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As the community editor at TheBody.com, an online HIV/AIDS resource, Mathew Rodriguez bridges education, activism and journalism. As a member of ACT UP New York, he co-crafted the Atlanta Principles, a document that provides a series of proposed actions the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can take now to significantly improve HIV prevention in the United States. Mathew also has been a strong advocate for PrEP and against HIV criminalization. When he was 22, his father died of an AIDS-related illness. To honor his memory, Mathew joined The Recollectors, an online community dedicated to sharing stories about parents lost to HIV/AIDS.