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World AIDS Day

December 1st is World AIDS Day. On this day, we unite in the fight against HIV, support the people that are living with HIV, and reflect on the people whose lives have been most affected by HIV/AIDS.  Today we commemorate people who have died as a result of complications with AIDS including activists, peer educators, family members, friends, and others.

Today, we are grateful for the people in Philadelphia that were instrumental in the continued success of the AIDS Library and Philadelphia FIGHT, and crucial to the FIGHT against HIV/AIDS across the globe.

Click here to learn more about the history of the AIDS Library. Click here to learn more about the legacy of  Activist Kiyoshi Kuromiya.

Here are resources, including many freely available curricula and lesson-plans, that you can use to educate about HIV/AIDS.

For more information, please browse other posts on our blog. If you have any specific inquires, please contact Megan Threats at


Here are some titles we have in the library that could help an educator create an HIV/AIDS education class or program, or to supplement such a class or program.


The New York City Department of Education’s HIV/AIDS Curriculum is available in its entirety.  It’s broken down by grade, from K through 12.  That page also includes brochures and letters for parents (available in 11 different languages) of kids who are being educated.

The Washington State Department of Education publishes the KNOW Curriculum, including materials in Spanish.

The Population Council publishes a book of curriculum and activity materials, It’s All One, developed by the International Sexuality and HIV Curriculum Working Group, available to download freely.  It’s also available in Spanish and French.

The Hispanic leadership organization ASPIRA has an extensive HIV Curriculum with facilitator scripts, activities, and other tools.  The entire curriculum is available in Spanish as well.

The British non-profit AVERT has an HIV/AIDS Lessons and Activities webpage, as well as pages for:

The United Church of Christ publishes a Curriculum for Multicultural Christian Education, with particular focus on grade school youth.

Partners in Health publishes an HIV Curriculum, with a strong emphasis on international health, human rights, TB co-infection, and women’s health.

Stanford University’s Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education TeachAIDS Educator Handbook: A Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Prevention Curriculum.

UNAIDS sponsors a Grassroot Soccer Skillz Curriculum, aimed at teens.  Topics include making healthy decisions, avoiding risks, building support networks, reducing stigma and discrimination, increasing knowledge about testing and treatment, and addressing gender issues.


The Vermont-based Center for Health & Learning has six pages of Curriculum Activities that Support the Use of HIV Positive Speakers.

The Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care published an Adaptation of a Curriculum Targeted at Older African-American women.

The UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies has a page of Intervention Curricula, including a program for people living with HIV, a harm reduction program aimed at middle schoolers, a prevention program for men who have sex with men, and an adherence program for HIV+ homeless people.

The Northwest Association for Biomedical Research has a multimedia HIV Vaccine Curriculum that explores the life cycle and structure of HIV, different vaccine types, and related ethical issues.

The CDC’s HIV/AIDS Prevention Research Synthesis Project has a page of “Best-Evidence” Interventions. Folks designing programs can read about them there.  Be aware, though, that many of the materials for these interventions are not available for free.­

The CDC publishes guides for educators and administrators developing HIV/AIDS education programs.  These are not curricula, but advice on creating and evaluating curricula.


AIDS Education is for the pros too!

The AIDS Education & Training Center provides targeted Education Programs for Health Providers treating people living with HIV.  They have slide sets and full curricula on adherence, cultural competence, testing, “prevention with positives,” women, and many more topics.

Baylor College of Medicine International Pediatric AIDS Initiative, in collaboration with the National Institute of Health, UNICEF, and PEPFAR, provides a 376-page HIV Curriculum for the Health Professional.

Family Health International has a training manual for health professionals on Contraception for Clients with HIV.

The International Training & Education Center for Health provides materials to support the development of International HIV Health Programs.


For people who are designing their own program or curriculum, but want supplements, there are materials to draw on all over the web.

For facts about different aspects of HIV/AIDS, we always point to a few different sets of factsheets (short documents that summarize a topic).

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has a page of AIDS Info Graphics and an AIDS Awareness Toolkit.

