Sonia Rastogi is a Community Advisory Board member for The Well Project and Special Project’s Manager with the Women’s Protection and Empowerment Unit at International Rescue Committee in New York, NY.
Submitted on : Jan 14, 2015
Recently I saw on the news a wonderful story of a family here in CO that had adopted several HIV+ children from Uganda and other countries. They had educated themselves about the illness and adopted...
Submitted on : Dec 16, 2014
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...
Submitted on : Oct 16, 2014
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending the PWN SPEAK UP! National Summit for Women Living with HIV with more than 200 other women. The days were filled with workshops, activities, empowerment sessions, and hope. Although much has changed in the past 30 years, and there are now women specific policies and guidelines, there is still more work to be done. Advocating for women's rights is a continued process.
Submitted on : Oct 13, 2014
As many of you know, a primary focus of The Well Project is to offer community support and advocacy development initiatives to address stigma, discrimination, and the need for enhanced leadership for...
Submitted on : Sep 8, 2014
Who will teach the nursing home staff that HIV infected elders are not terrible dirty people? Who will teach them, educate them and instill some compassion and kindness into them? How will we be...
Submitted on : Jul 14, 2014
So much has been on my mind. I’m frustrated every time I turn around. I’m sick of the hurt and killings. I’m sick of listening to folks say I’m winning. I’m tired of babies being hurt and abused. I’m...
Submitted on : Jun 3, 2014
I have been giving a lot of thought to my reluctance to disclose my HIV positive status to anyone. I have been positive since 1996 and I would guess about ten people know my status. Initially I was...
Submitted on : May 29, 2014
Recently in the last few months I have been visiting with medical professionals more than usual. In March I went in for serious pain to the OBGYN. I was supposed to have surgery last September, but...
Submitted on : May 28, 2014
Being HIV+ is one thing, doing it as a single hetero female is quite another. I find myself alone, wondering if I will ever find that compatible, understanding human being who is either a saint or...
Submitted on : Apr 23, 2014

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