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Finding Love in the Time of Coronavirus

Even the COVID-19 pandemic can’t stop our vulnerable, human hearts from wanting connection.

By Charles Sanchez
Donna Allen and Victoria Noe

Author Victoria Noe’s Book on Straight Women in the AIDS Community Finds a Voice

‘Fag Hags, Divas, and Moms: The Legacy of Straight Women in the AIDS Community’ was released on audiobook last month.

By Charles Sanchez
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Watch This Beautiful Documentary About Longtime Survivor and Choreographer Bill T. Jones’ Most Famous Piece, Produced by a Protégé

Jones’ 1989 dance piece ‘D-Man in the Waters’ displayed stunning vitality and compassion in the face of the AIDS epidemic—and cemented Jones’ legacy.

By Tim Murphy
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One of ‘Those’ Mexicans: My Journey to Embracing My Heritage

As I’ve grown older, I’ve realized that the best things about me are because of my Mexican-ness.

By Charles Sanchez
Juan Michael Porter II

It's National Coming Out Day. Tell Yourself Who You Are.

"I hope that you dance in a sea of oddities and fabulosities even as it feels as if the sky is falling—because whether the world ends tomorrow or continues for another million years, we all deserve to be seen and known on our own terms."

By Juan Michael Porter II
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Processing an HIV Diagnosis Mirrors the Five Stages of Grief

Successfully navigating through these stages during one’s HIV diagnosis requires information, communication, emotional support, guidance, and direction.

By Juan Michael Porter II
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The Anatomy of a Slip-Up

Why do people living with HIV fall through the cracks of care despite our best efforts, and how do we prevent that during a global pandemic?

By Juan Michael Porter II
Mark Milano

How an HIV Long-Term Survivor Sued an NYC Cosmetic Surgeon for Refusal of Service—And Won

The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits providers from turning away patients based on their HIV status. When it happened to veteran HIV activist Mark Milano, he fought back.

By Tim Murphy
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When I Say U=U, That Means You, Too

Undetectable equals untransmittable (U=U) doesn’t mean the burden of staying HIV-free is solely on positive people.

By R. Mason
Esther Kim

Years After Her Diagnosis, Esther Kim Found Her Long (Literal) Road to Acceptance

“Because of my diagnosis and the struggle that I went through, coming to terms with it, I think it has made me a stronger person. I’ve actually accomplished things I never thought I would.”

By Myles Helfand