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Innovator, rule-breaker, POZ founder, senior adviser to the Positive Justice Project combating HIV criminalization, positive for 31 years. Sean Strub POZ AIDS

Innovator, rule-breaker, POZ founder, senior adviser to the Positive Justice Project combating HIV criminalization, positive for 31 years. Sean Strub POZ AIDS

That's what CSI: NY regular Hill Harper became when he committed himself to work as an HIV activist from Real Health Fall 2011.

That's what CSI: NY regular Hill Harper became when he committed himself to work as an HIV activist from Real Health Fall 2011.

An essay by Mark S. King—an AIDS advocate, an author and a blogger living with HIV since 1985—on why HIV stigma among gay men persists.

An essay by Mark S. King—an AIDS advocate, an author and a blogger living with HIV since 1985—on why HIV stigma among gay men persists.

Program director, AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth and Families, survivor of incest, sexual abuse and cocaine, positive for 21 years. Linda Scruggs HIV

Program director, AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth and Families, survivor of incest, sexual abuse and cocaine, positive for 21 years. Linda Scruggs HIV

AIDS Activist Mary Fisher Is Defined by Words, Not Disease - NYTimes.com (Best quote, on her new memoir: “The one I had to write because I did not die.” )

AIDS Activist Mary Fisher Is Defined by Words, Not Disease

AIDS Activist Mary Fisher Is Defined by Words, Not Disease - NYTimes.com (Best quote, on her new memoir: “The one I had to write because I did not die.” )

AIDSmeds founder, crystal-kicker, ex-Wall Streeter, positive for 28 years. Peter Staley HIV AIDS

AIDSmeds founder, crystal-kicker, ex-Wall Streeter, positive for 28 years. Peter Staley HIV AIDS

Nathaniel Pier was a private physician who treated people living with AIDS in New York City during the epidemic’s initial outbreak in the early 1980s. He died from the virus in 1989 when he was 37 years old. Instead of succumbing to depression after her loss, his mother, Mollie Pier, decided to honor the memory of her son by cofounding Project Chicken Soup (PCS), a nonprofit organization in California.

Nathaniel Pier was a private physician who treated people living with AIDS in New York City during the epidemic’s initial outbreak in the early 1980s. He died from the virus in 1989 when he was 37 years old. Instead of succumbing to depression after her loss, his mother, Mollie Pier, decided to honor the memory of her son by cofounding Project Chicken Soup (PCS), a nonprofit organization in California.

When Avram Finkelstein decided to organize a small group of friends to talk about issues relating to HIV after his boyfriend died of AIDS, he never imagined it would lead to the creation of the most iconic slogan of the AIDS movement, “Silence=Death.”

When Avram Finkelstein decided to organize a small group of friends to talk about issues relating to HIV after his boyfriend died of AIDS, he never imagined it would lead to the creation of the most iconic slogan of the AIDS movement, “Silence=Death.”

Robert Suttle, 33, 
Milford, Pennsylvania: After a brief and contentious relationship ended, Suttle’s former partner reported him to the police, causing Suttle to be charged under Louisiana’s “Intentional Exposure to AIDS Virus” criminal statute. Little was done to investigate the charges, and Suttle was never accused of transmitting HIV. After serving six months in prison, Suttle emerged with a newfound purpose and goal: to abolish HIV criminalization laws in the U.S. and around the globe.

Robert Suttle, 33, Milford, Pennsylvania: After a brief and contentious relationship ended, Suttle’s former partner reported him to the police, causing Suttle to be charged under Louisiana’s “Intentional Exposure to AIDS Virus” criminal statute. Little was done to investigate the charges, and Suttle was never accused of transmitting HIV. After serving six months in prison, Suttle emerged with a newfound purpose and goal: to abolish HIV criminalization laws in the U.S. and around the globe.

Pedro Zamora was a Cuban-American #AIDS educator and television personality. As one of the first openly #gay men with AIDS to be portrayed in popular media, Zamora brought international attention to HIV/AIDS and #LGBT issues and prejudices through his appearance on MTV's reality television series, The Real World: San Francisco.

Pedro Zamora was a Cuban-American #AIDS educator and television personality. As one of the first openly #gay men with AIDS to be portrayed in popular media, Zamora brought international attention to HIV/AIDS and #LGBT issues and prejudices through his appearance on MTV's reality television series, The Real World: San Francisco.

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