The PBS series Frontline has a documentary called The Age of AIDS that’s available to watch online.  It’s four hours long, but it’s broken up into chapters that could be good for showing to classes or groups.

The TEACH program at FIGHT has a YouTube channel of educational videos on many HIV/AIDS topics.

The United Nations AIDS Multimedia Gallery has a collection of videos (including PSAs), photo slideshows, and audio presentations and interviews, mostly focusing on the epidemic worldwide.  UNAIDS also publishes a current Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic with more charts, slides, graphics, and multimedia materials.

The website Annenberg Learner publishes many HIV/AIDS Animations and Images on its Rediscovering Biology page.

The Kaiser Family Foundation has a Global HIV/AIDS Timeline.

AVERT has a History of AIDS with an extensive list of news and journal articles for each era of the epidemic

For a collection of news articles about HIV/AIDS going back to 1983, see the New York Times AIDS/HIV page.

If any of these sites use terminology that’s unfamiliar, we recommend the National Institute of Health’s searchable HIV/AIDS Glossary. The glossary is also available in Spanish.

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Updated Fact Sheets from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated the following four fact sheets:

The fact sheets include information and statistics on diagnoses of HIV infection and AIDS in each population. Prevention challenges and information about CDC programs and campaigns are also included.

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National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

February 7th is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is observed annually to highlight the disproportionate burden of HIV among African-Americans. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), African-Americans accounted for 47% of persons who received an HIV diagnosis in 2012. A recent report published by the CDC found that the mortality rate among American Americans with HIV declined 28% between 2009-2012. Despite this progress, African American communities have higher HIV infection and mortality rates than any other groups. The 2012 rate is 47% higher than Latinos, and 13% higher than whites.

Here are resources, including many freely available factsheets, that you can use to learn about HIV/AIDS and its impact on Black communities.


Here are some titles we have in the Library (for more titles, search our catalog here)


  • AIDS and African Americans: A Guide for Substance Abuse, Sexuality, and Care, Pamela Blackwell Johnson
  • Ashamed to Die: Silence, Denial, and the AIDS Epidemic in the South, Andrew Skerritt
  • Beyond the Down Low: Sex, Lies, and Denial in Black America, Keith Boykin
  • Brother to Brother: New Writings by Black Gay Men, Joseph Beam; Essex Hemphill
  • Does Your House Have Lions?, Sonia Sanchez
  • Health First!: The Black Woman’s Wellness Guide, Hilary Beard; Eleanor Hinton Hoytt
  • Health Issues in the Black Community, Ronald Braithwaite; Sandra Taylor
  • In the Life: a Black Gay Anthology, Joseph Beam
  • Letters to an Incarcerated Brother: Encouragement, Hope, and Healing for Inmates and their Loved Ones, Hill Harper
  • Living with HIV/AIDS: The Black Person’s Guide to Survival, Eric Goosby
  • Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Examination on Black Americans from Colonial Times to Present, Harriet Washington
  • My Brother, Jamaica Kincaid
  • Not in My Family: AIDS in the African-American Community, Gil L. Robertson IV
  • Push, Sapphire
  • Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More, Janet Mock
  • The Kid, Sapphire
  • The Black Women’s Health Book: Speaking for Ourselves, Evelyn White
  • The Boundaries of Blackness: AIDS and the Breakdown of Blackness, Cathy Cohen
  • The Secret Epidemic: The Story of AIDS in Black America, Jacob Levenson


  • All of Us
  • Black is — Black Ain’t
  • Broken on All Sides: Race, Mass Incarceration & New Visions for Criminal Justice in the U.S.
  • Cover
  • End Game: AIDS in Black America
  • For Colored Girls
  • Holiday Heart
  • Life Support
  • Living Life to the Fullest: a Guide for HIV Positive African Americans
  • Marlon T. Rigg’s Tongues Untied
  • One Week
  • Out of Control: AIDS in Black America
  • Paris is Burning
  • The Announcement
  • Yesterday


For a brief introduction to this issue, see the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Black Americans and HIV/AIDS

For a longer introduction, see:

For statistical introductions, see:

