TUV MAGAZINE IS CELEBRATING THEIR ANNUAL 8TH WORLD AIDS DAY ANNIVERSARY ISSUE! “LET THE COMMUNITY LEAD” is the title of this issue which pays homage to the lives of individuals living and thriving positively as well as those who are on the battlefields advocating to end the HIV epidemic.

In 2019, Blacks/African Americans represented 13% of the US population, but they represent 40% of people with HIV. Hispanics/Latinos represented 18.5% of the population, but 25% of people with HIV.

Now that we’ve have gotten all of the technical information out of the way let’s talk about why this theme is important.  “Let Communities Lead” is important because of the financial support, decision making, grant process, etc.; in the fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic.  It’s an unpopular conversation that is known quite well for those who work and serve in the HIV Community. This has been a rally cry that funders need to hear if they really wanted to make to see lasting change. Once the funders commit to this mission then the real community efforts can begin to help end the HIV/AIDs epidemic in the communities that are suffering the most.  Community leadership promotes a sense of belonging, equity and pride in the community that are most vulnerable.

“The fact that the Southern Region of the U.S. is still being directly impacted with the highest rates of HIV new diagnosis in 2023 is unacceptable.” The fact that HIV is still rising in the South means that “SEX” should not be an anomaly in our society” _ Gwendolyn D. Clemons, CEO of Relationship Unleashed, Editor-in-Chief of TUV Magazine 


World AIDS Day was the first observed in 1988 and has now expanded into a global health day. World AIDS Day takes place on 1 December each year. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Each year, organizations and individuals across the world bring attention to the HIV epidemic, endeavor to increase HIV awareness and knowledge, speak out against HIV stigma, and call for an increased response to move toward Ending the HIV Epidemic in the U.S.

On the Cover: Meet the staff of The Emory COMPASS Coordinating Center of the Gilead COMPASS Initiative® engages a nine-member community advisory board (CAB) to facilitate the development, evaluation, and refinement of the Center’s community-led grantmaking and capacity building initiative for HIV service organizations in the U.S. South. Emory COMPASS Center’s purpose of convening and collaborating with a CAB is to ensure that the Center’s work is guided by subject-matter experts that represent the communities and populations that the Center serves. CAB members’ leadership, voices, experiences, and stories are sought to incorporate ongoing qualitative data in the development and implementation of the Center’s community-guided programming.

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Emory COMPASS Advisory Board (photo credit Sean Black)


Who is CharMaine Tyrelle? TUV Magazine is excited to feature the sensational male vocalist CharMaine TyRelle! Memphis, Tennessee has a deep history rooted in music, especially soul music. This is why we selected CharMaine Tyrelle as our “One to Watch” for musical talents. You don’t believe he’s the bomb? Click this link and thank us later!

CharMaine Tyrelle 


The holidays are here and often presents various emotional responses from us. Some folks are overjoyed for the seasons whereas others may dread the occasions. Nevertheless, we got ya’ll with our first ever Holiday Guide! Inside this issue you will find articles related from subject matter experts as well as licensed professional to help you navigate these next 2 months.

Meet Hakim Asadi (He/Him) Speaker | Therapist of Beyond Living

The Gift of Self Care excerpt: “The holiday season is often associated with warmth, compassion, and a generous outpouring of love and care. It’s a time when families and friends come together to celebrate, share in traditions, and create lasting memories. However, amidst the hustle and bustle of holiday preparations, gatherings, and expectations, it’s crucial to remember that self-care is not synonymous with selfishness. In fact, during this festive season, giving yourself permission to say no can be one of the most compassionate and loving acts you can undertake_ Hakim Asadi

Hakim Asadi (Photo Credit Jeremiah’s Photography) 

Meet Dr. Lakara Foster Owner and Founder of Lakara With The Gift

Putting the Happy Back in Your Holidays: The Healing Power of Mediumship: 

The holiday season is often deemed the most wonderful time of the year. The sparkling lights, festive music, and warm gatherings make it an enjoyable time for many. However, for those who have lost loved ones, it can be the most challenging. The joyous celebrations may serve as a reminder of the empty chair at the table or the absence of a beloved voice in the chorus of laughter. It can amplify emotions of sadness, loneliness, and longing. The cultural emphasis on joy and celebration can add to the weight of expectations and exacerbate feelings of depression.
This article serves as a guide to understanding how mediumship can help individuals cope with grief and find joy during the holiday season through the healing power of connecting with loved ones in the spirit world.

Dr. Lakara Foster

We have more articles for you to explore in this World AIDS Day issue and we encourage you to dive in and share the good reads with a friend or two.

From Team TUV we wish you and your family the best during this holiday season! 

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