Sero Project

A network of people living with HIV and allies fighting for freedom from stigma and injustice

Sero is focused on ending inappropriate criminal prosecutions of PLHIV, including for non-disclosure of their HIV status, potential or perceived HIV exposure or HIV transmission and on building and supporting PLHIV networks.

Sero's HIV criminalization work includes raising public awareness through community education efforts and outreach to mobilize and advocate for reform in individual states, particularly those with HIV-specific statutes. By engaging and empowering those most directly affected to advocate on our own behalf and share our compelling personal stories, we help build a growing grassroots movement to mobilize the advocacy necessary to end HIV criminalization and promote a human rights-based approach to end the HIV epidemic.

Sero's Network Empowerment Project facilitates the creation and strengthening of PLHIV networks, including those that are oriented toward advocacy, education, treatment access, prevention, recreation or for social purposes. Through networks, PLHIV are able to define our own agenda, select and hold accountable leadership of our own choosing, speak with collective voices and improve policy and healthcare outcomes.

Sero produces the biennial HIV is Not a Crime national training academy that provides training, expert assistance and support to mobilize intersectional advocacy to end the criminalization of disenfranchised communities and build grassroots PLHIV networks.

About HIV Is Not A Crime National Training Academy

HIV is Not a Crime logo.HIV is Not a Crime V, the fifth national training academy to educate and train PLHIV, activists, stakeholders and policy leaders to mobilize state-level advocacy to end HIV-related criminalization, will be held June 4 – 7, 2023, at Henry and Emory College in Emory, VA. HINAC V will include leadership institutes for Black, Latinx and white people dismantling racism in HIV spaces. Register to attend in person by May 21, 2023; register to attend virtually anytime before/on June 7, 2023.

Cover of "Turn It Up!".Sero is one of the founders of HIV Justice Worldwide, a global HIV criminalization resource and advocacy hub and through HJW and Latinx+ (a U.S.-based network of Latinx PLHIV), coordinates anti-criminalization efforts in Mexico and throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Sero's work with incarcerated PLHIV produces Turn It Up! Staying Strong Inside, a magazine-format resource and wellness guide written, edited and illustrated mostly by people who are or have been incarcerated.



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