JD Davids

JD Davids

JD Davids is the former senior editor and the director of strategic communications at and He joined our editorial team in 2014 and left in 2018.

A longtime HIV/AIDS activist and communication strategist, JD has had the privilege of organizing people living with HIV and people in the LGBTQ community, as well as those who love them, to stand up for their rights, access lifesaving information, slash the global price of HIV treatment, expand syringe access, win a national HIV strategy for the United States, confront the crisis in prison medical care, and demand HIV prevention tools that actually make sex better.

Along the way, he's collected acronyms as a co-founder of Project TEACH at Philadelphia FIGHT, community organizer at Health GAP, director of mobilization at AIDS Foundation of Chicago, member of ACT UP Philadelphia, and devoted ally of the Positive Women's Network - USA. JD also founded Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project (CHAMP) and the HIV Prevention Justice Alliance (HIV PJA)

Additionally, JD has served as an advisor to the U.S. National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, among many other projects and organizations.

Now living in Brooklyn, N.Y., he parents a kid, cat and snake, and is a member of both the Aftselakhis Spectacle Committee and Jews for Racial and Economic Justice.

Follow JD on Twitter: @JDAtTheBody.


Within the past year, JD Davids has had some form of official relationship with each of the following groups/organizations that have a stake in the fight against HIV. These disclosures were last updated on April 19, 2017.

  • Freelance writer, Gay City News and Turn It Up magazine.
  • Member of the Founding Task Force, Prevention Access Campaign.
  • Speaker/scholarship: Positive Women's Network - USA 2016 summit.
  • Speaker: AIDS Education Month 2016, Philadelphia FIGHT.
  • Scholarship: AIDS Watch 2017.
  • Speaker fee/scholarship: Transforming Knowledge into Action: Clinical Update in Transgender Medicine, sponsored by New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute Clinical Education Initiative and the Mount Sinai Institute for Advanced Medicine.
  • Speaker/scholarship: Michigan HIV/STD Conference 2017, sponsored by Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Advisory board: Merce: A Comedy Series

Articles by JD Davids


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