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Angels in America: A New Book Looks Back

As Angels in America had its moment at the Tony Awards, a fascinating book looks back at the evolution of the play that became a phenomenon. A quarter of a century ago, Tony...

Alan Cumming Grapples With Survivor’s Guilt After Louie

In After Louie, Alan Cumming plays a man haunted by the past and dismayed by the future. But might he still find hope? Survivor’s guilt occurs when a person believes he has done...

West Hollywood Memorializes the Plague with a New AIDS Monument

Once upon a time, a gay and glamorous city was struck by a terrible plague; this is how we never forget. As AIDS cases rose in the early 1980s, regions like New York City, San...

Black Pastors Take to the Pulpit to Address Rising HIV Challenges in Their Communities

An organization aims to address rising rates of HIV in black communities from an under-unexplored position of power — the pulpit. Ultimately statistics became the unavoidable...

Safe Sex Kits Get a Hot Makeover from the Designers at Marc Jacobs

How do you make being prepared with protection something everyone wants to do? Ask one of fashion’s favorite names. The novel fashion accessory unveiled by Marc Jacobs last...

Puerto Rico’s Poor HIV Patients Are Among the Last to See Hurricane Relief

Puerto Rico continues to suffer in the aftermath of Maria; what does that mean for people living with HIV? Nearly a half year since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, a...

A Healthy Poz Patient on No Meds Helps Scientists Target HIV

The story of two lives — a man with a unique physiology and a scientist seeking a cure — both dedicated to changing the course of the AIDS epidemic. 2008 stands out as a...

Putting Money Where Your Mouth Is: It’s Time for Dining Out for Life 2018

The restaurant industry comes together to offer patrons a way to fight the epidemic by simply going out to eat. This spring, thousands of restaurants across the country will be...

9/22: Author Rick Guasco Documents “A Day with HIV”

How do people living with HIV share their experience with the world? In the case of one awareness-raising initiative, it’s one day at a time. The date — September 22 —  was...

The AIDS/HIV Epidemic in Mexico Chronicled in Tomorrow Is a Long Time

Journalists Jon Cohen and Malcolm Linton take a sojourn south to chronicle the lives of people struggling with HIV in Mexico. The Tijuana River Canal, which runs along the border...

Uncle Howard: Offers a Touching Cinematic Tribute

A young filmmaker creates a cinematic elegy for the hero he lost to the epidemic. To the world, Howard Brookner was a rising Hollywood director who died of AIDS on the cusp of his...

Recalling the AIDS Journalists Who Died Covering the Epidemic

One of the most noteworthy community events of 2017 was a tribute to the journalists who have been chronicling HIV from the start....