A Girl Like Me (AGLM) is a program of The Well Project and is an online “blog” where women of all ages can share their stories and promote understanding of HIV through online storytelling. There are millions of women around the globe who are living with HIV and AIDS, yet many feel they are alone in their disease and isolated in the experiences they go through each day. The goals of AGLM are to help normalize HIV and AIDS in women and girls, and create a safe space for women living with HIV from around the world to speak out and share their experience of what it is to live life with HIV.

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A Call to Action...One Step at a Time

Got results today, not for bloods but from my annual cervical smear; all good, as usual. I dutifully go every year to follow recommended procedure because of my status. Staring at the familiar flowers on the ceiling at my local GUM clinic I have a kind of epiphany, "HIV is for life, not just...

HIV/AIDS Treatment: Big Issues in Nigeria

As a person who shares in this epidemic, it is becoming more worrisome and frightening for many people living with the HIV virus in Nigeria.

I remember some years back in the early 2000s, we were buying ARVs and paying for medical investigations. Most people could not afford it because the majority of PLWHA were out...

Once Upon a Dream…

In my previous blogs I spoke a lot about what life was like being diagnosed with HIV. I spoke of the shame and guilt I felt along with the shame people placed upon me because of this disease. I hated my fate, I hated the man and I hated me. I stopped living, dreaming...

Transformative processes

I've been silent for awhile now. The silence has been a lack of inspiration and feeling like I had nothing to contribute to the conversation.  Well, last week I went to USCA in San Diego for the first time in a very long time and got a wealth of information and inspiration. Now I...

A Girl Like Me…No really!

It's been a while since my last writing. I have been consumed with new horizons and just living my life.  One of the highlights was being able to attend the PWN's SPEAK UP conference. Let me tell you, the connection I have been missing was found in that room. I am so amped up to get...

USCA 2014

I was able to attend the United States Conference on AIDS (USCA) in San Diego, held October 2-5, 2014. This conference had over 2,000 attendees, many of whom worked in the HIV community. The sessions varied widely, including housing, criminalization, retention to care, and organization management. I primarily attended sessions related to science and...

Life on Life's Terms

So after coming home from the empowering PWN-USA and the Positive Living programs, I was feeling so empowered and then life happened. My son is 13 and has had behavioral problems since I adopted him when he was 5. However now he is older and for the last 2 years the police have been called many...

Off to PWN-USA

Two days before I was to leave I became very anxious because I knew I would be around a lot of women who knew much more about activism than I did. Even though I had quit smoking I bought three packs of cigarettes (bad girl!). I talked to my NA sponsor and she helped...

School's in for the Winter

School's in for the winter! So at last I have access to the computer and no pending jobs to prevent me writing. I've made the lunches, ironed the uniforms, checked books, bags, etc., and waved my daughters off to start their studious day. I am alone, processing the summer, and can't think where to...

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A Call to Action...One Step at a Time

Got results today, not for bloods but from my annual cervical smear; all good, as usual. I dutifully go every year to follow recommended procedure because of my status. Staring at the familiar flowers on the ceiling at my local GUM clinic I have a kind of epiphany, "HIV is for life, not just...

HIV/AIDS Treatment: Big Issues in Nigeria

As a person who shares in this epidemic, it is becoming more worrisome and frightening for many people living with the HIV virus in Nigeria.

I remember some years back in the early 2000s, we were buying ARVs and paying for medical investigations. Most people could not afford it because the majority of PLWHA were out...

Once Upon a Dream…

In my previous blogs I spoke a lot about what life was like being diagnosed with HIV. I spoke of the shame and guilt I felt along with the shame people placed upon me because of this disease. I hated my fate, I hated the man and I hated me. I stopped living, dreaming...

Transformative processes

I've been silent for awhile now. The silence has been a lack of inspiration and feeling like I had nothing to contribute to the conversation.  Well, last week I went to USCA in San Diego for the first time in a very long time and got a wealth of information and inspiration. Now I...

A Girl Like Me…No really!

It's been a while since my last writing. I have been consumed with new horizons and just living my life.  One of the highlights was being able to attend the PWN's SPEAK UP conference. Let me tell you, the connection I have been missing was found in that room. I am so amped up to get...

USCA 2014

I was able to attend the United States Conference on AIDS (USCA) in San Diego, held October 2-5, 2014. This conference had over 2,000 attendees, many of whom worked in the HIV community. The sessions varied widely, including housing, criminalization, retention to care, and organization management. I primarily attended sessions related to science and...

Life on Life's Terms

So after coming home from the empowering PWN-USA and the Positive Living programs, I was feeling so empowered and then life happened. My son is 13 and has had behavioral problems since I adopted him when he was 5. However now he is older and for the last 2 years the police have been called many...

Off to PWN-USA

Two days before I was to leave I became very anxious because I knew I would be around a lot of women who knew much more about activism than I did. Even though I had quit smoking I bought three packs of cigarettes (bad girl!). I talked to my NA sponsor and she helped...

School's in for the Winter

School's in for the winter! So at last I have access to the computer and no pending jobs to prevent me writing. I've made the lunches, ironed the uniforms, checked books, bags, etc., and waved my daughters off to start their studious day. I am alone, processing the summer, and can't think where to...

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