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Latinx People Living With HIV Share How They Came to Terms With Their Diagnosis

We asked Latinx people living with HIV in the U.S.: How did you come to terms with your HIV diagnosis and develop the confidence to stay healthy?

By Myles Helfand

Why My Ex and Best Friend Li and I Broke Up After 10 Years Together and Married Legally

In this sad tale of immigration, HIV, and the insurmountable hurdles involved, Maria Mejia recounts the end of her marriage.

By Maria T. Mejia for The Well Project

Speak It Into Existence: Talking About HIV Can Help End It

"This National Latinx HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, my wish is that by sharing my story, you might share yours and that together we get the word out about HIV prevention, testing, and treatment," Julio Fonseca writes.

By Julio Fonseca for AIDS United

Viktor Luna: Living With HIV and Being Who You Want to Be

The Project Runway All Star talks about HIV and changing attitudes.

By amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

Reflecting on Life and HIV Outside Prison Pending My Hoped-for Release

"As we get closer to November, the reality is starting to get to me about the real possibility of being a free man once again after multiple decades of being in prison," Tim Hinkhouse writes.

By Tim Hinkhouse

My Mother, Who Never Wore Gloves

Robert Gamboa -- an official for the City of West Hollywood who is living with HIV and in recovery from substance use -- chronicles the remarkable compassion displayed by his mother throughout 35 years dealing with HIV as a social worker and a parent...

By Robert Gamboa and Myles Helfand for AIDS United

Seeking Treatment Beyond Medication

Jamie Braxton's history of medical conditions both linked and unlinked to her HIV treatment can make her medical bills expensive and any assistance she can get with paying those off is a relief.

By Raven Feagins for AIDS Foundation of Chicago

Didn't Attend USCA 2018? Here's What You Missed -- and Why You Should Attend Next Year

Tiffany Marrero and Giuliani Alvarenga discuss some of the highlights from the conference, some of the people they met, and what it's like doing this work as two young HIV-positive activists of color.

By Giuliani Alvarenga and Tiffany Marrero

The National Movement to Decriminalize HIV Right Across State Lines

"Ending HIV criminalization has always been dear to my heart," says HIV advocate and organizer Chris Wade. "It can happen to anybody at any point in time."

By AIDS Foundation of Chicago

Remembering Our Seniors on National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day

"Many of our seniors are sexually active and vulnerable to the same circumstances of the lack of information and support as the younger and more visible members of the community," Earl Fowlkes writes.

By Earl Fowlkes for AIDS Foundation of Chicago