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Missouri’s Redo of Its HIV Criminalization Law Is a Good Start—but It’s Not Enough

Among other issues, it doesn’t entirely do away with felony charges, leaving Black folks in particular vulnerable to unfair and excessive sentencing.

By Devin Hursey
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Advocates Aren’t Happy About Drug-Patent Language in the Updated UNAIDS Document That Sets the Global AIDS Agenda

They say the U.S. nixed terminology that would have made it easier for middle- and low-income countries to manufacture and obtain less expensive HIV drugs—despite Biden’s COVID patent signals.

By Tim Murphy
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The U.S. Has a New AIDS Czar. Can He Help Us End the HIV Epidemic?

Harold Phillips’ deep resume may well bring muscle to a position that’s often seen as window dressing—and that was left conspicuously empty while Trump was president.

By Tim Murphy
Marissa Bonnie (left) and Jack Martin of Minneapolis’ Southside Harm Reduction Services.

Minnesota’s Recent HIV Outbreaks Are About So Much More Than HIV

They’re about the state’s failure to properly serve people of color, people who use substances, and people who don’t have permanent housing, advocates argue.

By Mariah Wilberg
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‘Our Work Is Not Done’: The True Story of America’s Response to HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa

In ‘To End a Plague,’ Emily Bass chronicles the history of PEPFAR and the activists who moved then-President George W. Bush to take action.

By Terri Wilder, M.S.W.
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News Analysis

Leaderless for More Than a Year, the U.S. Effort to Fight Global AIDS Faces a Foggy Future

With its powerful former head Deborah Birx, M.D., now retired after her Trump-era COVID fumble, the program awaits a new top dog—and perhaps a new life.

By Tim Murphy
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In San Francisco, Empowering Black Youth Through Culturally Competent Sex Ed

Black youth face disproportionate barriers to HIV and STI services and adequate sexual health information. A community-based pilot program is working to change that.

By Antwan Matthews

The CDC Is Updating PrEP Guidelines. Here’s Why I Wish These Updates Existed Sooner.

The new draft guidance opens the door for PrEP discussions for “all sexually-active persons.”

By Juan Michael Porter II
Justin Davis, also known as “JD Blackstone.”

Black Queer Sex Workers Need a Seat at the HIV Advocacy Table: A Conversation With JD Blackstone

Sex workers are not monolithic—and it is vital that their expertise be centered in HIV efforts that target the sex worker community.

By Michael Chancley Jr., M.S.W.
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News Analysis

Illinois Poised to Become Second U.S. State to Decriminalize HIV Non-Disclosure Before Sex

It's 2021, and three quarters of U.S. states still have some form of HIV non-disclosure criminalization law on the books. But that number is about to drop by one.

By Tim Murphy