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s webpage on HIV among African Americans – for basic factsheets, podcasts, and other resources
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration, HIV/AIDS Bureau’s factsheet about HIV/AIDS and African Americans

Specific Issues

For considerations of HIV/AIDS among African American Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM), see:

For considerations of HIV/AIDS among African American Women and other intersecting issues including pregnancy, see:


For personal accounts, see:

  • The Body’s Up Close & Personal, first-person narratives from African Americans living with HIV
  • Greater Than AIDS’ Speak Out campaign, first-person stories aimed at confronting the silence and stigma that surrounds HIV/AIDS
  • Justin’s HIV Journey, Justin shares his experiences as a gay man living with HIV
  • Rae Lewis-Thorton’s Diva Living with HIV, Rae shares her experiences as a woman living with AIDS

For additional resources, contact the AIDS Library.

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World Health Day – Food Access in Philadelphia

April 7th is World Health Day. The theme for World Health Day 2015 is food safety. We recognize that access to safe, nutritious food is a critical issue for many people living in Philadelphia. The AIDS Library of Philadelphia FIGHT has a variety of resources available to the public that provide information about accessing nutritious, and at times, free meals in Philadelphia. Some of resources are outlined below:

Free Meals in Philadelphia

Free Meals in Philadelphia – The Philadelphia Food Access Collaborative updates this resource listing of organizations providing free meals in Philadelphia. The publication includes a weekly schedule for each organization, as well as distinctions for populations that services are catered to including, but not limited to, wheel chair access, women and children only, men only, seniors only, and shelters.

The Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger offers a list of resources including:

Additionally, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly referred to as food stamps) offers nutrition assistance to eligible, low-income individuals and families in need of groceries. To see if you qualify to receive SNAP benefits and to apply for benefits, the following options are available to you:

  • Call the SNAP Hotline at 215-430-0556: Residents of Bucks, Chester, and Philadelphia counties can apply for SNAP benefits by phone. Hotline counselors are available Monday-Friday (9am-5pm)
  • BenePhilly Centers offer free one-on-one professional support to help Philadelphians enroll in benefits. To find a BenePhilly Center near you, call 844-848-4376 to schedule an appointment. If you are located in Center City, schedule an appointment at Philadelphia FIGHT (1233 Locust Street, 3rd Floor). Cayden Halligan, Care and Outreach Librarian of the AIDS Library is available to help you from 9am-5pm.
  • Text “SNAP” to 84700

 Nutrition Counseling and Meal Program in Philadelphia

MANNA (Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance) – MANNA provides “nourishing, healthy, healing food” to people living in Philadelphia battling life-threatening illnesses. The staff at MANNA create and home-deliver meals customized for 11 different dietary modifications to accommodate different diseases. To find if meals may be delivered in your area, check here. MANNA’s Registered Dietitians provide free nutrition counseling in both individual or group consultations.

Tips for Food Safety

The World Health Organization (WHO) has a number of factsheets and manuals in PDF format available on their website with food safety tips for the public. Most of the resources are available in the official languages of WHO (English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, French, and Russian) unless specified below. Some of those include:

5 Keys to Safer Food (available in the official WHO languages)

How to Prepare Formula for Bottle-Feeding at Home (available in the official WHO languages)

How to Prepare Formula for Cup-Feeding at Home (available in the official WHO languages)

How to Prepare Powdered Infant Formula in Care Setting (available in the official WHO languages)

For additional information, contact the AIDS Library at

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HIV Vaccine Awareness Day

HIV Vaccine Awareness Day (HVAD) is observed annually around the world on May 18th. The day serves as an annual commemoration of the need for and commitment to the ongoing search for a vaccine. There is no vaccine for HIV. As noted by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, “HIV vaccine development has been challenging largely because of the unique characteristics of the virus.” There have been continuous efforts to develop an effective HIV vaccine since the late 1980s. The clinical RV144 vaccine trial conducted in Thailand in 2009 is arguably the most successful trial to date. Scientists combined two vaccines that failed on their own, which lowered the rate of HIV infection by 31 percent. Researchers are fervently making strides to create a vaccine for HIV. The number of new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths worldwide have decreased by more than one-third in the past decade which may be attributed to the tremendous advancement of HIV prevention and treatment.

