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Charles Sanchez during the coronavirus pandemic

Coping With the Coronavirus Outbreak in Queens, NYC

COVID-19 is serious. But our daily freakouts to cope with the uncertainty often aren’t.

Randall McDavid selfie.

How Providers Are Helping People With HIV When Health Systems are Strained Due to Coronavirus

One nurse practitioner in the U.S. talks about his experience providing HIV care in the time of COVID-19.

Bishop Yvette Flunder

Bishop Yvette Flunder Has Spent Decades Challenging People’s Theology Around HIV

For Bishop Yvette Flunder, her work as a Black woman, a lesbian and clergywoman has been to challenge the stigma and rabid homophobia that has exacerbated the worst parts of the AIDS epidemic and instead preach a gospel of radical inclusivity.

Leilah Babirye and Amanda Lugg

At This Harlem Meetup, LGBTQ Immigrants Seeking Asylum in the U.S. Bond and Laugh

The group is a chance to iron out legal challenges, trade tips on shelter and jobs, and simply enjoy some food and fellowship.

Tim Murphy selfie.

Being Trapped Sick in the House Is Making Me Think of the AIDS Days

"It’s a relief to have zero sex drive. It makes you realize that sex can be wildly fulfilling from time to time, but that we probably wouldn’t even bother having sex if the need to have it weren’t always nagging away at us."

helping hands

What It’s Like Living With HIV While Having to Deliver Positive Results to Others

Being both employee and client ain’t easy. But you’ve got this.

Nilda Rodriguez

Nilda Rodriguez on the Happiness, Sadness, and Education of the Early AIDS Epidemic

Nilda Rodriguez was a newly sober lesbian when she was diagnosed with HIV in 1986. Those two events would change the course of her life forever.

Kristen & Maggie

How This Lesbian Couple Cared for the First AIDS Patients in Salt Lake City

Kristin Ries and Maggie Snyder met and fell in love while caring for people living with HIV in Salt Lake City. Here, they tell the story of the early epidemic in a very religious town.

Dr. Rik Pavlescak, Gilberto, and Ms. Yolette Bonnet

Palm Beach’s HIV Advocates Hope New Resources Will Change Stagnant Epidemic

Despite its reputation as a playground of the 1%, Palm Beach County has one of the highest HIV rates in the country.

man lit with colors of bisexual flag

It’s Hard to Be a Proud Bisexual and Be HIV Positive

Steve Spencer was just reckoning with his bisexual identity when he found out he was HIV positive. That complicated his coming out process, he writes.