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A Lust for Life and Anthony Bourdain

In contemplating Bourdain's suicide and her own battle with depression, Sherri Lewis writes, "I discovered that my problems were not about dying, but about how to live."

By Sherri Lewis

Combating HIV in the Southwest: Keeping Arizonans 'SAAF'

You don't hear a lot about Arizona when it comes to HIV, but the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF) is busy combating HIV and providing HIV-related services and support in the Southwest.

By Charles Sanchez

Taking Control of Your Health as a Trans/Gender Non-Conforming Individual

Cris Lee, a transmasculine, non-binary individual, provides some tips for taking control of the health care experience.

By Cris Lee for AIDS Foundation of Chicago

A Little Gratitude

On the 30th anniversary of her HIV diagnosis, Dawn Averitt writes, "Just being alive in 2018, the mother of three daughters, did not only seem unlikely in 1988, it seemed implausible at best and more realistically, impossible at the time."

By Dawn Averitt Bridge for The Well Project

FX Series 'Pose' Brings to Life HIV History Through Black and Latinx Characters

It didn't take long for Pose, the Sunday night FX series created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Steven Canals, to achieve critical acclaim and become a cultural hit among black and Latinx LGBT communities.

By George Kevin Jordan

I'm Undetectable, but My CD4 Dropped: I Thought I Was an Outlier, but I'm Not So Different After All

"Something is happening in my body, and I'd like to know what to do about it," Takia Miller writes.

By Takia Miller

Surviving My Choices

"Today I thrive living with HIV," Angel Stetson writes. "I have adjusted to a new way of life as I care for my human condition."

By Angel Stetson for Positive Women's Network of the United States of America (PWN-USA)

Hope Inspires Victory: HIV-Positive Filmmaker Richard Flores

With so many tragedies and challenges in his life, it would have been easy for Richard Flores to give up. Instead, he has become a documentary filmmaker.

By Charles Sanchez

More Than a Call

Angela Jordan and her team take over 700 calls a year from people looking to connect to HIV-related services. "While it is my job, there's a meaning behind it for me," says Angela.

By Raven Feagins for AIDS Foundation of Chicago

Yes, HIV-Positive Men Can Become Fathers. Here's Two Providers Who Help Them

Almost nowhere do we have deep discussions about reproductive options for HIV-positive men, particularly cisgender straight men. Kenyon Farrow talked with HIVE's Shannon Weber and Guy Vandenberg about the issue.

By Kenyon Farrow