Michelle Anderson, Ms. Plus America 2011, is the first openly HIV positive woman to ever run for and win a national pageant title. She currently resides in Dallas, Texas and is very active in her community as an HIV/AIDS Activist, Certified Peer Recovery Coach for The Association of Persons Affected by Addiction, Treasurer/Board Member for ADAP Advocacy Association, and PLUS inc. and Blogger for A Girl Like Me! Michelle has dedicated much of her personal life to educating others on HIV/AIDS throughout the greater Dallas area and across the United States. Michelle achieved another dream she assumed would never be possible, an Associates of Applied Science in Substance Abuse Counseling, and plans to finish her Masters in Social Work. Her desire is to continue to spread the message and educate people regarding HIV/AIDS and drug addiction as well as use her title to raise awareness, end stigma, shame and blame associated with HIV infection among women of color.
Some of the most empowering appearances Michelle has had the privilege of experiencing was sitting in panel discussion hosted by The Dallas Health Department (Regional Forum on Black Women and HIV/AIDS in Texas) in Houston to discuss the disparities of African-American women around HIV/AIDS. She also was an opening speaker for 97.9 The Beat HIP HOP for HIV and Dallas Health Department on World AIDS Day where she shared her story about becoming infected in hopes to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and the importance of getting tested.
She has done a number of appearances via video and radio such as CNN/HLN: What Matters, Syndicated radio show with Michael Baisden, HEAVEN 97, Plus Model Radio with Chenese Lewis, Public Service Announcements for ADAP Advocacy Association, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Re:Solve from Chronic Disease Fund, North Star Pro Blogtalk Radio, POZIAM Blogtalk Radio, Curvy-Girl, The Condom Ladies Fishbowl Networks, and "Let’s Stop HIV Together", a CDC national campaign designed to feature individual stories to champion the power of relationships in their personal and public fight to stop HIV.
Her story has been featured in numerous news articles such as The Dallas Examiner by Marsha Jones, "Living with HIV" and "The Life of A Positive Queen", "A Hard Lesson to Learn Living with HIV/AIDS" by Ray Jordon of the Dallas Examiner, "Celebrity Speaks Out on AIDS" by Sherri Jacobson and "Dallas HIP HOP event Encourages HIV Testing" by Marianne Brown of The Dallas Morning News and web articles by The Body and Positivelite.com in Canada just to name a few.
Michelle was nominated to sit on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) in 2010 and in July of 2012, Michelle was bestowed the honor of receiving the Positive Leadership Award by The National Association of People with AIDS recognizing the use of her "Bully Pulpit" to raise awareness. Lastly, she was inducted into the SisterLove's 2013 2020 Leading Women's Society.