Please check out the references highlighted below for more information.


Here are some titles that we have in the library


AHFS Drug Information 2015, American Society of Health System Pharmacists – note, if you find this text difficult to navigate check out Medline Plus and/or Daily Med.



This day is especially important to the librarians.


easy-to-digest research updates.

This year brought the launch of long-awaited initiation of clinical trials building on positive results from the RV144 “Thai” trial. This effort is led by the Pox-Protein Public-Private Partnership (P5), including the the HIV Vaccine Trials Network, who will join the webinar to provide a status update of their current vaccine research and development program. We will also feature Janssen, part of Johnson & Johnson, to provide an overview of the research program they are moving forward that focuses on a cross-clade vaccine product.

This webinar will be the next installment in our Prevention on the Line series, a year-long dialogue on pressing issues in HIV prevention research and implementation.

For advocates planning HVAD activities or simply looking for an update on the latest in the field, AVAC is updating its “HVAD Toolkit”, which includes a range of materials with HIV vaccine research highlights. The updated Toolkit will be available shortly at Please email us if you’re looking for a specific resource right away.

We look forward to commemorating another HVAD with all of you as we continue to work toward the ultimate goal of a vaccine to prevent HIV. AVAC would especially like to thank the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, the US Agency for International Development, and our civil society partners in countries for supporting and partnering in HVAD and other vaccine advocacy initiatives.

We look forward to hearing your voices and questions in this discussion. And, as always, please email us at with questions, comments and suggestions.


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AIDS Library 30th Anniversary

Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the AIDS Library

Join us on Friday, November 10, 2017 at 5:30pm for a reception with the exhibit Still Fighting for Our Lives featuring materials from William Way’s Philadelphia AIDS Library graphic collection.

This will be an evening of art, music and memories as we remember the past, honor library volunteers, and look to the future.


RSVP Required

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Black History Month and National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

In honor of Black History Month and National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the AIDS Library will be hosting a special viewing of The Announcement. Join us this Friday, February 28, 2014 at 2pm in the AIDS Library for a viewing of The Announcement, which will be followed by a discussion.

For those unfamiliar with the film The Announcement, click here.

National Black HIV AIDS Awareness Day

For a PDF of the flyer: National Black HIV AIDS Awareness Day

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Hepatitis C Information

May marks Hepatitis Awareness Month, hepatitis is a condition of liver inflammation that is a group of viral infections that affect the liver. In the United States, hepatitis is most commonly caused by Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C viruses. According to the CDC, an estimated 4.4 million Americans are living with chronic hepatitis; most do not know they are infected. I would like to take this opportunity to share resources and information about Hepatitis C also known as HCV.

In the AIDS Library

Here are some titles that are available in the Library.

  • The Hepatitis C Handbook, by Matthew Dolan
  • Hepatitis C, The First Year: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed (2nd Edition), by Cara Bruce and Lisa Montanarelli
  • Dr Melissa Palmer’s Guide to Hepatitis & Liver Disease, by Melissa Palmer
  • HCV/HIV Coinfection Information, by the American Liver Foundation

Information for People Living with Hepatitis C

For basic information see,

People with further questions can call 877-HELP-4-HEP, a national support line from The Support Partnership (TSP), a collaboration of four national Hepatitis C organizations. For information on HCV treatment, see

For help paying for treatment, see Project Inform’s list of Patient Assistance Programs (PAPs) For specific issues  for people living with HCV, see:

For HCV information related to specific populations, see:

