware

With the House of Representatives Now in Democratic Hands, Here's What the Birddog Nation Activists Have Planned for Health Care in 2019

The activists have big plans for using their techniques to pressure the new Congress into inching toward universal health care in the years ahead.

By Tim Murphy

Meet Health Equity Hero Yolo Akili Robinson

The executive director and founder of the Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM) recently oversaw a multimillion-dollar NIH research initiative focusing on improving health outcomes for young black and Latino men.

By Sarah Hashmall for AIDS United

On the Day of George H.W. Bush's Funeral, Recalling HIV/AIDS Deaths on His Watch, and How Queers Fought Back

"George Herbert Walker Bush was about to start formally running for a second presidential term," writes JD Davids. "From across the northeastern United States, ACT UP members were traveling to Kennebunkport, Maine, a stereotypically quaint village wh...

By JD Davids

Carrying the 'Torch': Broadway Director Moisés Kaufman Talks About a Post-AIDS 'Torch Song'

The passionate and prolific director talks about what it took to get this new version of the play mounted.

By Charles Sanchez

On World AIDS Day, Remembering What the '80s Were Like for Latinx Gay Men in California

"Many of us who are younger don't know what those days were like," Giuliani Alvarenga writes. "But World AIDS Day should be a time when we remember those we have lost to the virus."

By Giuliani Alvarenga