Remembering Stephen: Love, Loss, and AIDS

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He underwent a smorgasbord of tests as the family anxiously awaited the answer. But we knew. The innocents in the old snapshot all knew instinctively, even before the test results came in. Stephen had AIDS.

To the Poet Whose Lover Has Died of AIDS

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Kenny Fries writes of love, AIDS, and their difficult overlap.

This Dad Rode 545 Miles For Gay Son Who Died Before He Could

David Flannigan and his son, Joshua.

When David Flannigan lost his son to AIDS, he decided to honor him, one mile at a time.

Touch Me: When Uncertainty Outweighs Perception and Stigma

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This man has HIV. Sheltered from human contact, he takes to the streets of Helsinki to challenge the power of stigmas.

Migrant Labor, High Risk Behaviours, and HIV Awareness: A Bangladeshi Story

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Raad Rahman explores the difficulty in fighting HIV among South Asian migrant workers.

Flashback 1985: the First FDA HIV Test

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So much has changed since the first HIV test was approved 30 years ago

Breaking The Silence

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Talking is part of the healing process.

Exercise: write a letter to the person who infected you

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Noah Stetzer explores HIV and uncertainty in this sobering poem.

Ebolaphobia and the Contagion of Fear

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“Germ” based fear leaves racism, sexism, and homophobia in its wake.

Monogamous? This STD Doesn’t Care

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There’s a new STI on the rise, and here’s what you need to know about Lyme Disease. Yes, Lyme Disease.

Rifling Through A Dead Man’s Papers

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A life in a box of papers untouched for almost twenty years.

Why We Must Move Beyond Condoms and into Cultures of Desire

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“Messages that focus solely on condom use do not engage with the psychological and social issues that inflame people’s desires to engage in risk-taking behaviour,” writes Angelus Morningstar.

Today’s HIV & AIDS – Is Your Family At Risk?

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Report suggests ages 13-24 are higher risk periods for HIV infections

Joep Lange: A Brave HIV Researcher, a Great Friend and Colleague

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Professor Lange’s friend and colleague David Cooper reflects on their work together and Lange’s legacy.

A Social Movement to Fight AIDS, Malaria and TB

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In the past decade we’ve made huge advances in several important global health indicators. Why? Stronger relationships between science and social movements.

The Shame of Remembering Your Past Mistakes – How “Normal” Is Your Heart?

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James Fell calls for humans to expose their truest of hearts in this heartbreaking article.