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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
Tony Christon-Walker.

Alabama HIV Activist Talks About His New ‘Fictionalized Memoir’

Tony Christon-Walker’s Walking in Truth: Fatherhood is Part One of a trilogy he’s planning about his life as an openly HIV-positive Black gay man in the Deep South.

By Tim Murphy
 Charles Sanchez with glass of Chardonnay.

The 10-Year Anniversary of My Booze Breakup

Ten years ago, Charles Sanchez passed out on the street and was rescued by his therapist. Today, he’s sober—and life is better than ever.

By Charles Sanchez
holding hands

My Husband Was Diagnosed With HIV. This Is How I Went From Anger to Acceptance

Despite having friends who were living with HIV, my reaction to my husband’s diagnosis was initially less than compassionate.

By Korin Ayala
ACT UP

Until We End the HIV Epidemic, ACT UP Is Still Here Fighting Back

TheBody interviews three current ACT UP New York members about their current campaigns and the challenges of organizing during another pandemic.

By Terri Wilder, M.S.W.
BLACK LIVES MATTER + Pride

We March in the Same Streets

Pride isn’t cancelled this year—in fact, it’s more inclusive than ever.

By Calvin Johnson
Pink Triangle SF

The Pink Triangle Shines On for San Francisco Pride

On this 50th anniversary of San Francisco Pride, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing restrictions, most events have been cancelled or moved to a virtual platform. However, the Pink Triangle will shine on.

By Charles Sanchez
shame

Two Years After My HPV Diagnosis, I’m Still Dealing With Anxiety

Sex educator and writer Gigi Engle purges her shame and guilt around her own HPV diagnosis.

By Gigi Engle
positive crosswalk

How I Navigated Dating and Disclosure After My HIV Diagnosis

De Vonté Williamson writes about his journey of self-love and self-acceptance.

By De Vonté Williamson, MPH
George M. Johnson in 2016

“There’s Going to Be a Narrative Only You Can Tell”

A message of hope and purpose from a leader in HIV advocacy and Black queer empowerment.

By George M. Johnson