Anna Forbes, a Washington, DC–based writer, organizer, and women’s health activist, has worked in HIV/AIDS continuously since 1985. Now an independent consultant with an international client base, her work centers around women, HIV, health, and rights, with particular focus on the importance of including sex workers’ expertise in HIV prevention efforts.
Ari Ezra Waldman is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard College. He now teaches at New York Law School and is the Paul F. Lazarsfeld Fellow and Ph.D. candidate at Columbia University. Professor Waldman is also the legal editor at Towleroad, where he writes a weekly column on law and sexuality.
Audacia Ray is the founder and director of the Red Umbrella Project, a New York–based, peer-led organization that amplifies the voices of people in the sex trades through media, storytelling, and advocacy programs.
Brandyn Gallagher is the executive director of Outshine NW and a Seattle-based activist and community servant who has devoted his life to redistributing happiness by raising awareness about HIV, stigma, social justice and the struggles of queer and trans people in pursuit of equitable healthcare access.
Cirrus Wood is a freelance writer and photographer, fine art model, bike messenger and, occasionally, adult film actor. His writing has appeared in the Bold Italic, California Magazine, UC Berkeley alumni journal and other publications.
David Duran is a nationally recognized HIV advocate and writer who contributes to HIV focused publications including POZ, Plus, Positively Aware and The Body. Additionally, he focuses on travel writing and spends approximately 90% of each month traveling the world on different assignments. To read more of his HIV writing, visit his online portfolio, or follow him on Twitter.
Emily Newman, MA, is a social scientist, writer, and editor of BETA.
Jake Sobo is a pen name used for anonymity. Jake has worked in the world of HIV prevention for nearly a decade. He previously published a 19-part series documenting his experiences on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), “My Life on PrEP,” for Positive Frontiers magazine, which was picked up by Manhunt, translated into French, and widely read in the HIV prevention world. He has spent the better part of his adult life having as much sex as possible while trying to avoid contracting HIV.
Jennifer Cocohoba, PharmD, is an associate clinical professor in the School of Pharmacy at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Since 2004, she has worked as the clinical pharmacist for the UCSF Women’s HIV Program, where she provides adherence support and medication information to patients and providers.
Joanna Eveland, MD, is an HIV treatment specialist in San Francisco. She oversees HIV and homeless services as the Clinical Chief for Special Populations at the Mission Neighborhood Health Center, is a faculty member at the University of California, San Francisco Clinician Consultation Center, and leads a bi-monthly health education group for HIV-positive men through San Francisco AIDS Foundation. Dr. Eveland received her M.S. and M.D. at the University of California, Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program and completed her residency at the Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency Program.
Justin Natoli is a psychotherapist in Los Angeles, CA. He works with a wide variety of clients and issues, but his primary area of expertise is in sex, love, and intimacy.
Heather Boerner is a San Francisco–based healthcare journalist who specializes in healthcare access and disparities. Her new book, Positively Negative: Love, Pregnancy, and Science’s Surprising Victory Over HIV, follows two HIV-affected couples from first love to first child as they alternately try treatment as prevention and PrEP to keep the women and children HIV-free.
Manali Nekkanti, MPH, is a former research and program associate for San Francisco AIDS Foundation.
Matt Sharp is a Person with AIDS, longtime HIV treatment advocate, and writer.
Reilly O’Neal is a freelance writer and former editor of BETA.
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