For information about HIV/HCV coinfection, see

For HCV info in language other than English, see

  • A enormous amount of info in Spanish, from HCV Advocate
  • Multilingual HIV and Hepatitis C Factsheets, from Multicultural HIV and Hepatitis Service – in Akan, Amharic, Arabic, Bosnian, Burmese, Chinese, Croatian, Greek, French, Indonesian, Italian, Khmer, Korean, Macedonian, Portuguese, Serbian, Spanish, Shona, Somali, Swahili, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese
  • Multilingual Hepatitis Health Information Handouts, from the Refugee Health Information Network – in Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, French, Hmong, Karen, Korean, Kreyol, Portuguese, Russian, Somalia, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese
  • Foreign Language Publications, also from HCV Advocate, in Bulgarian, Chinese, French, Hmong, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Somali
  • HCV Info in Urdu, from the Hepatitis Trust in the United Kingdom

For issues around benefits, see A Guide to Hepatitis & Disability, from the Hepatitis C Support Project For personal stories about HCV, see:

Research, Provider Information, and More

To follow clinical research and other HCV news, see

For statistics, see:

For provider information, see:

For prevention with certain populations, see:

National Hepatitis Testing Day: May 19, 2014

National Hepatitis Testing Day is on May 19th.  The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention National Prevention Information Network allows you to search for hepatitis testing events in your area or register testing events to help build hepatitis testing resources here.

HCV Testing Locations in Philadelphia

Below is a listing of locations in Philadelphia where individuals can be tested.

  • 11th Street Family Health Services of Drexel University
  • Baker Industries
  • BEBASHI: Transition to Hope
  • Fairmount Primary Care
  • Family Practice & Counseling Network Health Annex
  • Hunting Park Health Ctr.
  • Latino Commission on AIDS
  • Lax Center at Philadelphia FIGHT
  • Mary Howard Health Center
  • Prevention Point Philadelphia
  • St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children – Division of Adolescent Medicine
  • TPAC (Philadelphia AIDS Consortium)
  • Veteran Affairs Medical Center
  • Mazzoni Center (809 Locust location)
  • Y-HEP (testing available for people up to 24 years of age)

Information regarding addresses, testing hours, walk-ins/appointment guidelines, and contact information for the above locations is available by clicking the Search Resources tab on the AIDS Library website.

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HIV/AIDS and Aging



Thursday, September 18th is National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day



In honor of National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day I have put together a comprehensive list of resources available on the web about HIV and Aging. If you are in the Philadelphia area, join the LGBT Elder Initiative for the event listed below.

Gettin’ Older with HIV
Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014
Time: 10am – 12:30pm
Location” 330 S. 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA (St. Luke & The Epiphany)
Details: a free community workshop to update people living with HIV/AIDS, caregivers and service providers about the unique issues facing LGBT people with HIV/AIDS as they get older

In the AIDS Library

Materials focusing primarily on aging

  • Aging with HIV: A Gay Man’s Guide, by James Masten
  • Aging with HIV: Psychological, Social, and Health Issues, by Janice E. Nichols et al
  • What People Over 50 Need to Know About HIV and AIDS, by the PA Department of Health – a pamphlet, available in both English and Spanish
  • The New Ourselves, Growing Older: Women Aging with Knowledge and Power,  by Doress-Worters and Paula Brown – part of the Our Bodies, Ourselves series
  • Nutrition in Aging, by Eleanor D. Schlenker

Materials with sections focusing on aging:

  • The Alternative Health & Medicine Encyclopedia, by James E. Marti – with a chapter called “Aging”
  • Doctor, What Should I Eat?, by Isadore Rosenfeld, M.D. – with a section called “Aging: No One Lives Forever – But It’s Worth a Try”
  • Extended Health Care At Home: A Complete and Practical Guide, by Evelyn M. Baulch – with a section “Care for the Elderly”
  • The Gay Men’s Wellness Guide, by Robert E. Penn – with chapters called “Older Gay Men,” and “Aging”
  • Natural Family Doctor: The Comprehensive Self-Help Guide to Health and Natural Medicine, by Dr. Andrew Stanway et al – with a section of “The later years” and “Death and bereavement”
  • Our Bodies, Ourselves, by the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective – with a sections on “Midlife and Menopause” and “Our Later Years”
  • The Planned Parenthood Women’s Health Encyclopedia, by Planned Parenthood – with an entry on “Aging” and entries on many other issues related to Aging
  • The Women’s Complete Wellness Book, by Debra R. Judelson, M.D., and Diana L. Dell, M.D. – with chapters called “Mature Years: Ages 46 to 64” and “Older Years: Ages 65 and Over”

The Basics

For a brief introduction to this issue, see AIDS InfoNet’s Older People and HIV.

