The Faces of HIV

Surviving and thriving in 2023 with a virus that once killed millions

HIV has been with us for a long time. Longer than most realize. The oldest known tissue samples that exist come from a male in Kinshasa, The Republic of the Congo, and date back to 1959. Certain markers in the DNA fragments lead many scientists to believe that HIV has been with us even longer,…



ACROSS THE SOUTH

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…

LOCAL

Our People: Wesley Thompson

Wesley Thompson is pretty much a fixture in the Charlotte metro area. For decades, Thompson has left his mark on communities with his clinical presentations, medical research, commitment to so many committees and boards they’re too numerous to list here. His history of affirming and compassionate health care for those who are often underserved and…



CAROLINAS

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…

nATIONAL

How San Francisco is addressing the challenge of Trans homelessness

Homelessness among LGBTQ+ identifying people is far more prevalent than in other communities, with transgender and gender-nonconforming people unhoused at the highest rate in the community. According to the Texas Homeless Network and the Trevor Project, one in three transgender people in the United States have experienced homelessness. In addition, 63 percent of transgender people…


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