Intro - Robin Barkins

My name is Robin Barkins. I was diagnosed with HIV at the age of 15. When I heard the devastating news, I thought my life was over. I refused all HIV treatment. I began to use drugs and I slept around with different men and women without disclosing my status. I was angry and I wanted the world to feel my pain.

For 10 years I did a lot of demoralizing things. I kept my status a secret from the world; I even kept it from my own mother. After 10 years of running from my problems, using drugs and drinking alcohol, I began to get tired of the way I was living my life. I decided to go into treatment.

I'm currently 5 years sober! My goal is to help women and men who are suffering with substance abuse and HIV. I want to give them hope and let them know that they are not alone.

Why Robin wants to be a part of A Girl Like Me: I want to be a part of A Girl Like Me because I want to give hope to the hopeless and be a voice to the women who have not yet found their voice and to let them know that they're not alone.



Welcome Robin!

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Welcome to the community Robin. You are in good company.


My Name is Perpetua from Cameroon

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Am from Cameroon was tested positive 3years ago, really i was fadeup with live till this day when i came across A Girl Like me over the internet, with curiousity i decided to join and i realised that i was not alone from reading others testimonies. This has really given me hope when i taught that all hope is lost. I want to thank you all very much for your words and testimonies.



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Hello Perpetua,

Welcome to the site! You are not alone, we are all here to support you. I am so glad you have found us and that you now know we can fight together. All hope is not lost, please keep us updated on how you are doing and if you have any questions please ask.

i wish you the best of health and happiness!




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Welcome Robin and thank you for sharing your story of redemption and recovery.  May it inspire others.   I look forward to reading your future blogs.




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