For a longer introduction, see:

For a statistical introductions, see

For a comprehensive patient handout, see the HIV Training and Resource Initiative’s Coming of Age: A Guide to Aging Well With HIV, a 68-page booklet filled with clear explanations of the aspects of medical care and practical advice for staying health.

Specific Issues

For considerations of HIV risk among older folks (and people having sex with them), see:

For safer sex / prevention messages aimed at older adults, especially those at high risk, see:

For more on the way HIV can effect aging, see

For a couple other specific issues around living with HIV in older age, see:

News & Personal Accounts

For news, see

For personal accounts, see

For video personal accounts, see:

  • Aging POZitively – a 35-minute video profiling three older HIV+ adults
  • AARP’s Standing Up to Stigma – an article and 6-minute video profiling a retired doctor who was kicked out of an assisted living facility because of his HIV status
  • The Graying of AIDS – the website of a documentary currently in progress, with dozens of interviews

Info for Providers

For longer introductions about HIV/AIDS and aging aimed at providers:

For clinical research on HIV/AIDS and aging, see:

For an educational video aimed at providers, see the AIDS Education & Training Center’s HIV and Older Adults, a 28-minute video about co-morbities, treatment, psychosocial issues, the importance of testing older adults, and more.

Upcoming Webinars

For upcoming webinars,

ACRIA HIV & Aging Training  
All webinars take place from 1-3pm EST.

Health Promotion for Older Adults Living with HIV (October 22, 2014)

This two hour webinar will provide an overview of how HIV progresses and affects the overall health of older adults. This information will then be related to how service providers can play a role in promoting and helping older adults living with HIV stay linked to care and maintain viral load suppression.
Sexual Health of Older Adults (December 17, 2014)

This two-hour webinar is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of sexual activity among older adults and the need for effective and tailored HIV/STI prevention messages to help improve sexual health. Data on the sexual activity and function of older adults will be provided from a number of sources, including ACRIA’s research with older adults.

Resiliency of Older Adults Living with HIV/AIDS (November, 12, 2014)

This two hour webinar will provide an overview of the different types of resiliency qualities and how their associations with positive healthy behaviors impact the health of older adults living with HIV.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Varying times.

HIV/AIDS, Aging, and Social Service Providers Webinar: Why Should I Care and What Can I Do? (September 16, 2014) 12:00-1pm EST

HIV/AIDS, Aging, and Health Care Providers Webinar: What All Practitioners Should Know (September 17, 2014) 1:00-2:00pm EST

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What HIV Testing is Like When You’re Queer, Black and Undocumented

As written by Alan Pelaez Lopez. Originally published on Black Girl Dangerous.

“Last fall, I received a call from an old partner I had not spoken to in six-months. In the middle of debating whether to answer or not, I accidentally accepted the call and heard his voice. I went to get tested and I’m HIV positive, you need to get tested, he quietly explained. He sounded tired, filled with the kind of panic that comes after days of shock and denial. It was the same tone I remembered carrying in my voice one day in Boston as a glass bottle flew towards me—then shattering as it hit me—followed by an older White male calling me “illegal.” I heard his voice and I could not breathe. I was scared for him, for me, for life.

After the phone call, all I could think was: Can I even get tested?Growing up undocumented and queer on the East Coast meant only seeing a doctor when my temperature was over 104º or there were free clinic drives at local non-profits.”

Read the story in its entirety here.

In Alan’s article, he narrates the barriers that many people face when trying to access HIV testing.  Many organizations, clinics, and hospitals require a state or federal identification card to receive an HIV test. Each year, the AIDS Library publishes the HIV Testing Guide available here. For a listing of organizations included in our guide that do not require the use of an ID to get tested contact our Public Services and Reference Librarian, the editor of this blog, Megan Threats at

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