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Nick Rhoades, 37, 
Waverly, Iowa: Rhoades is HIV positive. He had sex. He had an undetectable viral load. He used a condom. For this, he learned, he could be going to jail for a very long time. After the one-time partner pressed charges, Rhoades received the maximum sentence: 25 years in prison and lifetime sex offender status.

Sabrina Heard fights HIV with her personal experience. A recovered addict who’s been living with HIV for more than two decades, Heard emerged from years of denial and learned how to care for herself with the help of the Women’s Collective, a small social services agency for women with HIV in Washington, DC.

During the late 1980s, a group of New York mothers, fathers and friends—mobilized by the shock and grief of a loved one’s HIV infection and the inadequacy of existing treatment options—became AIDS advocates. They established Concerned Parents for AIDS Research, an all-volunteer group that continues to raise millions of dollars to advance HIV research today.

L. Jeannine Bookhardt-Murray, MD works at Harlem United, a community health center for indigent people with HIV, located in the upper reaches of Manhattan.

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.

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

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

Diving board Olympian, trainer of divers and dogs, positive for 23 years. Greg Louganis HIV AIDS

Positoid rock star, educator and author (My Pet Virus), POZ blogger, positive for 25 years. Shawn Decker HIV AIDS

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