JD Davids

JD Davids was a senior editor and the director of strategic communications at TheBody/TheBodyPro from 2014 to 2018. He runs JD StratComms, works with the Transgender Strategy Center, and serves on the leadership team of the Radical Communicators Network.

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.


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

Latest by JD Davids

Cutting Gilead Critique From Larry Kramer's USCA 2018 Speech Is the Tip of the Ableist, Ageist, Pay-to-Play Icebergs of Conference Culture

"It would be a missed opportunity if we didn't also take this moment to consider the fundamental inaccessibility of conferences," JD Davids writes.

By JD Davids

Providers: Bring Your HIV-Related Experience, Insights, and Passion to TheBodyPRO

Whether you have been in HIV work since the early days of the epidemic or joined the effort in recent years, we welcome you to TheBodyPRO.

By JD Davids

DACA, Immigrant Rights and the 'Larger Compassion' of the HIV Community

"I remember when it was illegal to be a practicing homosexual," recalled Richard Zaldivar at the 2017 USCA. "DACA is not an immigrant issue. DACA and the Dreamers are an American issue. Just like gay rights, just like the battle for HIV and AIDS."...

By JD Davids

Expert: Long-Awaited CDC HIV Report on Conception Options for Serodiscordant Couples Is Disappointing and Confusing

We're in the middle of a revolution in our efforts to fight HIV. However, you wouldn't know it from a new U.S. health department agency report that advises providers about conception when one partner is living with HIV.

By JD Davids

To End AIDS in the United States, Stay True to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

The original conveners of the Coalition for a National AIDS Strategy look at what we've achieved in the U.S. -- and what lies ahead.

By Judith Auerbach, A. Toni Young, Robert Bank, JD Davids and David Ernesto Munar

Recognizing Collective Efforts, 85 Leaders From 19 Nations Receive 2016 Omololu Falobi HIV Prevention Advocacy Award

On 10th anniversary of Omololu Falobi's passing, the HIV award in his name celebrates the entire movement by acknowledging all advocates who were nominated, each of whom represents thousands of others.

By JD Davids

Trans People Remain Largely Invisible in Health Data

Tonia Poteat, Ph.D., who delivered the first-ever plenary session focused on transgender people at CROI 2016, says it is unclear why the federal government cannot mandate inclusion of gender identity questions in the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillan...

By JD Davids for Gay City News

What's the Most Overlooked Issue in HIV Care Today?

Even with current HIV treatment, there are still barriers to care and complications. To help identify and address these obstacles, we asked some leading HIV experts and advocates what they think is the most overlooked issue in HIV care today.

By Warren Tong, Myles Helfand and JD Davids

PrEP Screenings Seen as Tool to Combat STD Surge

Using data across several PrEP studies and projects, researchers note that "STIs were very high before PrEP and increasing. In this explosion of STIs that's going on at the moment, there's no need to see an explosion in HIV."

By JD Davids

Young and Healthy, But Not Virally Suppressed

Data from 2006 to 2013 in New York City show rising rates of linkage to care and viral suppression. But those who were aged 18-24, healthy or both had lower rates.

By JD Davids for Gay City News