Op-ed: HIV-Positive LGBT Women Are Discounted, Miscounted, and Uncounted

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The Advocate
By Jeff Krehely and Tari Hanneman
March 10, 2015

If the manspreading campaign has taught us anything, it’s that men can take up a lot of space. Take, for example, advocacy around HIV and LGBT people. When women enter the discussion, they are our doctors and nurses, our researchers and policymakers, and our advocates. Seldom are women’s voices featured among the resilient and powerful stories of LGBT people living with HIV. Rarely do public health messages speak to their disparities or risks. And scarcely do researchers study the impact of HIV on women in the LGBT community. With today marking the 10th anniversary of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, there’s no better time to change this reality.

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