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My body isn’t a cation sign; you’re not going to slip into the heart of my struggles by just acknowledging me as I am. Photo credit: Melissa Joseph

‘Fat’ is used as an insult, but it’s just my body

Rayanne Painter // September 11, 2019

I’ve been here a thousand times: A thin person, most of the time my friend or family member, stands in the mirror in front of them. They twist their face in disgust while they look at their body:...

Photo credit: Melissa Joseph

STIs: It could be you.

Janette Estrada // April 7, 2019

Let’s talk about sex. The good, the bad and the gossip.Over the past year, California and Butte County have experienced an alarming increase in STI rates. Chlamydia is the most reported in Butte...

Student sits calmly alone. Photo credit: Dominique Wood

‘Loners’ aren’t always lonely

Brooke Martin // October 30, 2018

There’s a difference between being a ‘loner’ and being lonely.You’re at a restaurant with your friends. You see a girl sitting in the corner booth, mindlessly eating her sandwich...

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We need to be held accountable for the language we use

Rayanne Painter // October 10, 2018

Here, in the United States, we have a protected right to say essentially whatever we want within reason. But should we really speak without any regard?In recent years, especially during and after the 2016...

Illustration by Trevor Moore

HIV/AIDS: The next generation, part 2

Joseph Rogers // May 10, 2015

I was born at the dawn of the HIV/AIDS crisis, and I ended up testing positive in 2006. Despite medical advances (part one), the social stigmatization of HIV/AIDS still occurs. Stigma and shame Stigma...

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