August 1st will be my 25th anniversary of positively living with HIV! It hasn't always been a positive experience but I can now say I am very happy with my positive status. I have always said that being HIV positive is only just a part of me because as Audre Lorde has brilliantly said, "There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives." This has resonated with me more and more as I have gotten older because I want people to know that I also go into this world living as a young black queer woman who happened to be diagnosed with perinatally-acquired HIV.
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