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When I applied to join the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI), I had little faith that I would be chosen as I clearly have no scientific background or knowledge, like not even a little.
Submitted on Mar 10, 2022
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It's inevitable that anything virtual will have some hiccups but I was honestly just so excited to be in attendance that I didn't care. It was a bit annoying but the experience heavily outweighed the...
Submitted on Dec 8, 2021
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The day we all anticipate for yummy food and store deals but the one day out of the year where many intentionally pause to remember all they are thankful for!
Submitted on Nov 29, 2021
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I've kinda been in weird place mentally and emotionally. I'm sure a lot of it has to do with my physical health, but that's a story for another day. You'd think by now some of the negative responses...
Submitted on Sep 2, 2021
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Let me start by warning you that this will be a pretty long blog; we've got three weeks of misery to cover. First, I want to acknowledge that HIV can be a tricky virus. That's apparently the reason they haven't come up with a vaccine or a cure. BUT Covid, Covid took me on a very wild ride!
Submitted on Aug 19, 2021
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Geez!! Anyone else feeling really really tired, exhausted and unmotivated?! I have been for awhile, and I can't even blame covid although it certainly hasn't helped. I was talking with a coworker...
Submitted on Jul 16, 2021
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May 23, 2021 marked five years that I've been living with HIV.
Submitted on May 24, 2021
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I have been HIV positive since 2016, almost five years. When I thought about sharing my story and status publicly, I knew I would eventually attend conferences where I could meet many other amazing women living openly with the condition.
Submitted on May 11, 2021
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I recently took an impromptu trip to the Dominican Republic for some R&R with my girls! And while COVID is still very much a factor, I just kept repeating YOLO in my head.
Submitted on Mar 31, 2021
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Dear Advocate, 2021, so far, has been a year of focusing on me and choosing me above all else. Too often I have dimmed my light and emptied my cup for the needs of others.
Submitted on Feb 26, 2021

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