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Courtney Sarkin with mom

Sexual Minority Women Are at Risk for Breast Cancer: Interview With Courtney Sarkin

Homophobia and cis heterosexism create elevated breast cancer risks for queer identifying women by pushing them out of healthcare.

By Terri Wilder, M.S.W.
Paul Rudnick

Pretty, Witty, and Gay: Revisiting HIV Classic ‘Jeffrey’ With Paul Rudnick

We chatted with the amazing Paul Rudnick about his effervescent comedy on the AIDS crisis of the 1980s and 1990s—a remarkable play-turned-film that almost never saw the light of day.

By Charles Sanchez
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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.
Cecilia Chung 6

Not Just Gay Men: Honoring the Stories of Women With HIV 40 Years Later

Over the past 40 years, women living with HIV/AIDS have had to—and continue to—fight against erasure from the historical dominant narrative.

By Terri Wilder, M.S.W.
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Starting HIV Treatment Is Personal, Not One-Size-Fits-All

“Ask patients what they want to do, give them their options, and let them choose,” says David Malebranche, M.D., M.P.H., on his approach to treating people with HIV.

By Juan Michael Porter II
Let's Get Back to Queer producer team, Glenn Quentin George Jr., Brandon Nick, and Shannon Shird

Exploring What It Means to Be Black and Queer: An Interview With Podcaster Brandon Nicholas

The host of “Let’s Get Back to Queer” on what listeners can expect and why spaces that center Black LGBTQ identities are sacred.

By Juan Michael Porter II
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Lessons From 7 Years as GMHC’s CEO: A Conversation With Kelsey Louie

Defining moments and lessons learned from leading the world’s first HIV and AIDS nonprofit.

By Terri Wilder, M.S.W.
Rachel Levine, M.D., U.S. Assistant Secretary of Health

“I Understand How Important This Is”: Rachel Levine, M.D., on the Early Days of HIV and Being an Advocate for LGBTQ Youth

The U.S.'s new Assistant Secretary for Health reflects on 40 (official) years of AIDS and the long legacy of HIV and LGBTQ advocacy.

By Terri Wilder, M.S.W.
Black trans patient

Black Trans Women and Femmes Speak Out About Lack of Inclusion in HIV Cure Research

Black transgender women in the U.S. are impacted by HIV at alarmingly high rates, yet prevention and care studies largely ignore them. We spoke with four advocates on why that’s the case.

By Sydney Rogers aka Miss Barbie-Q
Donja R. Love

Respectful Communication Can Save HIV-Positive Lives

If medical providers want to ensure adherence and linkage to care for people living with HIV, they will need to check their humanity.

By Juan Michael Porter II