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Pride in Mourning: On the Death of Transgender Activist Roxsana Hernández in an ICE Detention Center

Roxsana Hernández, an HIV-positive Honduran trans woman, died on May 25 inside a detention center in the custody of U.S. immigration officials due to the neglect and apathy of the officers detaining her.

By Giuliani Alvarenga

Spotlight on Masonia Traylor: Women Making a Difference

"I am not alone as a woman living with this virus," Masonia Traylor says. "I offer hope to others just by continuously pushing forward and finding reasons to live."

By The Well Project

Mental Health and HIV in Prison

"Emotional scars can never heal, and the damage they cause can be irreparable," Tim Hinkhouse writes.

By Tim Hinkhouse

Milestones of a Mississippi Man

Just days before his 20th birthday, Antwan Matthews tested positive for HIV. It only took him a few hours to make the bold decision to not let his new status bring him down, and to use it to somehow help others.

By David Durán for Positively Aware

What Is an HIV Long-Term Survivor? Five People With HIV Grapple With the Question

Justin B. Terry-Smith talks with five people who have been HIV positive between 10 and 30-plus years to better understand what being a long-term survivor means and to learn about some of the challenges they face.

By Justin B. Terry-Smith

Long-Term Survivors of HIV/AIDS Speak Up About Their Legacy

Just in time for the annual HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day on June 5, The Reunion Project has released a new video in which people who have lived with HIV for decades discuss their legacy.

By Mark S. King for

'Organize Our Anger, Defend Our Happiness': Marco Castro-Bojorquez on the Vision of HIVenas Abiertas, a Network of Latinx Immigrants With HIV Resisting Social Neglect

Marco Castro-Bojorquez, a community leader and filmmaker living with HIV, has put out the call for support for HIVenas Abiertas, a national network of Latinx immigrants living with HIV.

By JD Davids

Ignorance About HIV Is Not an Excuse to Be Disrespectful

Tim Hinkhouse discusses his life with HIV in prison, and the need to constantly educate his fellow prisoners and prison staff about the realities of his status.

By Tim Hinkhouse

Through Blogging, HIV-Positive People Can Have a Platform to Be Heard and Understood

"We still need people who have the passion to create avenues so our HIV-affected friends and families can hear our voices on a large scale," Tim Hinkhouse writes.

By Tim Hinkhouse

Adherence Through Social Media

"Taking my HIV meds is a constant reminder that HIV lives within my body, and that really used to bother me," Carlos Moreno writes. "Now I've found a way to make it exciting for me every day."

By Carlos Moreno for Positively Aware