PrEP has revolutionized the war on HIV — but barriers to access remain

On World AIDS Day 2023, large numbers of people remain unnecessarily vulnerable to the virus

[This story, which we feature today on World AIDS Day, is part of ongoing work on LGBTQ+ healthcare in North Carolina, written by Joe Killian. It was conceived and written through a partnership between NC Newsline and Qnotes Carolinas.] As a 40-year-old gay man, Trevor Hoppe still remembers a time when sex was inextricably linked…


A guide to HIV/AIDS walks and runs across the United States

On July 28, 1985, in Los Angeles, over 4,500 people attended the first ever HIV/AIDS walk with a goal of raising $100,000 for research into treatments and prevention. They were more than successful, raising $673,000 and ignited a movement to eradicate the disease. Fast forward to the present day, where HIV/AIDS walks continue to be…


AIDS Walk Charlotte aims to educate and advocate

In 1997, RAIN Inc. — a HIV/AIDS service organization in Charlotte — was looking for a new and innovative way to raise funds for their operations. The organization decided to take the same approach as other HIV awareness organizations across the country — creating a walking fundraiser where individuals or teams could raise money for…


Political tensions rise in N.C. Senate over Sen. Lisa Grafstein’s residency

North Carolina Senate Republicans are calling for the resignation of a Wake County Democratic senator after she moved to a new address. Lisa Grafstein, who currently serves in Senate District 13, recently moved to southern Wake County. As a result of that move, Republicans claim she shouldn’t be able to serve in her current position…


Florida’s SMART Ride abruptly comes to a halt…permanently

For 20 years, the SMART (Southern Most HIV/AIDS) Ride for AIDS awareness in Miami, Florida, has helped to raise millions of dollars to benefit those who have been affected by HIV/AIDS. However, this year will be the last time bikers will have the chance to participate as Founder Glen Weinzimer and Executive Director Todd Delmay…

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