Kecia J: Advocate

Yes, Call Her a Diva Kecia Johnson Fights to Educate Her Community About the Facts of HIV/AIDS by John Francis Leonard Photos by Jay Douglas with @vodphoto HIV/AIDS...

Will Harrell: Advocate

Turning Grief Into Giving Performer Will Harrell Shares How His Drag Alter Ego, Candy Samples, Helped Him Give Voice to AIDS Awareness by Rob Zukowski Photographed Exclusively...

Mary Bowman: Emerge

Dare to Emerge HIV advocate and poet Mary Bowman shares her journey of self-discovery in a new poetry collection, Emerge by Alina Oswald Photos by Naji Copeland We...

Brandon Lee: Advocate

Knowledge Is Power At The Alliance for Positive Change, Brandon Lee gives people the tools they need to empower themselves about HIV Text & Photos by...

Richard Brodsky: Advocate

The Endurance of Hope Managing HIV and Cancer, Richard Brodsky Knows Life Is Not a Sprint but a Marathon by Dann Dulin Baby boomer Richard Brodsky thought...

The Trawicks: Advocates

Family Blessings Brought together by their faith and spirituality, and blessed with eleven children, a serodifferent Philadelphia couple is redefining what a family affected by HIV...

Randy Boyd: Writer & Advocate

Pathbreaker Writer & Long-Term Survivor Randy Boyd Revisits His Journey So Far in a New Collection by Chael Needle Photographed Exclusively for A&U by Sean Black Jalandhar Nayak,...

In Memoriam: Dennis Peron

Dennis Peron, the “Father of Medical Marijuana,” died on January 27, 2018. Having suffered for years with lung cancer, he was seventy-two years old...

LaWanda Gresham: Advocate

Brink to Bliss LaWanda Gresham’s Battle to Stay Alive Proved Beneficial to Others by Dann Dulin Photographed Exclusively for A&U by Louis Kengi Carr My heart…stopped.” This was LaWanda...

Year in Pictures 2017

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words—a smile, a stance, a thoughtful stare, all evoke inner encyclopedias of self-empowerment and a willingness to put...

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I am standing in front of my bathroom mirror. I have two 100-watt “Ultra White Natural Light” light bulbs just above my vanity, so that...

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