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HIVat40 is an online news project dedicated to highlighting the untold stories of the HIV epidemic in the United States. 

The red ribbon, designed by the the Visual AIDS Artist Caucus in 1991, is a copyright free symbol for raising awareness of the ongoing spread of HIV. It was created to show compassion for people living with AIDS and remains a powerful image in the global fight against HIV/AIDS.

In the 40 years since the start of the epidemic, major strides in testing, treatment, and prevention — spurred largely by the pressure activists put on public health officials and drug manufacturers to act — have made it possible for people with HIV to live longer, healthier lives. But HIV is still impacting communities across the U.S. There are 1.2 million Americans living with HIV, according to recent government estimates, with new infections disproportionately impacting marginalized communities and areas of the South. 

Launched on World AIDS Day 2021, HIVat40 features a wide range of reporting on issues impacting the ongoing public health crisis, from systemic inequities facing Black trans sex workers, to the shrinking representation of HIV-positive people on American television. The reporters for this project are fellows at the Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.