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He mesmerized us as Omar on The Wire, charmed us as Chalky on Boardwalk Empire, and still has us coming back for more as half of the titular Hap and Leonard. So expertly crafting another gay character on TV (real-life, HIV-positive veteran Ken Jones on When We Rise) was smooth sailing for the actor and activist. But the reasons why he took this role was way more personal than many realize.

March 20 2017 5:00 AM

This "Just Diagnosed" issue looks at the key things you need to know when you first find out you're living with HIV. There's 10 tips to coping with the new diagnosis, 7 ways to stay safe, and how treatment and disclosure is changing in Jackson, Mississippi, and San Francisco. Plus: Michael K. Williams (the star of When We Rise and Hap and Leonard) talks about why playing a gay, HIV-positive man was so personal for him. Cecilia Chung, one of the most visible transgender, HIV+ leaders in U.S. meets her onscreen counterpart and Twiggy Pucci Garcon takes us inside the Kiki scene — and its HIV advocacy work, one LGBT youth at a time.

March 15 2017 1:21 PM

Steve Baratta is resistant to 90 percent of antiretrovirals, but that’s never stopped him.

January 31 2017 5:00 AM

He’s the most decorated diver in Olympic history, has been HIV-positive nearly 30 years, and has battled addiction, homophobia, depression, and bad boyfriends. 

January 29 2017 4:29 PM

Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis is just one of the many long-term thrivers— from grandmothers to veterans — that we talk to for our special HIV and aging feature, including  pop star Sia's powerhouse manager, David Russell,  who tells us about being poz in the music industry and more.

January 26 2017 2:58 PM

David Russell is managing one of pop music’s biggest stars, but coming out HIV-positive and battling stigma first-hand might be his greatest accomplishment.

January 24 2017 2:44 PM

Activist Rae Lewis-Thornton is outspoken and unrelenting; but, fans say, she's just peddling harsh truths.

December 05 2016 8:00 AM
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