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This is How Straight Women Became Heroes of the AIDS Crisis

In her new book, Victoria Noe chronicles the stories of people whose contributions to addressing the AIDS epidemic have often gone unheralded: straight women.  They are the...

Here’s How Oprah Inspired One Man’s HIV Message to the World

The words of Oprah Winfrey fuel Kalvin Leveille’s passion and purpose every day, motivating him to share his most personal trials to create positive change in the lives of...

Writer Ron Nyswaner Remembers “Philadelphia” and its Impact on AIDS

In honor of Philadelphia’s 25th anniversary, we talk to its screenwriter about making tough choices behind the scenes — and why the film still resonates today. A quarter of a...

Gay “Project Runway” Alum Viktor Luna: Still Raising HIV Awareness

Project Runway alum Viktor Luna famously revealed his poz HIV status on TV, but his journey toward raising awareness continues to unfold today. You likely recall Viktor Luna from...

Gay Candidate Danny O’Donnell, Brother of Rosie O’Donnell, Vowed To Fight for Equality as Public Advocate

We talked to openly gay candidate for NYC Public Advocate Danny O’Donnell, brother of media mogul Rosie O’Donnell, about his run for the office of NYC Public Advocate....

Virtual and Viral: Josh Robbins Chronicles Living with HIV

When Josh Robbins decided to engage very publicly with the world about his HIV status, it began a journey that would change lives (including his own). Josh Robbins displayed...

Bette Midler Leads an All-Star Parade at the 12th Annual Golden Hearts Awards

Neil Patrick Harris, Michael Kors and Bette Midler were among those in attendance at the 12th annual Golden Hearts Awards. For more than 32 years, the New York-based nonprofit...

In a Gender-Bending Memoir, an Author Transitions From Male to Female — and Back

An awe-inspiring memoir chronicles one individual’s transition from identifying as male to identifying as female — and then male again. Brian Belovitch has spent much of his...

Has Dance Been a Secret Weapon in the AIDS Struggle?

Performing at the Hudson Valley Dance Festival to benefit Dancers Responding to AIDS has a particular resonance for choreographer and dancer Caleb Teicher. Not only does his...

Are HIV Prevention Measures Failing Trans People?

How important is it – when it comes to both general health and preventing the spread of HIV – to depend that doctors speak with trans patients about their gender...

Staying Vigilant with HIV: How Science Fights the Virus — and How it Fights Back

Living with HIV in the 21st Century means fewer side effects than ever, but there are still some situations that raise red flags. The reality for anyone with HIV is that current...

Why Did a Generation of Cubans Choose to Become HIV-Positive?

It’s considered the “Special Period” in Cuba’s history: when the Soviet Union cut financial ties with Cuba. During the late 1980s under the socialist Castro regime, where...