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

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
SOAR syringe-exchange and harm-reduction services
Features

Harsh New Restrictions in West Virginia Show Just How Fragile Needle Exchange Programs Can Be

Both the state and the capital city just made it almost impossible to protect drug users and their service providers—despite HIV outbreaks and the nation’s No. 1 overdose crisis.

By Tim Murphy
Dr. Julio Montaner, head of the BC Center for Excellence in HIV/AIDS
News

How One Canadian Province Hit Its Lowest Rate of HIV Transmission Ever

Despite the interruptions in testing and treatment caused by the COVID-19 pandemic elsewhere, Julio Montaner, M.D., and colleagues in British Columbia have nearly eliminated HIV there.

By Ray Mwareya
Black woman in prison
Viewpoints

To Tackle HIV Among Black Women, We Must Tackle the Racial Disparity Behind Bars

The collective harms of racism within mass incarceration contribute greatly to disproportionate HIV prevalence and outcomes within Black communities.

By Barbara Jungwirth
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Features

These Meme Accounts May Be Contributing to COVID Stigma and Public Health Misinformation

Whether it's GaysOverCOVID or LA Basics, what are the public-health implications of anonymously run Instagram accounts, with the ability to reach tens of thousands of people with each post, that have taken a hardline stance on complex topics?

By Ryan Killian Krause
COVID-19 mask sand
Features

When It Comes to Gays Partying Maskless, Does Shaming Serve a Purpose?

Public health experts say it only makes things worse, but it can still feel necessary.

By Tim Murphy
options
Features

Having More Options Makes PrEP More Viable

PrEP in the form of injections, vaginal rings, or medicated anal douches can give people options that work with their sexual life and desires.

By Juan Michael Porter II
Oregon flag Justice
Features

Oregon Just Became the First State to Decriminalize Small Amounts of Hard Drugs Like Heroin and Meth. Will Other States Follow?

Measure 110 passed comfortably, signaling widespread (if not total) agreement that treatment, not arrest, is the way to solve the state’s drug-use crisis.

By Tim Murphy
Mayor Dinkins
News Analysis

Remembering New York City Mayor David Dinkins and His Love for People Living With HIV

The city’s first Black mayor died at age 93 on Nov. 23.

By Juan Michael Porter II
troubled young man
Features

Study: Meth Use Is the Biggest Factor for HIV Seroconversion Among Gay and Bisexual Men

“More data are needed to understand how methamphetamine may serve as a barrier to PrEP initiation, adherence, and long-term retention in care.”

By Larry Buhl